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Arts and Older People Conference 2017 - Cynhadledd Celfyddyd a Phobl Hyn 2017|

  • Thursday 6th April 2017
  • Royal College of Welsh Music and Drama, Cardiff

Type of Event: Media

‘Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be’ (Robert Browning)

How can arts activities support the creation of age friendly communities?

How can creativity help older people to live well and enjoy later life?

This interactive and engaging session will examine the role of the arts in creating age friendly communities and the contribution of creative activity in supporting older people to maintain their independence.

It will demonstrate how effective arts activity can help achieve improved well-being; mitigating isolation and loneliness in older people and contributing to the outcomes sought through the Social Services and Well-being Act.

Organised by Age Cymru and Arts Council of Wales with support from the Baring Foundation.

Who is this conference for?

• Policy makers with responsibility for healthy and active ageing programmes

• People and organisations working within local authority Ageing Well plans

• Health and social care professionals working with older people

• People working in arts and culture interested in working with older people

• Older people and community groups who want to share their voices and experiences relating to Age Friendly and arts programmes

Speakers and breakout sessions

Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

Panel discussion with representation from the Baring Foundation, Arts Council of Wales, Age Cymru and the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. Chaired by Paul Cann (previously Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire and founding member of the Campaign to End Loneliness)

Case studies presentations from organisations across Wales using arts and creative activity to help make Wales an Age Friendly nation

Performances from Dawns i Bawb, Music in Hospitals and Entelechy Arts

Breakout sessions:

•A1: Arts and Dementia – including findings from the evaluation of Age Cymru’s cARTrefu care home project, carried out by Bangor University Dementia Research Centre and research findings from Music in Hospitals on the benefits of music to people living with advanced stages of dementia

•A2: Arts and Health – including lessons learnt from the Exercise Referral Scheme and how colleagues in North Wales are developing Arts on Prescription programmes

•A3: Engaging harder to reach older people – including how to engage older men in the arts. The Whitworth Gallery will share recent developments following their Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men, and Shedders from the Squirrel’s Nest Men Shed will share their experiences of being part of the award winning project Pimp My Uke

•A4: Combating isolation and loneliness – including a presentation from the Campaign to End Loneliness and their programmes being developed in Wales.

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Arts and Older People Conference 2017 - Cynhadledd Celfyddyd a Phobl Hyn 2017|

  • Thursday 6th April 2017
  • Royal College of Welsh Music and Drama, Cardiff

Type of Event: Media

‘Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be’ (Robert Browning)

How can arts activities support the creation of age friendly communities?

How can creativity help older people to live well and enjoy later life?

This interactive and engaging session will examine the role of the arts in creating age friendly communities and the contribution of creative activity in supporting older people to maintain their independence.

It will demonstrate how effective arts activity can help achieve improved well-being; mitigating isolation and loneliness in older people and contributing to the outcomes sought through the Social Services and Well-being Act.

Organised by Age Cymru and Arts Council of Wales with support from the Baring Foundation.

Who is this conference for?

• Policy makers with responsibility for healthy and active ageing programmes

• People and organisations working within local authority Ageing Well plans

• Health and social care professionals working with older people

• People working in arts and culture interested in working with older people

• Older people and community groups who want to share their voices and experiences relating to Age Friendly and arts programmes

Speakers and breakout sessions

Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

Panel discussion with representation from the Baring Foundation, Arts Council of Wales, Age Cymru and the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. Chaired by Paul Cann (previously Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire and founding member of the Campaign to End Loneliness)

Case studies presentations from organisations across Wales using arts and creative activity to help make Wales an Age Friendly nation

Performances from Dawns i Bawb, Music in Hospitals and Entelechy Arts

Breakout sessions:

•A1: Arts and Dementia – including findings from the evaluation of Age Cymru’s cARTrefu care home project, carried out by Bangor University Dementia Research Centre and research findings from Music in Hospitals on the benefits of music to people living with advanced stages of dementia

•A2: Arts and Health – including lessons learnt from the Exercise Referral Scheme and how colleagues in North Wales are developing Arts on Prescription programmes

•A3: Engaging harder to reach older people – including how to engage older men in the arts. The Whitworth Gallery will share recent developments following their Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men, and Shedders from the Squirrel’s Nest Men Shed will share their experiences of being part of the award winning project Pimp My Uke

•A4: Combating isolation and loneliness – including a presentation from the Campaign to End Loneliness and their programmes being developed in Wales.

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Free Voice workshop with Michael Corbidge at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

  • Thursday 19th January 2017
  • Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Type of Event: Drama Workshop

Voice workshop with Michael Corbidge – Thursday 19 Jan 2017 – 10am – 1pm – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff - FREE

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Michael Corbidge with students at the RSC

Over indulged over the Christmas period? New resolution to look after yourself a bit better? Then take advantage of this training opportunity with Michael Corbidge, Senior Voice Coach at Royal Shakespeare Company.

Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn festival and Sherman Theatre have teamed up to offer actors a rare opportunity to join Michael Corbidge, Senior Voice and Text Associate at the Royal Shakespeare Company, in a dynamic vocal workshop to open up the potential of your voice, whatever your age.

The workshop will give you an insight into the RSC’s best rehearsal practise and to learn techniques to help you further develop your vocal potential.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

Free up the register
Build accuracy of diction
Build strong forward placement of sound
Anchoring though good posture and alignment
Finding good breath support and control

Priority booking for people aged over 50 but open to all. Please contact Emma Robinson on emma.robinson@agecymru.org.uk / 02920 431540 to reserve your FREE place.

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River of Lights - Pembrokeshire Lantern Procession

  • Saturday 29th October 2016
  • The Lab Haverfordwest

Type of Event: Multi Art Performance

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Help create ‘River of Lights 2016’, a celebration of Pembrokeshire’s County Town and its links with the rural communities that it serves.

Last year, over 600 people gathered on the riverside in Haverfordwest, their lit lanterns bobbing, in the shadows of the castle above, as an 11ft skeleton puppet emerged and made its way across the bridge to meet the crowds.

Inspired by the folk tale of The Fisherman and the Skeleton, the procession saw shoals of glowing fish and hand-held pyramid lanterns streaming along the riverside, following the magnificent Skeleton to a spectacular “fire sculpture”, which went off with a real “bang!”

Find out more here http://www.thelabhaverfordwest.org/2016/06/16/river-of-lights/

This year the procession, will be based on the medieval story of the ‘danse macabre’ where Death brings his subjects back to life for one night only to have a glorious party! Who or what would your community like to bring back to life to come and join the dance?

River of Lights is a partnership between Confluence, Span Arts’ Cheerful Project and artist Toby Downing. They will provide training, all the materials and information needed to enable your organisation to safely run a lantern-making workshop for your group or community.

Training for workshop leaders will take place in Haverfordwest over two days on Sunday 18 September 11am-5pm, and Monday 19 September 3pm-9pm. Ideally it would be good to have two people from each group attending, although you only need to attend on one of these days.

Once trained, you will have help to plan and run a workshop in your community. A second weekend workshop will take place on 15 and 16 October in Haverfordwest, when a small group from each organisation will be able to work with Toby and the team to design and make a larger lantern to be carried by your group.

To book your place(s) on the training please or for more information contact: Guy Norman on 07480 902200 email guy@spacetocreate.org.uk or Rowan Matthiessen from Span Arts on 01834 869323 email rowan@span-arts.org.uk

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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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Age Cymru and Men's Sheds present EiSHEDfod

  • Monday 17th October 2016
  • National Museum of Wales

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

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Following on from our prize-winning Pimp My Uke project Age Cymru and Men's Sheds present EiSHEDfod.

This shed-showcase is a celebration of all things creative from sheds across Wales. Meet the shedders and learn new skills!

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Taking place at the National Museum of Wales on October 17, the workshops and demonstrations will include chainsaw sculptures, willow sculptures and Welsh basket making + a FREE lunch!

Please RSVP to: gwanwyn@agecymru.org.uk

Join us on social media #eiSHEDfod

For more information about the Men's sheds movement or to find a Men's Shed near you, visit their website: http://www.mensshedscymru.co.uk/

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Lost in Art - Arts and craft project for those living with dementia and their carers

  • Friday 30th September 2016
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  • Friday 21st October 2016
  • Friday 28th October 2016
  • Friday 4th November 2016
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  • Friday 25th November 2016
  • Friday 2nd December 2016
  • Friday 9th December 2016
  • Craig-y-Don Community Centre

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Weekly arts and crafts sessions in Llandudno for people living with dementia.

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Lost in Art - English

Lost in Art - Welsh

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Drawing and Painting Course

  • Tuesday 27th September 2016
  • All Saints Church Hall, Barry

Type of Event: Art Workshop

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Barry Island, by Glyn Pooley

Announcing a new 6 week Drawing and Painting Course at All Saints Church Hall in Barry. Starts Tuesday 27th or Wednesday 28th September 2016, 2-4 pm. £58 reduced to £49 for older people for a 6 week course.

Glyn Pooley will be hosting a new 6 week painting and drawing course in Barry. All levels welcome, it will be held at All Saints Church Hall. This is a lovely, light venue near the Knap with free parking, plenty of space, easy access, and a kitchen for our coffee and tea break. I have a choice of days at the moment Tuesday / Wednesday so if you are interested in participating please let me know your preference and we will go with the day most people can make it.

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Living with Pets - Workshop on Exhibiting Photographs

  • Monday 26th September 2016
  • Friday 21st October 2016

Type of Event: Art Workshop

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In a continuation of his Gwanwyn project Newport-based photographer João Bento will be running more workshops for over 50's this autummn. João is an artist photographer with an interest in animal-human relations and a community arts worker with experience delivering participatory projects.

Starting September 26, you will have the oppourtunity to work one-to-one with the artist creating exhibition prints of your pictures. Work will then be exhibited at the Riverfront, Newport during Age Positive Week (September 25 - October 2).

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The theme of the workshop is ‘Living with Pets’. Pets are very good providing companionship, reducing anxiety, adding structure and routine to the day, providing sensory stress relief and encouraging exercise. They can be crucial to help find meaning and joy in life, staying connected and boosting vitality.

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Workshop and exhibition are free of charges and all materials will be provided by the organisers.

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Between the Lines By Glyn Pooley

  • Friday 23rd September 2016
  • Friday 21st October 2016
  • PierHead, Cardiff Bay

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

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Darcus Howe

Between the Lines is an exhibition of portraits celebrating the strength of community life in Wales and its links within the U.K. and beyond. From local builders, teachers, first responders, park rangers, politicians, grandmothers to ocean rowers and Tibetan Buddhist monks, the project aims to show how strong the Welsh community is, how it links with a global community, and to shine a light on who these people are and what they value.

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Dilys Colbourne

Subjects include Dr Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury), Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones (First minister for Wales), Nev Wilshire (C.E.O. The Call Center), Darcus Howe (civil and BME rights campaigner), Molly Conway (campaigner), the late Stan Stennett M.B.E. (entertainer), Dilys Colburne M.B.E.(campaigner), Professor Baroness Finley of Llandaff (founder of Holm Towers cancer hospice), Steve Brace (Olympic athlete) and Professor, Deirdre Beddoe (Historian) together with a whole host of other fascinating people.

Artist Glyn Pooley says, 'Through my art I try to uncover the truth that through determination, enthusiasm and time it is possible to achieve the goal of happiness. This understanding is gained when it is realised that everyone and everything is interconnected. By moving the emphasis from oneself, to helping others, with an honest motivation, it is possible to obtain a greater understanding of life’s purpose. When art reveals this understanding, it too, through its contemplation can offer insights into gaining greater happiness.'

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No Regrets by Michal Iwanowski at The Courtyard, Hereford

  • Friday 16th September 2016
  • Thursday 15th September 2016
  • Monday 7th November 2016
  • The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

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Specially extended due to popular demand, No Regrets by Michal Iwanowski at the Courtyard, Hereford, will now run until November 7 with a special showing of the complete sequence of No Regrets photographs.

No Regrets by Michal Iwanowski is a series of photographic works documenting older people and the inspiring stories behind their tattoos.

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Says Emma Robinson, Age Cymru’s Arts & Creativity Programme Manager:

“The idea for ‘No Regrets’ came from the notion that people who get tattoos are always told that they will regret them when they’re older.

“As Gwanwyn is the Wales-wide, national arts festival for older people, I thought it would be interesting to ask older people if they really do regret their tattoo.

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“We are excited to be exhibiting the work for the first time outside Wales at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts and hope that this exhibition will challenge preconceptions on what it’s like to be an older person.”

The exhibition will run until November 7. To be among the first to see the show, please join us at the private view on Thursday 15th September, 6-8.

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Captured in Clay: workshop for people living with dementia

  • Thursday 8th September 2016
  • National Museum Cardiff

Type of Event: Art Workshop

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Free Art & Craft workshop for people living with dementia and their carers. In the workshop we will look at fossils from the Museum's collection and make some clay sculptures inspired by what we've seen. The workshop will be led by Tina Neale, a local ceramic artist. The workshop is free, but booking is essential.

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Sun Printing at Narberth Museum

  • Tuesday 16th August 2016
  • Narberth Museum

Type of Event: Art Workshop

This workshop is open to people living with dementia challenges and their partners, carers and friends.

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Cyanotype, otherwise known as sun printing, is an early photographic process which was invented in the 19th Century and was used to record botanical specimens. Participants on this workshop will create cyanotypes using various objects from the museum collection as well as natural materials such as leaves and feathers. You will be exploring pattern and the way light passes through different materials and will create a print to take home. Feel free to bring along any flat object that has interesting shapes.

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Forget-me-Not Chorus present Demenstoria at Penarth Pier Pavilion

  • Thursday 21st July 2016
  • Tuesday 2nd August 2016
  • Penarth Pier Pavilion

Type of Event: Multi Art Exhibition

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Penarth Pier Pavilion hosts Demenstoria, July 21 - August 2. Presented by the Forget-me-Not Chorus, the exhibition documents and reflects on the experience of living with dementia through photography by Dan Green, with poetry by Louise Osborn, music by David George Harrington and spoken word recorded by actor Tom Cullen.

There will be a series of free concerts as part of the exhibition.

21st July 7pm, String Quartet. Join Emma Waller, Louise Broderick, Marilyn Shewring and Ali Robinson, members of the orchestra of Welsh National Opera for an evening concert.

23rd July 1pm, ‘Love and loss through divinity and nature’ A lunchtime concert with soprano Anna Moelwyn-Williams.

24th July 2.30pm, Open Forget-me-Not Chorus Session. Suitable for people with dementia and their families - taster for new people interested in joining the choir.

26th July 1pm, Musical Delights with David George Harrington. A lunchtime of light musical delights with Forget-me-Not Chorus Composer in Residence, David George Harrington.

28th July 1pm, ‘Mezzo piano’, A lunchtime concert with Forget-me-Not Chorus charity director and mezzo soprano Kate Woolveridge, with accompanist, Rhiannon Pritchard.

29th July 1pm, Enigma Duo. A lunchtime concert with Katherine Thomas (harp) and Laurence Kepton (violin), musicians from the Orchestra of Welsh Natonal Opera.

29th July 7pm, Sarah Pope, Mezzosoprano and George Newton Fitzgerald, Bass. An evening of song from two members of the WNO Chorus

30th July 10am, Exhibition Q&A. Q&A with charity directors, Kate Woolveridge and Sarah Teagle and photographer Dan Green.

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No Regrets by Michal Iwanowski at The Courtyard, Hereford

  • Wednesday 13th July 2016
  • Thursday 1st September 2016
  • The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

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Another chance to see one of our Gwanwyn commissioned projects as it it comes to The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford.

No Regrets by Michal Iwanowski is a series of photographic works documenting older people and the inspiring stories behind their tattoos.

Says Emma Robinson, Age Cymru’s Arts & Creativity Programme Manager:

“The idea for ‘No Regrets’ came from the notion that people who get tattoos are always told that they will regret them when they’re older.

“As Gwanwyn is the Wales-wide, national arts festival for older people, I thought it would be interesting to ask older people if they really do regret their tattoo.

“We are excited to be exhibiting the work for the first time outside Wales at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts and hope that this exhibition will challenge preconceptions on what it’s like to be an older person.”

Launching in conjunction with 'Scorched' a physical theatre piece that explores a similar theme, it will run until September.

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

  • Wednesday 8th June 2016
  • Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon as part of a national tour.

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June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Galeri, Caernarfon

  • Thursday 2nd June 2016
  • Galeri, Caernarfon

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Galeri, Caernarfon as part of a national tour.

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

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“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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COFIO - Remember - Cyanotype workshop at Oriel y Parc, St Davids

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016
  • Oriel y Parc, St Davids

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

Artist Linda Norris is facilitating a creative reminiscence project for older people in the community who are living with dementia related memory changes and their carers.

Cyanotype is an early photographic process, which is simple, quick and straightforward and provides beautiful images instantly on paper and fabric. Historic cyanotype photographs were recently on exhibition at the Oriel y Parc Gallery St Davids.

The workshop will take place in the Discovery Room at Oriel y Parc as the main feature of the monthly Memory Cafe meeting. Memory Cafe attenders will be involved in the cyanotype process and will be able to take home images that prompt reminiscence, or reproduce their silhouette. These would be reproduced on a range of commemorative items of their choice such as bookmarks and badges.

Advance booking essential, and participants would be expected to attend all three sessions.

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Gwyl Gwanwyn yn Galeri

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016
  • Thursday 2nd June 2016
  • Galeri, Caermarfon

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

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Galeri’s Gwanwyn Festival activities will start with Estyneto with Cai Tomos, who wil lead a movement and dance session for people over 50 years old .

There will then be an opportunity for anyone of any age to join Circus Skills
Chimera in studio 2. This is an opportunity to learn juggling, hula tuck , diabolo, plate spinning, stilt walking and unicycle . Then there will be a short break for lunch in the cafe in the new Gallery before going to the theater to see the day’s main attraction. The production Belonging / Perthyn follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t end because of the onset of dementia .

At any time during the day can visit the Art Space to enjoy the work of artist David Jones who has been producing interesting work since the 1960s.

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Neuadd Ucheldre, Holyhead

  • Tuesday 31st May 2016
  • Neuadd Ucheldre, Holyhead

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Neuadd Ucheldre, Holyhead as part of a national tour.

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Dinefwr Photographic Society Spring Exhibition

  • Saturday 28th May 2016
  • Monday 30th May 2016
  • National Botanical Gardens of Wales

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

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Exhibition of work by the Dinefwr Photographic Society in the house and gardens of National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

Photo credit: Dorian Jones

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African Drumming Performance

  • Saturday 28th May 2016
  • Monday 30th May 2016
  • Powerhouse Open-mic night (28th May) and Min-y-Mor, Aberaeron (30th May)

Type of Event: Music Performance

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Performances by participants of Rachel Hargrave's Gwanwyn African Drumming Workshops.

The workshops will take place on Mondays 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd of May.

The performances will be on the 28th of May at the Powerhouse Open-mic night with another performance at Min-y-Mor, Aberaeron on 30th May.

Details of workshops.

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Capturing Moments - Steps 4 Change

  • Saturday 28th May 2016
  • No 4. Dock Chambers, Bute Street, Cardiff CF10 5AG

Type of Event: Art Workshop

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The day event will give older BME people within Cardiff communities an opportunity to come along dressed with their traditional dress, mingle, learn about different cultures and digital photography.

Participants will be engaged and shown how to take portrait photos.

Participants will also be treated on the day to refreshments, entertainment and personalised photos albums.

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Gwanwyn 10th birthday celebration at Park and Dare Theatre Treorchy

  • Friday 27th May 2016
  • Park and Dare Theatre Treorchy

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

Park and Dare Treorchy

A full day of activities include a screening of Eddie the Eagle staring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackson, and an afternoon of live music from the 50s and 60s with Owen Money and the Travelling Wrinklies.

There will also be demonstrations and have-a-go sessions from local arts and craft groups from 11am - 1pm. Come along and try out something new!

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Pontio, Bangor

  • Thursday 26th May 2016
  • Friday 27th May 2016
  • Pontio, Bangor

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Pontio, Bangor as part of a national tour.

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Gwanwyn at Theatr Felinfach

  • Wednesday 25th May 2016
  • Wednesday 25th May 2016
  • Theatr Felinfach

Type of Event: Multi Art Performance

A group of older women will perform a short piece on ‘Merched Mentrus,’ (Venturous Women) and will take to the road and perform at Theatr Felinfach.

The group aims to entertain various audiences in unexpected locations, with the last performance of the day taking place at 2.30pm at Theatr Felinfach to the venue’s social and cultural group of over 50’s – Hwyl a Hamdden - in the company of a special guest and famous adventurer, Lowri Morgan.

The performance is suitable for all ages and includes a short activity to promote the message that venturing is exciting at any age.

‘Merched Mentrus’ will be followed by a special celebration for Gwanwyn’s 10th birthday.

Dwynwen Lloyd Llywelyn, Head of Theatr Felinfach said: “The Gwanwyn festival is a great opportunity to celebrate older people within the arts. We hope the event will inspire people to get involved and do something that they might not have thought of doing before.”

The day is FREE but please book your place as space is limited, please call Theatr Felinfach Box Office on 01570 470 697 or visitwww.theatrfelinfach.cymru or go to Facebook.com/TheatrFelinfach or Twitter @Theatrfelinfach.

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Ryffians exhibition at Oriel Môn, Llangefni

  • Wednesday 25th May 2016
  • Sunday 26th June 2016
  • Sunday 26th June 2016
  • Oriel Ynys Môn, Llangefni

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

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Ryffians is a participatory arts and inter generational project developed by Frân Wen with the support of Age Cymru’s Cadwyn Môn project to coincide with the production ‘Mrs Reynolds a’r Cenna Bach’ – a production by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in partnership with Frân Wen and Galeri Caernarfon.

Visit the organiser's website for more information.

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli

  • Tuesday 24th May 2016
  • Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli as part of a national tour.

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Gwanwyn 10th birthday celebration at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

  • Tuesday 24th May 2016
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

Aberystwyth Arts Centre will hold a day of celebrations with free pottery, art and friendship sessions, plus photography, weaving, cinema screening, yoga and dance workshops. Lunch and tea and coffee will be provided plus Gwanwyn birthday cake.

For more details visit the venue's website.

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Gangster Grandparents - Breaking Barriers Community Arts

  • Tuesday 24th May 2016
  • Tuesday 7th June 2016
  • Tuesday 7th June 2016
  • Blaina Community Centre

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

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Tuesday May 24

Everyone has a story to tell especially if you're over 50! No need to spoil a good story with the truth. Poet and printmaker Francesca Kay and breaking Barriers will help you create a fascinating story.

Tuesday June 7

Illustrate your story with print and montage. Have a go at using a printing press and create new characters from old magazines.

Lunch provided by North Ebbw Fach Communities First.

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Saxophone Workshops and Jazz Jam with Sax For Fun!

  • Sunday 22nd May 2016
  • Wyndham Conservative Club, Harbour Rd, Barry CF62 5RZ (2 - 4 pm) / Coffee Cove, Friars Road, Barry Island (6 - 8 pm)

Type of Event: Music Workshop

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Sax For Fun! Saxophone workshop #1 (2-4pm) - offering people an opportunity to try playing a saxophone.

Sax workshop #2 for beginners (6-8pm) – playing basic tunes to perform at our Jazz Jam event in the evening.

Jazz Jam – performance opportunities for all jazz and blues fans to sit and listen or join in with the band! A chance to perform centre stage with a live band. Open to all instruments and vocalists.

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Only Men Aloud at Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare for Gwanwyn 10th Birthday

  • Sunday 22nd May 2016
  • Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare

Type of Event: Music Performance

Only Men Aloud

We’re delighted that Only Men Aloud will perform their very first matinee at the Coliseum in Aberdare, especially for Gwanwyn's 10th birthday celebrations.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 08000 147 111 also in person from the Aberdare Coliseum and Treorchy Park and Dare Theatre.

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Gwanwyn Dance Night at Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

  • Saturday 21st May 2016
  • Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Dance Performance

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As part of Gwanwyn's official 10th birthday celebrations, our friends at Dance House are hosting the first Gwanwyn Dance Day in partnership with Age Cymru, Striking Attitudes and Rubicon.

The Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre will be celebrating the variety of older peoples dance groups from across Wales and the joy dance brings in uniting everyone.

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See a mix of 4/5 professional and community groups; an intergenerational piece around the theme of motherhood, new work from Gwanwyn Festival favourites TAN Dance, and the rare chance to see a piece in development and an opportunity for you to talk about it.

Come and join us in celebrating the joy and variety of creativity of dance for older people this May.

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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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Intergenerational nature walk at Ty Newydd

  • Saturday 21st May 2016
  • Ty Newydd Writers Centre , Llanystumdwy

Type of Event: Writing Performance

Take a walk in the company of poet Sion Aled along Wood Lane in Eifionydd.

Hear poems about the natural world, and enjoy its 'perfected, accomplished quiet'.

The tour is especially for those over 50, but everyone is welcome. Bring a picnic, followed by coffee at Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy.

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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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Dulcimers and Ukuleles - Squirrels Nest open day

  • Friday 20th May 2016
  • The Squirrels Nest Men's Shed

Type of Event: Music Workshop

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A musical celebration and open day at Squirrels Nest Men’s Shed in Bridgend.

The Epic Award winning shedders will be showing off dulcimer and ukulele instruments made at the shed. A chance for the community to come together and share the fun. Food and refreshments will be available.

Squirrels nest open day flyer

'We will be inviting other men’s shed members from across South and West Wales, along with our neighbours and supporters from Bridgend and the surrounding areas. Please let us know if you would like to come along.'

You can follow Squirrel's Nest on Twitter: @SquirrelsNestMS

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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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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

  • Thursday 19th May 2016
  • Friday 20th May 2016
  • Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Torch Theatre, Milford Haven as part of a national tour.

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Gwanwyn 10th birthday celebration at The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

  • Thursday 19th May 2016
  • Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

In partnership with Arts Care Gofal Celf, The Torch will be celebrating Gwanwyn's birthday in style with workshops, performances, screenings and taster sessions along with Re-Live Theatre's performance of Belonging.

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Miwsig Mai / May Music

  • Thursday 19th May 2016
  • Stiwdio 1, Galeri Caernarfon

Type of Event: Music Performance

An opportunity for Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias’ adult learners to meet each other and share the stage in an informal concert.

There will be performances from soloists, Côr Hamdden Mathias (daytime choir for adults which meets weekly on a Thursday afternoon) and an adult learners’ cello ensemble formed especially for the occasion.

Adult learners who don’t wish to perform in public are welcome to join the audience as well as invited friends and family of the participants and residents from local care homes.

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Shakespeare 400

  • Wednesday 18th May 2016
  • Friday 3rd June 2016
  • Connah’s Quay Labour Club [May] and Theatr Clwyd [June]

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Shakespeare 400

Shakespeare 400 is an anthology of speeches, sonnets, songs and music presented by Suitcase Theatre (pictured here performing a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream) to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday.

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Ross Leadbeater’s Great British Songbook - Dementia Friendly Performance

  • Wednesday 18th May 2016
  • Blackwood Miners’ Institute

Type of Event: Music Performance

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Following his critically acclaimed West End concerts, Ross Leadbeater, the award winning Welsh singer-pianist and musical director, celebrates his musical favourites from The Great British Songbook. 

This will be a Dementia Friendly performance. There will be informal cabaret-style seating, and the houselights won’t be completely down. Audience members will be able to come and go as they need.

From Ivor Novello to Andrew Lloyd Webber,  with The Beatles, Take That, Coldplay and Gilbert & Sullivan - there is something for everyone!

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen

  • Tuesday 17th May 2016
  • Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen as part of a national tour.

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

Join the party at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon for a full day of both free and ticketed arts events. Develop an existing skill or try something new.

For full details contact the box office.

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Sharing stories: stimulating mental health through literacy and libraries

  • Monday 16th May 2016
  • Monday 23rd May 2016
  • Monday 6th June 2016
  • Monday 13th June 2016
  • Monday 13th June 2016
  • Monday 20th June 2016
  • Monday 27th June 2016
  • Monday 4th July 2016
  • Monday 11th July 2016
  • Monday 18th July 2016
  • Monday 25th July 2016
  • Monday 25th July 2016
  • Hay-on-Wye Library

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

“Shared reading memories” sessions for older people living with dementia and their families and carers, with trained facilitator Emma van Woerkem.

Providing a boost to mental health as well as a social opportunity for those attending, and a chance to borrow library resources to find out more about living with dementia.

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Jewellery Making Workshop at Oriel Davies

  • Saturday 14th May 2016
  • Saturday 28th May 2016
  • Oriel Davies

Type of Event: Craft Workshop

Get creative! Learn techniques in jewellery making to create your own individual piece of jewellery. All materials included. Pre-booking essential. Please contact: desk@orieldavies.org/ Tel: 01686 625041

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Taliesin, Swansea

  • Thursday 12th May 2016
  • Friday 13th May 2016
  • Taliesin, Swansea

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Taliesin in Swansea as part of a national tour.

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Gwanwyn Dance Workshops at Theatr Clwyd, Flintshire

  • Thursday 12th May 2016
  • Theatr Clwyd

Type of Event: Dance Workshop

The award-winning National Dance Company Wales are coming to Theatr Clwyd and are offering a unique workshop opportunity to those over 50, as part of the Gwanwyn Festival.

We believe that dance can empower people and encourage anyone to express themselves with confidence. Movement and dance can provide opportunities for people of all abilities and experience-levels to try something new, have fun while moving and learn new skills.

The two hour workshop is led by NDCWales’ friendly and skilled professional company dancers and includes:

- A warm up session
- Developing and inspiring creativity through tasks based on our touring programme
- Sharing ideas and exploring the role of audience and performer
- Q&A with the dancers - ask questions, and find out more about dance, the dancers and what the company does

This exclusive workshop offer includes a free ticket to the evening performance of NDCWales’ FOLK on Friday 13th May at Theatr Clwyd, all for just £10.

Workshop tickets are available for £5, and attendees to the workshop will be given a discount code to redeem £5 tickets for the evening performance.

To book, call Theatr Clywd on 01352 701521, quoting ‘Gwanwyn’ to claim the special £10 workshop and ticket deal.

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Walking the Dog Exhibition

  • Thursday 12th May 2016
  • Tuesday 31st May 2016
  • Riverfront Venue, Newport

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

Joao Bento workshop exhibition

Exhibition of work produced by João Bento and his Gwanwyn workshop participants.

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Silk Painting at Penysam Community Hall, Anglesey

  • Thursday 12th May 2016
  • Penysam Community Hall, Anglesey

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Home Art Group is pleased to hold a silk painting workshop run by artist Bev Belshaw.

This introductory workshop is for all abilities, no previous experience will be necessary. It will be relaxed and friendly and you will be able to take your beautiful silk painting home.

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Generation Movers

  • Thursday 12th May 2016
  • Thursday 19th May 2016
  • Thursday 26th May 2016
  • Tir-y-Berth Community Centre 10-11.30am / Ynysddu Sardis Church Hall 1.30-3pm

Type of Event: Dance Workshop

An intergenerational workshop (led by community arts practitioner Gina Roberts) where older members of the community join mothers and toddlers in a creative play session combining movement, dance, songs, music and puppets.

This session brings together groups and individuals who would not normally have the opportunity to enjoy themselves and each others company in a shared activity.

Tir-y-Berth Community centre 10-11.30am
Ynysddu Sardis Church Hall 1.30-3pm

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Gwanwyn Dance Workshops at Venue Cymru, Llandudno

  • Wednesday 11th May 2016
  • Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Type of Event: Dance Workshop

The award-winning National Dance Company Wales are coming to Venue Cymru and are offering a unique workshop opportunity to those over 50, as part of the Gwanwyn Festival's official 10th birthday celebrations.

We believe that dance can empower people and encourage anyone to express themselves with confidence. Movement and dance can provide opportunities for people of all abilities and experience-levels to try something new, have fun while moving and learn new skills.

The two hour workshop is led by NDCWales’ friendly and skilled professional company dancers and includes:

- A warm up session
- Developing and inspiring creativity through tasks based on our touring programme
- Sharing ideas and exploring the role of audience and performer
- Q and A with the dancers - ask questions, and find out more about dance, the dancers and what the company does

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Quilting Workshop at Pen-yr-Englyn Project

  • Tuesday 10th May 2016
  • Main Hall, Pen-yr-Englyn Project

Type of Event: Craft Workshop

Join the members of Treherbert Quilting Group for this year's Gwanwyn and learn how to make a Quillow, a light-weight quilt that folds into an attached pocket and becomes a pillow or cushion

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Span Arts Singing Tea Party

  • Tuesday 10th May 2016
  • Bloomfield Centre, Narberth - Small Sports Hall

Type of Event: Music Workshop

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Span Arts’ Singing Tea Party will take place in Narberth on May the 10th 2016. There will be Lyons Tea House style refreshments and local choir leaders will lead songs from a bygone era.

The tea party will be open to anybody who wants a trip down memory lane with tea, cakes and a vintage sing-a-long.

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Caban – an arts taster day for adults living with dementia

  • Tuesday 10th May 2016
  • The Studio, Arts Alive Wales, Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell, NP8 1DG

Type of Event: Art Workshop

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To ‘celebrate creativity in older age’, Arts Alive is offering an arts taster day for adults with a dementia diagnosis and those in a caring role, to enjoy creative activities with professional artists in the relaxing ambience of our Crickhowell studio. Drop in to either morning or afternoon sessions to meet and talk to the Arts Alive Wales team, and to try a range of activities including printmaking and creative writing.

With a new weekly programme of sessions for adults living with dementia starting up on 24 May, this is a chance to find out more and meet the artists who will be running the new programme.

Open 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm

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Portraits at TAPE Community Arts

  • Monday 9th May 2016
  • Monday 16th May 2016
  • TAPE Community Arts Centre, Berthes Road Old Colwyn ,Conwy , LL29 9SD

Type of Event: Art Workshop

TAPE Community Arts Centre is offering two afternoon workshops on 9th and 16th May, as part of their Poke the Muse group sessions.

In these workshops we will work together to build up portraits of each other through words and images. The idea is that people seldom look at themselves in a kindly light, so we are inviting them to work with a partner to ‘tease’ each other’s stories out and bring out the best in each other. Work can take any form they wish, prose, poetry, drawing, painting or a mixture of any!

Participants will be invited to submit artwork or writing developed during and after the event, for inclusion in a collection of outcomes and a month long exhibition which will open during the Gwanwyn Festival.

Aiming to offer a creative ‘oasis’, whatever your experience or skill, these sessions offer the opportunity to work in a relaxed setting with materials on hand to explore portraiture in writing or art.

There will be plenty of inspiration and guidance, if required. On hand too, will be pencils, pens, paper, paints, rollers, stamps and other materials to use as you wish.


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Gwanwyn 10th Birthday Week at Pontardawe Arts Centre

  • Monday 9th May 2016
  • Tuesday 10th May 2016
  • Wednesday 11th May 2016
  • Thursday 12th May 2016
  • Friday 13th May 2016
  • Saturday 14th May 2016
  • Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

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The party extends over a week at the Pontardawe Arts Centre, and includes drop in arts and craft sessions, films and a performance from the Siren Sisters (13th May, 2pm).

Films include:
May 10th, 10.30, Ping Pong Breakfast Movie. In this documentary the competitors at an over 80's table tennis championship in Mongolia prove that you're never too old for gold. Followed by table tennis in the studio room.

May 11th, 2pm, Last Vegas starring Robert DeNiro and Morgan Freeman.

May 12th, 10.30, The Hundred Foot Journey Breakfast Movie starring Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal.

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Parama2 presents Making It!

  • Monday 9th May 2016
  • Preseli Room, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Type of Event: Drama Performance

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A presentation of writing from our Making It! workshops.

Free admission but numbers are limited. To book your place contact parama2@yahoo.co.uk or phone 07803 161 388.

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Gweithdy Undydd ysgrifennu Llên - One Day Writing Workshop

  • Sunday 8th May 2016
  • Canolfan Ysgrifennu Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

One Day writing workshop with tutor Manon Steffan Ros.

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Sol Cinema - solar powered movie theatre

  • Saturday 7th May 2016
  • GROUP

Type of Event: Film Performance

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Sol Cinema, the award winning solar powered mobile movie theatre, is coming to the Gower. The Sol Cimena Crew will train older people to operate and run the cinema which will show Welsh short films. People will have the opportunity to work as an usherette, confectioner or as a projectionist.

As well as offering this fun and entertaining introduction to digital video equipment, the Sol Cinema will also show a selection of Welsh short films.

The day will also include arts and creative food growing workshops in Spring Mills Gardens.

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Gwanwyn 10th Birthday Party, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

  • Saturday 7th May 2016
  • Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

As part of Gwanwyn's official 10th birthday celebrations, Wales Millennium Centre will be hosting a day of free performances, drop in sessions and workshops from resident organizations, and a variety of craft and information stalls.

Parkour, singing, craft and music workshops will take place throughout the day.

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Live Music and Dance on the Glanfa Stage:
12pm Ukulele Nights
1pm Only Menopause Allowed
2pm Heavy Quartet
3pm Renè Griffiths
4pm Tystion
5pm Kitty's Little Big Band

All events on the Glanfa Stage are free, just turn up on the day.

Drop-in Pottery Workshop:
Join an exclusive workshop with Maker's Guild in Wales’ artists to perfect your pottery skills. There will be air drying clay available for you to create an individual piece of work and take your masterpiece home with you at the end of the session. This workshop will begin at 11.30am, with lunch-break at 1pm and will then re-start at 2pm.

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Parkour Workshops for older people:
These workshops fuse parkour/free-running with dance and yoga for well-being, fitness and performance purposes. Here’s a way for the participants to explore and reconnect to the environment in a free, safe and structured weekly class led by qualified professionals.

The workshops will start at 11.30am – 12.30pm with an interval and will then start back again at 2pm.

Please contact the Ticket and Information Office on 029 2063 6464 to register your name for a space on the free taster session. There are 20 spaces available on this session.

Yoga with Tori:
This is a general practice for people who are reasonably mobile with a moderate level of fitness. Suitable for both beginners and those who have done yoga before. This event forms part of Gwanwyn Festival.
45 minute session. Starts at 3pm.

http://www.yogawithtori.co.uk/

Please contact the Ticket and Information Office on 029 2063 6464 to register your name for a space on the free taster session. There are 25 spaces available on this session.

Fun and Wellbeing Through Yoga with Rachel Jones:
Limber your body with harmonising sequences. Stretch and strengthen through standing postures. Gain confidence and have fun with balances. Reap the rewards of relaxation of body and mind. This event is part of Gwanwyn Festival.
45 minute session

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Please contact the Ticket and Information Office on 029 2063 6464 to register your name for a space on the free taster session. There are 25 spaces available on this session.

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Gwanwyn Creative Crochet & Knitting workshops

  • Wednesday 4th May 2016
  • Wednesday 11th May 2016
  • Wednesday 18th May 2016
  • Tuesday 24th May 2016
  • Hightown Community Resource Centre

Type of Event: Craft Workshop

A series of workshops to share skills in crochet and knitting to produce innovative pieces of artwork to be displayed outside Hightown Community Resource Centre. Learn new skills or share your skills with others. All materials will be provided. All welcome.

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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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Shenanigrans, Venue Cymru, Llandudno

  • Wednesday 4th May 2016
  • Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

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As part of Gwanwyn Festival's official 10th birthday celebrations, Venue Cymru are hosting Shenanigrans, a day of free workshops for anyone over 50.

Sing, dance, make and take photographs. A free lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Make your own books / Gwnewch eich llyfrau eich hun

  • Tuesday 3rd May 2016
  • Tuesday 10th May 2016
  • Tuesday 17th May 2016
  • Guildhall, Cardigan / Neuadd y Dref, Aberteifi

Type of Event: Craft Workshop

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Participants will learn bookbinding and decorating techniques and then display their work in an open session at the end of the three workshops (17th May, 12.30 - 2.30pm).

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided and there will be opportunities to socialise and share knowledge.

No experience is necessary and materials are supplied although participants are encouraged to bring their own cover paper so that books can be personalised.

It is not necessary to attend all three sessions.

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Chapter, Cardiff

  • Monday 2nd May 2016
  • Tuesday 3rd May 2016
  • Wednesday 4th May 2016
  • Thursday 5th May 2016
  • Friday 6th May 2016
  • Saturday 7th May 2016
  • Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Chapter in Cardiff as part of a national tour.

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

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“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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African Drumming Workshop with Rachel Hargrave

  • Monday 2nd May 2016
  • Monday 9th May 2016
  • Monday 16th May 2016
  • Monday 23rd May 2016
  • Powerhouse Arts and Community Centre, Pont-Tyweli, LLandysul

Type of Event: Music Workshop

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Be welcomed to this short series of hand and heart warming African drum workshops with Rachel Hargrave. We will start with gentle warm-up exercises and go on to introduce the African drums and percussion instruments that we will use in these sessions. In a friendly and supportive atmosphere, we will learn how to easily produce the sounds on these instruments and how to combine them into exciting and mesmerizing rhythms.

There will be an opportunity for members of the workshops to take part a public performance at one of monthly Pwerdy Open Mic night events at the end of the month.

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Walking the Dog

  • Monday 2nd May 2016
  • Tuesday 31st May 2016

Type of Event: Art Workshop

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NEWS: João Bento has kindly offered to continue with more sessions. All workshops will take place in Newport's Belle Vue Park. Places are limited so book now by email ffaphotographicapproach@gmail.com.

Learn Creative Techniques for photographing dogs and their walkers in parks around Newport and have your work shown in an exhibition.

Each participant will have a one-­to-­one session (2 hours) with the artist photographer in one of the following locations: Beechwood Park, Belle Vue Park, Glebelands Park, Shaftesbury Park, Tredegar Park. Participants will be introduced to a range of photographic art work about dogs and dog walking. They will be shown different creative strategies and techniques for photographing dogs and their owners and asked to practise photographing with dogs and dog walkers in the park. The resulting photographs will be exhibited at The Riverfront in Newport.

WHO IS IT FOR?:
Anyone 50 years old and over who has basic photography skills (‘point and shoot’). You are welcome to bring your own dog as a subject provided you bring another adult to look after your pet during the session

WORKSHOP AND EXHIBITION ARE FREE:
Camera equipment for the workshop will be provided by the organisers. Images selected for the exhibition will be printed by the organisers

ABOUT THE TEACHER:
João Bento is a Newport based photographer and researcher who regularly collaborates with Four&Sons, a magazine about dogs in culture. He has his own animal photography website Fauna & Flora and he has worked as a community arts manager at The Project Space in Newport.

WORKSHOP DATES:
One-­to-­one sessions to take place between 2­-8 May 2016

EXHIBITION DATES:
12-­31 May 2016

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:
20

BOOKING ESSENTIAL:
ffaphotographicapproach@gmail.com

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Paint it Purple for Stroke at The Gate, Cardiff

  • Wednesday 27th April 2016
  • Monday 16th May 2016
  • The Gate, Keppoch Street, Cardiff

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

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We are proud to support the Stroke Association campaign, Make May Purple during this year's Gwanwyn.

Paint it Purple for Stroke is an art exhibition for stoke survivors to demonstrate how important creative rehabilitation is in their stroke recovery. Following the resounding success of Brush Strokes last year, this year's paintings or photographs will have a purple theme or element within them.

Paint it Purple truly shows that there is life after stroke and that creative work helps with dexterity, hand movement and well-being after stroke.

Please join us at the exhibition opening at 6pm on 4th May. Exhibition opening times will coincide with venue opening hours.

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Buzzing the Borders

  • Monday 18th April 2016
  • Monday 25th April 2016
  • Saturday 7th May 2016
  • Thursday 21st April 2016
  • Westwood Day Care Centre

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Over four days in April TEA Projects will be hosting Glorious Gabion workshops at Westwood Residential Home in Welshpool for the people who visit the day centre. They will work with over 40 people to create glorious gabions, celebrating each person's individual creative input and unique stories that will be captured in an outdoor bee friendly art installation.

Additional Event Dates:
On April 25th TEA Projects will work with the lead residents to bring all of the work together.

The project will be officially unveiled to the day centre residents, staff and families on the 7th May 2016.

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Paint Pals - Canolfan Ni Corwen

  • Monday 18th April 2016
  • Tuesday 19th April 2016
  • Monday 25th April 2016
  • Tuesday 3rd May 2016
  • Thursday 12th May 2016
  • Tuesday 17th May 2016
  • Canolfan Ni & Ysgol Caer Drewyn, Corwen Denbighshire

Type of Event: Art Workshop

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The PAINT PALS art project is an intergenerational project involving with children from the local primary school Ysgol Caer Drewyn and members of Memory Lane, the Friendship Club based at Canolfan Ni.

The children and adults will be paired to become paint pals and will correspond by postcard, each one writing on a blank card and illustrating the other side with their paintings and drawings. They will do this throughout the month of May, and we will deliver them back and forth to each group.

The project will also include a colouring swap session in which both the adults and selected children from years 1, 2 & 3 will create line drawings that will be swapped with the other group and coloured in.

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The postcards and drawings will be exhibited at the end of May at Canolfan Ni. All participants, their families and caregivers invited to a special celebratory pop-up exhibition.

For more information about the Memory Lane Friendship Club, please contact Canolfan Ni Corwen.

18th April - Alziemers Society ‘Dementia Awarness” talk to pupils (year 1 to 6) at Ysgol Caer Drewyn .

19th April – Paint Pals session at Canolfan Ni with friendship group.

25th April – Paint Pals session at Ysgol Caer Drewyn.

May 3rd - Paint Pals session at Canolfan Ni with friendship group.

12th May - Paint Pals session at Ysgol Caer Drewyn.

17th May – All participants to be invited to a pop-up exhibition at Canolfan Ni of all the work created during Paint Pals project.

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Paper Sculpture Workshops with Geraint Edwards

  • Tuesday 12th April 2016
  • Tuesday 19th April 2016
  • Tuesday 26th April 2016
  • Tuesday 3rd May 2016
  • Celf o Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells

Type of Event: Craft Workshop

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Come and explore paper sculpture techniques such as folding, layering, cut and glue and have a go at using a variety of different types of paper, card and art papers.

Booking essential

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Sherman Play Readings in the Community

  • Tuesday 22nd March 2016
  • Wednesday 23rd March 2016
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Type of Event: Drama Performance

Sherman 5 is supporting the Sherman Play readings out in the community this week. The play readings are aimed at older people and are not suitable for children.

Monday 21st – 1.30pm – 3.15 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre

Tuesday 22nd – 10.15 – 12.00 @ John Reynolds Centre, Llanrumney

Wednesday 23rd – 10.15 – 12.00 @ Church of the Resurrection Hall, Ely

“I can’t remember when I laughed so much on a Thursday morning. Give it a try – really you can’t lose!”
Barbara Michaels Third Act Critic.

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Making It! Free Drama Scripting Workshop For Older Women

  • Tuesday 15th March 2016
  • Tuesday 22nd March 2016
  • Tuesday 5th April 2016
  • Tuesday 12th April 2016
  • Tuesday 19th April 2016
  • Tuesday 26th April 2016
  • Tuesday 3rd May 2016
  • Monday 9th May 2016
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Drama Workshop

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Parama 2 present….

Making It!

..an opportunity for older women to partake in free creative scripting and performance workshops and to exchange ideas in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

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…will be based on the successful Women’s Archive of Wales project Voices From the Factory Floor – an oral history of Welsh women’s working lives in the manufacturing industries

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…the workshops which run for 9 weeks starting on March 15th, will be led by Parama 2 veteran theatre practitioners Valmai Jones and Catrin Edwards, and hosted by our partners Wales Millennium Centre

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…is free to all older women who have an interest in creating theatre. The workshops are supported by Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn Festival which is funded by Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales, WI in Wales and Women’s Archive of Wales

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…to register your interest and for more information, ring Catrin on 07803161388 or email parama2@yahoo.co.uk

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De/Constructing Words / Dad/Elfennu Geiriau

  • Tuesday 8th March 2016
  • National Museum Cardiff

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

Poetry workshop for over 50s.

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In this fun, interactive session led by poet and performer Clare E. Potter, you will create poetry without the pressure. Taking inspiration from the themes of destruction and construction from the Silent Explosion exhibition, you will make/remake poems by breaking down existing text, and discover how the process of destroying one thing in the making of another is enjoyable, liberating and full of possibility.

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Shattered Patterns / Patrymau ar Chwâl

  • Wednesday 2nd March 2016
  • National Museum Cardiff

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Art workshop for over 50s.

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Taking inspiration from Silent Explosion, multi-disciplinary artist and educator Anne-Mie Melis will guide you through a hands-on session of exploration and creation. Starting with a look at some of the works in the exhibition we will then go on to use clay as a base to make a plaster cast that will represent your impression of a de/constructed imaginary world using natural and manmade objects.

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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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Texture and Clay workshop / Gweithdy Gwead a Chlai

  • Wednesday 10th February 2016
  • National Museum Cardiff

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Over 50s Art workshop.

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Influenced by the variety of textures in Ivor Davies’ work, ceramicist Anne Frost will take you through hand building techniques using clay to create little trinket bowls or small vases. Anne invites you to include your memories in the pieces and will also draw on themes and stories from the 1960s.

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Free Drama Workshop For Older People

  • Monday 8th February 2016
  • Sherman Cymru Theatre

Type of Event: Drama Workshop

Leading theatre company Kaleidoscope have just launched a new initiative aimed at encouraging and supporting more older people to get involved in drama and the performing arts.

The initiative which is called Acting Up will support older people across the UK to set up their own drama groups for older people or develop an existing group.

The new programme will offer groups all kinds of support including access to specially written plays for older people to perform, training workshops and seminars with professional actors, writers and directors and the opportunity to perform in a professional theatre venue as part of the Acting Up Theatre Festival.  Best of all there are no costs for older people taking part in Acting Up thanks to the support of the Big Lottery Fund.

Kaleidoscope will be delivering a number of Acting Up taster workshops at venues up and down the country.  The Wales Workshop will take place at the Sherman Cymru Theatre in Cardiff on Monday 8th February from 11am – 4pm.

The workshop is open to groups and individuals from all over Wales and the surrounding area.  Places are limited and early registration is vital.

To register your interest or for more information contact Karen at Kaleidoscope via info@kaleidoscopeni.com or on 07720773225

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Chapbooks workshop / Gweithdy Crefftlyfrau

  • Tuesday 26th January 2016
  • National Museum Cardiff

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Art workshop for over 50s.

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Artist / bookmaker Cath Lewis will work with participants to make chapbooks of stories. Using the 'Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies and Destruction in Art' exhibition as inspiration, his interest in destruction and re-use of political texts and images, participants will create collaged and mono-printed book pages from old books and pamphlets, to tell their own stories.

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Collecting and Connecting: Supporting People to Live Well With Dementia

  • Tuesday 1st December 2015
  • National Museum Cardiff

Type of Event: Art Workshop

One day course at National Museum Wales for anyone responsible for developing activities and resources for people with dementia, including museum staff and care setting activity providers.

The course will cover practical ideas for reminiscence and memory activities, tips on how to make your organisation more dementia friendly, and advice on how to support people and help them live well with dementia.

Follow the links in below in English and Cymraeg for more info.

Dementia Awareness Day National Museum Eng

Dementia Awareness Day National Museum Welsh

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Live Music Now Presents: Festive-All!

  • Sunday 29th November 2015
  • Portland House

Type of Event: Music Festival

Start off the festive season at Festive-All! in Cardiff Bay.

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Strange Romance - A Tribute to Steve Strange

  • Sunday 22nd November 2015
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Music Performance

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Featuring Boy George and Kim Wilde

With The Welsh Pops Orchestra

A celebration of one of the most iconic figures in British Pop.

From unlikely beginnings in a London nightclub to a music and fashion revolution that spread world-wide, Steve Strange was one of the guiding lights of the New Romantic movement that sprang to technicolor life in the early ’80s.

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Synths were king, lavish make-up was a must and androgyny was ‘in’. Eye-liner was taken to a whole new level and changed the face of Top of the Pops - from punk-based austerity to a vivid palette of glamour and modern art.

Steve and his nightclub partner Rusty Egan joined with Midge Ure and Billy Currie  to form Visage. And the rest is history…

Now, following the untimely death of Wales’ own New Romantic icon earlier this year, some of Steve’s friends are coming together to help support a cause close to his heart, the care of the elderly.

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Performing hits of their own alongside music from Visage, they’ll be accompanied by the Welsh Pops Orchestra in a night celebrating the sights and sounds of the eighties.

Join us to remember a remarkable life through the music which defined a generation.

Proceeds from fundraising activity around this concert will support the partnership between Wales Millennium Centre and Age Cymru; working together to increase access to the arts for older people.

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Hand i Pocket Workshop at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

  • Saturday 3rd October 2015
  • Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Type of Event: Craft Workshop

As part of Age Positive Week, Age Cymru is supporting a Hand i Pocket workshop run by Cardiff Met's Professor of Creative Practice, Cathy Treadaway.

Come and make a Hand i Pocket, a fun textile object designed to stimulate tactile and playful activity with people with dementia.  Carers, friends, family and healthcare professionals are invited to take part, creating a personalized textile item.

For more information follow this link:

www.handsproject.info

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Rubicon Dance - Photo Exhibition at John Lewis

  • Tuesday 29th September 2015
  • Thursday 24th December 2015
  • John Lewis

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

John Lewis Cardiff is holding an exhibition featuring photographs from Rubicon sessions in ‘The Place to Eat’ on the 3rd floor.  The exhibition will run for 3 months and is open to the general public.

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Rubicon is showcasing a project funded by Gwanwyn last May. Three separate workshops brought together Rubicon’s Cardiff based Llanrumney 60+ dance group and Newport based Nuwave group in three separate venues across the two Cities. The dancers by worked with a new guest teacher and were introduced to a brand new style which incorporated a fusion of Latin Styles.  The ladies involved benefited from dance sessions which were beneficial to their physical, mental and social well-being.  They forged new connections and friendships whilst challenging themselves with a new style of dance.

Copyright Sian Trenberth Photography

Professional photographer Sian Trenberth documented the workshops in order to provide images of positive role models for older people enjoying physical and creative dance.  Her images of the Llanrumney Ladies and Nuwave groups in John Lewis represent Rubicon and Gwanwyn in celebrating creativity and dance activities for older people. 

Photo credit:  Sian Trenberth Photography

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Dementia and Imagination art exhibition, Bangor

  • Wednesday 26th August 2015
  • Sunday 13th September 2015
  • Age Cymru

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

Dementia and Imagination is holding an exhibition of art work in Bangor, the first time the work will be seen in the area.

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This UK- wide research project looks at the effects of art on the quality of life of people living with dementia and their carers.

This exciting collaboration between Dementia and Imagination and Age Cymru will see artwork from the research exhibited in Bangor for the first time.

Participants took part in a 12 week visual arts programme with professional artists visiting a gallery and responding to exhibitions to produce their own artwork. The art programme was delivered by Denbighshire County Council Arts Service.

The exhibit runs from 26th August until 13th September. The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9am - 5pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm.

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Yoga Classes for Over 50s

  • Monday 20th July 2015
  • Thursday 23rd July 2015
  • Monday 27th July 2015
  • Thursday 30th July 2015
  • The Studio at Cardiff Bay Chiropractic

Type of Event: Dance Workshop

Cardiff Bay Chiropractic are doing FREE yoga classes for over 50's.  Give them a call to book your place.

Yoga

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Disability Arts Cymru - Dyma Ni at Gwyl Arall

  • Sunday 19th July 2015
  • Palas Print Bookshop

Type of Event: Writing Performance

We are really proud to hear that Dyma Ni, the Welsh language writers' group project of Disability Arts Cymru, have been invited to read from their Gwanwyn Festival work at this year's Gwyl Arall Festival of music and literature in Caernarfon.

 

Gwanwyn funding has enabled the group to produce a publication of their poetry and prose which will soon be available to read online.  You can get a taste of what they've achieved here on their blog: http://atdac.rocks/tag/dyma-ni/

The project has been really successful in building the confidence of the group and we wish them a brilliant weekend at Gwyl Arall.  The line up looks to be really exciting, including appearances from Geraint Jarman, Meic Stevens, Candelas and Nesdi Jones.

If you are going along to the festival, make sure you catch them.  They will be reading in the beautiful medieval-walled garden of Palas Print Bookshop in Caernarfon at 12 noon on Sunday 19th July.

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The Rainbow Group Bollywood Month

  • Wednesday 10th June 2015
  • Wednesday 17th June 2015
  • Wednesday 24th June 2015
  • Alexandra Hall

Type of Event: Dance Workshop

A workshop and social group offering physical activity for sedentary ethnic minority women.  Every Wednesday at Alexandra Hall, Barry.  This will include one hour of Bollywood dance .

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Miramar at Chapter

  • Wednesday 10th June 2015
  • Thursday 11th June 2015
  • Friday 12th June 2015
  • Saturday 13th June 2015
  • Chapter Arts Centre

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Miramar is a dark comedy about 74 year old Enid who is forced to sell the home she's lived in most of her life.  She watches from her neighbour's window as the new owners move in and transform her house into their holiday home.

CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE, JUNE 10TH-13TH, 7:30 PM.

http://www.chapter.org/miramar

For SPECIAL DISCOUNT TICKETS quote 'SAUSAGE AND MASH' to box office staff when buying tickets.

CHAPTER is fully accessible with lift to theatre and car park at rear of building, for more information about bus routes to venue http://www.chapter.org/maps-directions.

The show is approximately 1 hour long and there will be a Welsh performance on Friday 12th.

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Arts Care Gofal Celf - Weave (Pembrey Country Park)

  • Saturday 6th June 2015
  • Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire

Type of Event: Multi Art Performance

Weave with textiles in this fantastic interactive arts project – bring the knitting nancy to life through the movement of weaving.

Learn knitting and weaving techniques whilst being part of a body knitting circle.  Experience being one of the pegs on the loom and help create a giant weaved structure as the fabric is woven around the human pegs to music in an interactive piece of movement.

For those interested in performance you could get the opportunity to create a dance using the woven structure and perform this during a final sharing.  Alternatively you could concentrate on the creation of the woven structure.  Make the project your own, lets weave.

Come and have a go, no experience necessary.  It’s fun for anyone over 50 and FREE.

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Sharing Stories from the Shelter

  • Thursday 4th June 2015
  • Abergavenny Museum and Castle

Type of Event: Multi Art

Join us for the launch of our newly refurbished Anderson Shelter, created jointly between older local residents and young people from King Henry VIII Secondary School, Abergavenny.

The launch is the culmination of a project which has seen older people acting as ‘expert advisers’ on the subject of World War Two.  Working with artist Sally Davis, through a series of intergenerational workshops, the participants have created a mural based on WW2 Abergavenny, selected handling and interpretation objects for the shelter and worked together to create information panels, labels, booklets and oral histories.

The event is a chance to celebrate all that has been achieved.  Period dress welcome!

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Fragile? Art & Craft Workshops for older people AmgueddfaCymru – National Museum Wales

  • Wednesday 3rd June 2015
  • Wednesday 17th June 2015
  • Wednesday 1st July 2015
  • Wednesday 15th July 2015
  • Wednesday 29th July 2015
  • Wednesday 2nd September 2015
  • Wednesday 16th September 2015
  • National Museum Cardiff

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Fragile? is an exhibition of contemporary ceramics that will open at National Museum Cardiff, from 18 April to 4 October 2015.  Fragile? will showcase the beauty and diversity of contemporary ceramics practice in its widest sense.  It will explore the artistic and expressive possibilities of ceramic as a material, including the contradiction between two of its inherent qualities – durability and fragility.  The exhibition will include key works from the National Museum’s collection, shown alongside excitingnew ceramic installations especially commissioned for this exhibition.  The exhibition will contain a wide variety of objects including tableware, vases, sculptures and figurines, both functional and decorative, simple and ornate, and made of different materials e.g. earthenware and fine china.

Fragile? is generously funded by The Colwinston Charitable Trust and supported by The Derek Williams Trust.  

Wednesday workshops - Free! But please book a place!  

We will be running a series of free workshops for older people from May to September, with activities inspired by the Fragile? exhibition.  All workshops will be on Wednesday afternoons starting at 2pm.  Some workshops will be very hands-on, giving you the opportunity to be creative.  Others will include fascinating demonstrations and the opportunity to engage your senses.  We hope you will find something you like!  All workshops will include a brief tour of part of the Fragile? exhibition, looking at particular ceramics that link to the workshop that day.  You will not be given a full tour of the whole exhibition as it is quite large!  If you would like to view the whole exhibition, please come in plenty of time, and view before the workshop starts at 2pm. Or come back another day and book onto one of our free guided tours!  The workshops will be relaxed and friendly.  No previous experience is required for any of the activities.  Tea and biscuits will be provided and chatting is encouraged!  Some session may be photographed, so that we have a record of our Fragile? activities, but you can always ‘opt out’ of being photographed.

Fragile?  Wednesday workshop schedule 20 May Creative Writing Workshop. 2-4pm. 10 places.

Taking inspiration from the ‘Fragile?’ exhibition, writer and arts facilitator Patrick Jones will offer you the opportunity to create a piece of poetry or prose based on your own experience.  Starting from your own favourite object or place the session will guide you through the writing process to explore your own narrative and stories.  A fun, informal and friendly session leading to a completed work you can call your own.

3 JunePottery Painting. 2-4.30pm. 15 places.

Join us for a pottery painting workshop led by Fi Jefferies, artist at Barefoot Ceramics.  Starting with a look at the Fragile? exhibition, use ceramic paints and glazes on functional bisque to decorate your own teacup, mug or plate.  Your masterpiece will be fired and ready to collect two weeks later.  Part of this session may be photographed or filmed.

17 JuneCardiff Ceramic Wall Tiles. 2-4pm. 10 places.

Join us for a discussion about the beautiful ceramic tiled doorways of Cardiff’s Victorian and Edwardian houses, followed by the opportunity to explore and touch the different materials and textures of ceramic tiles.  In this workshop, led by ceramics students from Cardiff Metropolitan University, you can decorate your own ceramic tile, which they will fire for you to be picked up at a later date.  Part of this session may be photographed or filmed.

1 July Texture and Pattern in Clay. 2-4.30pm. 10 places.

In this workshop, led by Art therapist Ursula Wimhurst, you will learn how to create your own ceramic pot or bowl inspired by some of the delicate hand built forms found in this exhibition.  You can also discover how to add texture and pattern to the clay surface based on some of the fragile patterns that can be found in nature.

15 July Printmaking Workshop: Monoprinting. 2-4pm.10 places.

This introductory workshop will show you how to create one-off prints using a combination of painting and printmaking techniques.  The variety of mediums, papers, tools and transfer methods you choose will encourage you to collage and combine different materials and techniques.  The workshop will take inspiration from colours and patterns found in the Fragile? exhibition and will beled by artist Anne Gibbs.

29 July Clay Pots for Beginners. 2-4pm.10 places.

In this ‘hands-on’ workshop, led by staff from National Museum Cardiff, we will be making simple coil pots or pinch pots out of air-drying clay.  No previous knowledge required - as with all these workshops, complete beginners are completely welcome!  You can take your pot home on the day, or leave it to become part of a display here at the Museum.  Part of this session may be photographed or filmed.

2 SeptemberTeacups & Memories. 2-4pm.10 places.

An engaging multisensory session suitable for older people with Dementia.  Different ceramic items will be available to handle, discuss and as a base for reminiscence.  You can also make a clay pot, and smell and try different kinds of tea.   A family member, friend or helper is very welcome to attend with you.

16 SeptemberTea and the Spice Trade Sensory Talk. 2-4pm. 15 places.

A multisensory talk and handling session led by Archaeologist and Historian Sally Pointer.  This session will explore the stories and smells of the tea and spice trade.  It will also offer you the opportunity to create a unique scented pot-pourri in a bone china tea-cup to take home.

Please phone to book a place: 02920 573240

These workshops for older people are FREE but booking is essential. Please chose which workshop you would like to attend then give us a call! You can book a maximum of three workshops.

How to find us& Accessibility

Location
National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NP

By Foot
The Museum is 20 minutes walk from Cardiff Central Bus and Train Station.

By Car
For satnav use the postcode CF10 3NP.

A visitor car park is situated at the rear of the Museum, accessed via Museum Avenue. Parking tokens to exit the car park are available for £5 from the shop in the Main Hall.

There are designated parking bays for Blue Badge holders in the visitor car park. Blue Badge holders are entitled to FREE parking - please take your blue badge to the Museum shop to obtain your free exit token. There is a level access path to and from the Visitor Car Park via Park Place and Museum Avenue.There are also designated disabled parking bays in front of Museum on Gorsedd Gardens Road.
For workshop participants we may also have some parking spaces available at the rear entrance of the museum. These must be booked in advance, please enquire when booking.

By Bus
From Cardiff Central Bus Station take bus number 53 or 85 to the Museum. From Cardiff Bay take the Bay Car bus number 6. You can plan your journey using the TravelineCymru website or by calling their helpline on 0871 200 22 33 (calls charged at 10p per minute from a land line).

By Train
The nearest train station is Cathays Station, approximately 5 minutes walk from the Museum. For train travel information please visit National Rail Enquiries website.The TravelineCymru helpline (0871 200 22 33) can also assist you with rail enquiries.

If you have considered all the above and are still experiencing difficulty getting here please let us know when you call! We may be able to arrange individual transport to some of our sessions if you have difficulty getting out and about.

Wheelchair access
The entrance to the Museum for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs is via a self-operated glass lift to the right of the front steps of the Museum. In the event that this lift is out of order, alternative access is available at the gate to the left of the Museum steps by pressing the intercom for assistance.

There is wheelchair accessto all galleries. Most galleries can be visited independently, but lifts to some galleries must be operated by a Museum Assistant for security reasons. Museum staff are nearby to help.

The Museum Shop, Coffee Shop and Oriel Restaurant are accessible to wheelchair users.

Wheelchairs and seating available
Four wheelchairs and six mobile seating sticks are available on loan from the Information desk on request.

A variety of seating is available throughout the Museum.

Toilets
Accessible toilets are situated in the Oriel Restaurant and by the art galleries. The Fragile? exhibition and workshops are located close to the art gallery disabled access toilets.

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Arts Care Gofal Celf - Weave (Carmarthen)

  • Saturday 30th May 2015
  • Nott Square, Carmarthen

Type of Event: Multi Art Performance

Weave with textiles in this fantastic interactive arts project – bring the knitting nancy to life through the movement of weaving.

Learn knitting and weaving techniques whilst being part of a body knitting circle.  Experience being one of the pegs on the loom and help create a giant weaved structure as the fabric is woven around the human pegs to music in an interactive piece of movement.

For those interested in performance you could get the opportunity to create a dance using the woven structure and perform this during a final sharing.  Alternatively you could concentrate on the creation of the woven structure.  Make the project your own, lets weave.

Come and have a go, no experience necessary.  It’s fun for anyone over 50 and FREE.

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Aberaeron Creative Writing Group Performance

  • Thursday 28th May 2015
  • Thursday 28th May 2015
  • Tower Room, Cardigan Castle

Type of Event: Writing Performance

Aberaeron Creative Writing Group are hosting a live performance of stories they have written relating to the history of the castle.

They have received some Theatre Forum Cymru training to help them with the transition from a creative writing group into live performing artists.

The audience will be older people form the locality and surrounding area.

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Quilters Workshop at Bethshan Nursing Home

  • Thursday 28th May 2015
  • Thursday 4th June 2015
  • Tuesday 9th June 2015
  • Thursday 11th June 2015
  • Bethshan Nursing Home, Newtown

Type of Event: Craft Workshop

Workshops in collaboration with the Abermule Quilters, who will work with residents to make fabric pictures that will then be framed and put on display in the dining areas.  Refreshments served.  Workshop is for residents only.  Friends and family welcome.

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Maesteg Festival including Strictly Cinema

  • Wednesday 27th May 2015
  • Maesteg Town Hall & Outdoor Market (weather permitting)

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

Maesteg Festival

Film, dance, live music, stalls, food, family history, shop promotions

including Strictly Cinema - Screening of 'Mr Turner' followed by a tea dance

For more information click on the link below

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Rhondda Radio Gwanwyn Week

  • Monday 25th May 2015
  • Thursday 28th May 2015
  • Various locations throughout Rhondda – details to be confirmed

Type of Event: Media Broadcast

Rhondda Radio is taking a mobile studio out into the community.  We have several locations that we will be visiting as well as interviewing the local artistic groups & individuals about their involvement in the arts.

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Hands on Art Event

  • Monday 25th May 2015
  • Monday 25th May 2015
  • The Dare Valley Country Park Aberdare

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

Free Entry Art Exhibition display at The Dare Valley Country Park, Aberdare.  Also “Hands On” session May 25th including tuition (by our members 10am-4pm) materials and loan of equipment.

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Cwmaman Institute Hands-on Session at Dare Country Park

  • Monday 25th May 2015
  • Dare Valley Country Park

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Free art workshop and tuition with Cwmaman Institute members at an exhibition of their work at Dare Country Park.  Materials and equipment will be provided.  Exhibition runs from May 4th - June 1st.

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Striking Attitudes perform at Dyffryn Gardens

  • Saturday 23rd May 2015
  • Dyffryn Gardens

Type of Event: Dance Performance

Past lives, ghostly presences, Victorian ladies drift slowly in and out of the stately rooms of Dyffryn House.  As they read, embroider and take tea these eerie ladies perform atmospheric and evocative vignettes using movement and words.  Working from photographs and books of the period, older performers from Striking Attitudes Dance Theatre recreate the leisurely pastimes of those who would have once inhabited these magnificent rooms.

Striking Attitudes is a dance theatre group for the older dancer, based in Cardiff.  Their mission is to create performance and creative opportunities for older dancers, both professional and community.

The performance will be free, but normal admission prices to Dyffryn House will apply.

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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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Tunes on a Teatowel, Ditties on a Dishcloth

  • Thursday 21st May 2015
  • The Printhaus

Type of Event: Art Workshop

As part of Voluntary Arts Week The Printhaus Workshop in Cardiff is offering a free screenprinting workshop for over 50s.

Choose a lyric from your favourite song, illustrate it and paint it on a tea towel - perfect for kitchen sing-a-longs.  No previous experience or artistic skills required.  Come and be creative, make friends and have fun.  Tea and cake supplied!

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Older Voices - Capturing Our Community Exhibition

  • Wednesday 20th May 2015
  • Parc & Dare Theatre, Treorchy

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

A free photographic exhibition and information event, provided by older adults with a learning disability.  The group are experienced at sharing their viewpoints collectively and as a group are titled “Older Voices”.

Each photographic will represent a significant item, object, building or community view that has impacted on the lives of the Older Voices group.

Access will coincide with theatre opening hours.

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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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Red Cafe - Gwanwyn Festival Celebration Event

  • Wednesday 20th May 2015
  • Quadrant Shopping Centre

Type of Event: Multi Art Performance

Exhibition / performance featuring TAN Dance, Musical Memories Choir and more.  It will be a celebratory event raising awareness for the creativity of people living with dementia and for the support that is available for them.  Interactive activities throughout the day will including art, music and ballroom dancing.

We hope to produce a collective piece of art through out the day that expresses something about life with dementia.

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Older Voices - Capturing Our Community Opening Event

  • Tuesday 19th May 2015
  • Parc & Dare Theatre, Treorchy

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

“Capturing Our Community”…. A free photographic exhibition and information event, provided by a group of older adults with a learning disability. The group are experienced at sharing their viewpoints collectively and as a group are titled “Older Voices”.

Each photographic will represent a significant item, object, building or community view that has impacted on the lives of the Older Voices group.

Members of the Older voices group will present their photographs and will provide a live presentation to an audience on the opening evening, discussing their photograph.

A free one-day community exhibition will follow the opening evening (20th May), to promote the event to the wider community.

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Chinese painting in watercolours

  • Monday 18th May 2015
  • Pontnewynydd Community Association

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Chinese painting in watercolours with artist/tutor Jill Hobbs.  There will also be an exhibition of Torfaen Art for Fun’s members’ paintings.

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Knitted Music - Strumble Head Soundscape 

  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Music Workshop

Jobina Tinnemans is a Pembrokeshire-based composer. Her contemporary compositions are inspired by the majestic Welsh landscape that surrounds her. For MATA festival NYC she composed a work using prepared knitting needles as part of the performing ensemble. Knitting stitches with these needles trigger the mercurial sounds of nature and wildlife she recorded and composed in her computer.

In this workshop Jobina will talk about how this idea came about and her experiences of working with local knitting communities in Wales and New York in preparation for the concert. There are 8-10 places available for knitters of any ability to work with the prepared needles and with the timing certain stitches generate whilst knitting. This timing is important for Tinnemans' knitted music. You will hear how your knitting will trigger the sound of either wind or sea, be a single voice in a flock of squawking gannets, rustling of leaves. As a group together an entire natural soundscape will appear.

Strumble Head is a coastal natural gem situated in South West Wales, defined by its majestic cliffs. This soundscape music will feature undulating rhythms of waves dramatically crashing against cliffs smashing into foaming peaks, the sub-aquatic melodies of porpoise song carrying far into the unknown deep, the mechanical murmuring of the lighthouse bringing home safe the sailors of many a folk tale.

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Parkour for Older People

  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Dance Workshop

Parkour Dance Company will be holding two workshop sessions that fuse parkour/freerunning with dance and yoga for well-being, fitness and performance purposes. Come and explore and reconnect with the environment in a safe and structured class led by qualified professionals.

Participants should come to the Preseli Room on the day, this workshop is on a first come first serve basis.  Anyone who misses the 11am morning session will be able to attend the 2pm session. There are 20 spaces available on each workshop.

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Parkour for Older People

  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Dance Workshop

Parkour Dance Company will be holding two workshop sessions that fuse parkour/freerunning with dance and yoga for well-being, fitness and performance purposes. Come and explore and reconnect with the environment in a safe and structured class led by qualified professionals.

Participants should come to the Preseli Room on the day, this workshop is on a first come first serve basis.  Anyone who misses the 11am morning session will be able to attend the 2pm session. There are 20 spaces available on each workshop.

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Graffitti Workshops

  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Join our local graffiti artists outside and inside the Centre to create your very own modern masterpiece. Come along whether you're younger or older and want to try something new and different.

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Beatboxing workshop

  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Music Workshop

Take part in beatboxing sessions with Matthew Hann, whether you’re younger or older, this is a great opportunity for you try something new and different.

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Singing workshop

  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Music Workshop

Participants will gather for a fun singing session led by three of SE Wales experienced facilitators, Helen Vincent, Maxine Bennett and Celia Webb. You can find out more, join in, and experience first-hand the laughter and power generated by everyone and witness the uplifting and wonderful atmosphere created by having fun with songs both new and familiar.

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TAN Dance - The Lips of Time

  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Dance Performance

TAN Dance's Tystion Company of older dancers performs to a wonderfully dynamic piece of music that drives them through a profound scenario of powerful moments in time and space.

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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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Knitted Music

  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Glanfa Stage, Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Music Performance

Jobina Tinnemans is a Pembrokeshire-based composer. Her contemporary compositions are inspired by the majestic Welsh landscape that surrounds her. In 2013 the MATA festival for young composers, co-founded by Philip Glass, commissioned her to write a new work, which premiered in Brooklyn, NYC. The work is called 'Killing Time' and Tinnemans uses prepared knitting needles as part of the performing ensemble. Knitting stitches with these needles trigger the mercurial sounds of nature and wildlife she recorded and composed in her computer. The title is a wink to the craft of knitting, because it's more to do with the timelessness of the Pwll Deri coastal landscape. Jobina got approached by Vogue Knitting NYC and will stage this Pembrokeshire piece at their Live Event gala dinner in January of next year.

"Known for her work with musique concrète, Dutch-Welsh composer Jobina Tinnemans follows the lead of the late Cornelius Cardew, incorporating nonmusicians into a new music context. Her MATA commission, "Killing Time", is a concerto grosso for solo knitters, instrumental ensemble, and a ripieno orchestra of knitters, visualizing the passage of time through its trace in fibre." (MATA NYC)

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Vale 50+ Gwanwyn ART, CRAFTS AND LEISURE Spring Festival

  • Friday 15th May 2015
  • Golau Caredig. (Barry Old Cinema)

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

Come along and try something new!
Lots of different art, craft and leisure tasters and information stands
Confused by computers? Have a taster session with an I-pad or laptop

For more information on the above event contact Vale Older People’s Coordinator John Porter at V.O.G.C. Civic Offices Barry.

Free Tea and Coffee provided throughout the day

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CAIN TONIC Performance

  • Thursday 14th May 2015
  • Galeri, Caernarfon

Type of Event: Dance Performance

Cain, Galeri’s dance performance group for the over 60s celebrate and launch this year’s Gwanwyn Festival in North West Wales. Gwanwyn is all about celebrating creativity in older people.  Cain, now in its 2nd year is a project organised by Galeri which gives the over 60s an opportunity to work with professional choreographer/dancer Cai Tomos.  Here is an opportunity to witness the fruits of their labour as they take centre stage in this special TONIC concert.

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A Moving Portrait - TAPE Community Arts Centre

  • Thursday 14th May 2015
  • Friday 15th May 2015
  • TAPE Community Arts Centre

Type of Event: Art Workshop

2 Days of fantastic free arts workshops at the TAPE Community Arts Centre followed by an exhibition of your work.

Facilitated by esteemed local artist Dee Rivaz participants will be invited to respond to an exhibition of remarkable work by 82 year old Bruce Douglas from sketchbook-journals recording events, thoughts and experiences over decades of his daily life.  The workshops will explore Bruce’s unique method of using drawings and words to create graphic journal pages of their own, the outcomes of which will be exhibited at the centre over the following month.

No previous experience necessary.

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Back to Basics Craft - Carmarthenshire Federation of Women's Institutes

  • Wednesday 13th May 2015
  • Friday 29th May 2015
  • Carmarthenshire Federation of Women’s Institutes

Type of Event: Craft Exhibition

Exhibition of work by members of the Carmarthenshire Federation of Women's Institutes following two courses delivered in March and April.

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Poetry and Painting with Elizabeth Ashworth

  • Wednesday 13th May 2015
  • Wednesday 20th May 2015
  • Wednesday 27th May 2015
  • Tan-y-Fron, Extra care Development scheme

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

Artist and poet Elizabeth Ashworth will work with the residents of Tan-y-Fron to produce visual artwork and poetry inspired by the Chardon collection, which is housed at Llandudno Museum.  Closed event for residents of Tan-yFron.

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Vale 50+ Strategy Forum Creative Writing Competition Display

  • Monday 11th May 2015
  • Friday 15th May 2015
  • Barry Library

Type of Event: Writing Exhibition

Chosen entries from the Vale 50+ Strategy Forum creative writing competition will be on display in Barry Library.

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Discover Your Inner Teenager

  • Monday 11th May 2015
  • Monday 18th May 2015
  • Crwt Mytton

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Participatory workshops offering older people the chance to try out a range of activities that are normally only offered to the younger generation, including light drawing / graffiti and creating your own avatar on a smart phone of tablet.

This will be followed by an exhibition on 18th May.

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Cwmaman Institute Painting Demonstration

  • Monday 11th May 2015
  • Cwmaman Institute

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Painting demonstration by an aclaimed artist at the Cwmaman Institute.  Free event, but booking essential.

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Attitude Festival

  • Saturday 9th May 2015
  • Red House (and other venues in Merthyr Tydfil)

Type of Event: Art Performance

Experience the experience!

Attitude is a brand new multi-art-form festival encompassing an exclusive performance from Peggy Seeger in Wales, opportunities to try out making theatre and NIA; insights into what makes a Nashville Song Doctor and one of the 20th Century’s greatest plays “An Inspector Calls.”

Attitude Festival/Gwyl Agwedd has been so named to reflect the fact that the creative impulse remains undimmed by the passage of time.

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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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TAN Dance - The Lips of Time

  • Saturday 9th May 2015
  • Soar Theatr

Type of Event: Dance Performance

TAN Dance's Tystion Company of older dancers performs to a wonderfully dynamic piece of music drives the dancers through a profound scenario of powerful moments in time and space.

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Dance for Parkinsons

  • Thursday 7th May 2015
  • Singleton Hospital

Type of Event: Dance Workshop

Dance training for physios and OTs who work with people with Parkinson’s Disease

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Gwanwyn Festival at Aberyswyth Arts Centre

  • Wednesday 6th May 2015
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Type of Event: Art

A free arts and well being day at Aberystwyth Arts Centre open to anyone aged 50 or over - feel free to come to all or part of the day

A day of free activities with the emphasis on fun and trying something new (tho' we positively welcome people with experience too!)

Sign up to one of our full length sessions or just come along to see what's happening, have some lunch and join in one of our drop in activities

Note - there will be limited places on some activities, so advance booking is essential

 

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Upcycling Workshop

  • Wednesday 6th May 2015
  • Treuddyn Village Hall

Type of Event: Craft Workshop

Arts and crafts session with Eco Unique.  Come and create unique new objects out of old items.

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Hightown Gwanwyn Creative Spring Festival

  • Tuesday 5th May 2015
  • Tuesday 12th May 2015
  • Tuesday 26th May 2015
  • Thursday 28th May 2015
  • Hightown Community Resource Centre

Type of Event: Craft Workshop

Free 4 workshop festival to encourage creativity in adults (priority given to the over 50s).

Tues 5th May Sugar craft art (1-3pm)
Tues 12th May. Ways with Wool Workshop (1-3pm)
Tues 26th May, Doggy draft excluder workshop (1-3pm)
Thursday 28th May. Tai Chi with Pol Wong (2-3pm).
Booking is essential so please facebook, email paulahack1979@yahoo.co.uk or ring 01978 354150 to book your place.

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Cwmaman Institute Art Exhibition

  • Monday 4th May 2015
  • Monday 25th May 2015
  • Monday 1st June 2015
  • The Dare Valley Country Park Aberdare

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

Free Entry Art Exhibition display at The Dare Valley Country Park,  Aberdare .  (Also “Hands On” session May 25th including tuition (by our members 10am-4pm) materials and loan of equipment.)

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Ysbyty Eryri Art in Health Workshops

  • Friday 1st May 2015
  • Friday 8th May 2015
  • Friday 15th May 2015
  • Friday 22nd May 2015
  • Friday 29th May 2015
  • Ysbyty Eryri

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Weekly events and workshops with artist Wendy Rogers for the benefit of Speech and Language Service patients at Ysbyty Eryri.

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Plas Maesincla Art in Health Workshops

  • Friday 1st May 2015
  • Friday 8th May 2015
  • Friday 15th May 2015
  • Friday 22nd May 2015
  • Friday 29th May 2015
  • Plas Maesincla

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Weekly events and workshops with artist Wendy Rogers for the benefit of residents at Plas Maesincla a nursing home for people with memory difficulties.

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Brush Strokes Art Exhibition Opening Event

  • Wednesday 29th April 2015
  • The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

To celebrate this event we are going to have an open evening on Wednesday 29th April, to invite the artists, family members and local dignitaries to celebrate the work on display and also also launch our Action on Stroke month 2015.

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Deadline for Vale 50+ Strategy Forum Creative Writing Competition

  • Friday 24th April 2015
  • Vale 50+ Strategy Forum

Type of Event: Writing Competition

500 word short story or poem on your own topic.  To take part you have to be over 50 and live or work in the Vale of Glamorgan.  Chosen entries will be on display in Barry Library from 11th to 15th May.

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Brush Strokes Art Exhibition

  • Wednesday 15th April 2015
  • Friday 8th May 2015
  • The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

Our ‘Brush Strokes’ art exhibition will take place at The Gate in Cardiff, displaying different types of artwork from stroke survivors across South Wales.  There will be a variety of styles and artwork on display at the exhibition, which will be open to the general public during the above dates.

Please join us on Wednesday 29th April, when we are going to have an open evening to invite the artists, family and local dignitaries to celebrate the work on display and also also launch our Action on Stroke month 2015.

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Dyma Ni (Here We Are)

  • Sunday 22nd March 2015
  • Wednesday 22nd April 2015
  • Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre, Llanystumdwy

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

Dyma Ni (Here We Are) Writing workshop.

Followed in May by publication of a 50 page pamphlet and e-book of work from DAC’s Welsh writers’ group, developing out of workshops with Sian Northey

Launch events hosted by Ty Newydd and Palas Print, dates TBC

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