Made In Roath 2014 – festival picks!

Okay, so ARGH, it’s already mid October, and it’s ALREADY MADE IN ROATH WEEKEND!

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In a nutshell … Made In Roath is an arts festival that takes over the Roath neighbourhood, bringing together tens of events, exhibitions, happenings, be-ins, participatory events, workshops … basically, anything that’s art-related? They’ve probably got it going on.

I’ve been so busy I’ve not had a chance to give the festival a proper blog yet, and seeing as it’s already started (eep!) I thought I’d just outline a couple of things going on this weekend you might want to visit. But really, there are a trillion things on, and actually you’ll have a brilliant time if you just turn up in Roath Saturday morning, grab a Made In Roath pamphlet from somewhere (or download it from here), stick your finger on any of the events and just go marching around to see what’s happening.

Get yourselves to Roath this weekend! And let us know what you get up to…

Made In Roath website



HAPPENING – Brent Morgan – TXT U DA LOCATION #roathrave
Fri 17th Oct 7pm – 9pm approx
Location revealed when booking…

There is a secret party tonight and we will text you the location of where you need to go. You might need to pick some supplies up on the way. That’s if you can even find the venue at all. Part treasure hunt, part knees up, 100% memorable. Pre-booking essential:

I graduated from Performing arts and theatre studies – Swansea Met in 2009. Since then I have been making experimental theatre, performance art and pervasive games. Showing work at Edinburgh Forest Fringe, Bristol Old Vic, Wales Millennium Centre and London Roundhouse. I have worked with companies like National Theatre Wales, Give It A Name (Cardiff), Volcano Theatre company (Swansea) as well as international companies Peer GrouP (Netherlands) and Surprise Performance (Canada. I have also run a scratch theatre night called Scratch That Itch for the last 4 years with support from NTW TEAM.

The main focus of my practice is how I can combine techniques from different disciplines to create exciting experience for audiences to engage with. At the heart of all the work is honesty and truth, with the pieces being created from performers personal experiences and passions. I aim to create memorable theatrical experiences that make a direct impact on the audience opposed to giving them a passive experience. I have worked on a variety of shows from a SKA musical to a zombie chase game.

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Mark Blayney – Octopoet
Fri 17th Oct, 7.30pm – 11pm
The Coffi House, Wellfield Road, CF24 3NZ

Octopoet returns! Enjoy an evening of spoken word with 8 leading writers and performers, who will entertain you with funny, serious and thought-provoking verse. Expect dazzling wordplay and a lively, positive vibe, all in a friendly café setting with a bar. Come and see the best poetry around, for free!


Dai Smith, Professor Chris Williams, Professor Meic Stephens – new under the sun: The Man from the Rhondda
Fri 17th Oct, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Cameo Club, CF11 9HQ

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun…

Fancy reading something Slovakian this autumn? The nights may be drawing in but, before you decide which books to hibernate with, why not join us for a pop-up international literary festival in Cardiff this October and discover new playwrights, novelists, works in translation and more? Will you find your new favourite drama king or queen or meet new local and global talents? Is anything new under the sun possible as ‘a generation goes, and a generation comes’ and the books they write may or may not remain forever?

To launch the 39th title in our Library of Wales series novelist and Chair of the Library of Wales, Dai Smith will be in conversation with Professor Chris Williams and winner of the Non-Fiction Award at this year’s Wales Book of the Year, the biographer of Rhys Davies, Professor Meic Stephens.

Free entry. Sponsored by the Rhys Davies Trust. A Hand of Roath event as part of and Parthian’s literary pop-up festival new under the sun (@nutscardiff).


Green City Events & Cynefin Cardiff – Exchange in Roath Workshops: EXCHANGE IN ROATH Giant Swap Shop
Sat 18 Oct, 11.30am-3.30pm
The Gate Arts Centre, CF24 3JW

Exchange in Roath is essentially a giant swap shop event run in partnership with Green City Events, Cynefin Cardiff, Made in Roath, YMCA and Cardiff Council. It is funded by the Big Lottery.

The event is split into two main parts: the GIVE element and the TAKE event.

People can bring their unwanted (but still usable) stuff to a large drop off container which will be situated next to the Gate Arts Centre on Keppoch Street. It will be open Monday 13th – Friday 17th October between 5 – 7pm. People who bring stuff will be able to collect points (to exchange for items at the event) and might even get a piece of cake (bring and cake!).

Come and take stuff on Saturday 18th October between 11:30 – 3:30pm inside the Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath. Join up-cycling & re-use workshops, print new designs on old clothes, see installation artists in action & help out with some pedal powered disco.

This event is free and you don’t need to give in order to take. Please DON’T bring ‘white goods’, VHS tapes, broken items or rubbish.

The types of things you can bring are: Books, CDs/DVDs, Clothes, Toys, Tools, Garden Items, Plants, Small Electrical Items, Kitchenware, Small Furniture and Bikes.

For more information and opportunities to volunteer contact

Reuse – Recycle – Relove


HAPPENING: Roath Road block – the Made In Roath Street Festival!
Plasnewydd Road
Sat 18th October, 11am – 5pm

The ‘made in roath’ Street Festival.
people + art + music + food

We’ll have loads of free stuff happening, live music, street theatre, art workshops, food/refreshments, art making and lots of fun activities for all ages.
Roving Performances, Kitsch Kitchen Tea n Cakes, Art Workshops, Young Talent Showcase, World Street Food from Commune, Kids activities, M.A.D.E. Juice and Chai bar, Art on show, DJ’s and more.

And to add to the excitement, the area will be a Arts, Food and Entertainment destination, as there will also be:
Inverness Groove in Inverness Place – Baked in Roath
Tea in SHO gallery with Art exhibition
Dj workshop in The Record Shop.
Exchange in Roath – a giant swop shop at The Gate.
Plasnewydd Community Garden is Open.
The Crofts Pub – Eclectic Eccentrics Oxjam Art & Music
The Andrew Buchan Pub – Oxjam Art & music all day/eve.
The Macintosh Centre- Roath Farmers Market is open for longer especially on the Saturday till 3pm
And in the evening, the ROAD BLOCK after party in the evening. 19 – midnight.




OPEN HOUSE ARTIST STUDIOS – Lost & found memories ‘Heimat’ – Dagmar Bechhaus, and Dorothy and Helen Clifford
13 Boverton St CF24
Sat 18th – Sun 19th Oct, 1pm – 5pm [Change from brochure]

Wales in Germany is also known as the land of story telling. Dagmar will read the experience of a holiday in the east of Germany, the former GDR, her mother’s homeland and “Heimat” and show illustrating work. Dagmar Bechhaus will be reading a diary narrative on “Heimat”, 18th & 19th Oct at 4pm. On the 19th Oct at 4pm writer James Rourke will read a personal short story about “Home”.

Helen Clifford explores memories through a dialogue with her mother, Dorothy, of childhood homes and the impact of growing up during and after the second world war. Dorothy has created a series of paintings in response.


OPEN HOUSE ARTIST STUDIOS – Esyllt George, Claire Prosser and others
Lane between Mafeking Road and Ladysmith Road CF23 5DQ
Sat 18th Oct to end of festival

Creative Lane Space will involve a response from a range of artists to this unnoticed quiet lane in Penylan. Work will involve wall art, installations and pop up creative movement workshops run by Claire Prosser. For workshop times contact Esyllt:


EXHIBITION: ‘Traces: of Roath’ – Doreen Barnaville and Jan Lewis
Penylan Pantry, 72 Kimberley Road, CF23 5DN
Tues 7th – Sun 26th Oct (except Mon)
Tues – Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun 10am – 4pm

‘Traces: of Roath’ is a small exhibition of work recording the life in Roath – from the birdlife in illustrator and printmaker Jan Lewis’s collographs, to the buildings, parks and plants in Doreen Barnaville’s cyanotype prints on muslin.
(‘Traces: of the Ridgeway’ – prints by Jan and Doreen can be seen at Colchester Avenue – see Open Houses entry)

Jan Lewis, illustrator and printmaker, and Doreen Barnaville, textiles, photography and print, have joined forces in this small exhibition, ‘Traces: of Roath’, to illustrate the area – from the birdlife in Jan’s collographic prints to the buildings, parks and plants recorded in Doreen’s cyanotype prints on muslin.

This work follows on from a group exhibition held at Wantage museum earlier this year – ‘Traces: of the Ridgeway’ – which can now be seen at Colchester Avenue on the 18th & 19th October – see the Open Houses entry.


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