The Big MaDCaff Project is happening

MaDCaff is going National, and we want you to get involved

We are very pleased to announce that our MaDCaff project, which has been running successfully in and around Ceredigion for 5 years, is about to go National with the help of funding from the WCVA’s Volunteering in Wales grant. 

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.

This project will see 7 new MaDCaff groups forming, all around Wales, with two new groups in the North West, North East and South and one extra group in West/ Central Wales. Each of the 7 new groups will put on 4 MaDCaff  events between now and 31/03/2020. Volunteers will have some amazing training opportunities available to them and each group will be supported by one of our Regional Officers with the aim of ultimately becoming self-sustaining as we have done in Ceredigion.

Interested?

If you are interested in signing up as a volunteer or are interested in the performance opportunities or have a good, accessible venue in mind please get in touch and we will direct you to your nearest DAC Regional Officer. Email post@dacymru.com or call 02920 551040

Here’s the Big Announcement that went out on Facebook last week, listen to find out more about MaDCaff and the volunteers posts that we will be looking to fill.

The Big Announcement

Posted by MaDCaff on Wednesday, 3 April 2019

MaDCaff is funded by Volunteering in wales funding from WCVA, and has been supported by Disability Arts Cymru from the beginning 

RawFest is Back – 25-28 April

Wales’ only youth-led festival takes centre stage in Cardiff

RawFfest 25 – 28 April 2019

Created in 2016, RawFfest is a 4-day youth arts festival for Walestaking place in Wales Millennium Centre from 25 April – 28 April 2019. A fun and innovative festival, RawFfest is planned and programmed by young people for young people and offers an experience of the arts in its richest and rawest form.

The aim of the festival is to promote and support work from young artists and performers aged 14 to 25 by showcasing the best of youth arts today whilst providing pathways for young participants to develop. This includes involving young people from ethnic minorities, young people with disabilities, and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. RawFfest’sprogramme includes performances and workshops of fashion, photography, circus, street dance, rap, music, poetry slams, TV, radio, film, comics, theatre and a whole lot more.

All performances and exhibitions taking place at RawFfestwill be by young people (aged 14 – 25), with many masterclasses and workshops led by experts, emerging artists and some by young people themselves.

The festival is programmed by ‘PlaceMakers’, a team made up of a dozen diverse young people from a broad range of backgrounds who curate, plan, produce, event manage, fundraise, budget and market the festival each year. One of the festival’s goals isto empower young people by giving them a voice. It allows them to build on their self-confidence as well as leadership skills. It empowers young people and gives them a feeling that they are being heard, whatever their age or abilities. The opportunities and challenges the PlaceMakers face as part of creating a festival is an chance to build their skills in a positive collaborative environment.

Guiding the PlaceMakers is RawFfest’s Director, Ruth Garnault who said “The festival celebrates the amazing creativity of young people in Wales today. We are delighted to be presenting such a wide range of exciting activity. What makes RawFfest unique as a national festival is that young people are in the driving seat. For Wales to thrive, we think it’s important that young people’s voices are heard.”

The festival is training the next generation of arts leaders. Gweni Llwyd, who is a PlaceMaker and Visual Art Co-ordinator Intern with the festival said “Working with the festival has provided a fantastic opportunity for me to develop the skills and confidence needed to get a foot on the arts career ladder. It’s also been a great way to meet and get to know like-minded, brilliantly creative and inspirational people! It’s so important that the festival is youth-led as it gives young people a voice, allowing us to speak about the issues that young people are facing now, and how the arts can help. This has empowered me to feel that what I’m doing is important and that I can make a difference to the arts in Wales and further afield.”

The festival grew from a youth arts conference which resulted in young people expressing the need for an arts festival to champion the work of their generation. In 2016 RawFfestwas born with an inaugural festival in Newport, South Wales. The festival then travelled to Venue Cymru Llandudno in 2017.

This year RawFfest, which will take place on 25 – 28 April 2019, will visit the Welsh capital for the first time.

Tickets for RawFfest are now on sale.  Tickets cost £5 for the day, £10 for the day and evening, plus some weekend tickets at £20. Although RawFfestis aimed at young people, 14 – 25 years, it welcomes audience members of all ages through its doors throughout the long weekend.

Visit rawffest.wales for more info and booking.

Dugout – An Amazon Adventure

Presented by Adventure Travel Film Night

November 17 Tachwedd
7pm
£5


A multi award winning documentary film following Benjamin Sadd (a filmmaker) and James Trundle (an artist) as they travel alone through the Ecuadorian Amazon to build a canoe from scratch. The journey builds on their 10-year friendship in this isolated and often challenging environment. Their relationship is tested as they struggle to deal with the conditions and the complexity of the issues that surround this part of the Amazon Rainforest.
 
Mae’r ffilm yn dilyn Benjamin Sadd (gwneuthurwr ffilm) a James Trundle (artist) wrth iddyn nhw deithio i Amazon yr Ecwador i adeiladu canŵ o ddim, yna fynd ar eu pen eu hunain drwy’r goedwig law. Mae’r daith yn adeiladu ar eu degawd o gyfeillgarwch mewn amgylchedd unig a heriol yn aml, gan roi prawf ar eu perthynas wrth iddyn nhw ymdrechu i ddelio gydag amodau a chymhlethdodau y materion sydd ynghlwm â’r rhan yma o Goedwig Law yr Amazon.

Booking

Visually Impaired Audience Guide for Welsh Venues and Companies | Canllaw Cynulleidfaoedd â Nam ar y Golwg i Sefydliadau a Chwmnïoedd Celfyddydol Cymru

Invitation to the Discussion

I’m Chloë Clarke, a visually impaired theatre-maker and audio description consultant. Much of my work focuses on improving the theatre experience for visually impaired audiences and helping those producing theatre to understand and implement access.

Arts Council Wales has commissioned me, in collaboration with Disability Arts Cymru, to publish a comprehensive and practical guide for Welsh venues and companies to help develop visually impaired (VI) audiences.

We are very keen to hear your thoughts on what a helpful and practical guide would look like for you. Please join us for an open discussion to share your views. What are the barriers you face? Whose responsibility is it? How much adjustment is reasonable?

Before the session we invite you to join us for a matinee performance of ‘The Importance of Being Described…Earnestly?’, a collaboration between Chloe Clarke, Elbow Room Theatre and Galeri Caernarfon, a 60-minute comedy exploring a new style of audio description. This will give attendees a chance to experience integrated access that considers the needs of VI audiences from the outset.

This session will be held at Galeri, Caernarfon on 2nd November 2018 at 3pm following the matinee at 2pm.

To express your interest please contact elbowroomtheatre@gmail.com, call or text 07968 139020 or contact Galeri directly to book tickets www.galericaernarfon.com 01286 68522.

A Poster that says “The importance of being described earnestly’ and depicting a garden scene with a table bearing cake and tea, a man in a suit sits at the table, eating cake with one hand and holding a red handbag in the other. A woman stands to one side, wearing headphones, she is throwing a cup of tea towards the man, the camera has captured the tea in mid air

Gwahoddiad i’r drafodaeth.

Fy enw i yw Chloë Clarke, dwi’n ddyfeisiwr theatr gyda nam ar fy ngolwg ac yn ymgynghorydd sain ddisgrifio. Mae rhan helaeth o fy ngwaith yn ffocysu ar wella‘r profiad theatrig i gynulleidfaoedd sydd â nam ar y golwg ac hefyd i helpu’r rheiny sy’n cynhyrchu theatr i ddeall ac i weithredu yr anghenion hygyrchedd.

Mae Cyngor y Celfyddydau Cymru wedi fy nghomisiynu, mewn cydweithrediad gyda Disabilty Arts Cymru, i gyhoeddi canllaw ymarferol a chynhwysfawr i sefydliadau a chwmnïau celfyddydol yng Nghymru i’ch helpu chi dyfu cynulleidfaoedd sydd â nam ar y golwg.

Rydym yn awyddus i glywed eich barn ar sut i chi buasai canllaw defnyddiol ac ymarferol yn edrych. Plis ymunwch gyda ni am drafodaeth agored i rannu eich barn. Pa rwystrau ydych yn eu hwynebu?  Pwy ddylai dderbyn y cyfrifoldeb? Faint o addasu sy’n rhesymol?

Cyn y sesiwn rydym am eich gwahodd i berfformiad o ‘The Importance of Being Described…Earnestly?’, mewn cyd-weithrediad rhwng Chloë Clarke, Elbow Room Theatre a Galeri Caernarfon. Comedi 60-munud o hyd sy’n datblygu arddull newydd o sain ddisgrifio. Bydd hyn yn rhoi cyfle i’r gynulleidfa i brofi hygyrchedd sydd wedi ei integreiddio i’r darn, ac yn ystyried anghenion cynulleidfaoedd sydd â nam ar y golwg o’r cychwyn cyntaf.

Cynhelir y sesiwn yn Galeri, Caernarfon ar yr 2il o Dachwedd 2018am 3yh, yn syth wedi’r matinee sydd am 2yh.

I ddatgan eich diddordeb plis cysylltwch â elbowroomtheatre@gmail.com, ffoniwch neu anfonwch neges destun at 07968 139020, neu cysylltwch gyda Galeri yn uniongyrchol i arbed tocynnau drwy www.galericaernarfon.com neu 01286 685222.

Tŷ Newydd Courses 2019

Explore your creativity in Wales’ Year of Discover

www.tynewydd.wales

Literature Wales is proud to announce a new programme of creative writing courses at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre for 2019. Earmarked by Visit Wales as the Year of Discovery, in 2019 we will encourage the writers of Wales and beyond to visit our home between the mountains and sea to discover their creativity and hone their skills as a writer.

The new programme offers an eclectic mix of courses and retreats suitable for a range of writers, from the up-and-coming and unpublished, to the established who wish to join a masterclass. From today, you can register for all courses on the Tŷ Newydd website, and a discount of 10% is available on all courses until the end of October with the code TN2019.

Programme highlights include a course on writing for TV led by Matthew Hall, the creator of record-breaking BBC Drama Keeping Faith; a Crime Writing Course led by bestselling author and ex-detective Clare Mackintosh; and two Poetry Masterclasses tutored by Gillian Clarke, former National Poet of Wales. A number of noteworthy guest readers will join our tutors during the year, including Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, award-winning literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes, and former Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner.

Poetry courses in 2019 will explore a range of themes from the sea, to politics, to finding poetry in our past; and feature a wide-range of tutors including Paul Farley, Patience Agbabi, Raymond Antrobus, Deryn Rees-Jones, clare e potter, Inua Ellams and Pascale Petit. Guest readers in 2019 will include Andrew McMillan, Jay Bernard and the spoken word collective, Tongue Fu.

Prose courses will include short stories, novels, YA fiction, myths and fairytales, editing, life-writing and will feature tutors and guest readers Tom Bullough, Rebecca F John, Mavis Cheek, Catherine Fisher, Holly Müller and many more. Our Emerging Writers Course for writers under 30, run in partnership with Poetry Wales, Wales Arts Review and Parthian books, will return after a successful debut last year, and will feature poetry in addition to prose.

Further courses include: LGBTQ+ Writing; Creative Writing for Welsh Learners; Storytelling; Writing to Heal; Reviewing the Arts; and Nature Writing with Guardian country diarist Mark Cocker and poet Kathleen Jamie.

Leusa Llewelyn, Head of Tŷ Newydd said, “Tŷ Newydd, with its unique Welsh welcome, exists to provide support for writers of all backgrounds, abilities and ages to develop their writing. There’s something to suit everyone, and the range of courses offers an opportunity for participants to discover their own writing potential.”

During every course, home cooked meals and treats will be provided by the resident chef, and you will enjoy the tranquillity that Tŷ Newydd and its beautiful surroundings provide.

For further information about Tŷ Newydd, including testimonials from recent participants, and to read the programme in its entirety, visit www.tynewydd.wales or to request a print programme contact Tŷ Newydd: 01766 522811/ tynewydd@literaturewales.org

Women of the World


The WOW Women of the World festival, founded in 2010 by Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, Jude Kelly CBE, is the biggest gathering of women and girls across the globe, reaching over 2 million people in 20 cities across five continents.

Each festival, made up of talks, debates, music, activism, comedy, workshops, mentoring, pop ups and performance, celebrates women and girls, takes a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential and raises awareness globally among women, men, girls and boys, of the issues they face as well as creating possible solutions.

The WOW – Women of the World Cardiff festival will include a range of workshops, talks, debates, performances and art open to the public on 24 & 25 November 2018.

Some highlights from the WOW – Women of the World Cardiff programme include: Gwenno Saunders, Charlotte Church, Michael Sheen, Sian Evans, Lula Mehbratu (The Digital Migrant),Sahar Al-Faifi, Sian James former MP, Gemma Price (Boxing Pretty), Anna Hursey, Shahien Taj OBE, Lucy Owen (BBC Wales) and Layfullstop among others.

WOW Passes

Buy a WOW pass to gain access to all the events as you pick and mix your own timetable of talks, debates and performances, be it for one day or the whole weekend. Day pass holders have a choice of activities throughout the festival. If your 1st choice is full due to limited capacity do not worry. We encourage you to try other sessions – sometimes an unexpected second choice will be the best thing you’ll see! 

Day Passes £10 | concession £5

Saturday Day Pass

Sunday Day Pass

Check out the full programme here

Welsh Youth Parliament – apply now

Learning Disability Wales is looking for young disabled people to join the new Welsh Youth Parliament

Applications are now open for young disabled people interested in being a Welsh Youth Parliament Member and representing the views of other young disabled people.

Wales will be launching the first youth parliament in January 2019 and Learning Disability Wales is one of the partner organisations supporting young disabled people to have a voice.

We have now opened applications for young disabled people to join the youth parliament through Learning Disability Wales. For more information and how to apply please visit our Welsh Youth Parliament page.

About the Welsh Youth Parliament

  • 60 young people will make up the Welsh Youth Parliament.
  • 40 young people will be elected from constituency areas.
  • 20 young people will be elected through partner organisations.
  • They will be the Youth Parliament Member for 2 years from January 2019 to December 2021.
  • Young people must be aged 11 to 17.
  • Young people must live in Wales or be educated in Wales.
  • Learning Disability Wales will be electing 2 young people to represent young disabled people.

Getting involved through Learning Disability Wales

 Who we are looking for?

  • Someone between the ages of 11 and 17 (No older than 17 on November 25th 2018).
  • A young disabled person.
  • Someone who can listen to others.
  • Someone who is good at communicating (using their own way of communication).
  • Someone who will ask for support if needed.
  • Someone with good people skills.
  • Someone who can be reliable with the correct support.

We are not looking for someone who is perfect already. There may be things that you are not sure about or would need training in. Please do not let this put you off applying.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on November 1st 2018.
For more information and how to apply click here

Workplace Well-being (Cardiff)

Training for staff and managers

Date: 06.12.2018
Location: Cardiff

According to research more than a third of the workplace population are experiencing mental health issues such as depression, stress or anxiety. Many people have experienced mental health issues or know someone who has and this is very true of the workplace.

More employers and managers are recognising the need to invest in training to help their staff and organisation understand mental health better and how to make the workplace more mentally healthy.

This training will give staff and managers a better understanding of a range of mental health issues and how they impact the workplace. We will look at ways to improve positive mental health and well-being and how investing in good practices is likely to have hugely positive effects for all.

Course includes:

  • What is workplace well-being and how is it relevant to my workplace?
  • A guide to depression, anxiety and stress.
  • Other common mental health issues you may have heard of but were too afraid to ask about.
  • How to approach mental health in the workplace.
  • How to help a colleague who may be going through a difficult time.
  • Creating a more mentally healthy workplace.
  • An introduction to mindfulness for the workplace and how it can benefit your organisation.

Designed for

This training session is for staff and managers wanting to learn more about this topic and ways to implement it.

About the trainer

Julie Jones is trained at post-graduate level in mental health and trained to support people using a range of interventions including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Julie views that mental health is about the whole person, their community and society. She looks to improve mental health and well-being through relevant and thought-provoking training, improving workplace practices and supporting people to take care of their well-being.

Her training takes account of the latest and most innovative thinking relevant to mental health and well-being and reflects Welsh Government and UK policy relevant to your work setting.

Booking Here

Freelancing for Creatives workshop

A practical workshop for creatives on the business skills of freelancing.

Freelancing for Creatives
03.11.18
Hastings House
Fitzalan Place
Cardiff
CF24 0BL

£10 – £20 

Topics include: 
Business & employment models
How to pay your taxes
Claiming expenses
Negotiating your fees
Top tips and online tools
“Many people are becoming self employed. We need all the help we can get from reliable sources. Keep the courses going please.”

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