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Made in Roath 2015 – top picks!

Okay, we’re a little late to promoting this party (apologies, we’ve been busy publishing a book!), but the city’s premier arts festival, Made in Roath, is ON THIS YEAR (in fact, it’s on RIGHT NOW, for the rest of this week, and you need to know what’s going on!).

Helia has done a We Are Cardiff’s Made In Roath Top Picks list for you below – there are OODLES more things going on – for full listings, visit the Made In Roath website.

made in roath 2015

Thursday 15 October: ROATHBUD

The annual short film night returns to The Globe! As ever, there’ll be an eclectic mix of comedies, dramas, documentaries, music videos and gems from the archive, all from filmmakers who live in, have lived in, visited or heard of Roath. Or who might like it if they came.

Roathbud, The Globe, 20.30

Friday 16 October:Made in Roath: Skylark Review Launch and Open Mic

Join us in the friendly atmosphere of the tearooms to celebrate the publication of Skylark Review, a new Cardiff based literary magazine crammed full of great poetry and short fiction from across the globe. We will have readings from the magazine followed by an open mic.

Waterloo Tea House, 18.30 – 20.30

Friday 16 October: Made in Roath: An evening of Jazz and the Spoken Word

Kathy Davies a song stylist combining eclectic repertoire with a distinct jazz flavour, accompanied by hugely respected musicians Julian Martin on piano and Dave Moreau (saxaphone). The evening brings together published writers and performers Claire Syder, Terrance Edwards and Karen Sherrard, for an enjoyable night of jazz and the spoken word.

More details:
Claire Syder, Terrance Edwards & Karen Sherrard (Writers)
Kathy Davies, Julian Martin & Dave Moreau (Musicians)
The Coffi House, Wellfield Rd, CF24 3NZ
Friday, October 16th, 20.00 – 22.00

Saturday 17 October: Roath Swap Shop

Exchange in Roath is a giant swap shop event!

Following the success of last year’s event we are hosting it again, bigger and better! The event is split into two main parts: the GIVE element and the TAKE event.

You can GIVE your unwanted stuff by bringing it to our drop off shipping container which will be situated next to the Gate Arts Centre on Keppoch Street. It will be open Monday 12th – Friday 16th October between 5 – 7pm. People who bring stuff will be able to collect points (to exchange for items at the event) and might even get a piece of cake (bring and cake!).

Then for the super fun part – you can come and TAKE stuff on Saturday 17th October between 12 – 4pm inside the Gate Arts Centre. Join up-cycling & re-use workshops, print new designs on old clothes, check out some yarn bombing action or even join in a skill share workshop with Trade School Cardiff.

The types of things you can bring are: Books, CD’s/DVDs, Clothes, Toys, Tools, Garden Items, Plants, Small Electrical Items, Kitchenware, Small Furniture and Bikes. Please DON’T bring ‘white goods’, VHS tapes, broken items or rubbish.

The exchange system is a very simple one. We advise people to only donate things that are unwanted rather than items they would like to have a certain value (in cash or items) in return for.

Our drop off container is run by volunteers and as a rough guide one bin bag or box full of stuff is worth between 5-10 points. We will not be able to go through the boxes to judge the value of items – we are judging all donations as equal with the assumption that these are things that people would like to get rid of.

On the event day everything is worth just one point – this could mean 1 point for a coffee table or 1 point for a DVD. Everything is of equal value in the swap shop and it will be on a first come first served basis. There will be the option however for people to make a cash donation to the YMCA if they feel they would like to.

Everyone that walks through the door will be given 5 free points, whether they have donated or not. Those that have donated of course will have lots more points to spend.

Swap Shop, The Gate, Roath, 12.00 – 16.00

Saturday 17 October: Blas – Roath

We are excited to let you know that we will be launching Blas as part of Made in Roath Festival in Roath on Saturday 17th October.

Blas is the new food events side of RCMA Social Enterprise, the people behind Riverside, Roath and Rhiwbina Farmers’ Markets. Frustrated by turning away brilliant hot food producers from Cardiff’s Farmers’ Markets Blas began its journey as Riverside Winter Street Food in December 2014. Popping up again in Riverside and in Roath we have seen many fantastic street food traders making appearances in our tents leading us to plan a year of appetising events as Blas.

Blas means taste, something that we are all about. We want to bring Cardiff a taste of the foods that are quickly helping put the city on the foodie map. With so many local traders making delicious and locally sourced food we wouldn’t be following our commitment to fresh delicious local food if we didn’t bring at least some of them to your plates.

Mackintosh Sports and Social Club, 16.30 – 21.30


Saturday / Sunday 17-18 October: Open Houses and Studios

From the very first Made in Roath festival, local people have been opening the doors to their houses and studios to show an eclectic mix of the creativity that goes on in our fair neighbourhood, and this year is no exception! Over the final weekend of Made in Roath there will be plenty of art to see and plenty of people to meet, so make sure you pop into some houses near you.

For a full list of the times and addresses of all the open houses and studios visit the Made in Roath: open house

Saturday / Sunday 17-18 October: Made in Roath Clitoris Lucky Dip

Hosted by DinahVagina: “I am thrilled to be part of Made in Roath 2015. You are cordially invited to join me at this years art festival where I’ll be running a Lucky Dip with a clitoris theme of course … come along, put your hand in and have a feel …. everyone’s a winner! ‪#‎getcliterate”

The Lucky Dip will be available from 12.00 to 16.00 on Sat 17th Oct and Sun 18th October.‬

All looks great, huh? Download this year’s Made In Roath Brochure and get over there!


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Made In Spring! Made in Roath’s spring fling in review

Writer Ellie Philpotts headed over to Made In Roath’s Made in Spring, to check out all the artsy happenings. Here’s what occurred!

 Made in Roath bunting banner across a busy street

Ah, Spring. The time of joy; lambs; staggering around after too much Easter egg consumption; exams if you’re a student; battling hayfever (if you’re a hayfever-sufferer, otherwise known as Cardiff resident thanks to the blooms everywhere, pretty as they are) and blue skies (maybe not if you live in Cardiff, like most of us readers do). Have I missed anything? Oh yes… Also the time of Spring festivals!

Sadly, maybe Spring festivals didn’t jump to my mind straightaway because they’re a bit of a rarity. However, one compensated for the general lack of street showcases – and this was Made in Spring! I think Roath has to be the Cardiff suburb with the most going on, so I wasn’t too surprised to be instantly greeted with colour, life and vitality upon wandering down to Plasnewydd Road on Sunday 3 May. One thing that straightaway caught my eye was the washing line adorned with funky little-shirts, individually spelling out ‘Made in Roath.’ I’d already seen a similar snap as the event’s Facebook cover photo, but it looked even cuter in real life. Very Instagrammable, I must say!

teacups on the shelf of a food truck


bunting on the side of a school

The whole street had put real effort into the aesthetic content, but the stall-holders and fellow browsers were what brought the event to life. Through the medium of artistic creativity, the day appealed to everyone – young or old, native Cardiffian to newbie student. For example, there were super-cool easels to throw paint over (seriously, every street should boast one of these); purple sparkly trees (ok, human interaction may have played a role in making them so glittery); Roath Local History Society informing us through maps and books of the area’s heritage; a Hangover Tent, which I partially made my own despite having only drank Victorian lemonade the previous night, mainly because it was a private solace in which to inhale my very messy (but very good) falafel burger.

chairs in a food truck

One of my favourite elements was the mini mobile-home. Not only was it decked out in adorable vintage designs, but the task was to write your definition of ‘Home.’ Some were things like ‘Home is where the bra comes off’; ‘Home is laughter’; ‘Home is where the pets are.’ I’m starting to think my goal during my Creative Writing module next year should be to be more concise, because as usual I deviated from this trend, and wrote quite a long paragraph, which of course referenced that Cardiff is now my beloved home … being a newfound Cardiffian seems to be my selling-point lately! They were also giving away novels for free. Not many things are free these days, so I loved the idea of spreading the bibliophile love for very little cost!

a blackboard that says 'Roath draw the line' noticeboards for drawing on the side of a street

There were also hot dogs, a vintage tea and cake stall, a project called ‘Roath, it’s time to draw the line’ and a bubbling atmosphere. Events like Made in Spring are one of the reasons I’m such a fan of Cardiff. There’s a truly welcoming vibe – this was enhanced on the day due to the papers all splashing the day-old Royal Baby’s face – of course, this engages Britain and I’m so patriotic when it comes to all things regal – but the real sense of community came from Roath residents on May 3!

Made in Roath’s Facebook page

Made in Roath website


Ellie PhilpottsEllie Philpotts is in her first year at Cardiff University studying English Literature, Journalism and Media. She is  a teenage-cancer survivor; is obsessed with travelling, and her favourite cities outside Cardiff are being Sydney, NYC, Nashville and Paris. Her ‘likes’ also include general Britishness, cups of tea, exploring, attempting to write songs, journalism, Italian food, finding new places, going out for dinner and taking photos – of everything. She is not a fan of maths, mashed potato, narrow minded people, her phone constantly running out of memory for photos, or people who are mean about Taylor Swift. Follow her blog or Instagram.

All photos by Ellie Philpotts

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