Disability Wales – Driving Forward Disability Rights in Wales – Aberystwyth

Join us at our Regional Event in Aberystwyth!

Thu 28 June 2018     10:30 – 16:00

Medrus 4 , Penbryn Building Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3B

This is a FREE one-day event, a great chance to get an update on disability rights in Wales.

Programme to include:

  • The United Nations review on disabled people in the UK– one-year on….hear from the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Brexit implications for disabled people….what we know so far…
  • Panel discussion on disability discrimination in Wales….perhaps you feel you have been discriminated against…opportunity to get advice

Workshops aimed at disabled people and their organisations. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussions, networking and to share knowledge.

Early booking advised!  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/driving-forward-disability-rights-in-wales-aberystwyth-tickets-45713406028

Call out for individuals to join a new Welsh-language writers’ group

This is a unique opportunity for up to 8 new or emerging theatre writers to develop their craft through a series of events, workshops and mentorship over a period of 10 months.


As part of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s new initiative – Theatr Gen Creu – a scheme that supports and nurtures talent, the company is inviting applications to join the New Writers’ Group.

  • A mentorship and training scheme – completely free of charge – for new and emerging theatre writers 
  • An emphasis on encouraging applications from those currently under-represented in the arts 
  • An extensive programme of events and workshops to develop and nurture talent 

The aim of the New Writers’ Group is to nurture future talent in Welsh-language theatre writing, and to enable new and diverse voices to flourish. The project will also help those individuals to develop their craft as they create new work for the theatre in Welsh.

The New Writers’ Group is open to writers of every age and from all parts of Wales and beyond – people who are eager to explore, experiment and develop their craft. Maybe some will be experienced writers in other media but fancy venturing into the theatre world. Maybe others already work in the theatre but are keen to try their hand at writing. And maybe others have had some experience in theatre writing but feel they need a helping hand in taking their next steps. We are especially keen to encourage applications from groups that have been under-represented in the arts – disabled people, women, people from BAME backgrounds, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The New Writers’ Group is a Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru initiative presented in association with S4CLiterature WalesPontioTheatr ClwydAberystwyth Arts CentreCarmarthenshire TheatresWales Millennium Centre and the Sherman Theatre.

The scheme will run between September 2018 and June 2019 and will include a series of workshops with experienced writers and directors in various locations throughout Wales. Most of the workshops will be held through the medium of Welsh. The writers will also have an opportunity to attend a number of theatre performances in various venues, completely free of charge.

Following the workshops, the writers will have a period of time to write a new play, with feedback from professional people being given on the work as it develops. At the end of the writing period, rehearsed public readings (with professional actors and directors) of these new plays will be given in the venues that are part of the scheme.

As part of the commitment of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and all its partners to ensure that this scheme is accessible and open to all who wish to apply, every element is offered at no cost to the successful applicants. The writers will be paid travelling, accomodation and subsistence expenses to enable them to attend the workshops, feedback sessions, rehearsals and readings.

Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, commented about the scheme:

Opportunities for writers interested in Welsh-language theatre to attend professional workshops are rare. Rarer still are those opportunities for writers to see their work being presented by professional actors. Opportunities to experiment, to have a go at fulfilling an ambition and, yes, even to fail, are all essential elements of a thriving theatre environment in any language. We are extremely pleased that so many key and influential partners have joined us in this venture and are very grateful to them for their support. Together, we’re determined to give encouragement to a new generation of Welsh-language theatre writers, and look forward to receiving applications from writers of all ages who feel they need a little support to move forward with their work and who are ready to take a chance!

Closing date: 17:00 on Monday 18 June 2018.

For full details and how to apply please visit the Theatr Gen Creu page.

Ynys Mon & Gwynedd Mind

Ynys MonAnxiety Management
A course for young people  aged 14-18

Wednesdays 2-3pm  25 July   – 28 August    – Llangefni

A 6 week anxiety management course for young people (14-18)  running in Llangefni through the summer holiday, starting in late July.  The course looks at what anxiety is; how it affects us physically, emotionally and psychologically and how these factors influence our behaviour. We then use CBT methods and practice various mindfulness techniques so that the learners can put an action plan together to help them achieve their goals.

Please pass on this information to any people who may be interested in the course or get in touch if you need more information.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01286685279

Text :07531297847


Taking Flight Theatre

You’ve Got Dragons

Taking flight -Taking Flight urgently needs the help of loyal friends and supporters to continue their inclusive project with families & very young children exploring Mental Health. You’ve Got Dragons is aimed at families with children as young as 3, with a particular focus on families with a D/deaf, Hard of Hearing, blind or Visually Impaired member.

The company deliberated for a long time as to whether to ask their supporters to get behind a campaign like this once again. However, they have been invited to share the You’ve Got Dragons project in the Republic of Ireland, new venues in Wales and England and with a greater numbers of parents, families and services. Children themselves are asking us to continue this important project.

You’ve Got Dragons is a show aimed at families with very young children. It’s based on the book by Kathryn Cave, illustrated by Nick Maland. In our dramatized version, the young audiences follow the story of Ben as she journeys to come to terms with the dragons that have been disrupting her life for some time. The show explores the issue of anxiety and mental ill health, raising questions we hear from young people all the time, such as “Am I the only one?”, “Did I do something wrong to deserve this?”, “Is there something wrong with me?” and “Will this ever go away?

Alongside the show, we have been offering free Dragon Taming workshops in many venues- sessions exploring practical ways to deal with anxiety and stress for families with very young children. The workshops are designed for families to attend together. They’re fun, accessible and at the end, participants have a number of techniques they can use when things get tough. We worked with Deaf clinical psychologist Dr Sara Rhys Jones as well as mental health practitioner Martin Gossage to plan these workshops and they have, thus far, been funded by The Foyle Foundation and Big Lottery Awards for All.  Now we need your help to raise funds to continue this important work. Here’s a taster of what people have been saying:


“Sadly we do not equip young people with the tools to cope so the production is not merely heartwarming entertainment but actually vital for encouraging emotional coping. My youngest daughter has Autism and really identified with the theme of finding everyday things challenging. In this sense anxiety probably is the biggest of all conditions to overcome and sadly from both personal and professional experience, services are just so lacking. I think the 2 hours my daughter spent watching the show (and participating in the workshop) has helped her more than the NHS.”Audience member & workshop participant 2018

Of course, as well as dealing with mental health, You’ve Got Dragons is a trademark Taking Flight show involving a professional inclusive cast of D/deaf, disabled and non- disabled performers. The performance has integrated British Sign Language, Creative Captions and age appropriate Audio Description. It comes with loads of accessible activities and materials such as always available Acclimatisation Tours, a scaled down, tactile version of the set which lives in theatre foyers, audio and tactile foyer materials including clips of the actors’ voices to support familiarisation and free inclusive craft activities.

Please check out the Kickstarter campaign we’ve launched. There are loads of great rewards to be had and even if you can only donate £5 or even just help by sharing and getting the word out on social media we will be so grateful to know that you are behind us!

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Cyrff Ystwyth


Cyrff Ystwyth the Ceredigion based inclusive dance company is presenting its annual performance in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University on June 7th and 8th.



This year Arlene James presents her first full length piece of work called Canol Y Byd (The Centre of the World).

Tickets £6.   For more information contact Mags on [email protected] or 01970 628488

Grow Wild

Wildflowers and fungi are amazing! That’s why we’re inviting young people aged 14-25 to take part in a summer of activities and flex their creative skills.
This year Grow Wild are offering not one, but two opportunities for young people to receive £500 by making a short video application telling Grow Wild their idea and how they will spend the money.

Option 1 – Creative projects in your community (14-25).

Young people can use their interest in photography, music, drama, dance, film, visual arts or more to celebrate UK native wild flowers and fungi in fun and inventive ways.


Option 2 – Co-created projects for emerging artists (18-25 only)

Apply to join with others across the UK to plan an autumn exhibition at renowned arts venue, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This will include an artist masterclass at the venue in July.


Want to know more?  Visit – https://www.growwilduk.com/creative

GDPR deadline date is 25th May 2018


If you have not already done so, please complete your membership forms now.


You may be aware that rules surrounding Data Protection are changing and therefore, to enable us to retain your personal details on our membership database and continue to correspond with you it is essential that membership forms are completed and returned to us by 25th  May 2018.  If the form is not received by that date then under the new rules we will be required to remove your personal data from our records.  This will mean that you will no longer receive these weekly e-bulletins and we will not be able to contact you to let you know about DAC events

Membership forms  were sent out by email in March 2018 – if you have not already done so, please complete and return as soon as possible.  If you need a further form for completion please email [email protected]   or telephone us – 02920551040

BBC Wales are looking for arts and culture stories

 BBC Wales is a powerhouse of bold Welsh creative content. We lead the way in creative storytelling, and we’re known and celebrated around the world for the quality of our programmes. 

We are currently looking for art and culture stories to cover across Wales. The stories will be used to create short features that celebrate Wales uniqueness and its creativity. These videos will be posted across the BBC Wales social media sites. 

We aim to show the cultural and artistic endeavours going on in Wales right now, or over the next month or two. As well as promoting well-known talents and events, we’d also like to shine a light on hidden gems; up and coming talent and arts and culture stories that deserve to be told. 

We are looking for inventive artists, performers, facilitators and creators, hailing from the worlds of traditional and contemporary art, performance, crafts, theatre, comedy, screen and music. 

We are looking for talents, events and pieces of work that have something a little bit different to offer, that will capture the imagination of our audience, whilst showcasing the variety of artistic endeavours and people that live in Wales. That could be in terms of the subject matter, the creative process, materials, the artists themselves or any other component. 

This is a fantastic way for artists, performers and creators to show case their work on a large platform to audiences across Wales and beyond. If you think that you might fit the bill, please get in touch via email on [email protected], with name, contact details and a little bit about yourself and your involvement in the arts and culture.