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