2013 Events

Posted Friday, December 20th, 2013

August012 Theatre Company is currently looking for older participants for WISE, a European Union project that similtaneously takes place in Italy, Germany and Poland.

The project aims at creating and staging a theatre play based on older peoples past political engagements and their views of it today.

August 012 Theatre Compant will lead the project in Wales.

They are currently looking for older people who were politically engaged in the past and would be happy to meet, share their story through workshops and to be part of the project.

They want to bring together people who have fought for their political ideas in Wales to create together, and with professional actors, a piece of theatre that weaves their stories together.

They would like to meet participants between now and Febrauary with workshops taking place at the end of February / early March.  A more intensive week is due to take place at the end of March.

The material gathered will then be re-worked with a group of international writers and dramaturgs and made into a script in June/July 2014.  August 012 will stage and perform the final piece with professional actors and older participants in October 2014.

If you are interested in taking part and would like more details they would like to meet you as soon as possible.

Please contact Mathilde Lopez, Artistic Director, on 07951575249 or email mathildelopez@august012.co.uk

Posted Friday, October 18th, 2013

Butetown History and Arts Centre hold a Painting Group every Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm
Initially funded with the support of Age Cymru, through the Gwanwyn project,it now costs £5 per session
The committed group are now inviting new participants.

The group say ‘it’s fun and enjoyable’ and ‘suited to our individual needs’.
They are led by Les Seville (a Welsh Artist) and amongst the things they have learnt are new techniques and styles, balance, composition and colour

The group is hosted by the Butetown History and Arts Centre

Sessions are relaxed and  informal

If you are interested please leave a message on 02920214715 or for more information contact Butetown History and Art Centre on 02920256757                          

Butetown History and Arts Centre, 4 Dock Chambers, Bute Street, Cardiff

Posted Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Are you interested in theatre?
Did you always want to try acting but never found the right opportunity? Sherman Theatre, in partnership with the Gwanwyn Festival of Arts for Older People, is forming a new group called Company 6.5 especially for older people who would like to explore the world of theatre and drama. (more…)

Posted Saturday, June 29th, 2013

MOSTYN has been selected to represent the North East Wales region to deliver the Commissioners’ Choice Project during May/ June in collaboration with Age Cymru and Gwanwyn Festival. (more…)

Posted Sunday, June 23rd, 2013


‘Celebration of the Sky’ – Kite Festival.

Venue:The Knap Point, (above Watchtower Bay) Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.

Times: Friday June 21st from 6pm or Sunday June 23rd from 2.30pm if weather affected. (more…)

Posted Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Title: Emotional Baggage
Date: Tuesdays 21&28/05 and 11&18/06
Location: St Peter’s Church, Aberbargoed CF81 9FF
Time: 1.30 – 5.00 p.m.
Cost: £10 (more…)

Posted Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Re-Live – Age

Award winning Welsh theatre company Re-live, are searching for people over 65 who would like to take part in a timely and thought provoking performance called ‘Age’ in Cardiff in May and June. (more…)

Posted Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Title: stories have to be told or they die
Date: 08/06/2013
Location: Butetown community centre (TBC )
Time: 10:30-3:00PM
Cost: free (more…)

Posted Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Title: Stories of Stillness – Art Exhibition
Date: 27th April – 8th June 2013
Location: Oriel Theatr Clwyd
Time: Mon – Sat 10:00am – 10:00pm
Cost: Free (more…)

Posted Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Title: Textile Art Workshops
Date: 8, 15, 22, 29 May & 5 June
Location: Ysbyty Eryri, Caernarfon
Time: Afternoon sessions
Cost: Free (more…)

Posted Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Title: Art Exhibition
Date: May 6th – June 3rd 2013
Location: Dare Valley Country Park, Aberdare
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free viewing (more…)

Posted Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Title: 3rd Age Critics
Date: ongoing
Location: Across South Wales
Time: Times vary
Cost: free (more…)

Posted Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Title: 3rd Age Dance
Date: Wed afternoons – ongoing
Location: Arwel Y Mor,Community Centre,Porthcawl,Bridgend.
Time: 1-3pm
Cost: free (more…)

Posted Friday, May 31st, 2013

Title: Fifty Over Fifty
Date: 5th May – 31st May
Location: Butetown HIstory and Arts Centre
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Cost: Free (more…)

Posted Friday, May 31st, 2013

Clwyd Theatr Cymru offers a taste of the Celtic festival 2013 to the gwanwyn festival

This year’s Celtic Festival has an even bigger programme of new work from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall including theatre, film, dance, art and comedy.

In the Emlyn Williams Theatre, innovative young Scottish company ThickSkin bring their heart-stopping new show The Static fresh from rave reviews at the Edinburgh festival; Happenstance from Northern Ireland plunge us into the grime, black humour and romance of the Belfast shipyards in The Boat Factory and Clwyd Theatr Cymru present leading Welsh playwright Tim Price’s Olivier nominated Salt, Root and Roe, directed by Kate Wasserberg. (more…)

Posted Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Title: Crafts of the Cut
Date: Throughout May 2013
Location: Outreach activities in Montgomeryshire care homes and day centres
Time: 2-2.5 hours
Cost: FREE (more…)

Posted Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Title: Textile Art Workshops
Date: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 May
Location: Plas Maesincla, Caernarfon, Gwynedd.
Time: Morning
Cost: Free (more…)

Posted Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Title: Pottery Exhibition
Date: 13May-29 May
Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Time: tba
Cost: free (more…)

Posted Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Title: Batik Workshop
Date: 29th May 2013
Location: Canolfan Awelon, School Road, Ruthin LL15 1JB
Time: 10.00 to 16.00
Cost: Free (more…)

Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Title: Painting Portraits with Les Seville
Date: Tues , May 7, 14, 21 & 28
Location: Butetown History and Arts Centre
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost: Free

An introduction to using light, shadow, colour, brushes and paint. To interpret people and subjects as personally expressed portraits. Working together the group will improve techniques and have fun finding some shortcuts. Something for beginners and more for improvers

Tel: 029 2025 6757
Email: arts@bhac.org

Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Title: Drawing Portraits with Sol Jorgensen
Date: Tues , May 7, 14, 21 & 28.
Location: Butetown History and Arts Centre
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: Free


‘ Drawing is looking and looking is life.’
These workshops will give you the skills to look and draw

Tel: 029 2025 6757
Email: arts@bhac.org

Posted Monday, May 27th, 2013

Title: Time to Dance
Date: Mon , May 6, 13, 20 & 27
Location: BUtetown History and Arts Centre
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: Free

Collaborative Intergenerational Project (with Juke Box Juniors) with June Campbell-Davies & Reuen Bertram

Dance workshops sessions aimed at anyone who would enjoy performing through the medium of dance, movement & mime. No dance experience necessary but the work created in these sessions will culminate in a short performance at BHAC. Lots of fun & enthusiasm

Tel: 029 2025 6757
Email: arts@bhac.org

Posted Sunday, May 26th, 2013

“One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel alright” – Bob Marley
Bristol Reggae Orchestra is one of the UK’s most unique, inspiring and uplifting community projects – and they are coming to the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff to give a rousing finale to the 2013 Gwanwyn Festival. Set up in early 2010, its debut sold out St George’s in Bristol, a renowned classical music venue, and turned it into a seething dance hall. Since then, performances at local festivals, in the St Paul’s community and around the southwest have confirmed the Reggae Orchestra as one to watch.
It is a collective of 40 local musicians of all ages, drawing influences from reggae, ska, jazz and classical music, and include professional musicians, students, hobbyists and session players, as well as those who have rarely played in public before. They feature a selection of singers who can draw on many years of experience.
They play a compelling repertoire drawn from bravely crafted originals, many from talented composers in St Paul’s and the wider Bristol area, as well as reggae and ska classics from the likes of Bob Marley and Lord Tanamo. Listen out for their particular blend of toe-tapping, crowd-pleasing world music with verve, commanding solos and an infectious beat. This will be happening on the Glanfa stage at the Wales Millennium Centre at 1:00pm on Saturday 25th May. Admission is free.
If your experience of Reggae is all from records you need to hear this. You will also get the chance to see the world premiere of a new piece of music specially commissioned by the Gwanwyn festival featuring Dylan Fowler (Guitar) and Adam Doughty on the Kora (An African harp).

Posted Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Title: Portrait Photography with Glenn Jordan & Andrew McNeil
Date: Sat 1 May 11, 18, & 25.
Location: Butetown History and Arts Centre
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Cost: Free

This course provides an introduction to photographic portraiture using natural light. Students will have an opportunity to critically explore the work of leading photographers and to develop their skills in taking, editing and displaying photographs.

Tel: 029 2025 6757
Email: arts@bhac.org

Posted Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Are you an experienced guitarist or other musician? Are you over 50? Would you like to have one of a small number of free places on a workshop on 25th May with Adam Doughty to try playing the Kora? First come first served…call Phil Thomas on 02920 431555 to reserve a place. If you would like to attend the workshop as a spectator that’s fine too…just call the box office to reserve a free ticket.

Posted Friday, May 24th, 2013

Title: Learn to Illustrate
Date: Friday 24 May 2013
Location: Pontypool Museum
Time: 10 – 3
Cost: FREE

Learn the art of illustration in black white through a range of media (scraperboard, pen and ink, charcoal etc…)in the style of the late artist and poet Myfanwy Haycock, who’s centenary the museum is celebrating this year.

Tel: 01495 752036

Posted Friday, May 24th, 2013

Title: Passion for Writing with Erin Martin
Date: Fri , May 24
Location: Butetown History and Arts Centre
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: Free

This is a warm and lively class, suitable for both new and experienced writers. Emphasis is placed on exploration and experimentation, with the idea that each student learns about their own voice and exposes their own creative potential

Tel: 029 2025 6757
Email: arts@bhac.org

Posted Friday, May 24th, 2013

Title: Weave got Talent
Date: May 24th
Location: Stacey Rd School, Stacey Rd, Cardiff
Time: 11am – 2pm
Cost: Free

Weave got Talent is a project created for care home residents. It is using different types of weaving with different textures. Using peg looms, weaving sticks, paper weaving. It’s aims are to help develop creative skills and help those suffering with dementia or memory loss. By using an activity that is repetitive and requires concentration, helps improve skills. They see what they are making develop quickly, this helps to maintain interest . We have a professional weaver helping the project develop. Kathy Williams has inspired us with many new ideas and works with the residents.

Tel: 07816412230
Email: cunliffeu@yahoo.co.uk

Posted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Titel: Undy & District Art Society
Date: 15th May & 22nd May
Location: Undy Church & Community Hall
Time: 6pm -9pm
Cost: £3 demo & £5 workshop

A demonstration of Model Making with papier mache and a follow up workshop.

Tel: 01633 880467/01633 882331
Email: avrilhunt1@abstrayleaves1.plus.com

Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Title: Spring Event
Date: 21st May
Location: Caldicot Town Council Building
Time: 12:00 – 15:00
Cost: Free

Age Cymru Gwent together with Severnside Committee would like to invite you to our 50 plus celebration and Spring Event on May 21st at Caldicot Town Council building between 12 – 3pm. There will be arts and crafts, demonstrations, music, light exercise sessions, a local history talk and refreshments. Come along, learn something new and make friends.

Tel: 01633 763330
Email: e.powell@agecymrugwent.org

Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Title: Get Inspired and Involved! – A free Arts and Well Being Day at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Date: 21st May 2013
Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Time: 10 – 3
Cost: Free


A day of free arts and well being activities – open to all, the emphasis will be on having fun and trying something new, (tho’ we positively welcome people with experience too!) Please contact Cath on the email or phone no. below to book your place.


o Yoga
o Life Drawing
o Photographic Portraits
o Simple Digital Storytelling (for both these activities, we would like you to bring something important to you which you would like to be photographed with / talk about. We will also have a selection of clothes and objects from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s for anyone who hasn’t brought anything
o Access to the Arts Centre Digilab
o Textiles, Tea and chat
o Teas, coffees and light Lunch

Tel: 01970 622888
Email: cxs@aber.ac.uk

Posted Monday, May 20th, 2013

Title: Painting workshop with Keith Bowen
Date: Monday 20th. May 2013
Location: Llanelltyd Village Hall (Nr, Dolgellau)
Time: 12.00 midday – 6.00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Meirionnydd Artists Sciety warmly welcomes anyone interested in painting to join them for the second of 2 workshops. Popular local artist Keith Bowen will be demonstrating and teaching a variety of techniques for landscape and still life. Bring media, paper, canvases of your choice, and any art eqipment required also a packed lunch.

Tel: 01341 423193
Email: ianroberts1@sky.com

Posted Monday, May 20th, 2013

Title: Landscape workshops
Date: Monday 20 May
Location: Trosnant House, Pontypool.
Time: 10 am to 2.30 pm.
Cost: Free

The workshop will be delivered by a local artist – Val Howlett. It will take the members through a step by step of how to produce a landscape using pastels.

Email: vaughanvalerie@yahoo.co.uk

Posted Monday, May 20th, 2013

Title: Over 50’s Art Class
Date: April 29th, May 13th, May 20th 2013
Location: Peter Lea Primary School, Fairwater
Time: 3.30-5.30pm
Cost: FREE

Three sessions with a professional artist
If you would like to…
meet new people
work with a professional artist
explore different art styles
create an individual work of art
have the opportunity to exhibit your artwork
…then come along to the Over 50’s Art Class
All materials provided.
No experience necessary.
All welcome – art enthusiasts and beginners alike.

Tel: 07989713696
Email: info@peoplearoundhere.com

Posted Monday, May 20th, 2013

Title: Goldies Cymru @ Rhondda Heritage Park
Date: 20/05/2013
Location: Rhondda Heritage Park – Near Pontypridd
Time: 10.30 – 11.30
Cost: £1.00


Sing along to the great hits of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Goldies is monthly event on the third Monday of every month. It’s all about making friends and having fun through music. Refreshments included.

Run by the Golden-Oldies Charitable Trust; They ask for a £1 donation to allow them to continue supporting the sessions.

Tel: 01443 682 036
Email: hayley.huckin@rctcbc.gov.uk

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Title: Rotary Club Charity Book Sale
Date: 17th – 19th May
Location: Rhondda Heritage Park, Trehafod
10a. -4pm
Cost: Free

Books for all ages and interests from as little as 20p! Books – ols & new, tapes, magazines, comics and dvd’s. A fantastic opportunity to bag a bargain and support a great local charity

Tel: 01443 682036
Email: info@rhonddaheritagepark.com

Posted Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Title: Once Upon A Time in the Dark, Dark Wood
Location: Chapter, Cardiff 25 -27 April 2013
Location: Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea 1 May 2013
Location: Theatr Felinfach, Ceredigion 17 May 2013
Cost: Call venue for Details

Posted Friday, May 17th, 2013

Title: Stories to Blues with Patti Flynn
Date: Fri May 10 & 17.
Location: BUtetown History and Arts Centre
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: Free

Morning session consists of Patti explaining how stories edited to prose or poems can be sang as Blues or Jazz with reference to of some of the earlier female vocalists of the twentieth century. The students are then encouraged to write a short autobiographical piece of work. In the afternoon session each students will read out their own piece of writing. Patti will show how these can be vocally edited and turned into an eight or twelve bar blues, which she will then sing.

Tel: 029 2025 6757
Email: arts@bhac.org

Posted Friday, May 17th, 2013

Title: Learning Illustration
Date: Friday 17 May 2013
Location: Pontypool Museum
Time: 10-3
Cost: FREE

Learn the art of illustration in black white through a range of media (scraperboard, pen and ink, charcoal etc…)in the style of the late artist and poet Myfanwy Haycock, who’s centenary the museum is celebrating this year.

Tel: 01495 752036
Email: pontypoolmuseum@hotmail.com

Posted Friday, May 17th, 2013

Title: Dyffryn Conwy U3A Showcase
Date: Friday 17 May
Location: Glasdir, Llanrwst
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: Free

A showcase of interest groups offered by Dyffryn Conwy U3A.

There will be hands on workshops in patchwork and quilting and floral art, with all materials provided.

The recorder group will be providing musical entertainment and the play reading group will be looking for people to take part in a short reading. The music appreciation group will be giving a short presentation with musical accompaniment and the creative writing group will be displaying examples of their work.

Tel: 07799 261692
Email: carol_loughlin@yahoo.co.uk