Storytellying at Dinefwr Food festival

A feast of storytelling is on offer as part of Gwledd, Dinefwr’s food festival this June.  At the height of midsummer, we celebrate many rich and delicious textures of traditional stories from across the world, featuring some of the UK’s most celebrated artists sharing tales to feed your imagination, body and soul.

Over the weekend, an impressive array of leading artists will be sharing stories on themes of food, feasting and midsummer, including Jan Blake, Michael Harvey, Daniel Morden, Clare Muireann Murphy, Phil Okwedy and Tamar Eluned Williams plus a few special international guests you won’t want to miss!

All daytime performances are included as part of the entry ticket into Dinefwr.

Dinefwr Entry prices:
Adult £7.90
Child £4.00
Family £22.00

NT Members part of membership fee.

Special Event : Saturday 22 June, 7.30 – 9.30pm

Gwledd o Straeon – a Feast of Midsummer Stories

This session will have TONY EVANS as BSL interpreter throughout

At Midsummer, a time for celebration, fire and feasting, the veil between worlds is thin, and humans, gods and fairy folk slip through. Join six leading UK and international storytellers for an evening savouring stories of banquets, bargains, shape-shifting and fun, marking the moment when the sun hangs high in the sky and light and dark are held in balance.

Suitable for adults and 12+

Refreshments available from 5pm (includes Pimms Bar, etc)

Jan Blake (UK)
Michael Harvey (Wales)
Daniel Morden (Wales)
Clare Murphy (Ireland)
Phil Okwedy (Wales)
Tamar Eluned Williams (Wales)

Tickets £10 (this is the evening event only. daytime tickets separate and purchased through National Trust). Find out more about our evening event and tickets 

Pointillism Art and Wellbeing Workshop at The Gate (Free event)

The Pulpit Cafe Bar, the Gate, Cardiff

Wednesday July 17th, 2-3pm



Also known as dotwork, pointillism is a drawing technique which involves delicately layering individual dots to build textures and images. Pointillist artist Cerys Knighton has found this technique to be hugely beneficial in coping with mental ill health. During this workshop, Cerys will provide pens, art paper and drawing outlines, so that you can try out different textures with pointillism, either starting a drawing from scratch or taking an outline and using pointillism as a form of shading/colouring – no drawing ability is required, this is just a space to experiment with pointillism! Your creations will be all yours to take home.

This workshop will take place alongside Cerys’s ‘Bipolarity’ exhibition, so there will also be a chance to have a look around at the artwork of the exhibition.

Please note this is a Free event – but spaces are limited so booking in advance is recommended
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About the Artist:

Cerys Knighton is a Welsh artist and medical humanities PhD student funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. Primarily using a pointillism technique with pen and ink, her artwork examines and communicates the findings from her research. Cerys analyses patient case notes, medical journals and literary texts to investigate the conceptualisation of mood disorders as a category for diagnosis. Her artwork also draws from her own experiences of living with bipolar disorder.



The Big MaDCaff Project – Volunteers and performers needed

The Big MaDCaff Project has started – now we need YOU

Yes, very excitingly, we have begun work on the project and now all we need is several dozen volunteers, a load of venues, lots of training, a sackful of cake and a jamboree of Musicians, Dancers and performers of any kind.
Click here for more information about this exciting project

Your DAC membership needs to be renewed (please)

We would like to thank all our members for supporting Disability Arts Cymru over the past year.  Our new membership year commenced on 1st April and we have been contacting our members asking them to renew their membership once again

All members have been contacted by email or post by  Sue Pound, our Finance  and Administration Coordinator, giving details of how  to renew membership and reminders have recently been issued . Thanks to all our members who have renewed their membership.  However, if you haven’t done so  yet, please could you respond as soon as possible so that we can continue to keep you on our contact database.  If you would like to renew your membership via our website you can do so by clicking on this  link.

If you have any queries about renewing your membership or need assistance with the form, please ring our Cardiff office on 02920551040 and we will be happy to help – please note that the office is staffed  on Monday-Thursdays only.

Please note that our Annual General Meeting will be on 1st July 2019 at The Temple of Peace,  Cardiff.  We will only be able to send out information about that meeting to those who have renewed their membership.

Thank you for continuing to support DAC.

Sherman Theatre

Theatr Iolo and The Riverfront Present –


  • Written and performed by Catherine Dyson
  • Directed by Andy Smith
  • Sound Design by Lewis Gibson

When was the last time you were transported?

Together we will go on a journey across continents and years, down city streets, through deserts, over oceans, asking questions that echo through history.

Transporter is a bold, spellbinding show, born out of a belief in the power of words to transport. Just one performer in an empty space, and an audience.

An act of shared imagination. A kind of magic that happens…when you simply listen to a story.

This is the story of a girl called Maya. A girl who is always thirteen. A girl who is always on the move. A never-ending search for the last safe place on Earth.

A solo performance which is ideal for families with children aged 10 and above. At 55 minutes long this entrancing storytelling show will be a lovely way to spend an evening together.

For Tickets please BOOK NOW

Standard ticket: £9   

Schools: £7


Thursday     20th June         10:00am             Q&A

Thursday     20th June         1:00pm               Q&A

Friday          21st June          10:00am            Q&A

Friday          21st June          1:00pm              Q&A

Saturday     22nd June         1:00pm

Saturday     22nd June          7:00pm


Written and performed by Catherine Dyson

Directed by Andy Smith and Catherine Dyson

  • Studio
  • Age 10+
  • Running Time: 55m (no interval)
  • Q&A following each performance (Except Saturday)

Please note: There is one instance of strong language in this performance. If you require any further information about this please contact the Box Office 029 2064 6900 or






Cerys Knighton Exhibition


The Gate, Keppoch Street, Cardiff, CF24 3JW

June 20th to August 2nd

Exhibition launch on Thursday 11th July 6 – 9pm

‘Bipolarity’ is an exhibition exploring manic-depressive illness. Pointillist artist Cerys Knighton draws from her experiences of living with bipolar disorder since childhood, as well as her medical humanities PhD research which examines the conceptualisation of manic-depressive illness as a diagnostic category.

An illness surrounded by stigma, this exhibition tackles misconceptions. Those unfamiliar with bipolar are often surprised to learn about the scope of symptoms, from cognitive dysfunction, to hallucination, to sensory overload. The artworks range from depicting individual symptoms to analysing developments in medical treatment from the nineteenth century onwards, exploring the first two chapters of Cerys’ thesis, ‘Animalistic Representations’ and ‘The Dancing Manic Patient’, as well as using her research to reflect on current social attitudes towards bipolarity.

Cerys’ artwork toys with human and animal anatomy through ink textures, and by contrasting pointillism – a process of delicately layering thousands of individual ink dots – with softer mediums. By using familiar signifiers from the world around us, and exploring the divide between organic and inorganic, Cerys’ work challenges the viewer’s perspective to provoke discussion about social perceptions of mental ill health, uncovering the different realities lurking beneath statements of ‘I’m fine’.

About the Artist:

Cerys Knighton is a Welsh artist and medical humanities PhD student funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. Primarily using a pointillism technique with pen and ink, her artwork examines and communicates the findings from her research. Cerys analyses patient case notes, medical journals and literary texts to investigate the conceptualisation of mood disorders as a category for diagnosis. Her artwork also draws from her own experiences of living with bipolar disorder.

During the exhibition Cerys will be running workshops, more details of which will follow nearer the time. DAC is delighted to be supporting Cerys in this exciting development of her work.

Fundraising event for Touch Trust


Sunday, 14 July 2019 7:00pm – FFRESH, WMC , Cardiff



Dilys Price OBE, founder of Touch Trust and Guinness World Record holder for skydiving will share her knowledge, her passions and her experiences for a unique evening in the Wales Millennium Centre.

Dilys is an exceptional character who has transformed the experiences of thousands of people with profound multiple disabilities and those living with autism through the development of the Touch Trust method.

Highly entertaining, with a wicked sense of fun, this fantastic octogenarian will share her stories in the intimate setting of Ffresh, within the Wales Millennium Centre.

Based on her Ted Talk, Dilys will also share what drives her and what makes her happy.

Click here for more information and  tickets

Yello Brick

Announcing Summer playARK

We have been a little quiet for the last few months and thought it was time to relaunch and bring people together again for a bit of Play!

We’ve put together a programme of events for the summer that includes a new game, a reboot of one of our classic street games as well as a night of fun mini games.

What is playARK?

For those who have never been to a playARK event, it is a place where people can play, make and test games. We aim to make cities more playful and bring people together through shared playful experiences.

The games you will discover at playARK often take place in public spaces, can be high tech or low tech, sometimes they are serious, sometimes they are silly, often they are both.

We want to build a community of people interested in games, play and making! If you are interested in bringing a game to playARK or have any questions about our upcoming events please get in touch.

Cold Case

2nd June

14:00 – 16:00

Wales Millennium Centre


Our new detective game in a box: Cold Case. The only evidence that remains of this unsolved murder is stored in this box.  Listen to the police interviews, trawl through the evidence and state your case.

 Can you find what police missed?

Get Your FREE Tickets



28th July

14:00 – 16:00

Wales Millennium Centre


We are putting on a micro-festival of mini-games. We will have a selection of some of our favourites for you to play. Games will be taking place inside and outside. Play to win and play for fun!

Be prepared for silliness!

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Street Game

25th August

14:00 – 16:00

Wales Millennium Centre


We have been thinking that it’s been a little while since we played a street game across Cardiff. So we are currently turning thinking into making. This will be a reboot of one of our classic street games.

More details soon…

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playARK is created by yellobrick.

We create meaningful experiences that place audiences at the centre of the story.

Our work is bold, challenging, curious and playfully disruptive.

Find out more:

Learning Disability Wales

Effective Communication with People with a Learning Disability

20 June in Cardiff

Our Effective Communication course aims to help those that work with people with a learning disability play a role in helping those they support live their life to the full and be included.

We will be working with delegates on the concepts and techniques which underpin and make possible effective communication with people with a learning disability.

Delegates will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills, and learn about a range of communication concepts and techniques that can be used to facilitate effective communication with people with a learning disability.

For more information and to book your place, please click on the link below.

Click here to book your place

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 029 2068 1174.

Inacia Rodrigues

Training  & Events Coordinator