Romani Arts

Gypsy, Roma & Traveller History Month Children’s Festival 2019

Monday 8th July 2019 – 10.30am – 3pm

St David’s Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH

Challenge your opinions, indulge in the culture and share in the activities that demonstrate a rich cultural heritage within Wales.

It’s free to adults and children alike from all backgrounds and communities! 

There will be films, live performances, art, and exhibitions that showcase the cultural diversity of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community in Wales. You will be astonished and engaged by the amazing skills, heritage, stories, history, art, theatre and dance that will be displayed throughout the day. 

Whatever your background, ability, perception or age, come and join this ever growing annual event that provide fun for all the family. 

Jane Hutt, Deputy Minister and Chief Whip said: “During Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History month, there will be many great opportunities to engage in the heritage and culture of Gypsy, Roma and Travellers. “As a society, we need to ensure we’re open and tolerant of all communities, and events such as these help to build relationships and have a better understanding of the cultural significance of marginalised groups. The Welsh Government is committed to improving equality, providing opportunities and narrowing the gaps experienced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers throughout Wales.”

http://www.romaniarts.co.uk/gypsy-roma-and-traveller-history-month-in-wales-2019/

WOW Film Festival 2019

WOW Wales One World Film Festival

From Thursday 21st March 2019

This is WOW Film Festival’s 18th journey of discovery through the riches of world cinema, bringing an eclectic, colourful and eye-opening view of our world to film fans around Wales.

As ever WOW brings to Wales the very best films that have won major awards at festivals worldwide, such as Dead Pigs (Sundance World Cinema Special Jury Prize), Aga (Best Director, Eurasian Film Festival), Birds of Passage (Honourable Mention Best Film London Film Festival), Burning (Cannes Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize), The Dead and the Others (Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival) and Three Faces (Co-Winner Best Screenplay Cannes Film Festival 2018).

“We’re immensely proud of this year’s festival programme” says David Gillam of WOW Film Festival who happens to be the UK’s longest serving film festival director. “WOW connects audiences in rural Wales to trends happening around the world. Sparking conversations around what we have in common is one of the reasons that WOW Film Festival is more committed than ever to giving more people and places around Wales access to world cinema.” This global-rural theme runs throughout the WOW Film Festival programme in 2019.

Some of rural Wales’s most socially isolated people are actively leading the development of AberCon, a comicon style anime event being hosted by the festival at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Saturday 23rd March. This ground-breaking new initiative is a partnership with Mencap Ceredigion, a grass-roots group who support people with learning disabilities, autism and brain injury. Animation is a brilliant way for autistic adults and children to improve communication skills, and over the course of the winter WOW Film Festival has been working with a group of Mencap Ceredigion members to create their own animations. AberCon will showcase their work alongside relaxed, accessible screenings of stunning Japanese animes.

WOW Film Festival’s sister project the WOW Women’s Film Club makes the cinema accessible to marginalised women from black and minority ethnic, refugee and asylum seeking communities in South Wales. On the morning of Tuesday 26th March in Newport (Gwent) the WOW Women’s Film Club will be hosting producer Flore Cosquer at the Wales premiere of the documentary Freedom Fields about the Libyan national women’s football team. Cosquer will be introducing her film in Aberystwyth that evening too.

WOW has a strong track record of showcasing films directed or written by women, who are still woefully underrepresented in top roles in the mainstream film industry. Margherita Pisano will join co-director Gaetano Crivano at the UK Premiere of En Route, their documentary about African migrants in rural Sardinia. Such ‘F-Rated films’ make up half of WOW programme in 2019 and include films such as Cathy Yen’s Dead Pigs, a smart, vibrant comedy set in Shanghai, and Dominga Sotomayor’s Too Late to Die Young, a sensuous coming-of-age tale that woozily evokes a Chilean summer after the fall of the Pinochet dictatorship.

Bringing films from South America, North Africa, Siberia, Iceland, Iran, Korea, China and Japan to Wales, WOW Film Festival takes place at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from Thursday 21st – Thursday 28th March before travelling to Swansea, Newport (Gwent), Fishguard, Cardigan, Narberth, Mold and Oswestry.

See www.wowfilmfestival.com for details of the full programme.

WOW Film Festival is funded by Film Hub for Wales and Ffilm Cymru Wales.

 

Festival dates:

Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Thursday 21st – Thursday 28th March

The Riverfront, Newport: Tuesday 26th March

Freedom Fields Theatr Clwyd, Mold: Tuesday 26 March – Tuesday 9 April

Kinokulture, Oswestry: Wednesday 27 March – Thursday 4 April

Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard: Saturday 30 March

Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan: Sunday 7 April

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea: Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th April

Queen’s Hall, Narberth: Sunday 14 April

The Courtyard, Hereford: Monday 29th April – Monday 13th May

BAFTA Cymru Festival

BAFTA CYMRU ENCOURAGES NEW TALENT FROM ACROSS WALES TO ENGAGE WITH GURU LIVE FESTIVAL

Second one-day festival to offer practical advice on ground-up opportunities to those from all backgrounds and locations.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Wales, BAFTA Cymru, have announced that they are pledging additional support to assist those from all backgrounds and locations across Wales to engage with their flagship one-day festival Guru Live Cardiff on 30 March.

The festival offers practical advice on careers in the film, games and television industry through masterclasses, workshops, round table discussions and a chance for individuals to meet creative professionals and their peers.

The event will build on the events programme BAFTA Cymru offers the public year-round, 38% of which were held outside Cardiff in 2018.

Tickets to the sessions have been subsidised and reduced to £10 for 2 sessions or £6 for 1 session. The event has been planned to start and end at times that allow for travel from around Wales and those who would like to attend and gain information and inspiration but find there is a financial barrier to doing so are invited to apply for bursaries that will offer up to £80 towards travel and 5 sessions for free.

We would like to support individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend Guru Live Cardiff with financial assistance towards travel costs.

*Please note, priority will be offered to those not in education, employment or training; those with dependants; those having protected characteristics and/or those living outside the CF postcode.

  • Up to £80 is available per person towards rail and bus travel, which we will book for you in advance
  • The reimbursement of mileage costs is .35p per mile.
  • You must be available to take part in the Guru Live Cardiff event if selected (from 11:30 – 18:30 on Saturday 30 March 2019)
  • Those receiving a bursary will be able to book a maximum of 5 sessions for free (dependent on availability).
  • Accommodation and food costs are not included.
  • The deadline for final applications is Friday 15 March, 12pm.
  • To apply, register and complete the form at: apply.bafta.org

Applications are open to those who are:

  • 16+
  • Living in Wales

Hannah Raybould, Director BAFTA Cymru, said:

“BAFTA Cymru is committed to helping those from all backgrounds and parts of Wales to find their place in the creative media industry if this is their goal. 

The recent BFI Workforce Diversity in the UK Screen Sector Evidence Review found that in locations that are economically less prosperous or have fewer creative industries employers, young people are less likely to think of a creative career as a viable option for two reasons.

Firstly, limited local creative industries activity and therefore exposure to this particular type of economic production leads to perceptions of careers in these areas as not providing secure enough employment. Secondly, young people from creative industries cold spots felt they would have a credibility problem trying to establish a creative career elsewhere.

We’re eager to play a small role in the work being done by many industry partners to bridge this gap by offering support for those across Wales to attend the Guru Live event to meet and hear from BAFTA recognised talent and continue to engage with them through our year-round events programme across the country and online.”

The final deadline to apply will be 15 March

www.bafta.org/wales

RawFfest/Gwyl Grai Tickets

Festival 2019 – Tickets Now On Sale

25 – 28 April Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Ticket Prices:
Thursday eve, Friday daytime, Saturday daytime, or Sunday daytime:  £5.
Friday day and evening, or Saturday day and evening: £10
Whole festival weekend: limited number of tickets at £20
Tickets available through Wales Millennium Centre. Click here.

What are you getting for your money?
Have a look here at the exciting things on offer over the four days of the festival. We’re still finalising details of more activity; look out for announcements!

We will be launching a crowdfunding campaign on St Valentine’s Day. We hope you’ll share the love!

This will give you the opportunity to help disadvantaged young people get reduced price and free tickets for the festival. Our PlaceMakers are working on some fantastic rewards for your pledges. By supporting our campaign you could get a unique art work or exclusive experience – while showing how much you care about the arts being enjoyed by more young people. 

During the four week crowdfunding campaign we will be sending out up to one email a week to tell you about new rewards and progress. If you would rather not receive these, please email fraser@rawffest.wales with the message ‘pause emails.’  We’ll then put you back on our mailing list in March.

For details of the festival please visit: www.rawffest.wales 

GwylGrai / RawFfest

TICKETS ON SALE FROM 24 JANUARY

GwylGrai / RawFfest Youth Arts Festival 2019

Stand by on 24th January for the launch of our website with details of the festival core programme. Tickets will go on sale from WMC at £5 day, £10 day & evening, with a limited number of weekend tickets at £20.

RawFfest will take over WMC from 25th – 28th April 2019. It is for 14 – 25 year olds and is planned 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.

To find out more go to our website

DaDaFest

DaDaFest International 2018

The international festival returns to Liverpool City Region venues this autumn from 1st November to 8th December 2018, showcasing a series of high-quality cutting-edge work which challenges stereotypes and celebrate disability and D/deaf cultures.

Comedian Francesca Martinez, theatre-maker and comedian Jess ThomStop Gap DanceCompany, artists Faith BebbingtonJonathan Griffith, Simon McKeown and Martin O’Brien, and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Fisher are among the 2018 line-up.

They are part of a busy programme that includes more than 50 exhibitions, performances, talks and workshops by both well-known mainstream audience artists and new emerging artists, all responding to the festival’s theme Passing: What’s your legacy?

Artists have been invited to explore the concepts of ageing, death and disability (passing time) and the changing nature of all our journeys and the legacies we leave (passing on).

The festival will also commemorate the end of the First World War as a key moment for modern recognition of disability as a social construct.

Events will be held at a wide range of venues across the city centre and beyond including St George’s Hall, Royal Court Liverpool, the Bluecoat, Tate Exchange, Constellations, the Unity Theatre and World Museum.

Award-winning artist Simon McKeown’s interactive No Passengers vintage disability cars installation will be seen at St George’s Hall from 21 November – 8 December.

And this year DaDaFest is also expanding its geographical reach with a performance by the acclaimed Stop Gap Dance Company taking place at Storyhouse Chester.

Visual art is represented by Gina Czarnecki whose special exhibition of eco-friendly coffins designed by local and national artists Who We Are Now will be staged in the Oratory in the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral from November 1-18.

Unity will host Jonathan Griffith’sRetrospective throughout the festival period, and the artist will take part in special talks at the theatre on November 20 and in Chester Lane Library in St Helens on November 22.

And Martin O’Brien’s video installation Until The Last Breath is Breathed comes to St George’s Hall from November 21 – December 8. He will also be doing a performance lecture at the same venue on 29 November.

Jess Thom showcases Samuel Beckett’s Not I, the story of a woman’s life told at top speed by a disembodied character, ‘Mouth’, at the Bluecoat on November 23-24.The Touretteshero and Battersea Arts Centre production in association with the Albany sees performer Thom reclaiming Mouth as a disabled character.

Meanwhile laugh-out-loud comedy comes from Francesca Martinez (What the **** Is Normal) at the Unity Theatre on November 23 and to Chester Lane Library in St Helens on November 24. Laurence Clark will also be live at the Unity on November 24 with The Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting.

Finally, DaDaFest team up with Action Transport and Unity Theatre for a seasonal show collaboration, for the highly theatrical and bold retelling of the classic family tale – Beauty and the Beast!

Beauty and the Beast shows that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and that everyone’s attitude can, at times, be beastly!

DaDaFest Artistic Director Ruth Gould said: “I’m delighted by the programme we’re presenting during DaDaFest International 2018. We have some fantastic, absorbing and thought-provoking work developed by hugely talented artists working across a wide range of genres, from dance to visual art, music to comedy.

“The theme of this year’s festival, Passing: What’s your legacy? is a great starting point for conversations, both verbal and artistic, and I’m really looking forward to some exhilarating exchanges of thoughts and ideas over the course of DaDaFest International 2018.

“The programme includes moments that affirm, celebrate and inform on the very essence of what it is to live as people who are disabled, Deaf, young, old and the many interactions and happenings that we encounter as we journey through life. We all have stories, we all matter as we all part of the human race.”

See the full programme at www.dadafest.co.uk/events

Follow @DaDaFest on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook #DaDaFest18

 

 

 


 

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

WOW Women’s Film Club

Remaking Home
Thursday 8th November
Volcano Theatre, Swansea

WOW Women’s Film Club is taking part in a one day festival called “Remaking Home”.

Join us for a day of films, discussions, talks, children’s workshops, poetry and book readings, music, food and drink.

Short films to be screened on the day include the Wales premiere of Claire Fowler’s Salam, which recently debuted at London Film Festival.

Grow Your Own (PG)

Thursday 8th November
Doors: 11.30am
Start time: 12pm

Creche available for “Grow Your Own” screening.

A warm-hearted feel-good comedy. When a refugee and his family are given an allotment garden, some of the longstanding residents are upset. But eventually they bond over the joys of gardening and then team up to fight an invading mobile phone company.

Book your free tickets here: https://grow-your-own-wow.eventbrite.co.uk

I Am Nasrine (15)

Thursday 8th November
Start time: 6.15pm

I Am Nasrine follows the paths of Nasrine and Ali, sister and brother in a comfortable, middle-class Iranian home. When Nasrine has a run-in with the police, the punishment is more than she bargained for: their father orders them both to relocate to the UK. Arriving in Britain, their fate and their future are far from certain. As Nasrine finds the courage to accept her fate, she discovers that the end of her journey is really just the beginning.

Book your free tickets here: https://nasrine-wow.eventbrite.co.uk

Deadline approaching for proposals for the RawFfest programme

Want to perform at RawFfest? or show a film? or display an artwork? or publish your writing?

We’re looking for work by 14 to 25 year olds.
Less than two weeks to submit your proposals online!

WHAT WE’RE AFTER

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

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

HOW TO APPLY

Click through to this form and tell us what you’d like to bring: 

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.