Gwyl Grai/RawFfest Crowdfunder

3 easy steps to get a great reward – and help young people in Wales

Today we are delighted to launch our 2019 crowdfunding campaign for RawFfest GŵylGrai, the youth arts festival for Wales which is coming to Cardiff for the first time – Wales Millennium Centre, 25 – 28 April 2019.

There are 3 ways that you can get involved:

1. Click through to our project page here. There you’ll see a short film made by our young people. We explain why we are asking for your help to make it easy for disadvantaged young people to take part in the inclusive, vibrant and welcoming festival.

2. Consider making a contribution  Your money will help disadvantaged young people get free places or overnight accommodation. Or you could support the training of a young PlaceMaker to be a peer-to-peer buddy.  But you can also opt for one of our exciting rewards – from a unique piece of art made by a young person to tickets for a top musical, provided by our partner Wales Millennium Centre.

3. Share the information We understand that not everyone will be able to make a donation. But might you share the information further to your networks of family, friends, colleagues?

The campaign runs from 14th February to 13th March

5 organisations make the festival a reality: Wales Millennium Centre as the Governing Body, Youth Arts Network Cymru (YANC), Arts Active, Newport Live and Venue Cymru.

Autism Learning Days

The Curly Hair Project

Autism Learning days in Cardiff on Friday 12th April – delivered by Gerry O’Sullivan on behalf of The Curly hair Project (CHP) which is an award-winning social enterprise founded by autistic author and entrepreneur Alis Rowe. This training is written by Alis and delivered by parents of autistic children thereby providing real lived experience. We are excited to reveal that we have a new series of Autism Learning Days and Mental Health Days which are being launched and we will be bringing this new work of Alis Rowe to Cardiff for the first time. We have put together a number of days where parents and professionals can learn more about autism together, from those who know what it is like to live with this condition.


The next Autism & Mental Health day which incorporates understanding autism in females, seeing and using the positive traits of autism, understanding and managing social anxiety, and ways to help autistic people become more resilient starts on April 12th, 2019 in Cardiff. The link below takes you to the event with information and the ability to book tickets:

Ffwrnes Theatre Welcome Hijinx

Into The Light

Monday 4th March 7.30pm

We all seek interaction, connection and validation. The light before us promises us all this and more. The glow of our mobile phones invites us to be appreciated, cherished and loved. The challenge of stepping out on stage offers us something similar.

As the performers emerge from the darkness and into the light, are they illuminated or are they exposed? Do we dare step into the light? Are we merely moths to its flame?

Directed by Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham and incorporating an international cast of performers with and without learning disabilities, Hijinx & Teatro la Ribalta’s Into the Light is daring physical theatre about the right to be seen and heard, performed by those we need to see and hear.

Ffwrnes Theatre

Park Street, Llanelli SA15 3YE

For a full listing of tour dates for Into The Light please go here

Upcoming Training from Learning Disability Wales

Resilience and Well-being  Training

Learning Disability Wales27 March 2019  in Cardiff

We all need resilience skills to help manage the stresses of life and this is particularly important to consider for a person with a learning disability.

This half day training will look at how resilience can be developed and consider areas such as confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy and the roles they play in resilience.

Anybody wanting to learn resilience skills to support others or themselves will find this training hugely inspiring and life-changing.

What we will cover

  • What is resilience and how does it affect good mental health and well-being?
  • Understanding confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy and how they differ.
  • How do these topics affect a person with a learning disability?
  • Boosting resilience – taking a holistic approach to thinking about resilience and putting it into practice.

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to get a better understanding of how to develop better resilience skills for themselves or others. It will also cover how this can apply to people with a learning disability.

To book your place please click here. 

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Conditions – Children and Young People

3 April 2019 in Cardiff

This workshop is designed for practitioners new to the field of autism.

Participants will be introduced to basic concepts and theories relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders. The notion of autism as a spectrum disorder will be explored along with biological, psychological and behavioural aspects of the condition.

This course is designed for anyone who comes into contact with children who are on the autism spectrum. It will help those who wish to develop their understanding of children on the autism spectrum.

Click here to book your place

If you have any queries about either course please contact Inacia Rodrigues  on 02920681174 or



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 with the message ‘pause emails.’  We’ll then put you back on our mailing list in March.

For details of the festival please visit: 

Strictly Cymru Dance Competition

Leonard Cheshire – Dance Like You’ve Never Danced Before

Dancing has no barriers. Strictly Cymru is a dance competition for all abilities and ages throughout Wales.

Working in partnership with nationally renowned Para Dance UK, participants are invited to learn or brush up on new routines and take part in our regional heat in Carmarthen.

  Come for the fun and leave with the moves – each heat has specially trained dancing instructors to help you find your groove.

Starts 18 February 2019

Laser Station, Carmarthen

Inclusive workshop: 11am

Wheelchair workshop: 2pm

This is a free event for everyone to enjoy. Further heats in March will be taking place in Newport, Cardiff and Colwyn Bay.

If you’d like to book a space or find out more about our additional workshops then please visit –

You’re Invited to the Showing of PARADE

ADDO Creative Arts Consultancy

Parade is a multi-media sound and film installation created by John Rea

Maindee Library, 79 Chepstow Road, Newport NP19 8BY


Thursday 14 Feb, 8pm / Friday 15 Feb, 8pm / Saturday 16 Feb, 2pm + 6pm

PARADE is a multi-media installation by John Rea that presents a new and unique view of Maindee, featuring the people themselves. It will involve special performances of the work in Maindee Library, alongside the launch of a specially designed online portal featuring individual portraits, that highlight the personal histories, opinions, and issues that matter to the people of Maindee, in their own words. It is hoped these sound portraits convey something of what it means to live in the area, in a new and revealing way, by giving a platform for the people to speak: the true voices of those who live, study, work, volunteer, and worship here.

This commission has been co-curated by Joanne Sutton (Maindee Unlimited) and Sarah Pace (Addo) and was funded as part of Finding Maindee – a three-year project supported by the Arts Council of Wales’ Ideas: People: Places strategic programme, which aims to test new models of regeneration and collaboration through the arts. Finding Maindee was part-funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Charitable Trust and the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme through Newport City Council.

Llyfrgell Maindee Library is run by dedicated volunteers and managed by the trustees of registered charity, Maindee Unlimited. It is built upon a love for books, community solidarity, coffee and the preservation of services for future generations.

Female Expression Exhibition

Queen Street Gallery, Neath

Saturday 2nd – Saturday 23rd February

44, Queen Street, Neath SA11 1DL

01639 631081

Free Admission

An exhibition curated by Jocelyn Prosser. 

An exhibition celebrating the female form. Each artist will give a unique and deeply personal expression of the female condition. Although diverse there is a bond in this exhibition that connects. It reveals the strength and fragility within the female psyche.

Disability Arts Cymru artist, Cerys Knighton, has several pieces of her stunning pointilism work displayed as part of the exhibition and it is well worth a visit. 

For further information please go here


Opening Times:

Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm or by appointment


Power Play Exhibition

Barnabas Arts House

New Ruperra Street

Newport NP20 2BB

5th February – 2nd March

Power Play is the exhibition of poetry and art by Mair De Gare Pitt and Disability Arts Cymru member Jill Powell.

Private View Friday 8th February at 7pm

Gallery opening times: Tuesday – Friday 9.30 -4.30, Saturday 9.30 -1pm