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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Enjoy a dance piece in the Welsh capital!

Come and join the Cardiff Dance Festival running until 24th November 2019!

November 22-23, Cardiff Dance Festival presents....

Swish, featuring Tereza Hradilková, Filip Míšek and collective.

The seeds for Swish were sown when Tereza was working on Beating, a dance film set in a boxing club.

'I was fascinated by how boxers jump rope. I enjoyed the lightness of their movements, their changing rhythm, the movement of their arms and legs. I was enchanted by the different kinds of jumps and skips, and what really got me was the sound of the jump rope that accompanied their movements.'

So she set to work making Swish, and the jump rope grew to symbolise much more.

'Do you skip over yourself, go beyond your borders, or are you trapped in a repeating circle that you cannot escape?'

Awarded Dance Piece of the Year 2017 at the Czech Dance Platform 2017

For more information, visit:

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Unique Film Festival in Cardiff!

If you are wondering what to do this weekend, look no further. The Italian Film Festival 2019 is here! 

From Thursday 14th November to Sunday 17th November, the IFFC offers
 a series of unique, award-winning films in Pier Pavilion, Penarth and Chapter Arts Centre. Most of them are connected to Italian minority and migrant languages in honour of 2019 being The International Year of Indigenous Languages. Films featured include a ''look at the issue of migration from the perspective of two adolescents'' in ''Laura Lucchetti’s critically acclaimed drama Twin Flower and Phaim Bhuyan’s witty romantic comedy Bangla''; but also ''An absolute gripping revision of the myth of the birth of Rome and the tale of the twins suckled by the She-wolf'' in Romulus and Remus: The First King. 

So if you fancy hearing some Arbarësh, Sardinian or Proto-Italic, or just want to see an interesting piece of visual art, join the event!

Here is some general information about IFFC 2019 from
The Italian Film Festival Cardiff brings to the screens of Wales a dynamic and diverse portrait of contemporary Italy with its beauty, complexity and contradictions. The selection of cutting edge films feature all genres of Italian cinematography with a strong emphasis on new narrative forms and independent productions. During the past four years the Festival has become a lively space for directors, actors and producers from both sides of the Channel. Wales has always had an international aspect to its culture and a long tradition of being open to the world. The Italian Film Festival Cardiff aspires to be a part of Wales’ increasingly international artistic profile.

For more information and the programme see:


Friday, 8 November 2019

Feeling festive already?

You probably noticed that Christmas decorations are already up! Whether you are a 'Christmasphile' or not, you can have a dip into this year’s Christmas - Cardiff Winter Wonderland is here!

                                                                         The big wheel towers over the whole site (Image: Richard Swingler)

Here is more from WalesOnline:

Winter Wonderland opens its doors in Cardiff on Friday, November 8, 2019, which can only mean one thing - it's officially the Christmas season in the Welsh capital.

Perfect for family days out, fun with friends or even romantic dates on winter nights, the annual festive fanfare is always well received in the Welsh capital
Launching at 12pm on Friday, and with a totally new layout to previous years, we were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of what to expect before doors opened to the public.

And it didn't disappoint.

What to expect:

Last year's massive drop tower might be gone - but it's been replaced with an equally impressive Big Wheel.

It offers the same stunning views over the city just without the horrible anticipation of falling 90metres to the ground.

But arguably this year's main attraction is the Alpine Ice Trail that's taken over a huge chunk of the site. The trail is the only one of its kind in the UK - with the nearest one being found in Vienna. Discussing the trail, Jason Venables from organising team Eleventh Hour, said: “We couldn’t be more excited to announce our Alpine Ice Trail - it’s definitely something we know is really going to ‘wow’ our guests this year.

"Both our ice rink and ice trail are accessible for all and we look forward to welcoming everyone on site with us for 2019."


Friday, 1 November 2019

Come to the largest firework display in Wales!

Cardiff is organising an annual fireworks event – Sparks in the Park. Join everyone on 2nd November to celebrate Bonfire Night in Bute park this year. There will be two displays and money from your tickets will be used for charity ^^

Here is some more information from Eventbrite:
Our annual Event caters for up to 20000 people to view one of the UKs largest Firework displays, accompanied by Live Presenters from HeartFM, full Fun Fair, Food & Drinks concessions and a carnival atmosphere.
TWO Displays will be taking place again this year; a childrens’ Firework Display (with noise sensitive effects) from 6pm and Wales' Largest Firework Display set to entertain from 7pm onwards.
ALL proceeds raised from the Event will be distributed to Charity, arranged by Cardiff Round Table.

Event Programme:
Event opens at 4:30pm.
Kids Entertainment "Ed Sheeran Tribute" at 5:00pm.
Junior Display is scheduled for 6:00pm.
BONFIRE lighting at 6:30pm.
Main entertainment "The Rocket Man" at 6:45pm.
Main Display is scheduled for 7pm.
Closing entertainment "The Rocket Man" at 7:30pm.
Event closed at 9:00pm.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Coming SWN... in fact, now!

It is October. Sometimes we can feel a little bit sad as the nights get darker, the days get colder and we feel the winter coming closer. However, one great reason to LOVE October in Cardiff is the Swn Festival with live music and much more taking place all over the city.

Take a look at the website to find out more about what you can experience at this wonderful festival and don't forget to tell us all about it if you do decide to check out some live music!

Keep reading...

Sŵn Festival is an award-winning multi-venue music festival based entirely in Cardiff’s city centre, which has been running since 2007. Since it’s inception, the festival has been focused on new music, emerging artists and homegrown acts, and isn’t exclusive to any particular style of music.
It takes over a great big handful of our favourite venues and spaces in Cardiff and delivers an electrifying weekend of refreshing music by transforming the city centre into a hub of beautiful sounds.

Source: Cardiff Life Magazine. 

Friday, 11 October 2019

Oktoberfest... also in Cardiff!

Ok, it's raining cats and dogs. There is so much rain it is even breaking our student's umbrellas! So, why not take shelter this weekend at the Depot, on Dumballs Road, next to CAVC (our seasonal centre) and enjoy Oktoberfest with your new friends?

Carry on reading to find out more, and remember, if you drink, do it responsibly and look after each other. Iechydd Da! Cheers!

Oktoberfest Comes to Cardiff

This October we will be bringing you the real German BeerFest atmosphere here at DEPOT for 2 massive dates 🍺
Join us for this unmissable celebration of the nations favourite brews and ales. We’ll have a host of different beers on offer from a range of producers so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Tickets now on sale –>
There will also be delicious Hot Dog traders available to compliment your beer 🌭
Alongside this, there will be some foot stomping, thigh slapping German tunes from the Bavarian Oom-Pah band 🎷

Friday, 4 October 2019

Wonderful Welsh Art! A great plan for a rainy weekend.

Do you enjoy art and visiting art galleries? If so, then why not visit the Martin Tinner Gallery on St. Andrew's Crescent in the city centre. There is a brand new exhibition by Shanni Rhys James, called 'Sunflower and Scissors'. from October 3rd to 29th.

Don't forget to tell us all about it! 

Carry on reading for a bit more information on the gallery.

Martin Tinney Gallery was established in Cardiff in 1992 and is now considered to be Wales’ premier private commercial art gallery.

The gallery specialises in Welsh and Wales-based artists of the highest quality, past and present. We moved to our current premises in 2002, after a major refurbishment of a 19th century townhouse with purpose-built extension, giving three floors of beautiful exhibition space.
The gallery exhibits work by the most important living Welsh artists, including Harry Holland, Sally Moore, Shani Rhys James and Kevin Sinnott, as well as the very best of the younger generation. In addition, we stock work by the leading 20th century Welsh artists, including Gwen John, Augustus John, Ceri Richards, David Jones, Sir Cedric Morris, John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Josef Herman, Peter Prendergast, Sir Kyffin Williams, Evelyn Williams and Gwilym Prichard. There are monthly solo exhibitions in the main gallery, and a constantly changing exhibition of paintings, prints and sculpture on the other two gallery floors. There is also a large stock of work in our store, which may be viewed on request.
Our clients include public institutions such as The Tate Gallery, London and The National Museum of Wales as well as many private clients in Britain and worldwide. We are the only Welsh gallery to exhibit regularly at major art fairs, including The London Art Fair and The 20/21 British Art Fair, and we promote Welsh art at regular exhibitions in London and further afield.
The atmosphere is friendly and informal and, whether you are looking for a one-off purchase or are interested in building a serious collection of Welsh art, we look forward to welcoming you.