Christmas celebration concert in aid of The Noah’s Ark Charity

Join the Welsh Hospitals’ Choir at their Christmas Celebration Concert in aid of the Noah’s Ark Charity!


Thursday 12th December St David’s Hall Cardiff 7.30pm

A Christmas Concert of Seasonal Music & Carols

There’ll be an array of festive performances and a chance to sing along to your favourite Christmas songs.

Performers include:

– Jane Watts – International organist
– Charlie and Harry Lovell-Jones – Violin and Percussion Duo
– Fanfare Trumpeters and the Brass Ensemble of the Welsh Guards
Llanedeyrn Primary School Choir
– Welsh Hospitals Choir
– And Conductor, David John Davies

There’ll be a raffle and bucket collectors from Noah’s Ark on the night so you can help to continue supporting the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, which provides world class care. This helps to ensure the best outcome and experience possible for children and their families.

Having raised more than £20 million to build and equip the hospital, today the charity continues to work hand in hand with the NHS, providing funding for the most up to date equipment and facilities.

It also funds support services for families like the play specialist team, who help children be children, despite the difficulties they are facing.

Tickets available from St David’s Hall Box Office

Open Art 2020 At Cyfarthfa Castle March 17 – June 14 2020

Notice for all artists!

We are looking for submissions of artwork for our 2020 Open Art Exhibition at Cyfarthfa Castle

Last year we displayed over 150 pieces of amazing art and are looking to do the same in 2020.

If you are a professional or amateur artist then please get in touch to request an application form .

We have  limited space so please get in touch ASAP to request a form and return it as soon as possible

To request  an application form and further information contact [email protected]  or [email protected]

or call 01685 727371

Hijinx Odyssey this Christmas presents The Curious Muchness of Stuff and Nonsense







Follow the white rabbit to Wales Millennium Centre!

The Curious Muchness of Stuff and Nonsense: 5 December 7pm, 6 December 7pm (audio description) and 7 December 3pm & 7pm

This Christmas join Hijinx Odyssey as they follow Alys, her cat Dinah and the white rabbit on their adventures in a whole new wonderland adventure.

Hijinx Odyssey, the community theatre arm of professional theatre company Hijinx, will perform ‘The Curious Muchness of Stuff and Nonsense’ in Weston Studio of the Wales Millennium Centre this December.

Dum has lost Dee, the Queen has lost her tarts, and the Hatter’s lost the plot…

When Alys follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland, a world of silliness and surprises awaits. Followed by her overprotective mam and faithful cat, Alys discovers the magical delights and darkest depths of a Wonderland full of colourful, comical and curious characters.

The Curious Muchness of Stuff and Nonsense features a large cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from Odyssey and Woodlands High School.


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Applications are now open for our new mental health awareness training programme – ScreenSkills presents MindSet, in association with Ffilm Cymru Wales.

ScreenSkills presents MindSet, in association with Ffilm Cymru Wales, a new mental health awareness training programme for film and TV producers, managers and Heads of Department.


Taking place at Cardiff’s Tramshed Tech on the 4th and 5th of December, this intensive and insightful training course will give participants the tools to create safe and inclusive working environments in which mental health can be discussed in a professional, open and relaxed manner.

Day one will be led by training organisation and mental health charity Mind Cardiff. Day two has been shaped through the expertise of film producer and psychotherapist Rebecca Day (Film in Mind), who will deliver a range of bespoke sessions tailored towards sector-specific issues. Each participant will then receive a one-to-one mentoring session with Rebecca as part of a personalised follow-up to the training programme.

MindSet is supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions and delivered by Ffilm Cymru Wales, in association with BFI NETWORK Wales & BAFTA Crew UK. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries.

As part of their Well-being of Future Generations Plan 2019, Ffilm Cymru are committed to developing a healthier and more equal film industry for Wales. To that end, they are also devising a film education programme exploring mental health issues around Craig Roberts’ new film Eternal Beauty. Launching later this year, Life Through My Lens will work with young people to examine representation of mental health on film and challenge stereotypes. The project will also give participants the opportunity to get creative and share stories by making their own films.

Funded by Ffilm Cymru, the BFI and the Wellcome Trust, Eternal Beauty is a refreshing and deeply personal depiction of schizophrenia starring Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, which recently premiered at the BFI London Film Festival.

To book your place on MindSet, please visit

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Tŷ Newydd Course Programme 2020





Over 60 writers from Wales and beyond
to share their expertise at the National Writing Centre of Wales

Literature Wales has  launched the Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre’s 2020 programme of open courses. Over 60 writers are featured in the programme, including several best-selling authors, laureates, and award-winning poets.

The aim of the programme, which includes a range of weekend and week-long residential courses, is to help emerging and experienced authors develop their writing skills.

Courses will focus on an abundance of poetry tutored by some of today’s leading poets, including the 2019 Forward Prize winner, Fiona Benson; fiction – in its short and long form featuring Deborah Kay Davies, Louis de Bernierès and Cynan Jones; creative non-fiction; song-writing; comics tutored by the current Comic Laureate, Hannah Berry; writing for performance; storytelling and more.

Themes will take participants on emotional and literal journeys. On the Writing Wales course Mike Parker will lead walks to explore myths, wildlife and geography; Patrick Jones’ Writing to Heal course will look at writing and reading as a way to deal with grief and trauma; and Pascale Petit’s wildlife themed course will lead us out into the gardens of Tŷ Newydd with field equipment to track and capture poems as though they were creatures which have a life of their own.

Two courses in 2020 will focus on writing for young audiences, with husband and wife team Helen and Thomas Docherty looking at writing and illustrating for children; and our very own Children’s Laureate Wales, Eloise Williams, joining forces with the Young People’s Laureate for London, Theresa Lola to focus on poetry and prose for young adults.

Courses at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre are aimed at both beginners wanting to experiment with their craft, and also experienced writers. Our two Poetry Masterclasses tutored by Gillian Clarke and guest tutors provide opportunities for committed poets to further develop their poetry. Guest readers will visit during courses to inspire writers. This year guest readers include Ian McMillanNikesh Shukla and Imtiaz Dharker.

Alongside our tutored courses, four seasonal retreats and a Yoga and Writing Retreat are available to gift writers with the time and space needed to start a new piece of work or to hit a deadline, whilst enjoying the peaceful surroundings and the homecooked meals provided by our experienced resident chef. Guest speakers from the publishing industry, including 2019’s Bookseller Agent of the Year, Cathryn Summerhayes, will visit to run one-to-one tutorials and offer advice to those looking to take the next step towards publication.

Running parallel with the 2020 course programme are retreats at Nant – a newly refurbished Writers’ Retreat Cottage on site at the Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre. We opened the doors to Nant earlier this year, having redesigned the cottage specially to provide a peaceful environment for writers to retreat from everyday life and concentrate on work in progress.

All courses are available to browse and to book on our website, and to celebrate this launch, Literature Wales is offering a 10% discount on all courses, except for the Poetry Masterclasses, until 5.00 pm on Friday 8 November. Use the code ‘2020programme’ when booking.

Click here to view courses

Exciting news from Taking Flight Theatre Company

We’re opening a Youth Theatre for young D/deaf & Hard of Hearing people  Autumn 2019 in Cardiff!





                                                                            For 4 years we have been dreaming of a Deaf lead youth theatre specifically for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing young people in Wales. London has one… why not Cardiff? Some of you might remember that we ran a couple of week long summer schools back in 2015 during which we met some wonderfully inspiring young people (one of whom now works for ITV no less!)

2 years ago we began the long process of applying for funding. And now we’re here to announce to the world… to shout- and sign- from the rooftops that we’ve made it. BBC Children in Need have approved our application to run a youth theatre in Cardiff for 3 years.

The Youth Theatre- yet to be named- will run out of The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, and we want to say a massive diolch to them for supporting this project.

There will be 3 age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-18 so little ones won’t have to wait long until they can join!
All the groups will be lead by a Deaf facilitator and sessions will run in BSL and English, with interpreters present too.

Throughout the 3 years, there will be bags of opportunities for young people to perform, to share what they’ve learnt, to get involved in the non performing aspects of theatre production, to grow in confidence and to be inspired. At least once a year we’ll be organising trips to see the very best in Deaf lead theatre and performance. We’ll also be bringing in inspiring Deaf creatives and theatre practitioners to work with our young groups on specific skills. We just cannot wait to be doing all these things, and for our Deaf leaders to be inspiring the #DeafTalent of the future.

So what does this mean to you?

Perhaps you know of a D/deaf or Hard of Hearing young person who would like to join. If you do, drop me an email on
[email protected] 
and we can make sure they know when we open in the Autumn. If they’re currently too young, let us know anyway and we can put them on the waiting list.

Perhaps you’re over 18 and would like to volunteer. If this is the case, also drop me a line and we can discuss this in more detail. We’re especially keen to hear from potential volunteers who have some BSL skills.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media too as we’ll be recruiting very soon for a Deaf leader and an assistant facilitator. Could either of these roles be you?

Perhaps you’re a Deaf arts professional who has a skill you’d like to share with our groups.

And look out as we’ll be inviting people to our sharings once the youth theatres start creating.

In the meantime, we’ve applied to be part of the Christmas Big Give to raise further funds to support the Youth Theatre. If you think you could be one of our start off big pledgers (rather than a donor during Big Give Week) let us know and we can send you a pledge form. We need to raise £1250 by the 30th August in pledges to be part of the week.


Taking flight -

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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.