Swap it! design competition from Green City

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The wonderful Green City‘s giant swap shop Exchange in Roath is back and so is their design competition!

They are inviting budding artists, designers (and everyone else!) to enter a design. The 3 winning entries will be available to screen print onto second hand t-shirts and tote bags at Exchange in Roath at The Gate on Saturday 17th October.

The theme for the design is SWAP IT /SHARE IT. It can feature the words ‘Swap it/share it‘ or ‘Exchange in Roath 2015‘ but neither are a requirement – just get creative with the theme!

Your design must be no larger than A3 and in one colour. Deadline for entries Thursday 8th October.

All entries to be emailed to swapit@greencityevents.co.uk as a high res jpeg or pdf.

Green City is working with the wonderful Printhaus who will be running live screen printing workshop on the day.

Check out this awesome video of last year’s event:

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Caerdydd mewn cerddoriaeth, a ddetholwyd gan Carl Morris

Ces i fy ngwahodd i droelli hanner awr o diwns Caerdydd i C2 ar Radio Cymru er mwyn iddynt dynnu sylw at drafodaeth am gerddoriaeth yn y brifddinas.

Carl Morris – Croeso i Gaerdydd

Carl Morris Croeso Caerdydd

Detholiad personol o’r enw Croeso i Gaerdydd ydy e gyda sawl genre, llawer o ganeuon Cymraeg, samplau fel Ninjah a’r diweddar Dr John Davies a chlasuron cudd. Recordiwyd y gymysgfa yn Grangetown yng nghanol mis Medi 2015.

Nid canllaw cynhwysfawr i gerddoriaeth y ddinas ydy e – ewch i rywle arall am hynny!

Pleser oedd chwarae’r band reggae Bissmillah a berfformiwyd yn y 1980au yn enwedig achos does dim lot o sôn amdanynt bellach tu fas i dde Caerdydd.

Yn y gân Caerffosiaeth mae Gruff Rhys yn feirniadol o fywyd yn y ddinas mewn ffordd ddoniol, roedd hi’n bwysig i mi beidio brolio am Gaerdydd yn ormodol er fy mod i’n hoff iawn o’r lle.

Mae’r gerdd Dinas gan Rhys Iorwerth a recordiwyd yn noson Bragdy’r Beirdd sy’n crynhoi teimladau o falchder am fywyd Cymraeg yng Nghaerdydd tra bod cymunedau gwledig yn colli pobl ifanc.

Mae’r gymysgfa yn gorffen gyda’r gân Doot Doot gan y band electronig ‘ton newydd’ Freur – a ffurfiwyd craidd y grŵp Underworld wedyn.

Dawnsiwch! Mwynhewch!

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The radio programme C2 invited me to record a 30-minute DJ mix of Cardiff tunes as a teaser for their discussion about Cardiff’s music scenes on BBC Radio Cymru.

It’s a personal selection titled Croeso i Gaerdydd with several genres represented, lots of music in Welsh, a few samples like Ninjah and the late historian Dr John Davies, and some hidden gems. I recorded it in Grangetown in mid-September 2015.

If you’re looking for a definitive guide to the city’s music you need to look elsewhere!

It was nice to include the reggae band Bissmillah who were active in the 1980s and seem to be almost utterly forgotten except for some fans in south Cardiff.

According to my interpretation of the lyrics the Gruff Rhys one is very scathing about aspects of life in Cardiff, especially the Bay – in a tongue in cheek fashion. It’s a list song which mentions Freemasons and theme pubs. The title Caerffosiaeth is a pun.

There’s also a really succinct poem from Rhys Iorwerth about young people moving out of their communities to Cardiff, what’s lost and what’s gained.

The mix closes with the ‘hit’ Doot Doot from new wave synth band Freur who later mutated into Underworld.

I hope you enjoy dancing to the mix!

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