During the first half of the 19th century, Wales was gradually being absorbed into England and so the Welsh language began to die out.
This inspired an adventurous group of 153 Welshmen and women to set sail for a new life in Argentinian Patagonia to save and hold onto what they believed in, their dying language and culture.
There are over 50,000 Welsh descendants living in Patagonia today. 12,000 still speak Welsh as their first language.
This is a story about Welsh hardship and courage and the descendants of those who set sail all those years ago.
Project-Hiraeth will un earth the fascinating and important history of the Welsh experience in Patagonia.
It is important that I take on this project now because 2015 will be the 150th anniversary of their voyage. I would like the project to be in place - in time for this celebration.
My goals for this project are to:
o Dig for stories in both Wales and Patagonia
o Interview locals in both Welsh and English language
o Create a better understanding of the Welsh Patagonians
o The end result will be made up of compelling film, text, stills, and audio. Creating a multimedia exhibit at the newly restored Cardigan castle, West Wales
o There will also be a website where I will place a selection of the output - Project-Hiraeth.com
What stage am I at now?
I already have 90 fascinating characters to interview in both Argentina and Wales. I have started interviewing local Welsh people and capturing this on film.
I have started working with local press so Project Hiraeth can gain exposure.
In March, I begin my journey to Patagonia.
I have interviewed numerous editors and illustrators to ensure that I will be working with the most experienced and passionate professionals so the project is delivered in a successful way.
I want to share my excitement for this inspiring and little known story that deserves to be told. I believe that with my skills I’m capable of taking on the challenge of delivering this message so I’m volunteering my time and have paid for my own expenses but now I need a generous number of backers to take this project to the next level.
With your donation I will be able to employ professionals to edit the film, and illustrate the stories. This is a vital but expensive part of Project Hiraeth.
Without these professionals, the full potential of Project Hiraeth can’t be met. I want to ensure the final work has a lasting and memorable impact on a local and wider audience.
This story has yet to be told in such an accessible and unique way. Using a multimedia exhibit will illuminate this almost secret history to all ages and both speakers of the Welsh and English language.
• Moving image edited by Lindsay Watson • Illustrations by Lucy Burns • Music composed by Gavin Maunsell •
Risks and challenges
I don’t anticipate any major obstacles for Project Hiraeth.
There will always be a potential risk, and in the rare case that a challenge does arise, I am confident that I will find a solution. I have the relevant experience as a researcher, I’m naturally motivated and I’m working with an experienced and passionate team.
This story must be told and I’m passionate and committed to telling it. No challenge will get in the way of that.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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