RawFfest Gwylgrai

RawFfest Website

RawFfestThe RawFfest website has been launched and is available at www.rawffest.wales   or www.gwylgrai.cymru.

The first Youth Arts Festival for Wales is taking place at the Riverfront, and other venues in Newport,

from August 18th – 21st.

There will be a wide variety of performances, workshops and events and it should be a great experience for

14 -25 year olds.

We will be sending you details 0f the programme when we have it but further details are on their website.

Helfa Gelf / Art Trail

helfa gelf - May 2016Helfa Gelf / Art Trail is our 11th annual Open Studios event for artists and makers in North Wales. It is held on weekends throughout the month of September, allowing the public the special opportunity to peek ‘behind the scenes’ right into the heart of creativity – your studio.
Helfa Gelf / Art Trail aims to promote you as an artist by showing and selling your work directly to the public. Helfa Gelf / Art Trail also gives you a fantastic chance to meet fellow artists as well as curators, arts officers and others who could help your career.
Who can apply?
Visual artists and ma kers of all genres, forms and media with studio spaces in Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham Counties. For a current listing see our artists page.
It is essential that you have a space that you’re happy to open to the public during Helfa Gelf / Art Trail, whether it is a professional studio, gallery, your spare bedroom or garden shed. You can even find yourself a temporary workspace for the duration of the event.

For further information please contact [email protected]

For help with the on-line application form please e-mail [email protected]

Mental Health Advocacy Scheme, North Wales

Advocacy Services Available in Gwynedd and Môn

AdvocacyThese include:-
–       Community Advocacy for individuals who need support
–        IMHA Advocacy for any individual held or being assessed / treated for a mental health condition under the Mental Health Act.

If anyone is unsure whether advocacy would be able to help under either service they can always contact us to discuss on 01248 670 450 or email us at [email protected]

Rheolwr Cynllun/Scheme Manager
Cynllun Adfocatiaeth Iechyd Meddwl
Mental Health Advocacy Scheme
12 Llys Castan
Ffordd y Parc
Parc Menai
LL57 4FH

01248 671223
[email protected]


At Taliesin from September

Live from TaliesinLive stream performances at Taliesin from September

Following the recent flurry of scheduling new performances from the RSC, National Theatre, ROH and Branagh Theatre, we thought you might like to have a summary of what’s coming up to help you plan your visits to Taliesin.

2 September 2016 – NT Live – The Audience (PG) – an encore performance with Helen Mirren.

28 September 2016 – RSC – Cymbeline (12A) – Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance.

14 October 2016 – RSC King Lear (12A) – one of Shakespeare’s most epic and powerful plays
23 October 2016 – ROH Cosi Fan Tutte (12A) – a new production of Mozart’s opera on the nature of love.

27 October 2016 – Branagh Theatre Live – The Entertainer (12A) – John Osborneʼs modern classic

15 November 2016 – ROH Les Contes d’Hoffmann (12A) – Offenbach’s masterpiece.

8 December 2016 – ROH The Nutcracker (12A) – The Royal Ballet’s glorious production

31 January 2017 – ROH Il Trovatore (12A) – one of the great operas of the Romantic period.

2 April 2017 – ROH Madama Butterfly (12A) – one of the most popular of all operas.

28 June 2017 – ROH Otello (12A) – Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder.

Tickets for all live broadcasts remain at £13 with concessions at £11, and are available now from the Taliesin box office on 01792 60 20 60 and also online from the website at


Learning Disability Wales

Paving the Way

Learning Disability WalesThe Challenging Behaviour Foundation and the Council for Disabled Children have launched a new website called ‘Paving the Way.’

The website aims to provide families, professionals, staff, and commissioners with information about how to reduce challenging behaviour and to improve the wellbeing of children with a learning disability.


This website is a result of the Early Intervention Project – a joint project, now in its third year, between the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and the Council for Disabled Children, and funded by the Department of Health in England.

The project has centred on helping families who are raising children with learning disabilities whose behaviour may be described as challenging to get the right information and support early on. The ‘Paving the Way’ website aims to collate all the information and resources that the project has generated in one easy-to-navigate site.

Join us this summer at one of the best loved plays of Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet - taking flightRomeo and Juliet

It’s Verona 1963 and it’s the annual college Boat Race, the high society courtship event for the rich, beautiful and perfectly coiffed. Times are turbulent, so you’ll really need to support your house, whether it be Montague or Capulet, as they battle it out on the river.

A new take on a very old tale – you can expect to see Taking Flight’s signature traits – exciting visual theatre with live original music and plenty of comedy.

All performances feature BSL by Sami Thorpe with additional translation by Ilan Dwek and Duffy.

All performances also feature live audio description.

This year for the first time we will be experimenting with outdoor captioning.

This is promenade performance – it moves around and you move with it.

The boat race will take place come rain or shine – just bring your brolly and wrap up warm. If you have any other access requirements, please get in contact to let us know.

Romeo & Juliet will tour all over Wales, in beautiful outdoor spaces. 2016 marks 400 years since Shakespeare’s death and we’d love for you to join us for one of his most famous plays.

Alastair Sill as Audio Describer and Sami Thorpe as BSL interpreter, The Winter’s Tale 2015, which won BEST ENSEMBLE at The Wales Theatre Awards 2016.

Click here for booking info and tour venues across Wales, Bristol and the Forest of Dean.

Mental Health Advocacy Scheme

Mental Health Advocacy schemeA friendly, free service set up to help people who have mental health and wellbeing difficulties to have access to independent and confidential advocacy across Anglesey and Gwynedd.

An advocate could help you:

  • Think through the choices you have and which matter to you.
  • Talk through what actions you may wish to follow and any possible consequences.
  • Speak up for yourself or, if you’d prefer, they can speak on your behalf.
  • Represent your views when you ask them to.
  • Help you to access other agencies and services and to accompany you if needed.
  • Challenge Discrimination.
  • Promote your independence.
  • Understand the advocates role.
  • Take more control of your life.

Find out more:

Telephone:  01248 670 450

Email:  [email protected]  to make a referral.

Web site:  www.advocacyscheme.co.uk

MInd’s way to beat exam stress for students

mind cymruFor students around the country, it’s exam time. With so much pressure to achieve and often away from the security of home, it’s no surprise that demand for student counselling services is rising by 10% every year.

Right now students are at their most vulnerable – and when stress is running high it can be easy to forget to look after yourself properly. So here are two simple things we have to help our stressed-out students.

1.   Ease the pressure on students by sharing Mind’s stress-beating tips.

We have 14 ways to beat exam stress, submitted by Mind supporters.

2.   Spread the word about Emoodji ????

We also have a new app to help students, Emoodji – it’s free to download on iOS and Android phones. Emoodji helps students cope with the ups and downs of uni life by encouraging them to share how they’re feeling using selfies and emojis. It’s packed with tips for staying well at uni, from dealing with exams to where to get support.

P.S. We know of course that it’s not just students who are struggling. If you’re going through a difficult time right now, you can take a look at our general information on keeping well.

We’re Mind, the mental health charity.
We’re here to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.
0300 123 3393

Up and Coming Performances at the Sherman Cymru Theatre

Sherman Cymru Theatre27 May – 11 June – National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre – Before I Leave

26 – 28 June – Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – Falstaff

1 & 2 July – United Kingdom Community Drama Festivals Federation – 83 British Final One Act Plays

20 – 30 July – Sherman Cymru, Alice House & RGM Productions – The Hunting of the Snark

28 – 30 July – RSC Open Stages & Sherman Players – As You Like It

30 July – South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus – Legends

Telephone:  029 2064 6900  Web site:  shermancymru.co.uk