On Saturday, the #cardiffwithoutculture campaign will march against the council’s proposed cuts to the arts.
The march starts Saturday 6 February, 2pm at National Museum Wales.
The theme for the march is a New Orleans style jazz funeral procession, and music students from Cardiff University have invited any musicians to join them in a scratch band rehearsal also on Sunday 31st January from midday-5pm.
Information from the organisers:
Arts and culture are facing a potential funding crisis and we would like to raise our voice.
Culture makes life worth living. And Cardiff a city worth living in. Cardiff Council want to cut £700,000 from the arts budget. Which threatens the future of culture in the city.
As Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff enjoys national arts organisations and institutions including two symphony orchestras, the National Museum, the Welsh National Opera, Wales Millennium Centre, National Theatre Wales, National Dance Company Wales, St David’s Hall; and high profile events such as Artes Mundi, Cardiff Singer of the World, and Cardiff Contemporary. Not to mention countless grassroots and community arts projects.
This kind of activity keeps the city alive, and demonstrates how much it values creativity. It provides rich ground for new ideas and innovation, grassroots engagement and renewal. This is what attracts both people and investment. Where would a city be without this?
Our burgeoning reputation for arts and culture, built over many years, impacts on education, social services, employment, community cohesion, criminal justice, tourism, refugee agencies, youth services, the third age, library services and more.
Culture is all around us from the moment we wake to the moment we sleep. If the next generation of designers, makers, musicians, artists, writers, actors, dancers are placed in an environment that does not encourage them, what kind of Cardiff will we live in? Wales prides itself on its cultural heritage. We need to ensure that our future heritage is as strong.
Join us on Saturday 6th outside the National Museum to call upon the Council to cancel arts cuts and to celebrate Cardiff WITH culture. Bring your banners, signs, instruments, energy.
We will end outside the Central Library.
Made in Roath protest workshops
Made in Roath will be holding pre-protest workshops at the g39 gallery in Roath, for people to get and help make banners, badges, placards and a ‘float’ on the following dates:
4pm – 9pm, Thursday 28 Jan
11am – 5pm, Sunday 31 Jan
g39, Oxford Street (just off City Road), Cardiff CF24 3DT
Materials will be provided, but any unwanted picture frames would be welcome, we’ll be using them to make protest plaques so donations of frames in any state, the bigger the better, would be wonderful.
Tea and biscuits will be provided, but if you plan to stay all day, please bring sandwiches etc. Despite the serious message, we hope this will be a fun day for all, so please forward this on to any contacts and share with anyone who cares about Cardiff’s cultural life, this is important for everyone.
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