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Dydd Dawns Gwanwyn Rubicon / Rubicon’s Gwanwyn Dance Day, Cardiff

  • Wednesday 29th May 2019
  • Wednesday 29th May 2019
  • Rubicon Dance

Type of Event: Dance Workshop

Join us for a day of dance workshops, socialising and creativity. Within our studios we will hold a dance day as follows:

  • 10:30 – 11:15 – Warm up and Conditioning Session (chair-based)
  • 15 minute break (refreshments provided)
  • 11:30 – 12:30 – Cha Cha Cha Workshop
  • Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 – Musical Theatre Workshop
  • 15 minute break (refreshments provided)
  • 2:45 – 3:00 – Sharing

The workshops will be a reminder of how dance enables one to develop physically as well as a way of boosting social interaction. Our event will challenge preconceived ideas of ageing and older people and instead will highlight creativity and growth within older people.

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Turn Over a New Leaf - Glass painting workshop, Wrexham

  • Tuesday 28th May 2019
  • Tuesday 28th May 2019
  • NEWCIS Carers Centre

Type of Event: Art

Come and join the NEWCIS glass painting workshop. This workshop is for older carers; anyone caring for a family member or friend without payment. During the session we will create designs using paints on glass baubles. The baubles will be displayed during Carers Week (10-16 June) to celebrate creativity in older age.
Your place must be pre-booked with NEWCIS. To book your place you need to contact NEWCIS on 01352 752525 or email enquiries@newcis.org.uk. This workshop is only available to family carers and you need to register with NEWCIS if you haven’t already. You can register with NEWCIS when you book your place and there is no charge for this. The workshop is part of Gwanwyn festival which celebrates creative ageing.

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Gentle/Radical Film Club: Intergenerational Film Event!

  • Tuesday 28th May 2019
  • Tuesday 28th May 2019
  • Riverside Warehouse

Type of Event: Film

On Tuesday May 28th, we invite you to join us to watch A Suitable Girl - a documentary following three women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams, amid intense pressure to get married. The film examines the women's complex relationships with marriage, parents, family and wider society.

Do the pressures you faced growing up still exist for young people today? What traditions do you think should be passed on to the next generation?

Join us for a screening of this excellent documentary and a post-screening discussion with older people and younger people alike!

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Dance to Health Porthcawl Film Screening

  • Wednesday 22nd May 2019
  • Wednesday 22nd May 2019
  • Grand Pavilion Porthcawl

Type of Event: Film

Join us for the premiere of our dance film created specifically for Gwanwyn Festival. The piece is inspired by poems of spring written by members of the group and was constructed during our weekly sessions at Awel-Y-Mor Community Centre. Free entrance.

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Croeso / Welcome

  • Wednesday 22nd May 2019
  • Wednesday 22nd May 2019
  • Cynon Learning Curve

Type of Event: Art

Croeso welcomes you to join in and have fun making art works with a welsh language and welsh heritage theme.
 
Working collaboratively with community artist Lucy Bateman, we will produce canvasses using background silhouettes of welsh themed images.
 
We will then add key welsh phrases to the canvasses to produce permanent artworks, which will promote the use of the welsh language
 
Workshops will be available for 1 day on:
 
Wednesday 22nd May from 9.30 to 12.00 and from 1.00 to 3.30, everyone is welcome to attend.
 
Workshops are free to include all materials, as well as free refreshments.
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How Green Is Our Valley Now?

  • Tuesday 21st May 2019
  • Friday 24th May 2019
  • Park and Dare Theatre Treorchy

Type of Event: Writing

2019 is the 80th anniversary of when ‘How Green Was My Valley’ was written. To mark the anniversary Avant Cymru are working with 3 Days to Stage to run a 72 hour script writing challenge asking How Green Is Our Valley Now?.

Participants will start writing on the 21st of May and by the 24th noon the scripts will be performed in the studio in the Park and Dare Theatre, as a Double Bill performance alongside Rhondda Road.

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Quilting Workshop

  • Tuesday 21st May 2019
  • Tuesday 21st May 2019
  • The Penyrenglyn Project

Type of Event: Craft

Quilting Workshop. Members will make an item which will combine a number of Quilting Techniques, including hand quilting, machine quilting, decorative stitching.

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Breathe, Create

  • Monday 20th May 2019
  • Monday 20th May 2019
  • Hen Goleg Resource Centre College

Type of Event: Music

Our ‘Breathe, Create’ project will enable older service users, staff, people from the local care home next door, community members and their family and friends, to experience creative activity (music and song) and performance in a collaborative and friendly environment. The final sharing on Monday May 20th 2-3pm will include performances from the group and audience participation to create a positive and fun ‘scratch band’ experience with voices and instruments.

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Pericles

  • Sunday 19th May 2019
  • Willow Globe

Type of Event: Music

“Could I rage and roar as the sea, yet the end must be as it is”
Good intentions, bad luck, fickle fortunes and just deserts abound in this magical, musical adventure story - Sailing the Mediterranean Sea with singing, storms and shipwrecks… and of course Pirates! Willow Globe Company are in full force with tons of energy and some glorious music and harmonies. This one promises something special!

This production marks a new collaboration with Sing Your Heart out community choir and once again features members of our Have-a-go Shakespeare groups.

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£12 adults, £6 Under 16yrs and £30 Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children)

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Gwanwyn Festival Art Exhibition and Coffee Morning, Aberdare

  • Saturday 18th May 2019
  • Saturday 18th May 2019
  • Hirwaun Village Hall

Type of Event: Art

Art exhibition for local individuals and art groups. Free coffee morning. At Hirwaun Village Hall.

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Connect Community Music Day, Aberaeron

  • Friday 17th May 2019
  • Friday 17th May 2019
  • Aberaeron Memorial Hall

Type of Event: Music

An event giving people who are blind or partially sighted the opportunity to meet with others who share an interest in music, take part in a singing workshop led by a professional musician with sight loss and listen to performances from blind musicians. There will also be information about what the RNIB’s music service can provide for blind and partially sighted musicians as well as tea and cake! We hope that this will kickstart a regular singing or music group in the areas. The event is part of Gwanwyn festival which celebrates creative ageing.

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Pericles

  • Friday 17th May 2019
  • Saturday 18th May 2019
  • Friday 17th May 2019
  • Willow Globe

Type of Event: Music

“Could I rage and roar as the sea, yet the end must be as it is”
Good intentions, bad luck, fickle fortunes and just deserts abound in this magical, musical adventure story - Sailing the Mediterranean Sea with singing, storms and shipwrecks… and of course Pirates! Willow Globe Company are in full force with tons of energy and some glorious music and harmonies. This one promises something special!
 
This production marks a new collaboration with Sing Your Heart out community choir and once again features members of our Have-a-go Shakespeare groups.
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A Day of Pop Up Events

  • Wednesday 15th May 2019
  • Wednesday 15th May 2019
  • Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Type of Event: Art

A day of pop up events, activities and workshops to celebrate Gwanwyn Festival - a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age.

Gwanwyn Festival offer opportunities for greater participation by older people in the arts. All materials provided

Free entry, drop in at any time. Everyone welcome

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Turn Over a New Leaf - Glass painting workshop, Mold

  • Tuesday 14th May 2019
  • Tuesday 14th May 2019
  • NEWCIS Carers Centre

Type of Event: Art

Come and join the NEWCIS glass painting workshop. This workshop is for older carers; anyone caring for a family member or friend without payment. During the session we will create designs using paints on glass baubles. The baubles will be displayed during Carers Week (10-16 June) to celebrate creativity in older age.
Your place must be pre-booked with NEWCIS. To book your place you need to contact NEWCIS on 01352 752525 or email enquiries@newcis.org.uk. This workshop is only available to family carers and you need to register with NEWCIS if you haven’t already. You can register with NEWCIS when you book your place and there is no charge for this. The workshop is part of Gwanwyn festival which celebrates creative ageing.

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Girls on Film

  • Monday 13th May 2019
  • Monday 13th May 2019
  • St Marys Church, Gilfach

Type of Event: Art

The event is for ladies 50 plus from the valleys in Caerphilly to learn dance and filmmaking skills in order to challenge preconceived stereotypical ideas by giving opportunity to showcase their talents, learn new skills and create a short film together.

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Dance to the Music

  • Monday 13th May 2019
  • Monday 13th May 2019
  • The Riverfront Theatre Newport

Type of Event: Dance

Dance session run by Rubicon Dance attended by NuWave group and accompanied by live music from The Keith Little Trio, provided by Music in Hospitals & Care.

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Weaving a Community Together, Llangollen

  • Saturday 11th May 2019
  • Saturday 11th May 2019
  • Pentredwr Community Centre

Type of Event: Art

The Community Association run an intergenerational whole community event. The event will be run in collaboration with Gwlangollen, a project to encourage the use of locally produced wool for and by local farming communities.

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Connect Community Music Day, Bridgend

  • Saturday 11th May 2019
  • St. John’s training centre,

Type of Event: Music

An event giving people who are blind or partially sighted the opportunity to meet with others who share an interest in music, take part in a singing workshop led by a professional musician with sight loss and listen to performances from blind musicians.  There will also be information about what the RNIB’s music service can provide for blind and partially sighted musicians as well as tea and cake! We hope that this will kickstart a regular singing or music group in the areas.

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Aerial Arts: Taking Tradition to the Xtreme

  • Saturday 11th May 2019
  • Sunday 12th May 2019
  • Saturday 11th May 2019
  • Studio 17

Type of Event: Art

Get involved in this years Gwanwyn Festival with Arts Care Gofal Celf and celebrate traditional art forms by taking them to a whole new level of fun. Try out giant knitting needles and arm knitting or fly with your feet firmly on the ground before experiencing the calming atmosphere created within colourful yoga hammocks. All led by professional artist with activities tailored to suit all levels and abilities with fun and laughter guaranteed. If you are aged 50 or over get involved it is FR££...plus there will be tea, coffee and cake.

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Flourish: Memory, Movement and Creativity in Age, Penarth

  • Wednesday 8th May 2019
  • Thursday 6th June 2019
  • University Hospital, Llandough

Type of Event: Art

A ground-breaking exhibition by artist Jorge Lizalde in collaboration with The Hearth Gallery and SOLACE exploring first memories.

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Gwanwyn Festival @ Hightown, Wrexham

  • Tuesday 7th May 2019
  • Tuesday 14th May 2019
  • Tuesday 21st May 2019
  • Tuesday 28th May 2019
  • Tuesday 7th May 2019
  • Hightown Community Resource Centre

Type of Event: Art Workshop

A creative festival of 4 half day creative workshops, for the local community, (age 50+). To celebrate and participate in mosaic art and poetry writing. Participants will learn new creative skills and knowledge and be a part of an artistic community project. It will provide them with the opportunity to “find their voice” in poetry and express themselves through mosaic art, led by local, experienced and enthusiastic instructors.

“Voicebox – Spoken Word” – Poetry Writing will be 2 half day sessions encouraging people to explore the potential of personal writing for health and mental well-being, allowing them to voice their thoughts through poetry writing and recital.

Mosaic Art will be 2 half day sessions designing and creating a local community art piece to be displayed in Hightown Community Resource Centre.

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Angel Spin 50+

  • Monday 6th May 2019
  • Monday 13th May 2019
  • Monday 20th May 2019
  • Monday 27th May 2019
  • Monday 6th May 2019
  • Ringland Labour Club

Type of Event: Dance

Creative dancing with cultural spin flags

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Cwm Llydan's Crafternoon, Holywell

  • Friday 3rd May 2019
  • Friday 10th May 2019
  • Friday 17th May 2019
  • Friday 24th May 2019
  • Friday 3rd May 2019
  • Greenfield Valley Heritage Park

Type of Event: Art

The funds will explore the use of heritage craft and their techniques. Four workshops will be delivered by skilled local artist, on the four Fridays in May. The artist will use these workshops to increase opportunity for older age people to grow their creativity and artistic skill.

These opportunities will be offered community wide aiming for greater participation by older people in the arts and heritage craft activity's during the spring.

 

Workshop Ideas

 

Vintage Fabric Brooches:

Vintage hand stitched flower brooches using fabric, lace, beads and sequins.

 

Mini Rag Rugs:

Design your own miniature rag rug with a latch rug hook using vintage fabrics.

 

Tassel-tastic!

Create your own beautiful tassels using a variety threads including wools and silks.

 

Felted Welsh Landscapes:

Using the technique of flat felt making we will create a simple Welsh landscape inspired piece using local wool.

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attenDANCE, Beddau

  • Wednesday 1st May 2019
  • Wednesday 8th May 2019
  • Wednesday 15th May 2019
  • Wednesday 22nd May 2019
  • Wednesday 29th May 2019
  • Wednesday 5th June 2019
  • Wednesday 12th June 2019
  • Wednesday 19th June 2019
  • Wednesday 26th June 2019
  • Wednesday 3rd July 2019
  • Wednesday 10th July 2019
  • Wednesday 17th July 2019
  • Wednesday 1st May 2019
  • Llys y Cwm Hall

Type of Event: Dance Workshop

This is a fun and exciting dance class and a great way to improve fitness, mobility and flexibility whilst making new friends!  Come along and have a giggle and a wiggle with Afon!

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Arts and Well Being Day, Aberystwyth

  • Wednesday 1st May 2019
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Type of Event: Art

A free Arts and Well Being Day at Aberystwyth Arts Centre open to anyone aged 50 and over; the emphasis will be on having fun and trying something new. Come along and join in one of our many activities

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Arts and Well Being Day, Aberystwyth

  • Wednesday 1st May 2019
  • Wednesday 1st May 2019
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Type of Event: Art

A free Arts and Well Being Day at Aberystwyth Arts Centre open to anyone aged 50 and over; the emphasis will be on having fun and trying something new. Come along and join in one of our many activities

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Dwy stori, un llwyfan

  • Wednesday 10th April 2019
  • Wednesday 1st May 2019
  • Wednesday 8th May 2019
  • Wednesday 15th May 2019
  • Wednesday 22nd May 2019
  • Thursday 23rd May 2019
  • Wednesday 10th April 2019
  • Cartref Cynnes

Type of Event: Art

Bydd dangosiad gan bobol h?n a phlant Clwb Drama Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru a Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr yn cael ei berfformio i gynulleidfa agored yng Nghartref Cynnes, Caerfyrddin. Bydd y Perfformiad yma yn ben llanw cyfres o weithdai creadigol, lle bu'r ddwy genhedlaeth yn dod yng nghyd i sgwrsio, dysgu a datblygu sgiliau creadigol, canu, actio a dawnsio. Bydd dathliad o’r gwaith, cyfle i sgwrsio am y gwaith, a thrafod os oes modd parhau a chynllunio i greu clybiau hir dymor i'r hen oed yn Sir Gâr. Rhad ag am ddim

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Turn Over a New Leaf - Glass painting workshop, Ruthin

  • Sunday 31st March 2019
  • Sunday 31st March 2019
  • NEWCIS Carers Charity Shop

Type of Event: Art

Come and join the NEWCIS glass painting workshop. This workshop is for older carers; anyone caring for a family member or friend without payment. During the session we will create designs using paints on glass baubles. The baubles will be displayed during Carers Week (10-16 June) to celebrate creativity in older age.
Your place must be pre-booked with NEWCIS. To book your place you need to contact NEWCIS on 01352 752525 or email enquiries@newcis.org.uk. This workshop is only available to family carers and you need to register with NEWCIS if you haven’t already. You can register with NEWCIS when you book your place and there is no charge for this. The workshop is part of Gwanwyn festival which celebrates creative ageing.

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Dementia and the Arts: A Day of Discussion

  • Saturday 16th June 2018
  • T? Newydd Writing Centre

Type of Event: Writing

Join Literature Wales at the T? Newydd Writing Centre for a bilingual day of discussion and presentations by experts in the field of arts for health and wellbeing. It will be an opportunity to listen and learn in the company of guest speakers from many different art disciplines who specialize in working with people living with dementia. There will also be plenty of opportunity to discuss and deliberate over lunch.

Speakers will include John Killick who has been writing poetry with people with dementia for 24 years, with eight books of poetry emerging from this work and six books on communication and creativity in dementia.

Beti George, a BBC Radio Cymru presenter and a tireless campaigner for better care for people living with dementia who will also share her experiences following the broadcasting of her BBC documentary in 2017 exploring her life caring for her husband, Beti and David: Lost for Words.

Poet and dramatist Patrick Jones will join us to share his experiences of unleashing stories, memories and poems for those living with dementia. He is the author of Before I Leave, a National Theatre Wales production about a choir for people living with dementia – based on real stories. The production will soon be adapted to film.

Gwion Hallam will also discuss his work in care homes, and will talk about the creative impact the work has had on his own writing as a poet.

Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends will also be present to run a session to help us expand our understanding and knowledge of living with the condition.

More speakers, a detailed timetable and more information about the individual sessions will be announced in the next few days.

The journey to organise this conference started with the National Eisteddfod in Anglesey 2017 where Gwion Hallam won the Crown with his poem Trwy Ddrych. The work was inspired by creative workshops run by Gwion at Bryn Seiont Newydd Dementia Care Home, as part of Literature Wales’ Literature for Health and Wellbeing Project sponsored by Gwynedd Council. Gwion’s success drew attention to the important work being done by art practitioners in the health sector. Following the Eisteddfod, a local HSBC branch kindly donated sponsorship to enable us to organise this day which will hopefully encourage more projects in the future.

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We’ll reserve an hour in the afternoon for an Open Forum, a chance for anyone to speak about the subject. You’re welcome to give a short presentation or a talk, or a 20 minute workshop using your experience of working in the dementia and arts sector. Please contact us to discuss your idea if you’re interested to reserve a slot: tynewydd@llenyddiaethcymru.org

The day is suitable for anyone interested in the arts, health and wellbeing, dementia research and more. For more information, contact us by phoning 01766 522811 or by emailing tynewydd@llenyddiaethcymru.org

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Celebrating diversity in 50 plus through arts performance

  • Saturday 9th June 2018
  • Riverfront Theatre

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

The events will celebrate diversity among Black Minority Ethnic over 50s in Newport through arts performance involving storytelling and drumming workshops.

Older people will share their life experiences through storytelling and the stories will be recorded.

In addition, the events will feature drumming workshops including dance and singing.

The event will promote community cohesion, active citizenship and healthier communities.  The events will work in partnership with theatre companies, artists and other agencies with interest in arts and older age social welfare.

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Llandaff Medieval May Fayre

  • Wednesday 30th May 2018
  • The Bishop's Castle

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

In 1205, King John granted the Bishop of Llandaff an annual fayre at Whitsuntide.  It continued until the 1880s when its reputation for 'drunkeness and debauchery' caused its demise.

In 2018, Llandaff 50+, in association with the Llandaff Society, is bringing back the May fayre, although rather more sedately!

Newly trained storytellers and guides, funded by Gwanwyn, will be on duty and there'll be medieval-style games, music and refreshments...and maybe even a visit from the Lord of the Manor!

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Outside the Box

  • Tuesday 29th May 2018
  • Wednesday 30th May 2018
  • Thursday 31st May 2018
  • Newydd Housing Association schemes

Type of Event: Music Workshop

This Live Music Now (LMN) Wales project will see a series of performances and a song writing workshop delivered with residents at Newydd Housing Association schemes.

LMN duo String Beats, comprising Angharad Jenkins on the fiddle and beat boxer Dean Yhnell, accompanied by LMN solo singer John Nicholas on guitar.

The musicians will teach participants basic song writing skills, beat box techniques and how to use a loop pedal and use percussion.

During the workshop, the musicians will record samples of participants singing, rapping, beat boxing and playing percussion.

The aim of the project is to produce a final piece of music, using the samples collected, that challenges preconceived ideas of ageing and older people.

PLEASE NOTE This project is closed to the general public - for Newydd Housing Association residents/staff and family only.

Additional funding to carry out the project was received from Newydd Community Regeneration.

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The Spring Big Sing

  • Saturday 26th May 2018
  • Erwood Market Hall

Type of Event: Music

A day of singing together, particularly aimed at people over 50.

Three experienced choir leaders will help us learn a range of songs by ear, without printed music.  We expect to make a lot of mistakes!

The emphasis will be on enjoying our singing, as well as socialising over lunch and throughout the day.

At the end of the day friends and families will be invited to a short free concert of the songs we have learnt.

No experience is necessary to take part in the day - beginners and confident singers are welcome.

This will be a dementia-friendly event - people with dementia and their companions are welcome.

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Atgofion ar Gân – Music Memories

  • Saturday 26th May 2018
  • Galeri, Caernarfon

Type of Event: Music Workshop

An opportunity to bring together participants of ‘Music Memories’ from 4 locations – Bala, Gellilydan, Bethesda and Deiniolen, to sing and reminisce with musician Nia Davies Williams.  Young children from the ‘Steps in Music’ programme will also join in the session.

There will also be an opportunity to socialise.  Refreshments available.

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Relaxed Cinema Screening with interval sing-a-long

  • Wednesday 23rd May 2018
  • Cinema and Foyer, Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre

Type of Event: Film Broadcast

An afternoon of entertainment and singing at Pontio Cinema.

The afternoon will begin with a special screening of a classic film, chosen by members of the local community, with live music entertainment in the break at 3pm by tenor Huw Llywelyn accompanied on the piano by Annette Bryn Parri.

There'll be a chance to take part in a fun sing-a-long session whilst enjoying a cup of tea and some cake before returning to the cinema to enjoy the final half of the film.

Aimed at 60+

The event is also supported by Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG).  CCG residents will be given a selection of films to chose from: The Greatest Showman, Jersey Boys, Carousel or Grease.

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Hapus

  • Wednesday 23rd May 2018
  • Cynon Learning Curve (Gadlys Bungalow)

Type of Event: Art Workshop

An open access, public workshop will provide everyone taking part with the opportunity to engage in the artistic and creative 'Gwanwyn 2018 Hapus' project.

The Hapus project will create a permanent 'happy tree' in the Cynon Valley, so...what makes you happy?

Come along and have fun using our leaf shape templates and create your own message on a leaf to hang on our 'Hapus' tree.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free, artistic workshop with artist Rachel Gittings.

Free refreshments will be provided.

Event suitable for all age groups.

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My Song My Story Newport Exhibition

  • Saturday 19th May 2018
  • Monday 21st May 2018
  • Tredegar House

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

The Forget-me-not Chorus is an inspirational charity using the power of song to bring joy to people with dementia and their families.

Each week, choirs in Cardiff North, South & Vale and Newport, and at two Cardiff care homes, meet to sing, rehearse and have fun. Now this groundbreaking charity is holding an exhibition of their work, as part Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn Festival.

Working with writer Patrick Jones, over 120 choristers have explored their special song and the story behind it. With powerful images accompanying emotive poetry, this exhibition celebrates the unique ability of song to enhance and enrich all our lives.

The exhibition also features a free lunchtime and early evening concerts with baritone Dyfed Wyn Evans.

Opening concert to launch the exhibition at 3:30pm Saturday 19 May

 

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The Double FF Ffabulous and Fflamboyant Bus Tour

  • Saturday 19th May 2018
  • Meeting point - National Museum of Wales from 12:30pm / Bus departs at 1pm

Type of Event: Multi Art

Following the success of Advantages of Age's Fflamboyant Bus Tour in London in 2017, Get The Chance are thrilled to be onboard!

We will be bringing the Double FF - Ffabulous and Flamboyant Bus Tour to Cardiff for Gwanwyn 2018!

There are deep and meaningful reasons for the event but, you know what? there are simple ones too:

It's a chance to express yourself, be yourself and enjoy yourself!

We are thrilled to announce that Cardiff-based women’s choir Only Menopause Aloud will be joining us on the tour for singing and further inspiration!

We hope you will join us on Facebook and on tour! Share with your friends and family.

There are only 79 places.  We will be organising a guest list based on a first come, first served basis.  Please let us know if you wish to come!

Dress code - as Ffabulous and Fflamboyant as you wish!

The tour will take in Cardiff City and Cardiff Bay, with a number of stops along the way for photos and practical purposes!

Find us and follow us on Facebook for further details.

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Photography workshop

  • Wednesday 16th May 2018
  • Brynberian Community Centre

Type of Event: Media Workshop

The workshop is aimed at improving your photography skills using composition, lighting, timing and other simple techniques.

We will also look at taking your camera off AUTO and learning how to use aperture and shutter priority settings so you can take control of your camera.

You will gain a better understanding of how to compose photographs and using the camera controls and settings. The techniques learnt can be used with any subject of photography and will give you the confidence to go out and take stunning photographs.

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Gwanwyn @ Y Ffwrnes

  • Monday 14th May 2018
  • Y Ffwrnes

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

Creativity for the over 50s! Come and taste one or all four of the following workshops.

Work with professional artists, learn new skills and meet new people.

Each workshop will end with a sharing and tea and cake.

10:00 - 12:30

Storytelling

Art Making

Silver Circus

Movement and Dance

1:30 - 4:00

Storytelling

Art Making

Silver Circus

Movement & Dance

Autobiographical storytelling: Stiwdio Stepni

A taster session in storytelling with PeopleSpeakUp (www.peoplespeakup.co.uk)

No need for a pen for this workshop! This is a time to come together to share personal and historical stories, learn new techniques in turning memories into telling stories.  (10 capacity + carers)

Art Making - Crochan

Come and find your inner-artist with Gill St John Griffiths, Visual Artist and Designer.

Everyone is creative; we'll explore marks and materials and some processes that you can use to start to inspire your own artist within. (10 capacity + carers)

Materials provided

Silver Circus: Y Ffwrnes Main House

An introduction to Circus skills with Citrus Arts.

These sessions are mainly about trying new ways to get people moving - Hula hoops, spinning staffs and juggling are great ways to practice coordination and gentle exercise.  We'll focus on what people feel they're ready for from simple supported acrobatics up to try outs on the trapeze!

Please wear clothes you can exercise in, and extra layers if you want to try out aerial skills

Dance: Stwidio Stepni

Contemporary creative dance class with Christy Anson-Harries

Session will include:

Warm up - how to warm up effectively and improve fitness levels

Technical phrases - an introduction to contemporary dance through a  number of short technical phrases

Creative task - responding to a contemporary stimulus to create innovative movement

Cool-down - how to cool down and stretch effectively to maintain mobility and flexibility.

Max 10 people

Please wear clothes you can exercise in

 

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From Bricklaying to Bellydancing!

  • Saturday 12th May 2018
  • Llanrhystud Memorial Hall

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

This is an opportunity for mature people to learn new skills or to try a new hobby.

Workshops in a number of different interests will be available to encourage participants to explore new crafts and hobbies.

Tuition will be available in:

Jewellery making

Peg looms

Building a bird box

Belly dancing

Patchwork and Applique

Painting models

Bricklaying

Drawing

and more!

There will be one set of workshops in the morning from 10am - 1pm and one in the afternoon from 2pm - 4pm where participants can drop in and out of any group which interests them and take home an example of their work if they wish.

 

 

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Seascripts

  • Thursday 10th May 2018
  • Thursday 17th May 2018
  • Thursday 24th May 2018
  • Trefnant Village Hall

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Two workshops to introduce people to the printmaking process, exploring Cyanotypes with Sian Hughes and screen printing with Tara Dean.

The workshops will encourage all ages and abilities to discover and experiment with the idea of creating a collaborative collection of work designed around the shapes and patterns found in participants handwriting in response to their reflections of the seaside, using finds from the seaside as part of the celebration of the Year of the Sea in Wales.

The event is run by ConneXions - a group of volunteers passionate about the importance of bringing the older generation together to encourage a safe and friendly meeting place where creativity is promoted as a great benefit to all.

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Gwanwyn Festival day at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

  • Wednesday 9th May 2018
  • Wednesday 9th May 2018
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

A free arts and well being day at Aberystwyth Arts Centre open to anyone aged 50 and over.

The emphasis will be on having fun and trying something new. Come along and join one of our many activities

Lunch and refreshments included.

Wheelchair accessible

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Hummingbirds

  • Wednesday 9th May 2018
  • Deganwy Room, Venue Cymru

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

This event will deliver a people centred day long singing and photography experience by professionals to adults of 50+.

It will consist of singing with Welsh National Opera / CãnSing vocal animator Sioned Foulkes and WNO pianist Annette, followed by a colourful pixel stick photography workshop.

It will enable local residents aged 50+ to experience and enjoy new arts activities.

People will learn and sing songs from the well loved musicals and opera such as the Toreador aria and the Humming chorus from Madame Butterfly, enabling participants to find their own voice and help demystify opera and encourage a joy of singing.

Paul Samson is a professional photographer who explores new ways of using a pixel stick to capture exciting images.  These innovative workshops will enable you to understand how to play around with timing and lighting to produce captivating colourful images.

This is a dementia-friendly event specifically aimed at adults over 50+ living with dementia.

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Arts on Prescription

  • Wednesday 9th May 2018
  • Wednesday 16th May 2018
  • Wednesday 23rd May 2018
  • Wednesday 30th May 2018
  • Friday 1st June 2018
  • Llanfyllin Youth and Community Centre

Type of Event: Music Workshop

Weekly drumming sessions for older people in the community and those living with dementia / long term health conditions and their carers.

It is hoped that the 4 week taster sessions will lead onto regular drumming sessions for older members of the community.

Friday 1 June - 2pm - 4pm

Gwanwyn Tea Party with old time singing for local residents and older members of the community.  This event will be the start of regular tea parties hosted by local people for older residents in the community facing social isolation.

There will also be storytelling session at Llwyn Teg residential home with school children.

 

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Flow: Creativity, Dance and Movement in Recovery

  • Tuesday 8th May 2018
  • Tuesday 15th May 2018
  • Tuesday 22nd May 2018
  • Tuesday 5th June 2018
  • HeARTh Gallery

Type of Event: Dance Workshop

Oriel yr Aelwyd : The HeARTh Gallery is joined by Rubicon Dance and Elderfit for this year's festival.

We welcome all visitors, staff and patients to join the Elderfit sessions in the HeARTh Gallery, together with a closing event at 11am on Friday 8 June in the gallery.

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Llantwit Major Arts and Crafts Group Annual Show

  • Saturday 5th May 2018
  • Sunday 6th May 2018
  • Llantonian Hall, Llantwit Major

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

Llantwit Major Arts and Crafts Group holding their Annual Show.

The exhibition will be opened by Councillor Gwyn John.

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Memories of Mine

  • Friday 4th May 2018
  • Friday 11th May 2018
  • Friday 18th May 2018
  • Friday 25th May 2018
  • Canolfan Maerdy

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

Talk about your memories and have a good time.

Come, have a cuppa and cake and join in by sharing your stories, poems, drawings, paintings, photographs and more - all will be displayed at Canolfan Maerdy.

Canolfan Maerdy has its own free car park on site, is a single story building and dementia-friendly.

Teas, coffees and cakes will be free of charge, however light lunches will also be available after sessions at a small cost.

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Comedy and Circus Workshops

  • Thursday 3rd May 2018
  • Thursday 10th May 2018
  • Thursday 17th May 2018
  • Thursday 24th May 2018
  • Corn Exchange, Borough Theatre

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

We all like a good laugh - an introduction to comedy and circus skills!

We are going to exercise our funny bones and funny muscles doing improvised comedy - we'll learn how to make silly and hilarious sketches, trying to make each other laugh.

We'll also look at simple circus skills; juggling, plate spinning and together find our inner Fools!

We'll exercise our bodies, brains, balance and sense of humour.

Open to absolute beginners!

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Stories of our Lives

  • Wednesday 2nd May 2018
  • Wednesday 9th May 2018
  • Wednesday 16th May 2018
  • Wednesday 23rd May 2018
  • Wednesday 30th May 2018
  • Narberth Museum

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

On Wednesdays throughout May, Narberth Museum will be hosting a series of social and creative workshops for the over 50s

Inspired by traditional Welsh quilts, each workshop will add to an eclectic mix of 'patches' that reflect the rich patchwork of experiences our community has to offer.

Week 1 - Cyanotypes 'Sun-printing' workshop with Linda Norris using keepsakes or small objects from the museum collection

Week 2 - Fabric painting workshop reflecting 'Memories of my Grandmother' through colour, shape and line

Week 3 - Creative stitching with Carolyn Young, drawing inspiration from Welsh samplers with a modern twist

Week 4 - Natural dyeing with artist Sian Lester using local plants and traditional techniques

Week 5 - The Big Stitch! A social opportunity to help stitch the quilt together under the guidance of local experts.

Come along to all, some or one of the workshops; make friends and leave a legacy while learning new skills.

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The Wild Word-Surfers workshop

  • Wednesday 2nd May 2018
  • Neuadd Y Pentref Tremarchog / St Nicholas Village Hall

Type of Event: Storytelling Workshop

A friendly 'improv' workshop - games and exercises involving verbal improvisation - making stuff up is the name of the game!

Flights of fancy, ludicrous claims, entertaining lies, strange stories and daft ideas...surprise yourself with your own inventiveness and spontaneous effusions.  Not to mention volcanic eruptions of creativity!

Useful for developing your spontaneous speaking skills, verbal inventiveness and 'thinking on your feet', but also great fun.

Great for embryonic storytellers who'd like to experiment with spontaneous storytelling and improvisation in a friendly, supportive group of fellow over-50s learners.

Good for any over 50s who relish using their grey cells; enjoy lively young-minded company and who is not too old to play!

If you've done improv before you'll know it's challenging and fun.  If you haven't, come and try something new with a really friendly tutor, Deb Winter.

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Yes Dear.

  • Wednesday 2nd May 2018
  • Friday 4th May 2018
  • Wednesday 9th May 2018
  • Friday 11th May 2018
  • Wednesday 16th May 2018
  • Penarth Pier Pavilion and Penarth Pier

Type of Event: Drama Workshop

Yeah Yeah will be running free physical theatre workshops that aim to create a work that challenges perceptions of older people.

Based on exercises adapted from Frantic Assembly and other physical theatre practitioners, we will create a performance work with workshop participants.

We anticipate that the resulting work will conform to and then break perceptions, incorporating the contrast of what we might expect to see versus that which we might not expect.

Maximum of 15 participants

The four sessions will result in a performance of the work on 16 May on the Pier at 11:00am

 

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Stand up for over 50s

  • Wednesday 2nd May 2018
  • Wednesday 9th May 2018
  • Wednesday 16th May 2018
  • Wednesday 23rd May 2018
  • Wednesday 30th May 2018
  • Welfare Hall

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

A lot of people would like to try stand up comedy but lack the courage to go on stage.

On this course a safe, constructive environment will be provided for beginners to test their own material out.

Microphone technique, joke writing, timing and all aspects of performance and delivery will be looked at.

Guidance provided by experienced professional comedian Noel James.

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...And they Lived

  • Wednesday 2nd May 2018
  • Unit nineteen

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Join us for an interactive art event in the form of a Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

We will doodle and draw, in pen, pencil and thread, creating and notating ideas and stories, tales and sayings and those bits of valuable advice gathered over time, all recorded on our creative tablecloth, with a spot of tea and cake.

Our collective designs will go on to become temporary tattoos for the Gwanwyn festival.

The audio of this event will be recorded as part of the evaluation and for potential future use in installation art pieces.

Supported by Urban Foundry and unit nineteen.

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Adventures in Old(er) Age

  • Wednesday 2nd May 2018
  • Riverside Warehouse

Type of Event: Film Broadcast

Gentle/Radical Film Club present...

An afternoon of short films for older people

In a world which increasingly ignores our older population, we invite you to an afternoon of short films about ageing where we ask:

What is beautiful about ageing?  What does the future hold for older people?  How do we celebrate older age and how does film, in particular, highlight it? How do we see older people and how do they see themselves?

Join us for an afternoon of films and discussion about these topics with food, refreshments and a raffle!

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Llantwit Major Arts Trail

  • Tuesday 1st May 2018
  • Thursday 31st May 2018
  • Ten venues across Llantwit Major

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

Llantwit Major Arts and Crafts group have created 10 amazing art works for the Llantwit Major Arts Trail.

Over the entire month of May, nine shops will display these arts works in their windows.  Llantwit Major Chamber of Trade have created a trail activity sheet for children to allow them to find the artworks and win a prize!

Can you find them all?

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Othello - Have a Go Shakespeare

  • Sunday 29th April 2018
  • Willow Globe, Llanwrthwl

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Our Have-a-go Shakespeare participants join forces with the Willow Globe Community Company in an exciting new script in hand performance of Othello.

The company is excited to be joined this year by Ekow Quartey (Theatre Royal Bath, National Theatre) known at the Willow Globe as one of the 'Wet Mariners', who will take the title role as Othello.

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Improve your Singing

  • Friday 27th April 2018
  • Friday 4th May 2018
  • Friday 11th May 2018
  • St Mary's Church Hall

Type of Event: Music Workshop

Three ABBA themed singing workshops with the aim to improve singing skills, working within a choir.

Please join us, we are not 'high powered' and regard enthusiasm as essential, singing ability a bonus!  Please come along and enjoy going back to the 70s/80s!

There is an ABBA tribute night on Saturday 9th June at 7pm.  £4. Nibbles provided, bring your own drink and money for a raffle!

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Celebrating diversity in 50 plus through arts performance

  • Friday 27th April 2018
  • Community House

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

The events will celebrate diversity among Black Minority Ethnic over 50s in Newport through arts performance involving storytelling and drumming workshops.

Older people will share their life experiences through storytelling and the stories will be recorded.

In addition, the events will feature drumming workshops including dance and singing.

The event will promote community cohesion, active citizenship and healthier communities.  The events will work in partnership with theatre companies, artists and other agencies with interest in arts and older age social welfare.

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  • Thursday 26th April 2018
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Following sell-out performances in 2016, and its storming success at the Wales Theatre Awards (winning Best Actor for Llion Williams and Best Director for Peter Doran), Belonging makes a triumphant return to the stage.

Touring nationwide between April and June 2018

Written by Karin Diamond (nominated for Best Playwright, Wales Theatre Awards), Belonging follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don't have to stop because of dementia.

Don't miss one of the most powerful and uplifting plays of the year, with performances that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.

“Excellent performances…profoundly involving” British Theatre Guide

“An important piece of theatre, beautiful and genuine” Wales Online

Chapter Arts Centre - 26th - 5th May Cardiff

Chapter BSL performances: 1st May 2pm & 3rd May 7.30pm

Torch Theatre - 10th - 12th May Milford Haven

Theatr Clwyd - 15th - 19th May Mold

Theatr Clwyd BSL performance: 17th May 7.45pm

Taliesin Arts Centre - 23rd - 25th May Swansea

Taliesin BSL performances: 24th May 2pm & 7.30pm

Borough Theatre - 6th June Abergavenny

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