Are you ready for the biggest thing Cardiff Bay has ever seen? Ar Waith Ar Daith hits Saturday 12 September …

A year in the planning, nine months in the making, Wales Millennium Centre will birth their phantasmagoria of a tenth birthday delight this Saturday: Ar Waith Ar Daith, a Welsh journey of myth and magic – a spectacular highlight of their tenth anniversary programme created by world renowned outdoor arts company Walk the Plank.

The Ar Waith Ar Daith event will take place in Roald Dahl Plass on Saturday 12 September at 7.30pm. Audiences are advised to arrive early to secure a good vantage position to watch the show, and to dress appropriately for an outdoor show. The event is free to attend and suitable for all ages.

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Taking place on an immense scale in Roald Dahl Plass on 12 September 2015, Ar Waith Ar Daith will present a breathtaking display of procession, dance, aerial artistry, projection, storytelling, music and pyrotechnics.

Free to attend and suitable for all the family, this unforgettable event – the largest outdoor production to take place in Wales this year – will bring together over 700 participants from across the country. 

Lured by the magical powers of Ceridwen the enchantress, a flotilla of boats from the Welsh Sea Rowing Association – some from as far away as Porthmadog – will complete their odyssey in Cardiff Bay, joining children and young people from Caernarfon, Mid Wales and the Valleys. The role of Ceridwen will be performed by the incredible Shân Cothi and will feature a new choral composition from Bafta award-winning composer John Rea, performed by Sinfonia Cymru and featuring spoken word performance from school children from Cardiff and Harlech.

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(Jon Rea with the Sinfonia Cymru)

With the age-old tale of the birth of Taliesin at its heart, this incredible performance will see Wales Millennium Centre itself transformed through collective imagination as Ceridwen works her magic, mixing the poetic inspiration, the Awen, of contemporary Wales with the talents of dancers, musicians and singers.

Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director at Wales Millennium Centre says:

“Ar Waith Ar Daith far exceeds anything, by way of scale, that we have ever commissioned here at Wales Millennium the Centre. It has been fantastic to work with outdoor arts experts, Walk the Plank throughout the year-long planning and creation process. One of our key ambitions here at Wales Millennium Centre is to inspire the whole of Wales and to facilitate the burgeoning creativity of our nation. Ar Waith Ar Daith has embraced this fully, working closely with Welsh artists and communities and expertly weaving this creativity and inspiration into the finale performance. I am extremely excited for September 12 for what will no doubt remain a landmark event in the Centre’s history for decades to come.”

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Over the past six months, the creative team involved in the event have been gathering gifts from across Wales – paying tribute to the riches of the seas around North Wales, the mineral wealth of South Wales, and capturing stories and inspiration from across the land – through a series of outdoor arts training schools offered to Welsh creative practitioners. These gifts will form an integral and visually stunning element of the performance.

The Ar Waith Ar Daith event will take place in Roald Dahl Plass on Saturday 12 September at 7.30pm. Audiences are advised to arrive early to secure a good vantage position to watch the show, and to dress appropriately for an outdoor show. The event is free to attend and suitable for all ages.

Find out more about Ar Waith Ar Daith at www.arwaithardaith.com, via the Ar Waith Ar Daith Facebook event page and on the hashtag #awen2015

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Reach Out! The Welsh rock for refugees album

Rather marvellously, local music journalist Dave Owens has put together a compilation of Welsh music from some small bands you’ve probably never heard of, to raise money for the current refugee crisis. And what’s more, he did it in ONE WEEK. You can buy the album here (Welsh Rock for Refugees). Read on for more info!

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Here’s what Dave says about the album:

“In light of the ongoing refugee crisis some of Wales’ leading musicians have come together to unite under the banner of Welsh Rock For Refugees. The result is a Reach Out – a 30-track album from which all proceeds will be donated to Refugee Action – a UK based charity that helps refugees at home and abroad.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has gone out of their way to ensure this album became a reality in less than seven days. We’ve been truly astounded and humbled by the response.

“Find out more about the work of Refugee Action at www.refugee-action.org.uk

Download the album here: Reach Out – Welsh rock for refugees (bandcamp)

Tracklisting for the album:

1. Frisbee – Super Furry Animals

2. New Loafers – 60ft Dolls

3. Roll On Up – Houdini Dax

4. You Taught Me – The Joy Formidable

5. Thinking Out Loud – Amy Wadge

6. 5c Cotton 40c Beef – Cian Ciaran

7. Graves – Climbing Trees

8. Devastation – Pale Blue Dots

9. The Surgeon – Euros Childs

10. Sbia ar y Seren – Georgia Ruth

11. Lines & Angles – Ellie Makes Music

12. Vast – Gulp

13. Chwyldro (R.Seiliog remix) – Gwenno

14. You’re My Star (Live) – Stereophonics

15. Miller (Live at The Gate) – Zervas & Pepper

16. Caer O Feddyliau – Kizzy Crawford

17. Refugees In The West World – Mike Peters

18. Box – Charlotte Church

19. Hippos – Cerys Matthews

20. Lost Tribes (Tomas Barford Remix) – Gruff Rhys

21. Alcohol Kiss – Trampolene

22. Goldrush (Acoustic) – Paper Aeroplanes

23. Guillotine (featuring Lillian Todd) – Sion Russell Jones

24. Rhodd – Iwan Rheon and Aled Rheon

25. Safe In Place – Grant Nicholas

26. Liberty Rd – The Earth

27. No Borders – Zefur Wolves

28. Redesign – Jayce Lewis and Gary Numan

29. Molly (Acoustic) – The People The Poet

30. William’s Last Words (Underworld mix r37br11) – Manic Street Preachers

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Dave Owens is a multimedia news and features journalist at Media Wales. Follow his writings at A Sound Reaction – Facebook page

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