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“Sustainability in opera is possible,” said a Cardiff artist.

Cardiff people have shown their increasing interest in sustainable products. Whether sustainability could achieve the same success in the art area or not?

Participants are discussing how to make paper rings

Three workshops held by a Cardiff art community are aims to create sustainable makeup and costumes for operas, which would be a brand new attempt of bringing sustainability into art area.

The last of three workshop starts at 7 pm on February 19. Participants learnt about sustainable cosmetics, sustainable fashion and help to curate the Triple Bill costumes using second-hand clothes and materials to make contribution to a zero-waste production.

Paper jewelry is waiting for being painted and a carton of plastic is used to make rings.
Some tools and flowers which made from cake cups

“I don’t know whether anybody doing this at this moment, but that is the main reason why we want to do it. We want to bring to life the fact that sustainability in opera is possible,” said Jana Holesworth, the director of this event.

“This is kind of experiment to see how easy or how difficult it would be put on a show without making any waste and we achieved it so far.”

Jana Holesworth, a makeup artist and sustainable fashion enthusiast.

Cardiff local community opera group Opera In Situ will offer a triple bill of short comedic operas on March 6. The upcoming theatrical performances including Samuel Barber’s ‘A Hand of Bridge’, Joseph Haydn’s ‘The Diva’ and Gian Carlo Menotti’s ‘The Old Maid and the Thief’.

They got 12 characters across three shows and I used to try very hard to find costumes for all of them. Jana said,” on the one hand, we do not have a large budget to buy all of the things we need,

the previous performance of Opera In Situ

“On the other hand, it just takes a little bit more creativity. Somebody has an idea and then bring it to action. There are things we are able to use and having to look into what can we makeup them that actually create more activity, it takes a whole shift of thinking.”

Jana and her team worked twice with a company called Green Square in Cardiff. This company turned to sustainability and sent them to places where people can donate these materials after they used and threw out. They re-buy them and give them a second life.

Aoife Morris with her rings shaped like a heart

“It’s really interesting and eco-friendly! I am proud that the ring I made would be used for the upcoming show, ” said Aoife Morris, who was one of the most active participants of this event.