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Creative Cardiff’s second birthday show and tell plus We Are Cardiff DJs!

To our wonderful pals over at Creative Cardiff, we bid you HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Creative Cardiff is two years young! And we would love to celebrate with you on Monday, 16 October at ffresh in Wales Millennium Centre from 7pm at our bumper Show & Tell. You can expect truly exceptional speakers, entertainment and, of course, birthday cake! SIGN UP FOR THE PARTY

Creative Cardiff’s ‘Show & Tell’ is a quarterly event that gives a platform to the exciting range of creative people and projects in the city. It brings together Cardiff’s creative community, from emerging talent to old hands, to hear about their current projects and ambitions.

Each of the speakers will give a 10-minute lightning talk. And they’ll bring an object. The object might be the source of their inspiration, a tool of their trade or a comfort blanket. The speakers will share their work and explain the importance of the object they’ve brought along.

Speakers include Karen Mackinnon, Director of Artes Mundi International Visual Arts Exhibition and Prize, Jamie Rees, Director of Marketing at Chapter Arts Centre and star of one man show Oh Hello and Mark Woods, Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer of AMPLYFI.

If you have any accessibility requirements for this event please email creativecardiff@cardiff.ac.uk.

Oh, and did we mention that WE’RE DJING? Because we are!

If you haven’t joined the Creative Cardiff community yet, YOU SHOULD, because it’s totally FREE, plus you get year round events, a monthly newsletter with loads of REALLY handy links, job listings, and to take part in cool research about how the city is developing. SO JOIN NOW!



Tiger Bay Tales: interactive walking trail around Tiger Bay

An interactive walking trail around Tiger Bay launches TODAY! Put together by the Wales Millennium Centre, the Tiger Bay Tales trail is inspired by true stories and accounts from members of the Tiger Bay community.

At its peak, Cardiff Docks was one of the largest dock systems in the world; in 1907, 9 million tonnes of coal were exported. This project will permanently capture the rich, diverse and spirited history of Tiger Bay which lies within a shared ‘square mile’ of Wales Millennium Centre, before living memory is inevitably lost and further capital development changes the dynamic of the area.

The Tiger Bay Tales trail will guide walkers – via an app – around the Bay, with beacons dotted along the route beaming unique audio and visual content about the area to their phone.

The trail forms part of a story gathering initiative to capture and preserve the legends of Butetown and Tiger Bay.

Earlier this year, local residents were invited along to the Tiger Bay Tales pop-up Hub in Mermaid Quay to share their memories of the former Tiger Bay.  These stories have been developed into digital content, accessible via the Tiger Bay Tales app, providing a unique glimpse of Tiger Bay as it once was.

Guided by a map on the app, walkers on the trail will be directed to key landmarks in the area, signposted by blue plaques. On reaching each plaque, a beacon will send digital content to the app, including audio narrated by community figures from Tiger Bay, historic photos and video footage, piecing together a moving narrative about the transformation of Tiger Bay over the years.

Wales Millennium Centre’s Arts and Creative Officer, Jason Camilleri, said: “The beauty of the area known as Tiger Bay is a direct result of the geographical partitions that kept it separate from the rest of the city. It was in this square mile that a truly unique community was able to thrive, enriched by its many visitors from overseas. Often misrepresented to communities outside of its boundaries, one of the oldest multi-cultural communities in the UK, Tiger Bay can arguably lay claim to possessing Cardiff’s most interesting history.  Tiger Bay Tales is a project that aims to shine a light on the real Tiger Bay, concentrating on the true colour and character of the area, through the voices of the fantastic people that made it what it is today.”

The free-to-download app and website www.tigerbaytales.com goes live TODAY, 19 July.



Celebrating the Casablanca Club – CasaB, WMC 2015

Photographer Lorna Cabble headed to the Wales Millennium Centre to catch Casa B-Side – an event celebrating the history of Cardiff’s Casablanca club. Local artists came together for a night of performance covering the rich musical heritage of Tiger Bay, in jazz, funk, hip hop and reggae.


Performing were Li Harding with the Gary Phillips Trio, Afro Cluster, Entaya, Messiah Dub Club, and Roots and Branches.


Club regular Keith Murrell reminisced about the club:

“The Casa’s ‘golden years’ began during the 1970s, when High Society Sound System took up residency at the club. Society had come to Cardiff from Ladbroke Grove and the custom-made equipment was a cut above any other local music set-ups at the time. They played mostly new reggae music, including pre-release and dub plate mixes that nobody else was playing.

“Club regulars were mostly our own friends and contemporaries with similar musical tastes. We created our own ‘scene’ from this, which further established the Casa B as an alternative venue for many others from around the city and beyond.”


















Read some memories of the Casablanca (Wales Online)

Keith Murrell on the history of the Casablanca (Culture24)

All photographs by Lorna Cabble


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