Ty Cerdd

19/20 CoDI Buddies Opportunity

Following the success of its inaugural season, Tŷ Cerdd announces the artists call for 19/20 CoDI Buddies, the initiative that forges links between Welsh composers and performing groups/societies.


This year, three composers and three performing groups from the Tŷ Cerdd Network (sign up for free here) will be partnered through the programme, with each pair being awarded £1000 (shared between composer and society) towards the Buddy activity. From workshops, to outdoor promenade performances; from a new fanfare for a junior band, to a composer working on a society’s recruitment drive: each pairing will decide their own focus. The aim is to help composers forge relationships with community music-makers, and to produce a lasting legacy of partnerships and high-quality new work. And at the end of the process, the pairing judged by our panel to have the most potential to move forward together to create a piece for the concert platform will be awarded an additional commission fee of £1000.


Making Music & Sound and Music

19/20 CoDI Buddies will link up with the current cohort on the Adopt a Composer programme, delivered by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music: the three selected CoDI Buddy composers, along with the musical directors of their Buddy groups, will be take part in an expenses-paid workshop day in London with their Adopt a Composer counterparts (Sunday 2 February, MDs; date in March, tbc, composers). This day will offer an opportunity to network with composer peers and mentors on the Adopt a Composer programme, and to take part in career development activities.


The broader CoDI programme is generously supported by Arts Council of Wales (National Lottery funds) and the
PRS Foundation (who has awarded Tŷ Cerdd a place in a UK-wide cohort of Talent Development Partners).


Apply now at:  https://www.tycerdd.org/codi-buddies


DEADLINE: Friday 8 November 2019


CONTACT: Matthew Thistlewood 029 2063 5650 [email protected]


Link to last year’s activity

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre

Trustees Wanted

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre is looking for three Trustees to join our enthusiastic and dedicated Board of Trustees in December 2019.

The Board is made up of nine Trustees appointed by the Grange, and five appointed by the Borough and Community Councils.

We meet quarterly as a Board plus one AGM, with staff and Trustees meeting throughout the year to focus on specific activities or topics.

Our vision is to present the best Applied Arts work being made in Wales, and to bring to Wales some of the most important and interesting work being produced nationally and internationally.

We aim to do this by delivering a programme of education, participation and engagement activities that are relevant to the lives of our communities.

We are particularly looking for Trustees who have knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • artists and makers whose practice is aligned with the Grange’s Mission and Vision,
  • fundraising
  • retail / commercial operation
  • catering
  • capital development

New Perspectives

We are determined to welcome new voices from diverse backgrounds onto our Board. We want to ensure our Trustees reflect and represent all our diverse communities, be that through their race, gender, sexuality, age, language, ethnic / national origins, religion or belief, disability, financial status, or in where they live.

We welcome applications from people who have:

  • A commitment to LGAC and its work
  • A willingness to devote time and expertise
  • Good, independent judgement
  • The ability to think creatively and share ideas
  • A willingness to speak their mind
  • Understood and accepted the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • The ability to respect confidences
  • The ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • A commitment to adhering to the Nolan Committee’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Terms of Appointment

Three-year term of office, renewable once. This is a voluntary position and is not remunerated. Expenses can be claimed.

Further information and how to apply

Role Specification
Equality and diversity monitoring form

To apply, please submit your CV, a covering letter, and the equality and diversity monitoring form above to Elaine Cabuts, Chair, at [email protected] or by post to Elaine Cabuts, Chair, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, St David’s Road, Cwmbran, Torfaen, NP44 1PD

Application deadline 10am Monday 4 November 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet with representatives of the Board in early November, in order that the appointments can be considered at the AGM on Saturday 30 November 2019

If you would like to discuss this role in confidence, please email Elaine Cabuts, Chair at [email protected]

Theatr Iolo

I Wish I Was A Mountain

Created at the egg Incubator. Co-Produced by the egg and Travelling Light Theatre Company. Presented on tour in Wales by Theatr Iolo

On the day of the famous annual fair, the town of Faldum receives an unexpected visit. A wanderer offers to grant a wish to anyone who wants one. Before long, the city is transformed. Mansions stand where mud huts once squatted, and beggars ride around in horse drawn carriages. And one man wishes to be turned into a mountain.

Written and performed by former Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champion Toby Thompson, I Wish I Was a Mountain uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly reimagine Hermann Hesse’s classic fairy-tale.

Do we really need the things that we need? What do mountains feel? How did time begin?

Adults are kindly requested to leave all answers to these questions at the door. Children, come as you are.

The Welfare, Ystradgynlais                 13/10/2019                            BOOK HERE

Wales Millennium Centre                    29/10/2019 – 01/11/2019       BOOK HERE

The performances on 29 October, 7pm and 30 October, 11am will be creatively translated into BSL by deaf poet Donna Williams.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre                     03/11/2019                             BOOK HERE

Hafren, Newtown                                05/11/2019                             BOOK HERE

Swansea Grand Theatre                    06/11/2019                             BOOK HERE

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon                08/11/2019 – 09/11/2019        BOOK HERE

EFA Cymru

All Gweithgareddau Cymunedol Helpu Gydag Iselder?

Sut mae anabledd corfforol yn effeithio ar iechyd meddwl?

All presgripsiynau cymdeithasol gynnig cymorth cystal a therapi proffesiynol a thriniaethau ffarmacolegol?

Dewch i drafod gyda ni a darganfod sesiwn gweithgaredd di-dal – meddwlgarwch, creu cerddoriaeth a therapi celf


Cwrt Insole, Llandaff, Caerdydd, CF5 2LN

Cofrestrwch am docyn (yn rhad ac am ddim) – www.efa.cymru

Ebost: [email protected]

Ffon: 0797 342 1644

Exercise For All – Event

Could Community Activities Help With Mental Challenges?

How does having a physical disability affect mental health?

Could social prescription help as much as formal therapies and pharmaceuticals?

Come join the debate and try a free taster session of mindfulness, music creation or art therapy

Friday 8th November

Insole Court, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2LN

9.30am – 12.30pm

Book your free ticket via email, phone or visit: www.efa.cymru

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0797 342 1644

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company – Training

An Insider’s Guide to Working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities Training Day

Date: Tuesday 17th December 2019 (9.30 AM – 5:00 PM)

Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Admission: The cost for the day (including light refreshments and lunch) is £162.29 per delegate, if you book before the Tuesday 3rd December 2019 and £183.85 per delegate if you book between Wednesday 4th December 2019 and Monday 16th December 2019. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

Organisers: The Romani Cultural & Arts Company

Who should attend this training?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, in meeting the needs of ‘hard-to-reach’ communities, and in addressing the intersection of ethnicity, race, class, gender and inequalities.

It would be particularly useful for those who work in:

  • Academia and Research 
  • Accommodation and Housing 
  • Early Years
  • Education
  • Environmental Services 
  • Equalities 
  • Fire, Police and Justice Services
  • Government: local, regional and national
  • Planning 
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Transport
  • Voluntary and Third Sector organisations

Why should you attend this training?

It will assist you to:

  • Ensure effective engagement with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in your particular area
  • Address the range of policies and strategies necessary to empower Romani and Traveller families and individuals, especially girls and young women, LGBT Romani and Traveller individuals, children and youth, and the elderly in these communities, to overcome the disadvantages and obstacles they face in accessing services and provision on a daily basis
  • Build understanding, strengthen knowledge and make informed decisions in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities
  • Be better able to assess the needs of the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales


To increase awareness about the cultural diversity of Romani and Traveller communities across England and Wales, addressing issues of discrimination and exclusion, examining the needs of Gypsy, Roma, Travellers, to inspire and improve the services and provision delivered to GRT communities, and to generate trust and understanding between GRT communities and local authority service providers.

Learning Objectives

  • To achieve a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the complex needs of Romani and Traveller communities, from local, national and international perspectives;
  • To develop a level of knowledge that will strengthen and improve staff and officers’ work, related to health, education, housing and accommodation, training, justice and law enforcement;
  • To introduce knowledge regarding the differences between Romani and Traveller communities and their cultures, languages and origins, insofar as is useful to participants in the training, with the aim of inspiring culturally sensitive ‘best practice’ and improving service delivery to all sections of the community;
  • To introduce to participants examples of community members who are ‘Community Champions‘ role models and who can challenge the prevailing stereotypes of Romani and Travellers, or the negative images of ‘Gypsies’, present in media and popular press;


By the end the session participants will have:

  • Increased their knowledge of the culture, traditions and history of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities (this includes a timeline of key historical events and legislation); 
  • Developed an understanding of diversity within the Romani and Traveller communities (that is, who are Gypsies, Roma and Travellers?);
  • Increased their awareness regarding the prejudice and discrimination faced by Romani and Traveller communities in Wales, the UK and more widely across the Europe, in particular Romani and Traveller women, LGBT Roma, older Travellers;
  • Identified obstacles to accessing their own services that Romani and Traveller people experience, and attitudinal issues, or barriers to equality of delivery in services such as housing, accommodation, education, health, employment, safeguarding and other public services, that inhibit the delivery of quality provision to GRT communities;
  • Improved participants’ understandings of how to engage effectively with the Romani and Traveller communities, particularly over issues of exclusion and marginalisation, and what they can do to address these and ensure inclusion in the delivery of services;
  • Developed an Action Plan that will put their learning into practice, in the workplace;
  • Established a baseline of knowledge and support that can be accessed to assist officers in carrying out their statutory duties.

General Information

The Romani Cultural Arts Company is the leading Romani and Traveller community-based organisation in Wales, using the arts and culture as a vehicle for advocacy, education and empowerment, amongst the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities and the wider society in Wales. RCAC also supports individuals to become “Community Champions”, as actors and agents of change in their own communities, making a difference for themselves and the wider society. RCAC is managed by a Board (voluntary management committee) made up of representatives from the GRT communities, meaning that community members have a role as decision-makers and are part of the process of shaping the advocacy and rights agenda that RCAC promotes.

The Company believes it is essential that the GRT communities be at the forefront of social progress and positive developments in social inclusion, in the struggle or the recognition of GRT rights and promoting inter-cultural understanding. Within Wales and increasingly across the UK, our advice and expertise is sought by local governments, policy-makers, decision-takers and local or national institutions. We are asked to evaluate the effectiveness of their policies and strategies or to support them in consultation to ensure the voice of the GRT communities they serve, is heard.

We lead on advocacy for these vulnerable communities, influencing the policy and strategy agendas in the context of a devolved Welsh Government and, increasingly internationally across the UK, and we deliver quality training for those who work with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, who wish to improve their reach and their impact.


Book at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-with-gypsy-roma-and-traveller-communities-training-day-tickets-75277867127?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text


Please note: the training day will be held at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Gods and Kings On Tour

A Four in Four Co-production with The Riverfront, Newport

Touring across Wales in October – November 2019
Co-directed by Paul Whittaker and Tamsin Griffiths

Newport, Riverfront Wed 9th Oct 7.45 pm
Thur 10th 1pm  & 7 pm
Fri 11th 7.45 pm

Galeri, Caernarfon Wed 16th Oct 7.30 pm

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Thur 17th Oct 7.45 pm

Ffwrnes, Llanelli Fri 18th Oct 7.30 pm

Blackwood Miners Institute Tues 22nd Oct 7.30 pm

Porthcawl, Grand Pavilion Wed 23rd Oct 7.30 pm

Swansea Grand Fri 25th Oct 7.45 pm

Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog Fri 1st Nov 7.30 pm

With a post-show conversation
Integrated BSL at all performances – BSL interpretation only at Theatr Brycheiniog

“Ever since I can remember I have always been different…
If I take the pill that they have placed in my hand, who will I become?”

At the age of 23, Paul walks into a psychiatrist’s office believing he is either a God, or a King. He leaves with a diagnosis of Bipolar Manic Depression, and facing a life-changing decision: Take the pill and live, or don’t take the pill and die.

23 years later; Gods & Kings draws on Paul’s real-life experience to produce an emotionally honest, and darkly funny, account of what it is to live a life ruled by mental illness.

‘It’s smart, it’s acerbic, it’s generous, it’s funny, it’s genuinely moving.’
Kaite O’Reilly

For further details please visit – https://www.fourinfour.co.uk/tour-dates


Hijinx and National Theatre Wales

Mission Control lands at Wales’ most iconic landmark

Tickets are now on sale for National Theatre Wales and Hijinx Unity Festival’s Mission Control – a brand-new production to be staged in the heart of the Welsh capital, at one of Wales’ greatest landmarks, the Principality Stadium.

Mission Control runs from 22 – 24 November 2019 at The Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

Tickets range from £14 – £18.

To book, call 029 2037 1689 or visit www.nationaltheatrewales.org 

Age guidance 14+.   

BSL and closed caption will be available at all performances.  Audio Description at selected performances.

Directed by Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales and Ben Pettitt-Wade, Artistic Director of Hijinx Theatre, Mission Control is a brand-new, guided, immersive show like no other. In a world where everyone creates their own truth, who can we trust, and who gets to make the choices about our future? Mission Control will feature an inclusive cast of over 80 performers including Hijinx actors from their five academies throughout Wales.

Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales said “We are delighted to be collaborating with Hijinx Theatre on this unique production set in one of Wales’ best loved landmarks.  A venue which has seen extraordinary moments of drama and delight whether during the Rugby or being entertained by world renowned artists like Beyoncé. 

Mission Control lets us open the gates to a very different kind of performance, one where we will take audiences on a surprising journey placing them at the heart of the story and the space. 

Inspired by the moon landings of 50 years ago the show celebrates and questions the nature of human endeavour and the choices we make. Our capacity for compassion and our desire for power and control.”

Kully added “Mission Control will be the first performance of NTW’s 10th anniversary year. We are dedicated to making theatre matter, and working with over 70 actors and Wales’ leading inclusive theatre company will do just that.”

22 November 7pm

23 November 3pm & 7pm

24 November 12pm & 4pm

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Ben Pettitt-Wade, Artistic Director at Hijinx Theatre said “Faced with increasing uncertainty over Brexit and how this would affect the international programme of our Hijinx Unity Festival we decided to do something a little different with the event this year. 

The result is “Mission Control” – our most ambitious production to date, featuring over 70 of our Hijinx performers from all over Wales, at a truly iconic venue, in collaboration with National Theatre Wales. 

After months of detailed planning, we can’t wait to get stuck into rehearsals with our wonderful cast and creative team. We look forward to welcoming audiences to a unique experience, in the Principality Stadium as you will never have seen it before.”

The cast includes Matthew Davison, Ffion Gwyther, Freddie Holcombe, Iwan Jones, Rebecca Killick, Tesni Kujore, Justin Melluish, Matthew Mullins, Rhiannon Oliver, Francois Pandolfo, Adam Redmore and Luciana Trapman.


Children in Need Funding

Small Grants Round Open for Spring 2020

Charities and not-for-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged youngsters can now apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to three years from the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme. The programme funds projects that address issues facing children and young people of 18 years and under, including abuse and neglect, disability and deprivation.

Deadline for applications is 2nd December 2019

Click here for more information.