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Storytelling Events happening in the next 14 days

Atgofion o’r Golchdy – Memories from the Wash House

    • Wed 26th April 2017 to Sat 13th May 2017
  • King Street shop windows, Carmarthen

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

An exhibition in King Street shop windows in Carmarthen displaying artworks created by older people responding to their memories of laundry.

A community project exploring and celebrating memories of wash days past. During workshops with artist Penny D Jones participants have created artworks which will be exhibited in shop windows in Carmarthen.

The project links with Oriel Myrddin Gallery's David Jones exhibition Angels on Washing Lines (18 March - 13 May)

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Writing from Life

  • Tuesday 2nd May 2017
  • Tuesday 9th May 2017
  • Tuesday 16th May 2017
  • Tuesday 23rd May 2017
  • Tuesday 30th May 2017
  • Llanfairfechan Town Hall, Conwy

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

Liz Ashworth will lead weekly creative writing classes based on life experiences. Participants can work on poetry, prose or journalism.

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Cofio / Remember - Invitation to Tic Toc - Parama 2

  • Tuesday 2nd May 2017
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Following the success of the Making it! script writing workshop in last year's Gwanwyn Festival, theatre practitioners Parama 2 are leading a new project.

Cofio / Remember is designed to build on previous work in Making it! but is suitable for new participants. The project is designed to turn oral history and memories into a dramatic, short story or song form. The aim is to inspire both experienced and non-experienced writers, and to encourage those interested to take the first steps.

The project is in two parts: -
Cofio / Remember Part 1 - Invitation to Tic Toc
May 2nd (2.45 - 5pm) Rehearsed reading of Parama 2’s current show Tic Toc followed by a talk by the authors about their modus operandi.

Cofio / Remember Part 2: Creative Writing Workshop
May 23rd (10am - 5pm): An intensive and fun day of creative writing for 55+ women designed to develop characters and stories.

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Writing Memories - Artis Community

  • Tuesday 2nd May 2017
  • Thursday 11th May 2017
  • Tuesday 16th May 2017

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

Work with a creative writing tutor to capture your memories. Using an object or photograph as inspiration, creative writing tutor Steve will explore innovative techniques in language, imagery and narrative to create poems and short stories.

All work will be published as part of a small anthology and a celebration event.

Tuesday 2 May - Fernbank House, Graig
Thursday 11 May - Pontypridd Library
Tuesday 16 May - Old Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Graig

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Natural Resources - Venue Cymru

  • Wednesday 3rd May 2017
  • Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Natural Resources is a day of pin-hole camera workshops with artist Vivienne Rickman-Poole and environmental art with Tim Pug starting at 9:30am through to 5:00pm.

Working with pin-hole cameras, which the participants will make themselves using recycled materials, Vivienne Rickman-Poole's workshop will explore ways to work with natural light to create unusual highly atmospheric images.

Artist Tim Pugh creates extraordinary stunning images using natural materials such as leaves, twigs, berries, nuts acorns etc. Under Tim’s guidance the participants will learn had to identify useful material and transform it into beautiful art work.

Venue Cymru will also host the short film Strictly Llandudno on 3 May as part of Gwanwyn Festival. Find out more.

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Strictly Llandudno - Venue Cymru

  • Wednesday 3rd May 2017
  • Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Type of Event: Film Exhibition

Short film celebrating Llandudno’s history of sequence and ballroom dancing and promoting the benefits of dancing for older people. (Dymphna D’Arcy / Top Notch Films)

Landudno was once a hub for sequence and ballroom dancing. Today the Queens Hotel still offers dancing weekend breaks.

Venue Cymru will be screening a collaborative short dance film incorporating a range of local 50+ dancers who attend some of the various local dance groups in the area including those living with Parkinson’s disease. Members of the Dance for Parkinson’s session and Ted Harding’s and Sandra Isaac’s dance sessions will feature in a short film exploring the sheer enjoyment of moving to music.

Venue Cymru will also be hosting a series of art workshops on 3 May as part of Gwanwyn Festival. Find out more.

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Creative Writing Sessions at Llyfrgell Maindee Library - Gwent Arts in Health

  • Wednesday 3rd May 2017
  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Wednesday 24th May 2017
  • Wednesday 31st May 2017
  • Maindee Library, Newport

Type of Event: Writing Workshop


Mike Church

Come and join poet and performer Mike Church at Maindee Library for a journey into words and story this May at Maindee Library.

Try something new! Write together or individually, and celebrate your creativity at the end of the month.


This project is supported by Gwanwyn Festival and Gwent Arts in Health’s Healing Words programme of activities using creativity as a positive tool for mental health.

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Creative Kinora Creadigol - Small World Theatre

  • Wednesday 3rd May 2017
  • Wednesday 24th May 2017
  • Theatr Byd Bychan, Aberteifi / Small World Theatre, Cardigan

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

Kinora Cardigan is a charity and mental health drop-in centre. Small World Theatre have worked with the centre's visitors to create a dynamic exhibition exploring the issues close to their hearts.

The exhibition will be launched on Wednesday 3 May, 4pm, at Small World Theatre, Cardigan with a short presentation from the group.

Everyone is invited! There will be tea and coffee and a chance to meet the artists.

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Friday, 10 - 4

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Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

Taster Sessions in art, dancing, singing, and therapies including massage and reflexology for people living with Parkinson's and their carers.

Places are limited, so booking is essential. For more information or to book your place please email Elaine Evans: elainekember@btinternet.com

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Bloom: Well-being and Creativity in Age

  • Monday 8th May 2017
  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Friday 12th May 2017
  • Monday 15th May 2017
  • Friday 19th May 2017
  • Monday 22nd May 2017
  • Friday 26th May 2017
  • HeARTh Gallery, Llandough Hospital

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

Throughout May, the HeARTh Gallery at University Hospital Llandough is offering Gwanwyn workshops with drama therapist Esyllt George, illustrator Helen Turnbull and choreographer Cai Tomos.

Work from the sessions will be on show in the gallery space as part of a Live Wall, which will evolve as the project progresses.

To find out more or to book your place please contact Melanie Wotton or call 029 2071 6216.

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Active Aging Arts Month - Dragon Arts and Learning

  • Monday 8th May 2017
  • Monday 15th May 2017
  • Monday 22nd May 2017
  • Monday 29th May 2017
  • Dragon Arts and Learning

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Take part in photography and creative textile workshops to create a memory wall and memory blanket for public display.

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Chwedlau’r Wyddfa / Lenyddiaeth Cymru / Ty Newydd

  • Tuesday 9th May 2017
  • Taith drên ar Reilffordd Llyn Padarn, Llanberis

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

(Cymraeg) Taith Trên Lenyddol Chwedlau’r Wyddfa

yng nghwmni’r bardd Karen Owen yn rhoi sgwrs am lenorion ardal yr Wyddfa gan ddarllen darnau o’u gweithiau, e.e. T Rowland Hughes, R Williams Parry, T H Parry Williams, Kate Roberts a W J Gruffydd yn ogystal â gwaith beirdd mwy modern sy’n fyw heddiw.

Mae’r trip yn gyfle i bobl werthfawrogi barddoniaeth a llenyddiaeth a hefyd cymdeithasu mewn digwyddiad hamddenol, braf.

Cefnogir gan Ganolfan Ysgrifennu Ty Newydd Llanystumdwy a Llenyddiaeth Cymru

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Quilting Workshop - Treherbert Quilting Group

  • Tuesday 9th May 2017
  • Pen-yr-Englyn Project, Corbett St, Treherbert

Type of Event: Craft Workshop

This year the Treherbert Quilting Group will be making a quilted work caddy.

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Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise - Fishguard Storytelling

  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Peppers Café at West Wales Art Gallery

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

Story Night: Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise.

Floor spot performances by people over 50 who have taken part in the preparatory Storytelling and Performance Skills workshop, plus a guest storyteller over 50 to inspire, entertain and demonstrate how creativity can continue to blossom in our mature years.

The main story shared by the guest teller (Mary Medlicott) will be Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise - a striking Alaskan legend of two old women refusing to succumb to a terrible fate.

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Creative Community Fun Day

  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Cathays Community Centre

Type of Event: Multi Art

This event is for the People of the Cathays area of Cardiff to enjoy and will integrate the coffee morning for older people and the Seren Fach Toddler Group

The event will be facilitated by Professionals, Students and Volunteers and will feature the following:

ART - facilitated by a community artist.

DRUMMING - facilitated by a community musician

POETRY - facilitated by a community poet

DANCE - facilitated by a local dance group

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50+ SHOW TIME

  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Pontypridd Muni Centre

Type of Event: Music

CONCERT

There will be performances by Members of all 5 50+ Forums.

The acts will include Dancers, Poems, Monologues and Songs.

There will be 20 minutes of community singing involving the audience.

'Hims and Arias' - a small male voice chorus will sing songs which are relevant to the season and the local area.

There will be a number of songs/hymns in the Welsh language.

There will be a display of Arts and Crafts displayed by the members

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Chwedlau’r Wyddfa / Lenyddiaeth Cymru / Ty Newydd

  • Sunday 14th May 2017
  • Gweithdy undydd yn Nhy Newydd, Llanystumdwy

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

(Cymraeg) Gweithdy ysgrifennu creadigol – Chwedlau

Beth ydi’r gwahaniaeth rhwng chwedl a stori? Mae chwedlau yn oesol ac mae pawb yn gwybod o leiaf un chwedl ar lafar, ond sut mae ysgrifennu chwedl?

Cawn gyfle i ddysgu mwy am y grefft o ysgrifennu chwedl, a phwy â ?yr efallai mai’r chwedlau a gaiff eu ysgrifennu yn y gweithdy fydd y chwedlau y bydd pobl yn eu hadrodd ar lafar mewn hanner can mlynedd.

Cefnogir gan Ganolfan Ysgrifennu T? Newydd Llanystumdwy a Llenyddiaeth Cymru

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Chwedlau’r Wyddfa / Lenyddiaeth Cymru / Ty Newydd

  • Sunday 14th May 2017
  • Gweithdy undydd yn Nhy Newydd, Llanystumdwy

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

(Cymraeg) Gweithdy ysgrifennu creadigol – Chwedlau

Beth ydi’r gwahaniaeth rhwng chwedl a stori? Mae chwedlau yn oesol ac mae pawb yn gwybod o leiaf un chwedl ar lafar, ond sut mae ysgrifennu chwedl?

Cawn gyfle i ddysgu mwy am y grefft o ysgrifennu chwedl, a phwy â ?yr efallai mai’r chwedlau a gaiff eu ysgrifennu yn y gweithdy fydd y chwedlau y bydd pobl yn eu hadrodd ar lafar mewn hanner can mlynedd.

Cefnogir gan Ganolfan Ysgrifennu T? Newydd Llanystumdwy a Llenyddiaeth Cymru

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Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise - Fishguard Storytelling

  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Peppers Café at West Wales Art Gallery

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

Story Night: Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise.

Floor spot performances by people over 50 who have taken part in the preparatory Storytelling and Performance Skills workshop, plus a guest storyteller over 50 to inspire, entertain and demonstrate how creativity can continue to blossom in our mature years.

The main story shared by the guest teller (Mary Medlicott) will be Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise - a striking Alaskan legend of two old women refusing to succumb to a terrible fate.

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Chwedlau’r Wyddfa / Lenyddiaeth Cymru / Ty Newydd

  • Tuesday 9th May 2017
  • Taith drên ar Reilffordd Llyn Padarn, Llanberis

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

(Cymraeg) Taith Trên Lenyddol Chwedlau’r Wyddfa

yng nghwmni’r bardd Karen Owen yn rhoi sgwrs am lenorion ardal yr Wyddfa gan ddarllen darnau o’u gweithiau, e.e. T Rowland Hughes, R Williams Parry, T H Parry Williams, Kate Roberts a W J Gruffydd yn ogystal â gwaith beirdd mwy modern sy’n fyw heddiw.

Mae’r trip yn gyfle i bobl werthfawrogi barddoniaeth a llenyddiaeth a hefyd cymdeithasu mewn digwyddiad hamddenol, braf.

Cefnogir gan Ganolfan Ysgrifennu Ty Newydd Llanystumdwy a Llenyddiaeth Cymru

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The Vale of Grwyne Memory Box - Puppet Soup

  • Saturday 29th April 2017
  • Sunday 30th April 2017
  • Saturday 6th May 2017
  • Sunday 7th May 2017
  • Llangenny Village Hall

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

Puppet Soup invite you to share your stories, share your skills and share meals in these two weekends creating a memory box for the Vale of Grwyne.

Join Puppet Soup to create puppets, crafts and tell your story. Whether you'd like to tell a story, make a puppet, or create a show or simple have two lovely weekends of food and fun company then you are welcome on this project!

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Spring Into Storytelling - Fishguard Storytelling

  • Wednesday 26th April 2017
  • Neuadd-y-Pentref TREMARCHOG / ST. NICHOLAS Village Hall

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

An enjoyable and welcoming Storytelling & Performance Skills Workshop for those over 50, led by experienced storyteller and workshop facilitator Deb Winter.

A relaxed, friendly, supportive workshop that is all about actively practising storytelling and performance skills and gaining confidence.

Beginners can learn new skills; those with some experience can practice and polish their skills or experiment with new material in a supportive environment.

There will be fun and laughter and lots more activity than listening.

The workshop has a follow-up event on 10 May – a Straeon Gwaun Story Night – where participants will have the opportunity to perform a ‘floor spot’ in front of a friendly audience.

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The Story Weavers - an evening of storytelling and celtic harp

  • Friday 21st October 2016
  • Pontardawe Arts Centre

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

Delyth Jenkins, Deborah Winter and Prue Thimbleby bring you a special show commissioned by the 2016 Gwanwyn Festival.

The Silver Wheel
A story of love, loss and transformation. Join Deborah, Delyth and Prue on a magical journey to the stars.

Threads of Fate
The ancient goddesses of destiny have been spinning and weaving the threads of our lives for century after century. but new hands take hold of the thread - with strange consequences.....

The Secret of Contentment
by Prue Thimbleby
Two stories woven together with autobiography and an interactive demonstration of rope making.

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Telling Tales - Performance at Montgomery Castle

  • Saturday 21st May 2016
  • Montgomery Castle

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

Storytelling interspersed with live folk music. This live performance follows a series of Gwanwyn workshops organised by Traditional Arts Support in the Community.

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In the event of wet weather the event may be moved to the Dragon Hotel. Please visit the organizer's Facebook page for updates.

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Writing Your Memories - Theatr Gwalia

  • Saturday 21st May 2016
  • Carnegie House (the old library), Bridgend

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

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A special Gwanwyn workshop for older people to share their stories at Carnegie House in Bridgend followed by performance.

Have you ever thought about what will happen to your stories? A Local writer wants to hear from you if you want to get them down on paper or ensure they are passed on. 

Bring a story with you or think of one on the day. It could be your first day at school, your wedding day, your family past, the day you were born or something that’s full of humour and you want to get down on paper. Capture your story any way you like - write it down or create voice recordings, letters, poems, key words.

Bring objects, photos or items of clothing to prompt reminiscence and provide inspiration. You can also bring a friend or family member if you would like to preserve your story together. The writer will be on hand to guide and help you discover your story and in the evening there will be an informal reading by actors of all the stories that day that an audience can attend.

For more information about the day contact theatrgwalia@gmail.com
 
Open to the public

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Dementia Day at Cardiff Central Library

  • Friday 20th May 2016
  • Cardiff Central Library, The Hayes, Cardiff

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

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Cardiff's Central Library will be celebrating Dementia Awareness Week (15 - 21 May) as part of Gwanwyn festival on May 20 with a day of workshops, Read Aloud sessions and a special Goldies singing event.

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Telling Tales Workshops

  • Wednesday 4th May 2016
  • Wednesday 11th May 2016
  • Wednesday 18th May 2016
  • Dragon Hotel, Montgomery

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

This event introduces you to the ancient art of storytelling and the shows you how to put some of those techniques into practice.

It concludes with a community event where the stories are interspersed with live folk music.

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May 4th, (8pm) Introduction Event
May 11th, (8pm) Storytelling workshops
May 18th (8pm) Storytelling workshops

The final performance will be on Saturday, May 21st at 5pm at Montgomery Castle.

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Ty Newydd course: Poetry and Dementia

  • Friday 26th February 2016
  • Sunday 28th February 2016
  • Ty Newydd Writing Centre

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

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This course is a taster of what’s involved in embarking on creative writing with people living with dementia. It aims to demonstrate the considerable potential for increased health and wellbeing through this work, as well as covering some of the problems that may be encountered. It will explore the characteristics of dementia as they affect communication, truth telling, editing, ownership of material, collaboration with staff and mentoring. The course will be interactive and will use video and sound recordings to illustrate some aspects in a way that will make participation and understanding easy for everyone.

The course will involve a range of different exercises, and communal discussion will be encouraged as the predominant mode of learning. Handouts will be provided, and books and journals will be available for consultation or purchase. At the end of the course, participants will be equipped with the confidence and materials to embark on their own projects.

Guests to arrive between 4pm and 6.30pm on Friday

Approx Duration: A weekend. Guests to leave at 10am on Sunday

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I Wish I Knew Then ... Performance

  • Saturday 23rd May 2015
  • Abbey Dingle Nursing Home

Type of Event: Drama Performance

‘I wish I knew then…’ an intergenerational project connecting children and the older generation through storytelling and performance within the community.

We all have had those ‘I wish I knew then’ moments and of course, the older generation with their long life experiences have tons of stories and knowledge to share with the younger generations.

At Abbey Dingle Care Home over May, children from the local community will be collecting and gathering stories from people living at Abbey Dingle Care Home to make an exciting performance called ‘I wish I knew then…’ where they will re-enact and tell the stories they discover from the people at Abbey Dingle Care Home and use it as a way to celebrate life and the stories that come along with it.

This project will come to a finale on the 23rd of May at 3pm for a performance at Abbey Dingle Care Home, as part of the Gwanwyn 2015 arts project.  The performance is open to the local community and we will be serving food and drink.

Please come along to share a unique experience as old and young come together to create something wonderful together.

All ages welcome for performance!

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Framed by Flowers

  • Wednesday 20th May 2015
  • Park Day Centre

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

Storyteller Amy Douglas will be at the Park Day centre telling stories on the theme of flowers. Flowers that would evoke memories and happy experiences.  This is a closed session and only open to clients attending the day centre
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Pinboard Writer's Showcase

  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • St David's Church Hall

Type of Event: Writing Performance

The Pinboard Writing group will be staging an evening of poetry, stories, and memories of places and people, to showcase their work and encourage others to join their workshops.

The audience will have the chance to enjoy an evening of lively, varied writing and have the opportunity to chat to members about their work and what goes on in their regular meetings at the Daniel Owen Centre in Mold, Flintshire.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available.  We heartily welcome anyone interested in creative writing and interested in trying it out for themselves within a friendly, supportive and encouraging group of kindred spirits.

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Framed By Flowers

  • Saturday 9th May 2015
  • Oriel Davies Gallery

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

Births, romances, weddings, friends and funerals – all of life's important moments are marked by flowers.

As the earth wakes and the buds swell, join storyteller and author Amy Douglas for a morning of flower maidens, fragrant memories and floral fancies.

A fun and particpatory workshop, we will explore the myth of Blodeuwedd; rhymes; sayings and memories awakened by flowers to inspire poetry and creative prose.

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I Wish I Knew Then ... Workshops

  • Saturday 9th May 2015
  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Abbey Dingle Nursing Home

Type of Event: Drama Workshop

‘I wish I knew then…’ an intergenerational project connecting children and the older generation through storytelling and performance within the community.

We all have had those ‘I wish I knew then’ moments and of course, the older generation with their long life experiences have tons of stories and knowledge to share with the younger generations.

At Abbey Dingle Care Home over May, children from the local community will be collecting and gathering stories from people living at Abbey Dingle Care Home to make an exciting performance called ‘I wish I knew then…’ where they will re-enact and tell the stories they discover from the people at Abbey Dingle Care Home and use it as a way to celebrate life and the stories that come along with it.

This project will come to a finale on the 23rdof May at 3pm for a performance at Abbey Dingle Care Home, as part of the Gwanwyn 2015 arts project.  The performance is open to the local community and we will be serving food and drink.

Please come along to share a unique experience as old and young come together to create something wonderful together.

All ages welcome for performance!

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