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100 days in Cardiff – De Gabay mural

We Are Cardiff contributor Jeremy Rees is recording his days in and around Cardiff with 100 photographs of local points of interest. We’ll be publishing some of them here on We Are Cardiff – and make sure you tune in to Jeremy as he presents the Saturday Soulful Breakfast on Radio Cardiff!

De Gabay mural

de gabay mural

“Another example of Cardiff street art today. This wall painting near Loudoun Square in Butetown is a lasting reminder of a day of performance & audience participation called ‘De Gabay’ (which means poem in Somali). It happened in March 2013 and was a collaboration between local writers and National Theatre Wales and it was themed on the unique multi-cultural heritage of the area. The audience found themselves unexpectedly participating in a parade, street theatre and story telling in people’s homes – not to mention taking part in a live broadcast of the radio soap ‘Sophia Square’. It was a huge undertaking and involved hundreds of local people – including me being a roving reporter (complete with trench coat) for an online TV station set up for the day to cover the event. Sadly the weather was not kind – it was very cold and there was a biting wind I remember – and that put a bit of a dampener on it, but it was still an unforgettable experience”


Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…