Race Council Cymru

Black History Month

Race Council Cymru manages the Black History Wales wide (BHW) and Black History Cymru 365 portfolio in Wales and acknowledges the contributions made by Black people to local, national and world history and culture. It does this through delivering an informative educational and celebratory programme of events through the year, culminating in an end of year celebration of Black History Month in October annually. It encourages everyone, irrespective of ethnicity or colour, to take part in events, learn about our shared global history and celebrate diversity and cultural understanding.

Cardiff – the capital of Wales – was one Britain’s first multi-cultural cities, where numerous nationalities have lived side-by-side for decades.

BHM Wales is hosted by Race Council Cymru (RCC), which is the overarching umbrella body in Wales established by ethnic minority community who work to combat racial prejudice, race discrimination, harassment, abuse and violence. RCC promotes art, heritage and cultural activities for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities across Wales. Black History Month Wales is a network that engages, educates and empowers individuals, community groups and Wales-wide communities in acknowledging and recognising the contributions that the African Diaspora has made in the history of Wales’ economic and cultural development. It also allows the wider community to take part, learn and celebrate together to promote understanding and share our global history.

The ultimate goal is to see meaningful activities happening all year round, 365 – hence our Black History 5-year strategy BHCumru365 for all the days of the year and not just in October. Black History is Welsh history and should be studied, celebrated and showcased as part the national curriculum, additional educational activities, artistic programmes, College and University Studies and Museum and Gallery exhibits. 


This year marks the 11th Year Anniversary of Black History Month celebrations across Wales and we are delighted to announce that the theme for Black History Month 2018 is ‘Icons of Black Wales’

These icons may be Welsh or have touched Wales in some way.

Over the past few months, we have been asking our grassroots communities to nominate significant individuals whose work and contributions have been impactive for recognition and acknowledgment across Wales to mark the theme

Icons of Black Wales and we have been overwhelmed by the brilliant contributions people of African descent and diaspora have been making here in Wales, both those on the list and many who’s names are not featured on the list.

Working with Walesonline, the nominations have been narrowed down to a 100 significant African/African Caribbean’s. The list will be published online on the 28th of September 2018 11.30am – 4.30pm to align with the launch of Black History Month with a Black History Youth Awards in Wales hosted by Professor Mark Drakeford AM with special guest Lord Herman Ouseley at the Pierhead Building Cardiff Ba, Performance by Kizzy Crawford & Ify Iwobi – Free Event and all welcome to attend.

There are a number of exciting events across Wales, for all the details please visit https://bhmwales.org.uk/whats-on/

RawFfest Gwyl Gwrai

Festival 2019

RawFfest GŵylGrai showcases the very best of youth arts.

This is your chance to apply to be part of the festival at Wales Millennium Centre, 25 -28 Apr 2019

We’re looking for work by 14 to 25 year olds. Are you…

  • part of a youth performance group that will have a great show ready for Easter next year?
  • in a band and would love to play at the iconic Wales Millennium Centre?
  • a film-maker with a stunning short film?
  • a photographer, artist or fashion designer and want to exhibit your work?
  • a writer, poet or blogger?
  • a dancer, comic, maker, circus performer…

We’re also looking for professional workshop leaders with original, quirky ideas.

 To find out more go to our website

Click through to this form and tell us what you’d like to bring: https://goo.gl/forms/Juhq8bQpCyglCLcJ2.

DEADLINE: 6pm, Sunday 28th October 2018

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

We have a group of about 25 young people who are programming the festival from the work proposed, along with workshops, masterclasses, events etc.  We are likely to get back to you with lots more questions. The core programme will be launched on the website in January 2019. We will then continue to build the programme and make further calls for work.

www.rawffest.wales

5 organisations make the festival a reality: Wales Millennium Centre as the Governing Body, Youth Arts Network Cymru (YANC), A2 Connect, Newport Live and Venue Cymru.

Wales Arts Review

Speaking Up, Speaking Out

Celebrating Tomorrow’s Writers and Artists

Where: The Riverfront, Newport NP20 1HG

When: Saturday October 6th 11am – 6pm

Booking: Tickets for this event are free and lunch is provided to all participants aged 14 – 25. Please contact phil@walesartsreview.org to reserve your place.

Want to unleash your creativity? Thinking about a career in the arts or media? Want to tell people about the artists, films, music and drama that inspires you?

Wales Arts Review invites young writers, performers, artists and musicians to take part in a day of workshops and lively discussions for people aged 14 – 25. Speaking Up, Speaking Out is also for youth arts and disability arts practitioners, students, young critics and bloggers.

Take this opportunity to share your passion for the arts, and learn how you can work with professional writers and artists to develop your creative voice.

Speaking Up, Speaking Out is supported by Youth Arts Network Cymru, Taking Flight Theatre Company and the Riverfront, and by a Sharing Together grant from Arts Council Wales.

Access: Speaking Up, Speaking Out is for everyone. The venue is wheelchair accessible and welcomes any form of chair or mobility aid. BSL interpreters will be available. Please contact Wales Arts Review to notify organisers about your requirements prior to the event.

Shape

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

shapeartsThe 2019 Shape Arts Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB), an annual award set up in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds to support mid-career disabled artists, is now open for applications.

Now in its eleventh year, the ARMB offers this year’s successful recipient an award of £10,000 and an accompanying three-month residency with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gateshead from 4 March to 31 May 2019.

The Bursary provides an opportunity for disabled artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome such as finished or exhibition-ready work. The recipient of the last ARMB was sculptor Terence Birch, whose residency with Pallant House Gallery and the University of Chichester took place from February to May 2018. Previous residencies have been hosted by Turner Contemporary, MargateThe V&A, LondonThe New Art Gallery, WalsallThe Bluecoat, LiverpoolCamden Arts Centre, London and Spike Island, Bristol.

The residency will also include developing and delivering public-facing activities with BALTIC and Shape, and showing work as part of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist exhibition, in which all artists shortlisted for the award will be given the opportunity to participate.

Submissions deadline: 12 noon, 1 October 2018

To apply, please download and read the information pack and then complete the application form:

If you require information about this opportunity, please contact armb@shapearts.org.uk or 0207 424 7366 (voice)

Follow The Thread

Dyslexia Awareness Day

Thursday 4th October

Riverfront, Newport, NP20 1HG

6.30pm

Follow the Thread as we continue to bring awareness and understanding to the effervescent and sometimes obtuse world of dyslexia through making.

Dyslexia Awareness Day 4th October, Newport’s launch into Dyslexia Awareness Week 2018 – 6.30pm at the Riverfront Gallery.

This is a self funded event and a continuation of exploration and research into dyslexia – bringing awareness and support for those who think differently.

For more information please follow the thread below:

www.stephanierobertsart.com/followthethread

Word of Mouth

Audio Described Performances

A Child’s Christmas Poems and Tiger Eggs

Dylan Thomas

A brand new ballet by award-winning Welsh Dance Company Ballet Cymru, narrated by Cerys Matthews.

Award-winning Welsh ballet company Ballet Cymru present a timeless interpretation of the Dylan Thomas classic A Child’s Christmas In Wales with music by Mason Neely and Wales’ own icon, Cerys Matthews.

Performances at The Riverfront in Newport, Friday 9th November and Saturday 10th November at 7.30pm.

Cerys Matthews will be reciting the poems by Dylan Thomas live with the Company at the Riverfront on both days.

The audio described performance at the Riverfront is on Saturday 10th November with a free pre-show touch tour at 6.30pm.

To reserve a headset and a place on the touch tour, please telephone the Riverfront Box Office on 01633 656679

The website address is newportlive.co.uk/riverfront

A Ballet Cymru/Riverfront Theatre co-production

 

Sleeping Beauty

The Riverfront pantomime 2018 to 2019

Audio Described performance, Thursday 3rd January at 6.30pm. A free pre show touch tour at 5.30pm will help set the scene, ready for two fun filled hours of song, dance and drama for all the family!

Trouble is brewing at Newport Abbey. The Evil Dowager Aunt Draig (Lowri-Ann Richards) is searching for the missing Princess (Alice Rose Fletcher). Lord Griffin of Newport (Michael Geary) and his son the right honourable Dylan (Jack Ayres) with help from Mrs Midges the Housekeeper (Liam Tobin), Muddles the Gardener (Richard Elis) and Chortwood the mysterious Butler (Richard Nichols) make sure that true love wins out in the end.

Sleeping Beauty runs from Tuesday 4 December 2018 until Sunday 6 January 2019.  The production contains flashing lights, loud music, loud bangs, strobe lighting, water and smoke.

To book your ticket, reserve a place on the Touch Tour and set aside an audio description headset, ready for the performance, you can call 01633 656679 or 01633 656757.

The website address is www.newportlive.co.uk/riverfront

Audio flyers for both of these productions are available, please contact Disability Arts Cymru if you would like us to email them to you. 

 

 

British Blind Sport

Have a Go Day South Wales

We are delighted to announce a Have a Go Day in South Wales. 

Venue: Cardiff House of Sport, Clos Parc Morgannwg, Cardiff CF11 8AW

Date: Saturday 29th September 12:30 to 5pm

Come along and take part in an entirely free day of sport and activities including Judo, Guide Running, Football, Tennis and many more. Open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 5 and up. Friends and family are also welcome. Register for the Have a Go Day in South Wales.

 

Working in with Sport Cardiff and Cardiff Institute for the Blind, this event will take place at Cardiff House of Sport, Cardiff on Saturday 29th September. A number of successful events have already been held this year including Cambridge, London, Liverpool and Surrey. Here’s what other participants had to say:

 

“We had an amazing day altogether in the family. It was great to have both my VI children and their siblings involved as it made the day much more fun. Thank you for organising!’ Parent of participants, Have a Go Day Surrey

 

Get Involved!

For further details please contact Alex Pitts, Participation Officer on telephone:  07929 356428 or email alex@britishblindsport.org.uk

Fio Presents The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona

 

Kindly supported by Arts Council Wales and Creu Cymru

The Island is a politically visceral piece of theatre based on a true story.

Set in the same prison where Nelson Mandela was held, this universal story attacks our ability to passively accept immoral laws.

 

How much pain does a state need to inflict before you fight it?

2018 marks Nelson Mandela’s centenary year and Fio want to celebrate an influential historical icon and ask the question, Do we ever learn from those who came before?

Two men, political prisoners and unlikely friends, stagger through days of pointless, back-breaking labour, coping with vicious beatings from the guards and spending their nights remembering a life outside their current misery. They prepare for a performance of Antigone in front of the other inmates and guards – an act of defiance from people who have lost everything…

This soaring, award-winning drama draws on the stories that linger from the notorious prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.

Performance dates

Powys Dance 20th October 2018, dawnspowysdance.org

Ffwrnes 14th October 2018, www.theatrausirgar.co.uk

Chapter Arts Centre 27th to 29th October 2018, www.chapter.org

Blackwood 3rd November 2018, your.caerphilly.gov.uk

For a link to each website to buy tickets you can also visit www.wearefio.co.uk/tickets

All performances will have integrated audio description and captioning.

FFILM CYMRU WALES INVESTS IN WELSH FILM AUDIENCES

Ffilm Cymru Wales’ latest round of Audience Access awards will continue to support Welsh venues and festivals to provide a dynamic and diverse variety of cinematic experiences for people right across Wales.

For the first time, new funding awards were made to Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival and Bangor’s Pontio Arts Centre. Running at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff between 28th and 30th September, and at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the 20th and 21st October, the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival will help audiences explore the latest and best in Japanese animation with films to suit all ages, as well as workshops and masterclasses with Japanese animators. The funding award will support Kotatsu in continuing to build new audiences, working alongside local community, youth and refugee groups to widen the festival’s reach.

Pontio Arts Centre’s new funding will support their project encouraging the community in Bangor to make the most of their local independent cinema. Their initiatives include providing more Welsh-language cinema, community interaction through volunteering, creating access for families with children with additional needs, and continuing the venue’s engagement of student and young audiences through film, gaming and interactive content. 

In addition to the new awards, Ffilm Cymru continued to invest in three established film festivals to advance their expansion and reach new audiences.

Read more here.