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Iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window opens at the Senedd

If you haven’t been down to Cardiff Bay in the last few days, you won’t have seen the mesmerising new sculpture that’s currently visiting the Senedd. The ‘Weeping Window’ installation was originally at the Tower of London, where 888,246 poppies were displayed- one for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War. Now you can see the whole piece up close on your doorstep, and there are loads of events surrounding it to suit all ages!

Photo credit : Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

The display forms part of Wales’ programme of events marking the centenary of the First World War, which are taking place across the country. The display of Weeping Window will coincide with the centenary of Battle of Passchendaele, which took the lives of many Welshmen, including the celebrated poet Hedd Wyn.

For the first time visitors will be able to view the sculpture from all sides, including behind, through the Senedd’s floor to ceiling windows.

Younger visitors will be able to explore a free Senedd Trail or try their hands at making a poppy. For those a little older, there will be free half-hour tours on the hour to illustrate why democracy at the Senedd is important to ensuring peace in society.

In addition, on Thursday evenings in August, the Senedd will be open until 20.00 for visitors to see the sculpture as the light changes, and the Senedd café will be open for longer to accommodate this.

Alongside Weeping Window the National Assembly for Wales will also host an exhibition titled Women, War and Peace. Renowned photojournalist Lee Karen Stow brings her world-famous exhibition to Wales, featuring the addition of specially commissioned portraits telling the story of Welsh women affected by war.

You can see Weeping Window until 24 September – trust us, don’t miss it.

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Senedd family fun weekend!

How many other countries have Parliament buildings you can have family fun weekends in? I don’t know many. But we have one!

Wales’ National Assembly is based in one of the most beautiful buildings in Cardiff Bay, the Richard Rogers-designed Senedd (Welsh for ‘parliament’), which is open to the public for tours, has a viewing gallery where you can see ACTUAL LAWS being passed, and has a very pleasant cafe.

Details: Senedd Summer Fun Weekend! (Facebook event)
27-29 August 2016
10:30-16:30
Free!!

Address: National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA

Here’s more about the family fun weekend – a continuation of the Senedd’s tenth birthday celebrations!

Senedd Family fun weekend

The Senedd is the home of National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff Bay. Open to the public seven days a week, its distinctive design and incredible architecture attract visitors from all over the world, and in 2015 the building was awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

The weekend will be full of games and activities for all ages, including a soft play area, Lego building, carnival games, arts and crafts and face painting. There will also be a special Senedd treasure hunt, with prizes to be won.

There will be musical performances  each day with a local choir or vocal group entertaining the visitors while they enjoy a drink in our Oriel Café with a free Welsh cake! The café boasts some incredible views over Cardiff Bay and is a beautiful space to relax and enjoy your day.

Free guided tours of the building will be running every 30 minutes, where you can learn about the building’s fascinating history, architecture and sustainability. You could also find out who your Assembly Members are and how they represent your interests in the Senedd’s debating chamber.

A special, one off exhibition has been created especially for this weekend titled ‘My Welsh Life’. It was created by Craft of Hearts Community Craft Centre to celebrate Welsh culture, history and heritage. Craft of Hearts will also be in the Senedd over the weekend providing crafting workshops and demonstrations.

Travel information: The bendy bus leaves from Cardiff Queen Street Station and Cardiff Central station every 10 minutes. Train services are every 12 minutes from Cardiff Queen Street Station to Cardiff Bay Station. The station is a few minutes’ walk from the Senedd. Leave the M4 at junction 33, follow the A4232 to Cardiff bay and follow signposts to National Assembly for Wales. By Bike/foot, the Taff Trail from Brecon through Cardiff city centre to Cardiff bay ends at the oval basin outside the Senedd.

For more information about the event, please contact the Senedd on 0300 200 6565 or email contact@assembly.wales

If you can’t make this weekend, the Senedd is open seven days a week (including weekends and bank holidays).

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Cardiff est Charlie, Sunday 11 January 2014

Photojournalist Peppe Iovino went along to an event held in front of the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Sunday, where Cardiffians gathered to show solidarity with the French community after the terrible events taking place in Paris last week.

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

From Peppe: “Cardiff people took to the Senedd square, united with the Welsh French community to demonstrate their solidarity after the terrorist French attack against the Charlie Hebdo satire magazine newsroom and the following 17 deaths. A square made by many different nationalities, religion beliefs, political ideals, social backgrounds and ages, families and students all together under one flag, one colour, the peace one, one silent shout to say We are Charlie, united global human tears under one flag, the peace: one.”

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

Cardiff est Charlie Peppe Iovino

ProjectCardiff Exhibition Preview invitation, Monday 15 October 2012

Earlier this year, ProjectCardiff announced their intention to create a portrait series of 50 people who make a contribution to the creative community of Wales’ capital city. The photographs were taken by Lann Niziblian, who is one of We Are Cardiff’s most recently acquired photographers! We Are Cardiffite Helia was asked to sit for a portrait, and the full series of photographs will be on display in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

An Exhibition of Photographs by Lann Niziblian

Kindly sponsored by Julie Morgan AM

Monday 15 October 2012, 18:00-20:00*
Oriel, The Senedd, Pierhead Street, Cardiff, CF99 1NA

Project Cardiff would like to invite you to attend our exhibition opening at the Senedd on Monday the 15 October. The exhibition continues until the 2 November 2012.

Curated by Spike Dennis.

See the full list of ProjectCardiff’s inaugural portrait participants