Hooray – The Big MaDCaff Project Launches

On 27th July at Sbectrwm in Cardiff

The first event for the South Wales Group and the whole Big MaDCaff Project will be held in The Main Hall at Sbectrwm, Bwlch Road, Fairwater Cardiff CF5 3EF between 3 and 5pm on Saturday 27th July 2019

MaDCaff is a pop-up café style open mic event showcasing the musical talents of people affected by mental illness. It was set up in response to the difficulty that many very talented musicians, dancers, poets, performers who have personal experience of mental illness face in trying to get an audience for their work. The music business, venues and organisations don’t always respond well when a performer pulls out at the last minute because their anxiety has become overwhelming. We decided on the open mic as a pressure free opportunity, nobody is named in advance publicity so there’s no pressure to attend or play, it’s totally up to how they feel on the day.

Miranda Betts, one of the MaDCaff founders, on her ukulele

Please come along and join us – admission is free but there will be an opportunity to buy some delicious cake, tea /coffee or soft drinks.

If you are interested please get in touch with us or have a look at the MaDCaff website, there’s a page all about the project and what the opportunities are for volunteers, or read the post about performing at MaDCaff, or you can Email [email protected] or call 02920 551040

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MUSICALS FOR ALL – Wales Millennium Centre Hosts Its First Major ‘Relaxed Performance’ With MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL


Wales Millennium Centre will present its first relaxed performance of a large-scale musical in the main 1,800 seat Donald Gordon Theatre this summer.


The matinee performance of Madagascar The Musical on Thursday 8th August 2019 is specially designed for people who may find going to the theatre challenging, including those with an autistic spectrum condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder.  The performance is open to all and will include a number of sensory adjustments such as lower sound levels, brighter lighting and a less formal setting. Encouraging an atmosphere where everyone feels safe and able to react to the show as they wish, Madagascar The Musical will be an adventure of a lifetime for everyone who sees it.

As part of the relaxed performance, those attending will be able to come and go from the auditorium as needed. The Centre will also offer quiet spaces for anyone who may feel overwhelmed, provide a visual story that explains everything from arriving at the building to leaving the show, and host a pre-show familiarisation tour of the auditorium. Audiences can be reassured that, although adaptations to the show and the theatre space will be made, the story itself is not affected.

Based on the smash-hit DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar The Musical follows Alex the lion (played by 2016 X Factor winner Matt Terry), Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Age guidance: 3+ (no under 2s)

Tickets: £16 – £31

Price reductions are available on the top two price tickets: Under 16s – £7.50 off; Disabled, Senior, Students and Unwaged – £5 off.

On sale now via wmc.org.uk or 029 2063 6464

To book a wheelchair space or to ask any questions about your visit to Wales Millennium Centre, please call 029 2063 6464

Relaxed performances were first introduced to Wales Millennium Centre’s programme in December 2017 with The Bear, followed by Almost Always MuddyThe Girl with Incredibly Long Hair and Duckie in 2018, which took place in the Centre’s smaller studio theatre, the Weston Studio, and its public spaces.

BSL-interpreted and captioned performances are already available for most of the major touring musical and theatre productions that come to the Centre. This new addition of a relaxed performance of Madagascar The Musical on the main stage demonstrates the Centre’s vision for as many people as possible to enjoy live theatre and entertainment and fire their imaginations.

Sarah Leigh, General Manager Arts & Creative at Wales Millennium Centre said: “As the national arts centre for Wales, we want to ensure our programme is accessible to all, which is why I am thrilled that we are able to extend relaxed performances to our main stage. We hope to welcome audiences both new and old to the Centre for this magical sho,w and I hope it will be the first of many relaxed performances of major touring productions that we present here.”

Meleri Thomas, External Affairs Manager at the National Autistic Society Cymru said: “Autistic people and their families tell us that they would love to visit the theatre, but because of sensory issues and anxiety in unfamiliar surroundings, they are often prevented from doing so.

 “We are thrilled to be working alongside the Wales Millennium Centre to help develop autism-friendly performances that take into account some of the challenges that autistic people and their families can face and enable them to enjoy live theatre in an environment that works for them.”



David Hutchinson, CEO from Selladoor said: “Relaxed performances allow access to these wonderful shows for those of us who may avoid theatre due to the potential for the situation to cause more stress or discomfort for ourselves and our loved ones. They are quickly becoming a vital part of an inclusive theatrical society.”


Literature Wales – Job Vacancy – Marketing and Communications Officer

Marketing and Communications Officer

Full time (37 hours)
Location: Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Llanystumdwy
Salary: £20,000 – £23,000 per annum

Closing Date: 5.00 pm, 1 August 2019

The Marketing and Communications Officer will work from Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, and will be responsible for creating and co-ordinating a marketing plan with the aim of raising the profile of the Centre and its activities, and increasing course sales and participation figures.
The officer will also support the centre’s team with programming annual activities, including arranging and communicating creative writing courses, school courses and community events.

The officer will also lead on national projects such as the Her100Cerdd challenge as well as co-ordinating developments and updates to the Writers of Wales Database. The officer will be expected to undertake hospitality duties including welcoming residents and managing events, occasionally during unsociable hours.

Click here for further information about this role. 

MIMA – callout for Disabled Curator!

MIMA – callout for Disabled Curator!

MIMA are looking to appoint a curator who identifies as disabled to join us for a year-long funded project.

We are a gallery/ museum based in the centre of Middlesbrough in the Tees Valley that has an art collection, an exhibition programme and a busy programme of activities with the community.

We’re looking for someone to work with us from October 2019 to August 2020. Candidates should think of themselves as a curator who identifies as a disabled person. This project is part of a collaboration between MIMA, DASH, a disability-led visual arts organisation, and Midlands Art Centre (MAC) and supported by Arts Council England.

The curator will work with the collection at MIMA to do research and put together a public project. We are open to any interests and specialisms. The project can take any form: it might be a series of public events, an exhibition, a publication, or something else.

While the curator is here at MIMA they will:

  • learn new skills
  • work up ideas with the support of MIMA’s team
  • develop and deliver a curatorial project at MIMA with our collection
  • Deadline: 26 July 2019
  • For application and more information please go to MIMA’s website
  • Accessible video for callout https://youtu.be/KtQWl41uiPk

Help raise funds for DAC when you shop on line

Thank you to all our supporters who are raising funds for us when using the Easy Fundraising  site to shop on line.
We have raised £149.86 so far.
If you haven’t signed up yet please visit http://efraising.org/BwL9Gq2fLs



You can also raise funds for us if  you shop on line through Amazon Smile.  We have raised £29.38 so far.

If you haven’t signed up yet please visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/charity/homepage.html and nominate DAC as your chosen charity

Thank you for supporting DAC

See Around Britain! – accessibility travel app



Our groundbreaking photo travel app, gives visitors an advance look inside public venues, enabling the user to check out if it is suitable for their interests or needs, including families with young children, older citizens, or individuals with a wide range of impairments.  

Please have a look at what we do – 

See Around Britain & See Around Europe form a huge photo gazetteer throughout the UK and Ireland and mainland Europe, designed for everybody, including disabled people, to help decide if a venue will be suitable for visits.

Everything from transport access to washroom facilities can be viewed in a series of photographs of the venue. View the suitability and accessibility before you plan to visit or arrive at the venue.

Information about Touch Trust

Touch Trust provides person-centered sessions, which contain a varied programme, including music, movement, massage and relaxation. We also employ sensory integration techniques, such as focusing on proprioceptive awareness.


We are inclusive and open to all ages and abilities. Many of our “Guests” are on the autistic spectrum, have learning disabilities or other complex needs.  We celebrate the successes and abilities of our Guests, regardless of how nuanced these may be.  we promote  creative expression, communication and self-esteem, encouraging our Guests to achieve their potential in our supportive environment.  Above all, we foster a fun and enjoyable atmosphere!


Why not come along to find out what’s on each week?  You can also visit us on our facebook page (www.facebook.com/TouchTrust) or call us on 02920635660 for more information


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The Big MaDCaff Project – Volunteers and performers needed

The Big MaDCaff Project has started – now we need YOU

Yes, very excitingly, we have begun work on the project and now all we need is several dozen volunteers, a load of venues, lots of training, a sackful of cake and a jamboree of Musicians, Dancers and performers of any kind.
Click here for more information about this exciting project

Your DAC membership needs to be renewed (please)

We would like to thank all our members for supporting Disability Arts Cymru over the past year.  Our new membership year commenced on 1st April and we have been contacting our members asking them to renew their membership once again

All members have been contacted by email or post by  Sue Pound, our Finance  and Administration Coordinator, giving details of how  to renew membership and reminders have recently been issued . Thanks to all our members who have renewed their membership.  However, if you haven’t done so  yet, please could you respond as soon as possible so that we can continue to keep you on our contact database.  If you would like to renew your membership via our website you can do so by clicking on this  link.

If you have any queries about renewing your membership or need assistance with the form, please ring our Cardiff office on 02920551040 and we will be happy to help – please note that the office is staffed  on Monday-Thursdays only.

Please note that our Annual General Meeting will be on 1st July 2019 at The Temple of Peace,  Cardiff.  We will only be able to send out information about that meeting to those who have renewed their membership.

Thank you for continuing to support DAC.