There’s a pretty big blogging conference taking place in Cardiff this weekend, put together by the Traverse organisation. Welcoming bloggers from all over the place, and with a pretty impressive range of speakers, it’s pretty fab they’re having 2016’s event here in our fair city!
So, welcome, #Traverse16 bloggers! I thought I’d put together a quick welcome pack for you, in case you haven’t been to Cardiff before, or don’t know much about the place.
The city itself has a population of around 350k, with a greater metropolitan area population of about one million people. We’re a small but vibrant city: the centre is small enough to walk around, we’re nestled between the seaside and the mountains, and packed with places to eat / drink / dance / shop / walk your dog / hula hoop / play ultimate frisbee.
Have a flick through our archives to see a flavour of the alternative side of the city; check out our @WeAreCardiff Twitter feed for live updates of what’s happening, our We Are Cardiff Instagram for beautiful snaps taken by local residents (a different one each month!) or We Are Cardiff Facebook for key links and information.
We made a film about Cardiff that gives you a whistle stop tour of what’s so great about the city:
A couple of years back we made a Little Guide to Cardiff, which is still pretty much on the money.
You can read it below, or download it straight from the We Are Cardiff Scribd page (it’s a PDF, 9MG).
We also recently collaborated with Cardiff University and I Loves The Diff to help write a Guide to Creative Cardiff which covers Cardiff’s creative networks, spaces to work, Cardiff’s creative spaces, studying in Cardiff, our creative economy and Cardiff as a young and vibrant creative capital.
Helia recently wrote about urban adventures in Cardiff, a good read for a short weekend trip.
If you want to hear about the city from the words of its residents, you can flick through our articles by Cardiff people.
I guess our main focus is ‘the arts’ (darling), but on an alternative, lo-fi scale: gigs, pub theatre, pop-up poetry readings, arts festivals – all that jazz. Read our articles about the arts in Cardiff.
If you want to know about what’s coming up, look in our What’s On section. If you’re really keen to know about what’s going on, befriend our local culture vulture Joy on Facebook and have a look through the events she’s going to. She’s everywhere!
If you’re interested in the team behind We Are Cardiff, we are mostly Helia and Hana, with support from a cast of thousands (mostly notably Ellie Pilott, Ellie Philpotts, Adam Chard, James O’Brien, and many more).
So welcome, Traverse bloggers – hope you have a truly epic weekend here in our most wonderful little city
Lots of love
We Are Cardiff
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