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.

SWANCOMM FILM FESTIVAL

 Saturday May 26th from 12pm – 3pm at
the National Waterfront Museum Swansea

 

The festival is the culmination of the LOCWS Creative Participation Programme, a collaborative project between Locws InternationalAdult Learning Wales and eight community focused organisations in Swansea:
SNAP Cymru – EYST Wales – Crisis – Gorseinon Social Centre – Toronto Place Community Centre – Bloom Swansea – Communities For Work – The Wallich

Back for the third year running SwanComm Film Festival will premier films made during our recent community film-making workshops. You will be able to meet with the film-makers and hear about their experience of making these eight unique films about Swansea.

The project saw children, young people and adults throughout Swansea gain creative film-making skills and enabled community members to come together to learn the theory and technical skills of making films as diverse as documentary, comic-horror, and animated movies.

Under the engaging instruction of local filmmakers Jamie Panton and David Marchant, the groups gained skills in interview techniques, camera work, directing, animation, filming on location, lighting and audio. Eight film-making courses were held and were attended by participants as young as 7 years and as wise as 58 years, participants over the age of 16 were also given the opportunity to gain accreditations courtesy of Adult Learning Wales.

SwanComm Film Festival aims to bring the City together to hear the voices of the community as they talk about their experiences of living in Swansea.

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Ffilm Cymru Wales

CHILDREN’S STORIES COME TO LIFE WITH HATCH

Ffilm Cymru, the development agency for film in and of Wales, has launched a new programme to support the development of live-action family films.
                                                                                                                                       Ffilm Cymru’s ‘Hatch’ programme will develop up to four live-action family films based on existing IP and will support filmmaker and venue understanding of how to cater for that audience. Targeted training events and activities that bring kids into the development process will provide filmmakers with a unique opportunity to gain feedback from their target audience and to benefit from the advice of experts in the field.

Hatch is a response to the relative scarcity of independent live-action family films currently in the market, which corresponds with a lack of culturally and socially diverse film stories for families and children to enjoy. A partnership with respected children’s publisher Chicken House Books, Ffilm Cymru’s programme is launched on the heels of their new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which identifies age as an area of focus, along with gender, sexuality, disability, race & ethnicity, socio-economic status and the Welsh language.

As with all of Ffilm Cymru’s film funding, feature length projects involving a wales born or based writer, director or producer will be prioritised. Projects with Welsh cultural value will also be considered. Hatch projects will also need to be based on existing IP, whether that be a book, game, stage play or other form of IP.

Writers or writer/producer teams interested in applying to take part in the programme can register to attend a free training event in Cardiff on the 29th May here.

This first Hatch training event will include panel sessions with industry experts covering subjects such as Genre in the Market, Book to Film Adaptations, Engaging Audiences, and Commercialising IP, and includes a free networking lunch. Speakers include Matthew Baker from Hanway, Tim Collins, The Brand Director, The Observer’s Simran Hans, and Sam Missingham, founder of Lounge Books and previously Head of Audience Development at Harper Collins.

The deadline for Hatch applications is the 27th June at 17:30. Full guidelines and the application form for Ffilm Cymru’s Hatch programme can be found on their website.

Individuals interested in having their say about the current film provision for family audiences, can take part in Ffilm Cymru’s survey here.

Ffilm Cymru’s Hatch programme will be followed by Fledgling: a programme orientated around films for the distinct young adult demographic, which they welcome partnership on.

Helfa Gelf Open Studios

Registration Extended!
 
  As we have no booklet deadline this year, registrations have been extended and you can now register up to 11th June!
 
The Open Studios will run across the four weekends of September as usual :
7th – 9th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 23rd and 28th – 30th, with optional late night opening on Fridays (also as usual!)
 

In addition we have a super range of exhibition and residency opportunities for members at galleries across North Wales, including:

collaborations at Tŷ Pawb and UnDegUn, Wrecsam
a new collaboration with Plas Glyn y Weddw
a new residency at Stiwdio Maelor
a repeat of the popular exhibition at the beautiful Oriel Brondanw
a superb opportunity for artists with an interest in using new technology for their creative practice at Arloesi Pontio InnovationCall_out_Edge_2_Pontio .docx

Again there will be:
residencies at Galeri Caernarfon and Ruthin Craft Centre
exhibitions at the café at Oriel Mostyn
and lots more !
 
The first stage of our website makeover is now unveiled and it includes a simplified online registration process – if you are re-registering you will be asked to check and update last year’s information, new members will need to input their details …… so ensure you have all particulars to hand.   Go to www.helfagelf.co.uk to register.
Payment this year will only be possible by credit or debit card. 
 
Having not raised prices significantly for many years, this year we are raising existing price bands slightly, and introducing new price bands:
Silver (for one artist)                                           £70
Gold I (up to 3 artists),                                        £120                                   
Gold II (4 – 9 artists),                                          £185
Gold III (10 + artists)                                         £250
However as part of our shiny new look, group pages will now feature an entry of art image, name and brief contact details for each artist.   Make sure you are included if you want to be considered for an exhibition!
Bronze (webpage only) remains the same at        £35
Finally, as outlined in the last mailing, at the request of our funders, but also in response to feedback from last year, we are not going to produce the big booklet this year – for one thing it has proved almost impossible to produce a booklet with legible print and maps for the money we have available.  Instead we will shortly bring out a leaflet with details of our event and from the money saved by this we can fund better distribution and better promotion via the clusters, plus more emphasis on digital marketing via social media and the website, and online generally. 
This will include year round integrated social media coverage including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and linking into ‘featured artist of the week’ on the website, plus an improved website including:
mobile friendly website
cluster maps downloadable as pdf
fully interactive maps on website
improved search facility which shows which studios open each day
personalisable downloadable trail map for visitors.
 
We are very excited by the possibilities this year, and we hope you can join us! 
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
 

Beyond the Border 2018

Beyond The Border returns to St Donats Castle for a 2-day Birthday Barnstormer celebrating 25 years of the very best international performance storytelling.                                           Storming The Barn!!

The 25th Birthday Barnstormer will be a very special event, with limited ticket numbers and performances centred around The Castle, The Blue Garden, the new Moondance Hall, and of course the medieval Tythe Barn.

Taking part in BTB2018 will be some of the finest musicians and storytellers from Wales and the World, including Sweden, Finland, Italy, India, Belgium, Norway and Palestine….

There will be BSL interpreted performances on both days.  (Click below for details)

Saturday         Sunday

Expect fables and myths, music and magic, love stories and laughter, fun and games for children and fairy tales for grown-ups, all in the beautiful grounds of our castle by the sea.

As part of the Birthday Barnstormer celebrations, we will also be celebrating Visit Wales’ 2018 Year of the Sea. Our programme will include Stories of The Sea, from Pirate Tales to Viking Myths to stories of Migration across The Mediterranean. Plus stories of ancient times to modern stories. We also have some special guests performing stories from the Mabinogion.

Artists already confirmed include author JOANNE HARRIS (Rune, Chocolat), ROBIN WILLIAMSON (Incredible String Band) , Classical Indian Sufi singer SMITA BELLUR,  award-winning storytellers HUGH LUPTON & DANIEL MORDEN (Classical Association Award), author and storyteller SALLY POMME CLAYTON, BEN HAGGARTY (Crick Crack Club), PAOLA BALBI (Italy) MARKUS LUUKONEN (Finland) TORGRIM MELLUM STENE (Norway), JOE BAELE, TOM VAN OUTRYVE (Belgium), CATH LITTLE, TAMAR WILLIAMS, MICHAEL HARVEY, GUTO DAFIS and more, many more ….
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DAC – North East Wales Network group meeting

Open Invitation for Artists

 Disability Arts Cymru invite all Artists, Creative Practitioners & Makers to the next DAC Regional Network Meeting 

Theatre Clwyd – Haydn Reece Suite

15th May 2018     12-2pm

We will be welcoming North Wales’s extraordinary talent, sculptor, Nick Elphick who will give a candid account of his career success to date and, who will explore the challenges of being an artist severe dyslexia as well as his personal journey with mental health issues. 

This event is free of charge.  Booking is necessary to attend this event, please contact Lowri-Mair Owen DAC Regional Officer for North East Wales. 

We strongly recommend you book a space as soon as possible as we anticipate that this will be a very popular event.  

 http://www.nickelphicksculpture.co.uk/

DAC membership -urgent reminder

Please complete forms before the end of May to retain your membership

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 the enclosed form is completed and returned to us before the end of 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.

Membership forms  were sent out by email in March 2018 – please complete and return as soon as possible.  If you need a further form for completion please email [email protected] 

or telephone us – 02920551040

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – Estron (Alien)

Estron (Alien)
by Hefin Robinson

On tour across Wales 19 April – 19 May

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
in association with the National Eisteddfod of Wales and Carmarthenshire Theatres

A laptop, a tin of Quality Streets, and an author searching for his play in an infinite universe.

Recent devastating events have turned Alun’s world upside down, but in the darkness he seeks solace in a visitor from another world.

An intriguing new play for the current generation by one of our brightest young writers, and winner of the Drama Medal at the Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod, 2016. Estron was performed for the first time in the Cwt Drama at the Anglesey National Eisteddfod, 2017. This is a rare opportunity to see a Drama Medal winner on a national tour.

“I was in tears, with a wide grin on my face, when I jumped to my feet at the end . . . This is a powerful play . . . that must be experienced.” Lowri Cooke

This is a Welsh-language production. The Sibrwd app provides a live audio synopsis for non Welsh-speakers and Welsh beginners. Full information available here.

Please note that the performance at Chapter, Cardiff on Wednesday 16 May, 7pm will be BSL interpreted.

#Estron    Pre and post show talks

 

Pontio, Bangor:  Pre-show talk for welsh learners, 8 May

Canolfan Morlan, Aberystwyth: Post-show talk, 9 May

Maenclochog Community Hall, Pembrokeshire: Pre-show Sibrwd talk, 11 May

Chapter, Cardiff:  Pre-show talk for welsh learners, 14 May     Post-show talk, 15 May

Galeri, Caernarfon:  Post-show talk, 19 May