We Are Cardiff is a voluntary project where we’re collecting the stories of people that live in this fine capital city of Wales. Whatever your story, however you ended up living here, whatever your job (or not), what you love (or hate) about the city, we want to hear it all.

We also cover local arts, culture, music, community events and happenings. Whatever is a bit wonky, we’ll try and get it in somehow.

Want to contact us? wearecardiff@gmail.com


Cardiff is a little city, but at the same time, it’s a great one. You encounter any number of different nationalities on a daily basis – you see the interaction between traditional Welsh culture and its English counterpart. You see roadsigns in Welsh first, English second. We have a resident circus. We have sandy beaches and waterfalls and castles and caves within driving distances. We have abandoned nuclear bunkers, hidden tunnels underneath the city centre, an enormous stadium, a beautiful museum, gorgeous parks and old Roman forts. We have the world’s oldest record shop, coastline rich in fossils and a colourful gay pride festival. Most of all, we have a lot of interesting people that inhabit the city. This website is about them.

We are unveiling the stories of the people who inhabit this fair place, through the stories or poems they write, and through pictures of them in different parts of their city.


Lots of lovely people have been very nice about our project, and we’re very grateful to all of them for the feedback. So ta very much!

You can see Helia featured as Blogger of the Week (!) in the Guardian’s Urbanist’s guide series: The urbanist’s guide to Cardiff: ‘the UK’s most sociable city’ (June 2014)

We Are Cardiff featured in the Guardian’s G2 in March 2012 – representing Wales and the UK in a feature about global blogging voices (Simon Ayre’s photo of Zoe Howerska appeared on the cover of G2 – marvellous!)

We Are Cardiff was winner of the Best Blog award in the Wales Blog Awards 2012. It was also nominated for the Wales Blog Awards 2010; shortlisted for Best Community blog in the Wales Blog Awards 2011; and shortlisted for Best Community Blog and Best Multimedia Blog in 2012.

Other bits:

An article about the background to We Are Cardiff – and how the project is developing – that Helia wrote for the Guardian in September 2010

Our oldest resident (and arguably most famous local celebrity!) Dennis Dutch of Clark’s Pies also had an article about his story on the Crossroads Care website

We were featured on the What’s On In Cardiff blog in July 2011 and on the Literature Wales site for our involvement in Big Little City in 2011.

Thanks to Joao Morais for this nice write-up of our project and what we’re trying achieve over on Plastik Magazine with a review of a fundraiser that we held for the We Are Cardiff: Portrait of a City film in 2012.


Concerned citizens! Superheroes! Lovers of baked goods, ales and ciders! All of the above!

If you really must know, We Are Cardiff was set up in 2010 by Helia Phoenix. Since then, various people have helped out on the project. Currently the We Are Cardiff site is managed by Helia, with social media assistance coming from Hannah Johnson, and design help from Adam Chard. Previous helpers have also included  Matt Appleby and Amy Davies.

The following very talented photographers have contributed portraits to our online gallery: Adam Chard, Simon Ayre, Jon PountneyFfion Matthews, Amy Davies, Doug Nicholls, Lann Niziblian, Rob Bell, Helia Phoenix and Geraint Griffiths.


Use the image above and place it on your site to link to us!