What’s on in Cardiff! 3-7 February 2016

It might be cold and drizzly outside but somehow you Cardiffians are just gagging to get out and about, am I right? There are SO many events on this February, we thought we’d experiment and do a ‘what’s on’ style post for each week this month.

If you like them, make sure to comment and we’ll do more.

If you hate them, comment, and we won’t do more.

If you’re indifferent, say nothing, and we’ll meh along with you.

Are you ready? Then let’s begin!

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What’s on

1 – 20 Feb: Henry VI

Following the success of last year’s all-female production of Richard III, Wales Millennium Centre are collaborating with Omidaze (Oh My Days!) once more; this time on an all-female production of Shakespeare’s Henry VI (The Wars of the Roses).

Exploring notions of power, leadership and trust, director Yvonne Murphy’s new production abridges the three classic history plays into one hard-hitting instalment, focussing on the personal journey of Henry’s rise to power.

Performed in the Centre’s roof void, this usually unseen part of the building will be transformed into an immersive performance space, offering an opportunity to see the Centre from a new perspective. With an inspired soundtrack, aerial circus, original costumes and imaginative set designs, audiences can expect a captivating and fully immersive experience as they are guided around the space, following the action as it takes place around them. Henry VI Tickets £12: Age Guidance: 9+ (No Under 2s)

Thursday 4 Feb – The Lonely Crowd Winter Readings: Cardiff


A winter’s evening of readings from the new Cardiff literary journal, The Lonely Crowd. Featuring Tom Vowler, Rhian Elizabeth, Jane Roberts, Christina Thatcher, Kate Hamer, Zoe Ranson and Susmita Bhattacharya. Hosted by Lonely Crowd editor John Lavin.

Thursday 4 Feb – British Animation Awards: Public Choice Screenings: Program 1

The BAA Public Choice Screenings are your chance to vote for winners in the British Animation Awards! This year, Cardiff Animation Nights and the University of South Wales have teamed up to bring the BAA Public Choice Screenings to Cardiff.

There will be three programs of animated short films, commercials and music videos, screened on three Thursday nights in February in the Ground Floor Theatre at the ATRiuM, Cardiff. Come along and watch some of the best of British animation from the last two years and vote for your favourites!

19.00, Atrium, Cardiff  |  British Animation Awards: Public Choice Screenings: Program 1 Facebook event

Thursday 4 Feb -Harry Potter Book Night

Calling all wizards and witches in Cardiff and beyond! Celebrate Harry Potter for A NIGHT OF SPELLS! There will be quizzes, treasure hunts and great prizes to be won! Fancy dress is encouraged and all are welcome – witches, wizards, and muggles! There will be activities for all ages – kids, tweens and teens and beyond.

Free entry | 17.30 – 20.30, Waterstones Cardiff, The Hayes | Harry Potter Book Night event page | Harry Potter Facebook event

Friday 5 Feb – Soul In The City #3

The best of Motown, Northern Soul, Stax and more all on vinyl. Tickets on the door on the night!

20.30, St Joseph’s Social Club, Whitchurch Road |  Soul In The City #3 Facebook event

Friday 5 Feb – Vaults D&B Presents LTJ Bukem

If you’re looking for a rave up, The Vaults is your place! They’re kicking off the year off in fine style with drum and bass legend, LTJ Bukem. Since 2012 The Vaults has brought you the creme of the drum and bass crop for a monthly night of unequaled fun with the scenes biggest headliners.

Support in the main bank Vault come from Ransom, Kooley, Apollo, Lubi J, Speedo and Tribe One.

In Vault Two is Neil Young & Friends with Submerge taking care of the banking hall.

Check out this LTJ Buken mix on the Tom Ravenscroft 6 Music show

22.00, The Vaults, 113 – 116 Bute Street |  LTJ Bukem Facebook event page  | LTJ Bukem tickets £13



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.

Meet 14.00 outside the National Museum, Cathays Park  |  March for Culture Facebook page

Saturday 6 Feb – Open Studios at the Boneyard and Printhaus

Residents at The Bone Yard will be opening their doors alongside the PrintHaus for the first of their 2016 Openhaus! Our residents have a wide variety of skills from art therapists to jewellers; there will also be a pop up vegetarian and vegan brunch from Commune with their orange container becoming our on-site cafe for the day. So come and have a chat, take a peek at the artists’ workshops, see how they work and buy directly from the makers themselves!

10.00 – 14.00 | The Printhaus / The Bone Yard, Llandaf Road Industrial Estate (Rear of Romilly Crescent, CF11 9NL)  |  Open Studios Facebook event

Saturday 6 Feb – Kitty Daisy & Lewis / Barns Courtney

Kentish Town siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are a group of highly talented and original musicians who play more or less anything they can lay their hands on. Their musical references and skills are rooted in the old tradition where songs and music are handed down, played and enjoyed at gatherings of family and friends. From a very young age Kitty, Daisy and Lewis’ performances have been blowing away and inspiring audiences, building up an impressive fan base from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Chris Martin and Eagles Of Death Metal to Dustin Hoffman and Ewan McGregor. They have had worldwide success with sold out tours and have opened for Coldplay, Razorlight, Richard Hawley, Jools Holland among others.

£12 | 20.00 | 18+ | Tickets: http://bit.ly/1dVr2mR  | Kitty Daisy Lewis Facebook event page

Sunday 7 Feb – The First General Auction of Cardiff’s Newest Auction House

You are invited to the Capital’s Newest Auction House’s First General Auction on February 7 2016! General Auctions every Sunday, Auction starts at 10.00, Viewing on Saturday 9.00 – 17.00 and Sunday from 9.00.

Antique and Household Furniture, Art and Collectables, Jewellery, Books, Garden Furniture, and other Miscellaneous Items.

Antique and Fine Art Auctions the first and third Friday of the month. Auction starts at 18.00, Viewing from 9.00 Friday. House Clearances undertaken, Professional Valuations by appointment.

9.00, Unit 7 Clydesmuir Industrial Estate, Clydesmuir Rd, Cardiff CF24 2QS   |  www.cardiffcityauctions.com |  Cardiff City Auctions Facebook event page

Sunday 7 Feb – Charity Quiz Night

Penylan Pantry are having a charity quiz! They would like to invite you all to a charity quiz night at the Pantry on 7 February from 18.00. The charity they are supporting is the Welsh Refugee Council.

There will be running a pop-up bar stocked with local craft beer, organic wine, soft drinks and they will be making a seasonal cocktail. They will also be making a pantry winter stew to buy on the night.
The prize for winning the quiz is the GLORY! All ticket proceeds will go to charity. £3 per ticket (or more if you’re feeling generous!) Book your ticket online and pay in cash on the night. Limited availability!

18:00–20:30 | Penylan Pantry, 72 Kimberley Road, CF23 5DN | Quiz night tickets | Quiz night Facebook event

Sunday 7 Feb – Something DIFFerent: Stories of science

Storytelling is one of the oldest and most powerful means of human communication. Stories fuel our imagination and inspire our curiosity. Storyteller Christine Watkins joins forces with Cardiff University’s Prof Mike Edmunds and Dr Edward Gomez, to share with us some of science’s stories. In one hour they are going to travel through the galaxy, help Kepler find a wife and look at how science and scientists ask and answer questions.

The Institute of Physics is very excited to present this unique collaborative event in the cosy Gwdihw Cafe Bar in Cardiff. Entry is free but they ask that if you’re planning on joining that you register with their EventBrite page.

18:30 | Gwdihŵ Café Bar, 6 Guildford Crescent, CF10 2HJ | Stories of Science Facebook event


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