RawFfest GwylGrai Youth Arts Festvial

RawFfest GwylGrai 2019

Wales Millennium Centre,

Thursday 25th to 28th April 2019

Our event on Tues 21 August 2018 is YOUR CHANCE to get involved RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING!

RawFfest is a youth arts festival for Wales that is planned and programmed by young people for young people. It’s fun, innovative and surprising.

We value the original over the copy, the quirky over the conventional, the daring over the dull. RawFfest showcases the best of youth arts today.

The meeting on 21st August is the beginning. Decisions about the exact programme will be made as quickly as possible over the following months.

But it would be great to have some ideas on the table.

  • Are you part of a youth performance group that will have a great show ready for Easter next year?
  • Are you in a band and you would love to play at Wales’ leading venue?
  • Are you a film-maker with a stunning short film?
  • We’re looking for poets, artists, writers, makers, circus performers…


This is your chance to get involved in planning a fantastic festival by and for young people – right at the very beginning.

Join us at our launch event on Tuesday 21st August from 2pm to 6pm at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

We’re looking for:

  • 16 – 25 year olds to programme, plan and market the festival
  • youth arts groups and artists who want to perform or exhibit at this exciting showcase of the best of youth arts today.

On the 21st we’ll have some taster workshops and we’ll create our vision for the BEST YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL yet.

Young people are in the driving seat. You decide what sort of shows, bands, art, media, workshops you want. What will it look like? How much will it cost?

To find out more please go to our website

Can’t make 21st August?

We’ll have a follow up meeting in the evening of Tuesday 18th September and other ways to get involved.

Stay in touch by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Ffilm Cymru Wales

Magnify Your Potential

Filmmakers in North Wales will have the chance to make the most of their ideas at Ffilm Cymru’s latest Magnifier event.

Held at Bangor University on 27th and 28th July, the Magnifier training days will provide an opportunity for filmmakers and content creators to learn from an international selection of speakers from the film, theatre, games and cross-media sectors.


Considering the explosion in alternative routes to audience and an increasingly tough film financing climate, the first session on Friday 27th will explore how the role of the producer has evolved. One of the world’s first cross-media producers Asta Wellejus will discuss with Wrexham-born producer Andy Evans (Keepers, Julian Lennon’s Everything Changes project) and former Bedlam Productions’ producer Stella Nwimo (…Is it the Design on the Wrapper, Nuclear). The second Friday panel will discuss reaching young audiences with Chris Payne, Managing Director of North Wales games developers Quantum Soup, Paula Clark and Jessy Roberts from York Theatre’s TakeOver Festival, and Wicked Wales film festival director Rhiannon Wyn Hughes.

Saturday 28th will start with Finding Your Voice – a conversation with Kieran Evans, the BAFTA winning director of Kelly + Victor, followed by an interactive filmmaking masterclass from Asta Wellejus.


Tickets for each day are £20, or £30 for both days. Book your place here.


Fourteen Project

14, Equal Street

Tonypandy Market

Friday 13th July 

10am – 2pm

Come and support artists from Mid-Rhondda at the Country’s smallest arts centre!

Mayor of Penarth, Jon Luxton will be making an appearance at the second 14 Equal Street market stall event to talk about standing for public office as a disabled person and winning. Jon is also a disabled artist and all round inspiration in his own right.


Pen y Cymoedd Micro Fund

Do you want to apply for a Micro Fund grant of up to £5,000?


If you are a new or small business, community group, sports group, PTA or charity based in the upper reaches of the Neath, Afan, Rhondda or Cynon Valleys then you might be able to apply for a project or idea you have.

The deadline for applications is 20th August and we encourage people to contact us first by phone: 01685 87 87 85 / or email [email protected]

We have half hour slots available on the following days and if you want to come and chat about your idea and applying to the fund, please contact us to book a slot as we can give you guidance and tips on applying





19th July


Pontneathvaughan Village Hall


Between 9.00 and 1.30

31st July

Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare

Between 1.00 and 6.00

Big Lottery are also with us this day so you can meet two funders at once if you want to

15th August

St George’s Church Hall, Cwmparc

Between 2.00 and 7.00

Big Lottery are also with us this day so you can meet two funders at once if you want to



Unlimited Festival 2018

Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 September

Southbank Centre, London

Unlimited is back for 2018, once again shining a light on extraordinary work by disabled artists.

Featuring the British Paraorchestra, writer and comedian Jackie Hagan, sitar master Baluji Shrivastav OBE, new work by Kaite O’Reilly and many more—dive into dance, performance, comedy, music and art that challenges perceptions and breaks down walls.

The festival has an abundance of free events, plus relaxed performances and BSL-integrated events, so there’s even more reason to get involved.


Born out of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Southbank Centre’s Unlimited is a biennial festival with further Arts Council funding secured until 2020.

At the heart of the festival is the Unlimited commissions programme delivered by Shape Arts and Artsadmin. Supporting established, emerging and international disabled artists across all artforms, this programme aims to embed work by disabled artists within the cultural sector, reach new audiences and shift perceptions. The programme is funded by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council and Spirit of 2012.

For a listing of all events please go here

Mess Up the Mess

Training Opportunities

Peer Leader Volunteer Training

Are you 16-25 years old? Want to take part in a free accredited training to increase your leadership skills? Work towards assisting and running a workshop? Maximize your potential as role models?

Mess Up The Mess are offering a 4 day Peer Leader Volunteer training residential in Carmarthen. Food, accommodation and travel is included. You will be learning things like: leadership, communication, confidence, team building, child protection, diversity, equality, and inclusion; through participatory workshops. Learn how to make a change and volunteer on various and exciting project   
Oh, Have I said, it will be a lot of fun! Make a positive change and become a Peer Leader!

“I honestly think that it was one of the best experiences of my life; it really improved my confidence and has made me want to volunteer more!” – Leah

7th – 10th August 2018
USWTSD Carmarthen 


Community Tech Volunteering

 Are you looking for a great training opportunity?

Are you 14-25 yrs old and currently not in education, training or employment or have higher support needs?

Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company is running technical theatre training in lighting and sound and accredited training in volunteering and community engagement.

You will have the opportunity to volunteer on various community events using Mess Up The Mess’ technical theatre kit and gain new skills and practical experience.

Training is taking place on 23rd and 24th August

 Want to find out more about both opportunities? Please contact Jay
at [email protected] or on 01269 591167


Learning Disability Wales

An Introduction to Mindfulness and how it can be used with Person Centred Planning

Learning Disability Wales12 September in Cardiff

Mindfulness is an effective way for you and those you support to deal with the stresses we all face in life. Learning Disability Wales is holding a one day training session in Cardiff on 12 September.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get an understanding on Mindfulness and how Person Centred Planning can help when introducing Mindfulness techniques to individuals and groups.

This course focusses on how we can use Mindfulness within our own lives as well as a way of supporting other people. It also looks into how we cope with stress and how we can use Mindfulness to help reduce the impact it has on our lives and of the people around us.

Click here to see more information

You can also book your place by clicking on the link below.

If you have a number of people who all want the same training you could save money and time by arranging in-house training from Learning Disability Wales.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Inacia Rodrigues on 02920681174. Email:[email protected]

Reception: 02920 681160


Rudry Music Festival

Off the Beaten Track

13th – 14th July

Rudry Parish Hall, Caerphilly, CF83 3DF

Music / Art / Poetry / Nature / Real Food / Ale / Cider

The Eskies

Orla Gartland

True Strays

Nick Harper

There will also be workshops to participate in, activities for children and spoken word performances.

For full line-up and info go to: www.rudrymusicfestival.org

Tickets from: www.wegottickets.com and Spillers Record Shop

For further information please visit: www.facebook.com/RudryMusicFestival; twitter.com/rudrymusicfest

Email: [email protected]

Fourteen Project

14, Equal Street

As part of the Fourteen project in Mid-Rhondda, Chris Tally-Evans has been working with groups in the area to create the world’s smallest arts centre in the form of a market stall in Tonypandy market. “We have ideas on the stall. We have artwork on the stall. We have a two-seater cinema showing short films made by the artist, sometimes with the help of Llwynypia Learning Curve and the Rhondda Sea Cadets. Can’t wait!”

Starting Friday July 6th 10am – 2pm and appearing every Friday throughout July do visit Tonypandy market, be prepared for some great surprises.

Tonypandy Market, upper car park.