What’s on in Cardiff: this week, 20 – 26 June

It’s been a weird week. People got murdered. Suddenly xenophobia is everywhere, seemingly. Someone stole a huge flowerpot from the front of my house today, like literally right outside my front door. Who does that?

Anyway. Stuff is happening. Be informed. Make decisions. Get drunk. That’s what we’re doing.

This week, there’s Cardiff’s first fringe theatre festival, a vegan restaurant relaunching, an outdoor film showing, a mic cypher, some tropicalia, and a craft market.

Above everything, we’d like to draw your attention to the event on Wednesday to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP. We’ll be there.

Hope not hate.

Amen. x

What’s on in Cardiff: this week, 20 – 26 June

The Sho Gallery, Summer Sho!

Open now! 16 June – 6 July, The Castle Emporium, Womanby Street

A vibrant group exhibition of illustrative works featuring a collection of great contemporary design by local & national artists, including works by Phil Morgan, Lu West, Tom Findlay, Ian Watson, Suzanne Carpenter, Matt Joyce, Emma Tickner, Ben the illustrator and Snowskull.

The Sho Gallery Facebook

Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival (CFTF)

20 – 25 June, various venues across Cardiff

We posted about our inaugural fringe festival a few weeks ago, and it’s finally here! Go buy some tickets, see some shows, and support our local arts scene!

CFTF – buy tickets

More in Common: Cardiff festival of action to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP

Wednesday 22 June, 4-7pm, Temple of Peace

See our full post about this: More in Common

Wales and Norway in the times of Roald Dahl

Wednesday 22nd June 2016, 6.45pm for 7pm start, Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay


The Welsh Norwegian Society present a special event to celebrate the Roald Dahl centenary: Wales and Norway in the life of ROALD DAHL. Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff to Norwegian parents in 1916, and was christened in the former Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Cardiff Docks, now the Norwegian Church Arts Centre.

To mark 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth, his biographer Donald Sturrock will explore the influence of both Wales and Norway on the life of the world’s greatest storyteller. Signed copies of Donald Sturrock’s new book Love from Boy: Roald Dahl’s Letters to his Mother will be available to buy on the night.

Speaker: Donald Sturrock, Author of the acclaimed biography: Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl

Tickets £4 (free for WNS members). To book tickets, call Mary Allen Tel: (029) 2075 7311 / marymartellallen@aol.com.

Wales and Norway in the times of Roald Dahl – Facebook event

CFTF scratch night

Thursday 23 June

10 acts. 3 hours. 1 night! This year CFTF  opened submissions for ten pieces of work to be performed at the Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival Scratch Night. Here are the results!

CFTF Scratch Night Facebook event

(Also, Thursday is the EU referendum, so don’t forget to vote!)

Lost Lands Rooftop Cinema presents Purple Rain

Friday 24 June, 6-11pm, Jacobs Market

Celebrate the artist who captured imaginations like few others – party like it’s 1999! The night will commence with a mix of tunes from 1999 and of course Prince remixes and tunes until sunset, when the classic 1984 film ‘Purple Rain’ will show.

The theme of the evening will be purple and fancy dress is welcome! The guest food pop-up for the evening will be Little Bao Peep, serving deliciously fluffy Taiwanese Bao plus a cocktail bar serving a selection of themed cocktails and popcorn.

Our events are for adults, no under 18s admitted. Please ensure that you bring along I.D. if you’re lucky enough to look under 21!! A licensed bar is available so you can enjoy a drink watching the sun go down and the stars appear.

Purple Rain Facebook event 

Anna-Loka relaunch

Friday 24 June, Anna-Loka

A vegan and raw foods party night at this re-launch event for one of Cardiff’s favourite vegan hangouts!

Anna Loka relaunch

Jazz at Porter’s

Friday 24 June, 10pm, Porter’s

Who loves jazz? We do. Do you love jazz? If the answer is yes then get down here to take in some smoothe tunes. If the answer is no, come down and let the band prove you wrong.

Jazz at Porter’s 

Selecta! UK Garage / Grime / Garage!

24 June, 11pm – 4am, Undertone

Where the crowd go BO!


◄◄ DEETS ►►
Classic. Garage. & Grime

►► TAX ◄◄
Free entry guestlist with names tagged on the event wall till 11:30pm, £4 OTD

◄◄ LIQUOR ►►
£2.50 shots
£3.00 Single mixer
£4.50 doubles
£3.50 cans or 4 for £10.00


Night Ride to the Coast – Cardiff to Swansea

Friday 24 June, 11.30pm, Wales Millennium Centre

Registration is now open for the annual South Wales edition of the FNRttC, which this year is a midsummer ride! We depart the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay at midnight, meeting 11:30 pm.

Our exit from Cardiff is business-like but effective – it is not long until we turn off the A48 at Bonvilston into quiet swoopy lanes. In the likely event that we are blessed with one of our traditional tailwinds, this will iron out the undulations all the way to Llantwit Major, where we regroup in whispers in the centre of town. From there we join the Dimlands Road, which (on a clear night) offers tantalizing glimpses of the moon on the Bristol Channel. We stay close to the water as far as our halfway tea-sandwiches-and-cake stop in Ogmore-by-Sea.

When we leave Ogmore, refreshed, there is just half an hour until sunrise. We spend this wending our way gently upwards through Merthyr Mawr and Laleston to the lower end of a ridge called Cefn Cribwr. This affords us some stunning dawn glimpses of the threatened Port Talbot steelworks, inspiration for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

As we reach Port Talbot, we take a loop up-valley, to show off a little of the local landscape and avoid the worst excesses of highways engineers. There is a short but sharp climb that will be testing on tired legs or macho gears, but there’s no shame in walking it. We take a breather at the top and enjoy a fast wide descent into Neath. We take a quiet back route into Swansea, with views over Crymlyn Bog (home of the notorious Great Raft Spider – lingering is not recommended).

A short stretch of urban ordinariness, and then we meet the sea again, for perhaps the finest five-mile finish in the Fridays’ calendar, around the great sweep of Swansea Bay to the pier at Mumbles for breakfast.

Click the Ticket link to sign up! If this is your first FNRttC of the year, please read about how to register  – before you do the ride, read The Basics

Friday night ride to the beach

Protest: after the referendum, defend all migrants

Saturday 25 June, 12 midday, Aneurin Bevan statue, Queen Street

DEMONSTRATE: against racism, for migrant rights, against fascist violence – on the Saturday after the EU referendum

The EU referendum has created racism and division which reached a bloody crescendo with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a fascist terrorist. What will happen in the aftermath is uncertain, but leave or remain, it’s likely that there will be further attacks on the rights of migrants.

Migrants are being used as a political football. There are calls from all sides to limit immigration and renegotiate EU freedom of movement – but it is our government taking away our jobs, housing and public services. Our fight is against austerity, not against any other group of people wherever they come from.

The tone of anti-immigrant politics is not just set by the far right. It also comes from within mainstream politics and the media, and years of insisting that immigrants are a “problem”, while UKIP clean up in the wake.

We need to take a stand against this – whatever the result of the referendum on Thursday – Migrant or non-migrant, we stand together as friends, family, lovers, work colleagues, trade unionists and members of our communities. We stand side-by-side and share our lives.

Cardiff has long been enriched by migrant communities, our city is home to some of the oldest Black and Muslim communities in Europe and people from all four corners of the globe have come to settle here and build a life. We will not allow a wave of racism to threaten our lives and wellbeing.

Join us to show solidarity with all migrants and refugees.

Supported by Cardiff People’s Assembly, Welsh Refugee Council, Stand up to Racism, Unite Against Fascism, Stand Up To UKIP, PCS, NASUWT, Unite Community and others. To add your name to this call email cardiffpeoplesassembly@gmail.com

After the referendum, protect all migrants

Inner City Cypher

Saturday 25 June, 12 – 5pm, Oner Graffiti Store, Church Street

Monthly cypher session and instore jam.

A regular Saturday afternoon open mic cypher at the Oner Graff shop in Cardiff city center.

Everyone is welcome, emcees, beatboxers, DJs or just lovers of the culture. Each month we’ll have at least one DJ booked in to keep the beats going and a pretty much open mic.

This is a central, regular place and time to meet, hang out, try out new material and generally connect with one another.

So, even if you’re only in town for a few hours, or on ya way to or from work or doing some shopping etc just pop in, even for 5 minutes show some support for the thing we love and the people involved.

Feel free to invite other like minded heads as you see fit.

Inner City Cypher

The Afro-Tropical Discotheque!

Saturday 25 June, Gwdihw

Disco and funk are all good and proper. Add a bit of that Caribbean crush though and now we’re talking! Think of the last Saturday of this month as Tour de exotica!

Shaking from the heart of Africa to the South of America via funky Jamaica! A melting pot banansa!

Afrobeat & Cumbia & Latin & Tropicalia!

Helping the party along we have grandiose guests Miles Day & Mr Downs.

Miles Day, of Sure Shot fame, has been getting fruitier by the day specialising in unknown Highlife / Afro tresures. For good measure we’ve asked him to bring along that lovely niceness from South American and all.

Downs, of the mighty Club Tropicana, will be approaching the situation with pina colada in the one hand, Zimbabwe twists in the other. If he’s feeling especially lively he’ll even provide a touch of the middle east!

As always the bar staff will be providing half prices drinks before 10 with joyous grins on their faces 🙂

The Afro-Tropical Discotheque

Glasnost Festival

Friday 24 – 25 June, The Full Moon

Glasnost Festival 2016! returns for its 5th year!

Friday 24th & Saturday 25th June 2016
The Moon + The Full Moon, Womanby St, Cardiff

Didn’t get a ticket for Glastonbury? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back..

Wet Painttt + THE CULT OF DOM KELLER + The Moon Birds + Himalayas + Winter Coat + Shiny Tiger & more tba
followed by
Ultimate Power – Cardiff June 24th (power ballads clubnight) til 3am! http://www.facebook.com/events/1707346846206237

Iron Eye + Zion Road + Rum Puppets + Thee Manatees + Ivan Moult Music + Art Bandini + PARCS & more tba
followed by Five Dollar Shake DJs downstairs til 3am!

Cheese & Chocolate – vegan comfort food including nachos, mac’n’cheese, paninis, garlic cheesy pizza rolls, thickshakes, Fentiman’s bottles

Vegan Pizza Co. – hand-stretched, stone baked pizzas made from meat-free dairy-free recipes, for vegans & omnis alike

Gravity Station Cardiff – just moved in upstairs! Selling a wide range of local, national and international beer bottles

Friday night after the bands upstairs, we have nothing but the greatest power ballads ever written, celebrated by the friendliest clubgoers around, creating a night of pure euphoria.. “A fun-as-fuck communal club experience” – NME. (Please note Ultimate Power is £4)

PLUS … the return of our hay bales and astro turf, stalls, plenty of legendary ‘Green Shit’ and more to come!

Glasnost Festival  /  The Moon Club  /  Glasnost Event

Penarth’s Handmade Market

Sunday 26 June, 11-4pm, Paget Rooms, Penarth

This June, PHM returns to the Paget Rooms for a children’s themed special featuring the very best makers and food producers. Join us and browse our 43 stalls, come and have fun and get creative, or sit down and enjoy a bite to eat in our vintage popup tearoom.

After the huge success of our Christmas and Mother’s Day markets, we can’t wait to come back to the Paget Rooms.

See you there!

Penarth Handmade Market

Ab Fab Vegan Food Market

Sunday 26 June, YMCA PLAS Plasnewydd Community Hall, Roath Cardiff


Vegan Fair

Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2016

26 June, 12 midday – 11pm, Gwdihw

Now in its fourth year Cardiff Mini Film Festival will be taking over Chapel 1877, Gwdihw and Little Man Coffee Co. on the 26th June for a day of short film screenings, Q+As, Film Pitch Competition, Awards Ceremony and a large networking party with a free glass of prosecco on arrival!

Early Bird Day Tickets are £11 (Limited availability), Day Tickets are £15 on the day.

We will be handing out awards for the best Welsh and International films for each category shown at the festival, including Fiction, Comedy, Factual and Music Videos. There will also be a chance to vote for your favourite on the day as part of the Audience Choice Award. The winner of the Audience Choice Award will receive a 12 month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (Worth £500) so make sure you choose your favourite wisely!

The Awards Ceremony will be hosted by Boyd Clack and Kirsten Jones and it’s not just for those that have been shortlisted. After the ceremony we will be having a massive networking party that we want everyone to come along to in order to network with fellow filmmakers and special industry guests whilst listening to the sweet tones of our live music act, Naomi Rae.

Cardiff mini film festival website 

Music Without Borders

Sunday 26 June, Wales Millennium Centre

Free event in Cardiff bay featuring the diverse sounds of Cardiff underground. Full line up tbc, but we have: Jaguar, Oud Resists, Eric Ngalle Charles, Fatima, Kibrom, and more!

Music Without Borders 


Most importantly, like we mentioned: the referendum is Thursday. Your opinion is important. People died for the right to vote. Many don’t have the option. Don’t take it lightly.

Peas and rice

We Are Cardiff

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