The world-famous Kiyoharu Dragon exhibit is on display in Rhondda Cynon Taf this month as part of the 2019 Rhondda Arts Festival Treorchy (RAFT).

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is working with the event organisers and supporting an exciting variety of shows, which includes performances from West End and Broadway star Kerry Ellis, comedian and actor Omid Djalili, Rhondda born Welsh Proms Director, the renowned orchestral conductor, Owain Arwel Hughes CBE, and television star Sir Tony Robinson.

The Kiyoharu Dragon exhibit, on loan from the British Museum in London, will also be on display at Treorchy Library until June 29. Admission to this is FREE and all are welcome.

Made in Japan, in the 18th/19th Century AD, the Kiyoharu Dragon exhibit is an articulated iron model signed by its creator Myōchin Kiyoharu. 

Expertly-crafted, the Dragon’s scales are clearly visible on the model, reminiscent of Samurai armour, which was laced together delicately with silk cords. The neck, legs, body and tail of the mythical creature are all fully-moveable. 

The Kiyoharu Dragon exhibit is usually on show at The British Museum in Bloomsbury, London, and is viewed each year by millions of visitors. It forms one of around eight million exhibits and is rarely displayed outside of London. 

The RAFT organisers are indebted to Dr Hartwig Fischer and the staff and trustees at The British Museum for the kind loan of The Kiyoharu Dragon. 

The 2019 RAFT Festival takes place in and around Treorchy throughout June, with the main festival weekend taking place on June 28-30.

Councillor Rhys Lewis, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services, said: “This is a rare opportunity to see the world-famous Kiyoharu Dragon exhibit up close and in our County Borough for the first time ever.

“It is a rare treat for our residents and visitors and allows us to marvel at the amazing craftsmanship from all those years ago.

“The Rhondda Arts Festival celebrates and showcases the wide range of creativity and talent that exists throughout all art forms in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and continues to also bring the finest visiting artists to the region, none more so than this great work by Myōchin Kiyoharu.

“We have an amazing wealth of artistic flair and talent across our County Borough and RAFT 2019 is helping to promote this to a much wider audience.”

The Kiyoharu Dragon is at Treorchy Library as part of the 2019 Rhondda Arts Festival Treorchy (RAFT), courtesy of the British Museum, London, until Saturday, June 29. Admission is FREE. All are welcome.

For full details on all RAFT Festival 2019 events, visit www.raft.cymru

Posted on Monday 24th June 2019

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