Category Archives: We Are Cardiff Productions

LISTEN! We Are Haunted: a guide to the spirit city

Did you catch us earlier on Radio Cardiff? If not, no matter – you can listen back at your leisure … below!

I realised after listening back I wasn’t very good at saying what the songs were, so in order, they were as follows:

(the last three aren’t available on Spotify – other music streaming services are available – but I’ve linked through to where you can listen to them in full, if you are so inclined)

And are YOU headed to a Halloween party this weekend? The soundtrack will probably suck, so you should also check out Helia’s Halloween playlist. You are WELCOME.

BIG THANKS to the following people for making We Are Haunted possible:

Gareth Jones (aka Fireproof Giant, for composing all the original music and making the freaky sounds)
Jim Cowan
Kylie Ann Smith
Adie Delaney
Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe
Hannah Johnson
Ellie Pilott
Jon Pountney (for this amazing Cardiff Before Cardiff Facebook post where everyone in Cardiff told me about ALL the ghosts they had seen)
Bleddyn Preece
Mark Williams

You ROCK, kids! See you next time…

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We Are Cardiff – watch our film – online!

Well hello there neighbours! Happy new year.

Why not celebrate by watching the film we made about Cardiff last year? We Are Cardiff – Portrait of a City is NOW AVAILABLE TO WATCH ONLINE!

Check it out:

See how the film was put together on the blog: We Are Cardiff – Portrait of a City

Background to the project is below.

So. We Are Cardiff is a website that invites residents of Cardiff to share their stories about living in the city. We’re kind of a hyperlocal site, but rather than choosing what news to share, we let the residents speak.

The website was created as a response to the endless barrage of negative news we saw on TV and in national newspapers about Cardiff – programme after programme and story after story about how Cardiff is the drunk capital of the UK, full of nothing but hen and stag parties, and with little else to offer apart from a stadium and more pubs per square mile along the stretch of St Mary Street.

For the people who live in Cardiff, while this version of the city might be true (between the hours of 10-2am on Friday and Saturday nights), for the other 160 hours of a typical week, Cardiff is quite a different place. It boasts lots of amazing independent businesses, some fantastic coastline, hugely redeveloped areas and a bunch of great artistic and cultural communities. Plus we have more parks-per-person than any other major UK city.

We’re super proud of our city, which is why we started the website. We don’t censor what people write on there – residents are encouraged to write their ‘true’ stories of living in the city, be they positive or negative. But the point is there are multiple points of views and many different sides to a city like Cardiff besides the tiny portion that might catch the news.

We started up the We Are Cardiff website to provide an alternative view of the city. And the film we’re now making is a logical progression of that. We want to show you what it’s like to spend a year in the city if you aren’t on a stag do, nor interested in ‘booze-cruising’ up the main drag of St Mary Street … there are many brilliant things happening here. We want you to spend a year with us enjoying them!

Some wonderful local community groups helped us with the project, including:

–       Swn Festival

–       Riverside Community Allotment Project (part of RCMA)

–       The National Theatre of Wales

–       The Tiger Bay Brawlers roller derby team

–       The Welsh Burlesque festival

We really love our city and hopefully made a film that showcases how wonderful, creative and supportive a place to live it can be.

TRAILERS FOR THE FILM

We Are Cardiff: Portrait of a City film screening at Made In Roath festival!

Right then you horrible lot – you might remember that earlier on this year we had a couple of screenings of the documentary film we made about Cardiff based on the We Are Cardiff blog. The lovely folks at the Made In Roath festival are doing another screening of the film, so you get the chance to see it again!

Get this in your diaries:

We Are Cardiff: Portrait of a City documentary film screening
Made In Roath Festival
Wednesday 23rd October 2013
8:30pm (following the Roathbud shorts screening) at G39, Oxford Road, Roath

oh – and it’s TOTALLY FREE TO SEE! So get your butts down there, you hear?

visit the Made In Roath website
want to know more about the We Are Cardiff film? Read all about it on the We Are Cardiff: Portrait of a City project blog

We’ll post up another reminder nearer the time. Until then, as Jerry Springer would say … take care of yourselves, and each other.

Helia x

Check out the AMAZING print that Adam Chard aka Croatoan Design made for the film. BUY IT FROM HIS WEBSITE! Perfect for the Cardiff lover in your life

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How things change … and plans for a second screening!

Wow.

Three years ago we launched this blog.

Last year we won Best Blog in Wales.

And yesterday, we premiered the documentary we made about Cardiff at Chapter Arts Centre.

It was a brilliant day and a great event – thanks to everyone who came along and also to: Claire and all at Chapter for supporting our event, Cardiff Uni for sponsoring the film, Tom Betts for being on  hilarious compere duties, everyone who helped out on the day (Adam / Alice / Simon / Leanne).

Adam and his pretty posters at the launch yesterday….

Adam at the launch

Cinema One – from the rear!

Cinema one - from the rear!

I did a little Q and A with Tom Betts (who very ably introduced the film and facilitated afterwards….). Director Dave (who made an AMAZING film) hid at the back, but I still forced him to stand up and wave. He made a great film!

We Are Cardiff - Helia Q and A

A photo of the crowd! (sorry to everyone who was missed off the edges!)

Audience in cinema one

 

 

(sorry for the lo-fi photos, they were all off our phones!)

We really hope everyone who came along enjoyed themselves. If you have any comments about the film, please feel free to leave them in the comments space below.

Due to the number of folk who couldn’t make it yesterday, we’re doing another screening! This Thursday night (11 July), 7.30pm at Porter’s (on Bute Terrace, next to the Big Sleep Hotel and opposite the CIA). No tickets necessary – just turn up and roll into their cinema room!

We Are Cardiff – Thursday 11 July screening Facebook  event 

Thanks again for making the event something really special – and hopefully see some of you on Thursday night!

Helia
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Reminder: We Are Cardiff’s film is premiering at Chapter Sunday 7 July – last chance to get tickets!

A reminder that our lovely film about what it’s like to live through a year in Cardiff is PREMIERING at CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE this SUNDAY 7 JULY at 12.30 MIDDAY!

We’re creeping towards capacity, so if you need tickets get them here from Eventbrite

Facebook event with more info here

Adam Chard will be selling limited edition prints of our lovely city of Cardiff that he’s designed for the special price of TEN POUNDS at the launch on Sunday! Total bargain. Check out his pretty A3 print below!

It’s available pre-order on his BigCartel page here. It’s an edition of 50 hand-numbered and signed 420x297mm prints on 350gsm silk card.

You can either order to collect at the We are Cardiff documentary premiere at Chapter Arts Centre on Sunday 7 July, or for dispatch on Monday 8 July – remember the preorder price is reduced so place your orders before midnight on Sunday!

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Limited edition poster prints available at our film premiere Sunday 7 July…

It’s just a few days to go now until the premiere of the We Are Cardiff: Portrait of a City documentary! Haven’t got a ticket yet? You can book one here!

Our AMAZING designer Adam Chard (aka Croatoan Design) will be manning a stall at the premiere at Chapter. He’ll be selling a brand-new limited edition print of our pretty city of Cardiff!

The design will be revealed at the weekend but it’s going to become clearer throughout the week – think you can work out what’s on there? Have a look at Adam’s blog!

It’s an edition of 50, all hand-numbered and signed. The 420x297mm print will be available at the bargaintastic price of £10 to anyone who goes to see the WAC movie – after next Sunday any remaining prints will be priced at £15. Want to reserve one in advance? Drop Adam a line at adam@croatoandesign.co.uk

There will also be We Are Cardiff t-shirts and prints of the movie poster available on the day.

We all hope to see you there!

We Are Cardiff
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We Are Cardiff: Portrait of a City – film poster unveiled!

Cardiff-based designer and artist Adam Chard (aka Croatoan Design) was one of the original troop who set up We Are Cardiff back in 2010. And wouldn’t you know it – he’s only gone and designed us an amazing poster for our film!

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Pretty spiffing, eh?

A reminder that our FILM is PREMIERING at Chapter Arts Centre on Sunday 7 July at 1pm. Tickets are £6 in advance. Get em while they’re hot! Adam will also have a limited edition print of the poster for sale at the premiere …

The Little Guide to Cardiff – redux

*** 2017 UPDATE! NEW VERSION OF THE LITTLE GUIDE TO CARDIFF IS HERE! ***

As summer was over so ridiculously quickly, we’ve tarted up our Little Guide to Cardiff. This should last you til the end of the year! For residents, visitors, friends, and so on.

You can read it below, or download it straight from the We Are Cardiff Scribd page (it’s a PDF, 9MG).

Let us know your thoughts in the comments. What should we include for next time?

A Roath state of mind exhibition launch party

Big shout out to everyone who came down to our Roath state of mind exhibition launch on Friday. It was really good to see you all there, and thanks to Waterloo Teahouse for putting on such a wonderful spread for our party! It was also nice to meet some new friends and see some new faces – including a couple of Penylan councillors and local MP, Jenny Willott.

Thanks to all your generosity in purchasing raffle tickets, we made a massive £273! Thank you all so much. That will cover the printing costs for the exhibition and go in the pot towards our documentary film that we are making about Cardiff. For more information on that, visit the We Are Cardiff: Portrait of a City blog.

Photos of the launch event were taken by Ffion Matthews:

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We also need to give a big thanks to everyone who donated raffle prizes or just helped out in anyway… in no particular order:

Don’t forget the exhibition is there until 2 July – Waterloo Gardens Teahouse is one of the nicest independent tea shops in Cardiff, so we definitely recommend setting aside a few hours to go enjoy some of their delicious teas and have a nose at our exhibition!

‘We Are Cardiff: a Roath state of mind’ exhibition
Waterloo Gardens Teahouse
Exhibition 29 May – 2 July 2012
www.waterlootea.com

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We Are Cardiff invites you to Roath Rocks – 4 May, The Gower Pub Roath

Wouldn’t you know it. Our wonderful friend Wayne Courtney is throwing us a fundraiser to try and raise some cash for the We Are Cardiff: Portrait of A City film that we’re making! The party is taking place at the Gower Pub in Roath as part of the Roath Rocks Weekend. It’s on Friday 4th May – there’s a raffle with some amazing prizes – and YOU are all invited!

Friday 4 May
The Gower Pub, Roath
6pm til late

Line up for the night:
– Hullaballo
– The Fflip Fflops
– Calum Ross & The Scarlets.
Also making special appearances that night will be Hobo Bogweed and comic duo The Chicago Boys.

RAFFLE PRIZES!

We also have a pretty amazing raffle as part of our fundraising … check out the list of prizes below!

A bottle of champagne (courtesy of EstatesDirect Cardiff)
A 60 minute treatment + spa voucher (value £50) (courtesy of City Marshall Massage Therapy)
A rare first issue of Blown magazine (courtesy of Blown)
Five free zumba classes (courtesy of Sarah Sen)
Two amazing plush toy robots from Milkwood gallery (courtesy of Milkwood Gallery)
Photography session and stills (courtesy of Pontcanna Photo)
2 tickets to any Indigo Live event (shows listed below, courtesy of Indigo Live)

So get yourselves down to the Gower Pub in Roath on Friday 4 May, and have yourselves a fun evening – win some prizes – and help us raise money to make our film!

The Gower Pub, 29 Gwennyth Street, Roath (click here for the map)

Join the Facebook event for the night here

A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED A PRIZE!

INDIGO LIVE
Indigo Live are passionate music fans first, and promoters second. As Indigo Live is not a commercial venture, but a labour of love, it enables us to have a diverse booking policy so that we are not limited by genre, venue, or demographic. Cardiff has a very vibrant and diverse music scene which is seeing a resurgence in local Welsh talent. Where possible we always seek to add local supports to touring artists/bands in order to generate exposure or introduce the band/s to a new audience. There will always be a place for live music in Cardiff, and Indigo Live in its small way is looking forward to playing a part in promoting the city, its culture and music.
Prize:
Indigo Live is offering 2 free tickets to one show of their choice from the following:
An Audience with Howard Marks | The Gate, Cardiff | 12 May | 16+ show
Keep it Cash w/Rusty Shackle | The Globe, Cardiff | 12 May | 14+ show
Said The Whale | Buffalo Bar, Cardiff | 20 May | 18+ show
Mark Morriss/Chris Helme | Clwb Ifor Bach | 24 May | 14+ Show
The Christians | The Globe, Cardiff | 25 May | 14+ show
Fossil Collective w/Paper Aeroplanes | Clwb Ifor Bach | 6 June | 14+ show

ESTATES DIRECT – the 0% Commission Agent
At EstatesDirect we charge a fair fixed fee to sell or let your property.  To see how much you could save and find out more please visit our website.
EstatesDirect Cardiff is owned and run by Paul and Helen Walters. We pride ourselves on offering excellent customer service throughout your property sale or let, from the initial FREE valuation, through to viewings and finally the sale or let of your property. We are local to Cardiff, and will offer expert advice on marketing your property to its greatest potential and to as many targeted buyers and tenants as possible.

BLOWN MAGAZINE
blown magazine is cultural intelligence from Wales, wrapped in a super glossy format full of pictures to make your jaw drop and writing from established heavyweights and emerging new talent: Art, performance, literature, music, fashion and photography. It’s distributed to Tooting, Toronto and Tokyo; Newport to New York and Sydney and Swansea. Produced with passion and sheer derring-so from the blown  Bunker (aka Chapter). Issue two has sold out but we have a few rare copies of issue one and issue three is on its way. Find us on facebook and on our (soon to be redeveloped) web site www.blownmag.com.

CITY MARSHALL
City Marshall
is located in the heart of Queen St and has been voted by Wahanda as the Best Therapeutic Massage practice in Wales. It offers 18 therapies and every session is individually tailor made. Enjoy free use of their luxury spa and gym facilities with every treatment. City Marshall is located on the First Floor of Vitality Health Club
8-16 Park Place, Opposite The Parc Hotel and next to Henry’s Bar – Cardiff City Centre CF10 3DN. Call or Text: 07502 104 339. City Marshall website  Find City Marshall on Face Book
and 
see a detailed street map here

Sarah Sen – Zumba!

Sarah’s Zumba classes have been running for over two years, and are a great deal of fun whilst also gaining fitness benefits. Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness regime and takes flavours from all kinds of music internationally. It is exercise in disguise which is why many people have joined the classes whom may never have done fitness previously. And more importantly, they keep coming back for more. Classes in Cardiff are Monday and Thursday 7.45-8.45pm and Tuesday 7-8pm in Roath Park Primary. For more information, call Sarah on 07545 326650 or email her.

 

WATCH: We Are Cardiff – mini promo!

The awesome folks at Dangerous Doug Films have put together another little promo for our film! Aren’t they clever? They came to my house and did a mini interview with me about being the ‘mum’ of the project. There’s also some lovely music too from local artists Pagan Wanderer Lu and Ryland Evans.

Enjoy!

Also we make mention of the fact that we are still fundraising for the film – so if you could spare some pennies to help us make it, we’d be TRULY AND FOREVERLY GRATEFUL! You can invest anything from £3 upwards – and of course you’ll get a reward for your money, from posters to few entry to our launch party! So head over to our Indiegogo fundraising page and donate!

We Are Cardiff – looking for volunteers!

We Are Cardiff is a project that aims to showcase residents of the city and their memories, stories and favourite places.

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We’re looking for volunteers to feature on our website! You provide us with your recollections, anecdotes, likes or dislikes about the city, and we’ll arrange a photoshoot with you at your favourite location to accompany your entry on our blog.

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There’s no word limit to your Cardiff story – it can be as short as one paragraph, as long a thousand words, it can be a narrative, it can be in the third person, it can even be a poem. We’ll provide you with a list of questions that you’re free to base your answer on, but they’re more for guidance than a strict rule. We’ll happily link to your blog / website / Twitter.

Wanna get involved? Email us at contact@wearecardiff.co.uk

We’re also interested in referrals of people who might not be online, especially grandmas or grandpas who have lived in Cardiff all their lives. We’re interested in everybody’s Cardiff story, not just the young and digitally able! If you think you know someone who’d be great for our project, please contact us at the address above.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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