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A Single Tree: a Christmas tale gone wrong

We have asked Made in Roath friend and regular to the festival Olga Gimenez Traver to review a performance she attended.  She very kindly reviewed "A Single Tree: A Christmas Tale Gone Wrong".


 It was very nice show.

We sat in chairs at the beginning of the show as the actors decorated us with Christmas decorations.
A guy asked us if we wanted turkey, chicken or beef (those traditional Christmas meals).
The story is about a couple celebrating their first year of living together. They decide to invite people who would otherwise be on their own to celebrate with them. They were joined at their Christmas meal by their sisters, the man's ex girlfriend and a male friend of the woman. 
During the course of the celebration they play traditional party games like charades and freeze but in a different way.
These are stereotypical characters, very funny and very well presented.
I was most impressed by the fact that even though all the actors were often in the same scene while two were talking the others managed the difficult trick of remaining quiet but still adding to the scene with their actions without distracting from the dialogue.  
I don't want to spoilt the end but it is well worth seeing to find out how it's finishes.
"A Single Tree: a Christmas tale gone wrong" was created and performed by the Hoovering Flour Theatre Company.  Their dark comedy was seen at Nofitstate on Sunday the 15th October.

By My Side, Come Rain or Shine

The wind blew gently through the park. Recently fallen autumn leaves, crisp, crumpled and yellowing on the floor found themselves scattered far from their original tree as they began their journeys of flight around Roath.

Also scattered around Roath Park on that bright Sunday were people busying themselves with their daily activities. Kids were playing football in one corner, a guy practised his golf swing in another. Dog walkers and runners proceeded on their endless laps of the parkland. There was no sense of the urgency that normally haunts a day in the city.

 Then from one street a flag is seen to approach. It blows gently in the wind. Inviting looks of curiosity and wonder as it crosses the park. The flag stops. It is red in colour. The pole it is attached to carried determinedly by a person. This person see’s the light change as the flag swims in the sun. They can see the ever growing shadow, stretching out from their flag across the green grass of the park.


 The flag stand alone. But not for long. Soon more flags approach the park. Coming from different directions they all head towards the original red flag. The flags of Roath have been summoned. Now they gather to flutter and fly in the air of Roath. Their time has come.

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   What am I talking about? Well, it’s very simple. I am merely describing the situation on Sunday the 15th of October as the flags from the Made in Roath project “By my side, come rain or shine” gathered for a walk through the streets.

  The flags are part of a project MiR has been running with artists Pip Tudor and James Cocks. Together they have been working with different community groups over the last few months to create these brightly coloured wonders. They also made a collection of postcards which can currently be seen on the railings of the Macintosh sport centre.

 Back in the park and soon people began to gather, representatives from each community group proudly claiming their banner. The groups coming together were from the wide ranging communities of Roath and wider. They were the Trinity Centre, TAVS, Journeys, Vision Twenty One, Tradgerville Primary, Roath Park Primary, Albany Primary, Cardiff High, St Teilo's C/W High school and The Trebanog Project.

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When all were assembled drums and shakers started to sing an unknown tune and we began to march. Drawing looks and questions from passers by at this unusual sight. The flags reaching high above the walking procession, a procession of a community coming together under the flag of creativity. The untamed tune playing out drowning the noise of passing traffic.

  The walk took us through the streets of Roath on a winding path. We halted at cultural stopping off points along the way. At one point we stopped at the wall of Juno Lounge to see Paddy Faulkner "Passchendaele" on the outside wall. The work marks the anniversary of the battle with the text of little known war poet Alfred Noyes and combines a digital image. Paddy spoke with great passion and elegance about the meaning of the work and inspiration behind it. I myself found my thoughts dwelling on that terrible conflict and the advancement of 100 years of time. 

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Later we moved off down the street to enjoy more spoken word, music and other delights. We also halted at the Mackintosh Community Garden for a brief tea stop before moving on to Inkspot.


 As we entered the grand old church we discovered a long table set before us, food was served and we sat and ate, chatting about the day and ourselves. As we spoke the flags from the walk proudly fluttered above us.


Morning of Day one

Sunday the 15th of October 2017 was a Sunday as normal as any other to countless many. In fact I am sure that Sunday the 15th of October 2017 will go by unnoticed and mostly unremarked upon by the majority of planet Earth’s citizens.

The citizens of Roath and Cardiff on the other hand may remember it differently. Because Sunday the 15th of October saw the start of Made in Roath 2017. The week long community arts festival which has over 200 different events, exhibitions and happenings occurring all crammed into seven'ish days. Sunday saw the start of many of these things. The day was thankfully bright and clear, the perfect October Sunday with crunchy leaves under foot.

There is art all around Roath, the festival map is packed with stuff almost on every street. On the first day I found myself wandering into the Roath Park greenhouse to see Philippa Brown’s “a curious nature” installation. Her installation, a colourful object interacting and floating on the warm water as its exotic surroundings carry on their days around it. The object was at home but still out of place, like an unknown intruder from a foreign world nestling in a far flung jungle.

Phi Brown 2017

I proceed through the park, happening upon artist Cerys Thomas-Ford collecting stories and thoughts with her “Not from around here (journeys)” project. She was spending the first two days of the festival collecting tales about the area. Being a newcomer to Roath from the far flung land of “Swansea” (See Google earth). Cerys was inviting people to share with her their favourite stories about the area, she plans to write these up and turn them into an exhibition which will be seen on Ninian Road from Friday to Sunday (11am-5pm). 
 We shared a coffee and a brief walk around the park chatting about the interactions she’d had that day. Stopping at the white park bridge we attempted a game of pooh sticks.

Cerys Thomas 2017

Later on in the day I found myself outside Punk Bikes looking at photographer Mehdi Razi's work. “Cardiff in Detail” is a collection of photographs from around Cardiff. Mehdi had spent weeks walking the streets of Cardiff using his phone to photograph points of the city he found interesting. This has made for an interesting and thought provoking display showcasing another person’s view of our favourite Welsh capital city.


But this was just the start, just three events in the jam packed calendar.

Guest Post: From Art to Art…

IMG_5107 - CopyIf you like art then you’ll probably be the sort of person who likes asking questions and exploring ideas… and the best way to do that is to respond with your very own piece of art!

I took part in the community walk ‘By My Side Come Rain Or Shine’ on Sunday, and it was a fantastic introduction to Made in Roath (glorious sunshine too!) as well as a perfect example of turning art into art. Our first stop was the Passchendaele poem, up on the wall of Juno lounge (no.38). The new dark red wall provided a striking backdrop for this eerie apocalyptic postcard design which features an extract from a chilling poem by Alfred Noyes, written in 1916.

As we stood there, with cars rushing past on Wellfield Road, we were absorbed into an oasis of silence, listening to the artist Paddy Faulkner recite a poem which someone wrote just a few days ago, in response to looking at this very image – a poem from a postcard of a poem… from one piece of art to another…

And now it’s your turn…

Take a look at the artwork on display during Made in Roath, and find something interesting, something that makes you wonder, makes you think… then write a poem in response. It doesn’t have to be long, or complicated. It doesn’t even have to look like you expect a poem to look (this is Made in Roath after all). Just write it down, and then send it (along with a photo of the artwork that inspired you) to by 5pm on Friday, and you’ll be entered into the Ekphrastic Challenge Poetry Competition. Go on… give it a go!IMG_5098

The prizes include:

  • Online publication right here on the Made in Roath blog
  • A £15 book token
  • An impressive book on world art
  • The chance to have your work displayed at ‘Three Doors Up’ art space in Queens Arcade

“Only our silence, in the night, shall grow
more silent, as the stars grow in the sky;”

(An extract from the poem by Alfred Noyes)

The 2nd image in this post shows art from no.73 'A Curious Nature' by Philippa Brown.

The day before Made in Roath 2017

Its just one more day to go before Made in Roath 2017 begins. (Altho technically we have the Open exhibition starting in a few hours in the Gate followed by the Wonderful Wonderbrass giving a special 25 birthday performance so you could say it actually starts tonight). But with over 100 events, activities, happens, exhibitions and general things going on, all packed into the seven days of Made in Roath I hope you can excuse us for sneaking one or two events in early.


Im pretty excited about this years festival, we have some amazing events coming up. We of course have a hole host of exhibitions and happens which are far too numerous for me to name but all of them are fantastic in their own right.

I’ve been trying to work out a way to describe Made in Roath and the only thing I can think of is a Solar System. A Solar System is made up of a collection of stars. Each star burning brightly and unique to the planets which orbit her. But put them together and that star forms a cluster which in turn spirals round to create a Solar System that from a distance is this incredibly beautiful mass of colour and light while if you zoom in you discover individual stars burning brightly. Thats how I like to think of the festival, that together its this fantastic mass of creativity but zoom in and you discover individual events which stand alone in their brilliance and if they happened alone would be no less great but because they are happening within the festival they all contribute into creating this amazingly bright week of art and culture which is Made in Roath. Whats even better is it’s all free. Every event and happening for Made in Roath can be enjoyed for free.

Which is pretty darn ninja really.

There is of course a few events which I really should mention. Tonight we see the Made in Roath Open - the free to submit open exhibition which anyone can enter. Beginning in The Gate art centre at 6pm, following by Wonderbrass (Cardiff’s brasses brass band) celebrating their 25th birthday.

Then tomorrow, Sunday the 15th we have LOADS of events and exhibitions starting all over Roath but I really should mention “By My Side, Come Rain Or Shine” a special walk we’ll be holding through the streets of Roath from the Roath Rec (the sporty bit of the park) to the Inkspot art space. The CREATE team have been working away over the last few months with community groups in and around Roath to create a series of postcards and flags. All inspired by the communities of Roath. As we walk we’ll have a series of cultural stopping off points along the way before we end at Inkspot art space for the opening night amazement's. A musical party “Congregation”, organised by Ziggy our generally amazing music and very talented person. Congregation is the opening party to the festival and will captivate you with sounds and visual delights.

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Then we have the full week of everything under the sun going on. But Im going to skip forward to Friday to introduce a new exhibition space for us. The Old Laundry which you can discover on Braeval Street. The Old Laundry has a number of exhibitions and events from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd. Including a special event on Friday night, We have a group display of artists exhibiting in the space.

Then Saturday, the busiest day of Made in Roath, we have over 121 events taking place on this day. Including “Longer Tables” our street party. Head down to Plasnewydd Road to discover where its all happening.

This weekend also sees lots of the fantastic Open Houses and exhibitions taking place. These are great and allow you to wonder around enjoying the delights of Roath in peoples homes and gardens.

Then in the evening we have Roathbud and the RedBalloon movie showings in the Gate.

We end on Sunday for another busy day. Rhôd in Roath are still going with guided tours at 2pm also our very own Paint the park is happening in Roath park with lots of actives and events taking place in and around the Bowling green hut.

Thats a very, very brief overlay of everything we have going on. For all the details do consult your festival brochures or the Made in Roath website.

As always thanks for reading and see you in Roath.



What is Happenings I hear you ask? Happenings is the name we have for all the works, performances, exhibitions and projects which have specially commissioned for Made in Roath. 

It’s the most devise and wide ranging aspect of the festival encompassing everything from stage plays and interventions on the street to indoor picnic’s (weather permitting of course “hehe”) and the carving of a massive Welsh love spoon.

Happenings will also see a full moon space project, story telling and much, much more.

 Happenings has always been one of the most interesting aspects of the festival. If you’re wandering around Roath and you see something that you’re not sure of then there’s a good chance it falls into Happens category of the festival.

This year coordinator is the fabulous Clare Charles who has really done an epic job of bring together a wide ranging bundle of events. We have stuff ranging from a CatZebra by artist Richard Higlet on the 21st and 22nd of October at the Park end of Kelvin Road (this encourages all cats and their owners to come along and test some specially built cat crossings) to Read to Me by artist John Rowley which takes place on the 21st of October on Treharris Street. At this fascinating event John invites you to simply bring along any piece of literature for a private reading session lasting 20 minutes (people must sign up in advance by emailing

There is also the epic In Honour of the Moon curated by Catherine Angle happening on Thursday the 19th of October at 8pm in Ysordi. This happening is an intimate dinner reception to celebrate Earth’s largest natural satellite, its folkloric traditions, it’s historical importance and the role in the universe. It promises to be an amazing night blending together science, magic and music. Again capacity is limited so please email if you are interested.

To be honest there is so much happening in Happenings that I promise you will find something for everyone here. The full listing of events is below but for a colourful option just consult the website.

PASSCHENDAELE (All Day) 38: Juno Lounge, 13 OCT - 22

OFFERING (All Day) 46: Saint Edwards Church, 13 OCT - 22

PUNCTURED BICYCLE, ON A HILLSIDE DESOLATE 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 02: I Want to Ride My Bike - 15 Oct

A CURIOUS NATURE 10:30 am - 3:00 pm (22) 73: Roath Park Conservatory, 15 OCT - 22

NOT FROM AROUND HERE (JOURNEYS) 10:30 am - 4:00 pm (16) 68: 91 Ninian Road, 15 OCT - 16

INDOOR PICNIC 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 43: The Gate Arts Centre, 15 OCT 
‘THE LAST STRAW’ TREASURE HUNT AND QUIZ **DATE CHANGE** CLIVE WARD 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 39: Waterloo Gardens Post Office, 15 OCT

BY MY SIDE, COME RAIN OR SHINE 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 51: Penylan Library and Community Centre, 15 OCT 
TEA ENCOUNTER TESSA WAITE 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm 08: Plasnewydd Community Garden, 15 OCT

A LONG TABLE OF CURIOSITIES: ANATOMICAL DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURES 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (22) 09: The Broadway Drawing School, 16 OCT - 22

CARDIFF PHILOSOPHY CAFE - WHAT IS COMMUNITY? 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm 17: The Gate Arts Centre, 17 OCT

PORTRAITS WITH WET PLATE COLLODION TINTYPE PHOTOGRAPHY 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm (20) 34: The Old Laundry, 19 OCT - 20


NOT FROM AROUND HERE (JOURNEYS) 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (22) 68: 91 Ninian Road, 20 OCT - 22

THE ACTUAL HISTORY MUSEUM PRESENTS ... 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 34: The Old Laundry, 20 OCT


CATZEBRA 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (22) 65: Park end of Kelvin Road, 21 OCT - 22


SLANT OF LIGHT 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (22) 61: 32 Kelvin Rd, 21 OCT - 22

RSPB BIG GARDEN BIOBLITZ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm 56: 29 Ninian Road, 21 OCT

COLLIDE-O-VISION - OBSERVATION OF BEAUTIFUL FORMS 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (22) 18: Garage at rear of 45 Princes Street, 21 OCT - 22

FFRWD 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (22) 25: 190 Albany Road, 21 OCT - 22

THE TEA STOP 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm (22) 64: 70 Ninian Road, 21 OCT - 22

ONE HOUR 12:00 pm 75: The Promenade, 21 OCT

READ TO ME 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm 14: 79 Treharris Street, 21 OCT

SYRIAN CHILDREN’S ART 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (22) 21: St Martins Church in Roath, 21 OCT - 22

THE CHAMPION TREES OF ROATH PARK 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 73: Roath Park Conservatory, 21 OCT

THE ACTUAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF ROATH 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (22) 57: 14 Werfa Street, 21 OCT - 22

BLAS - STREETFOOD 'MADE IN ROATH' 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm 16: Mackintosh Sports Club, 21 OCT

 8:00 pm 59: Spit and Sawdust, 21 OCT 

JOINING WORDS DINO ROVARETTI 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 70: White bridge, 22 OCT


15 MINUTE PORTRAITS AT ADNAN CONTINENTAL STORE ELLIE YOUNG 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm 35: Adnan Continental Store, 22 OCT


RED OKTOBER JACOB WHITTAKER 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm 07: Punk Bikes, 22 OCT

Once again thanks for reading, see you in Roath.

Digital Arts

Tonight we are looking at the magical aspect of Digital Arts in this years Made in Roath festival.

What is Digital Arts? Well, it’s arts but it’s …. digital. Ok there is a bit more to it than that. Digital Arts is the name we give to the section of the festival involving “moving pictures” or “movies” as some people refer to them (for any of our younger readers a “movie” is like a really long snapchat video). 

Digital Arts is also the smallest part of this years festival with two main events taking place on the same day in the same place, one after another. This generally means two things: 1, Digital Arts is so awesome they can quite easily get away with just doing two events and, 2, this means I get to entertain you with my extensive movie trivia knowledge.

The term “movies” originally didn’t mean films but the people who made them. Generally it was a term of disdain by early Hollywood locals who disliked the “arty invaders”.

The smallest set for an entire action movie in terms of space was for the 1944 Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Lifeboat” which all happened on a small lifeboat.

Sam the piano player in beloved classic Casablanca can’t actually play the piano. Dooley Wilson the actor portraying Sam was hired as a singer and is just pretending to play the piano without touching the keys. But thats enough random movie facts from me back to Made in Roath.

Digital Arts all takes place on Saturday the 21st. It starts with a showing of classic French movie “The Red Balloon”. A magical film suitable for all ages about a boy who discovers a red balloon in Paris which follows him around on adventures. After this showing we have the ever popular “Roathbud”. This is a showing of short films from local makers or films with Roath connections. It is always a popular aspect of the festival. The high standards and uniqueness of the films shown are wonderful and offers something for everyone. I’d really recommend checking it out.

You can find out more about Digital Arts here or read the event listings below. This years Digital Arts has been coordinated by the genius that is Tom Betts.

21 OCT THE RED BALLOON 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm 17: The Gate Arts Centre

21 OCT ROATHBUD 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm 17: The Gate Arts Centre

As always thank you for reading and see you in Roath.


Good evening dear readers, I hope this evening finds you well. Tonight we are looking at the CREATE section of Made in Roath.

What is CREATE you ask? Well, do you remember when in primary school art lessons involved loads of fun stuff like painting, making and generally creating lots of mess? That is basically CREATE. It’s the workshop and making side of the festival. As you can imagine I flipping love CREATE and the work they do. 

 Over the last year CREATE have been running a series of workshops with local schools, charities and community groups doing creative and wonderfully messy crafts. They are one of the most active parts of Made in Roath and are generally going most of the year round.

During the festival week they will be transforming areas of Roath into workshop spaces allowing people to come along and play…. I mean make art work….. But it’s really fun art work (no offence to the not fun art work). CREATE is perfect for families and friends wishing to make.

They have a pretty busy week. Not counting all the workshops they are running CREATE also have some large scale events taking place. The first, on the opening day of the festival (15th Oct) is “By My Side, Come Rain or Shine”. Over the last six months Made in Roath has collaborated with artist James Cocks and community groups in Roath to design and make a series of flags representing the diverse nature of our community. These flags will be walked at the head of a gathering from Roath Park Rec to the Inkspot art space with cultural, music and tea stops along the way.

When we get to Inkspot (a festival hub this year) there will be food and entertainment. Join us to enjoy the opening nights celebration of music, “Congregation”, which is organised by Gareth Ziggy. It promises to be an evening of visual delights and sounds. I’m sure everyone who attended the opening night last year will remember the stunning performance and I certainly expect more of the same this year.

CREATE are also busy at our closed road event “Longer Tables” (21st) running a series of workshops up and down the street, plus on the closing day of the festival (22nd) they will be running the ever amazing “paint the park” event. This incredibly fun and amusing activity sees easels set up in Roath Park for the passing public to embrace their creative side and paint.

The CREATE coordinator is the brilliant Pip Tudor. You can check out all the CREATE events below or consult the website.

DRAMA WORKSHOP FOR 18+, EXPLORING THIS YEAR'S THEME OF 'LONGER TABLES' 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 17: The Gate Arts Centre - 17 OCT

THE TRINITY CENTRE SEWING AND CRAFT CLUB 10:00 pm - 12:00 pm 04: Trinity Centre/Trinity Methodist Church - 20 OCT


PUBLIC CHESS 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 51: Penylan Library and Community Centre - 21 OCT

AN INTRODUCTION TO FELTING JANINA KUCZYS 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 71: Bowling Pavilion - 21 OCT


DAYDREAMS BY THE ART OF PLAY CAFE 10:30 am - 4:30 pm 51: Penylan Library and Community Centre - 21 OCT

FOOD 4 THOUGHT ~ YOU CAN HELP 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 17: The Gate Arts Centre - 21 OCT


BIG DRAW WORKSHOP 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 21: St Martins Church in Roath - 21 OCT

PAINT ROATH PARK 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (22) 57: 14 Werfa Street - 21/22 OCT

FOLDED BOOKS DROP-IN WORKSHOP 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 46: Saint Edwards Church - 21 OCT

WORKSHOP: DRAWING WITH COLLAGE 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 71: Bowling Pavilion - 21 OCT

PAINT THE PARK CREATE @ ROATH PARK 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 71: Bowling Pavilion - 22 OCT

SUN PRINTING CREATE @ ROATH PARK 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 71: Bowling Pavilion - 22 OCT

BUTTERFLY EFFECT KERRY WALLACE 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 71: Bowling Pavilion - 22 OCT


POETRY TAKEAWAY LOCAL WRITERS 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 71: Bowling Pavilion - 22 OCT

MASK CARVING WORKSHOP BRIAN DENMAN 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 71: Bowling Pavilion - 22 OCT


Always thanks for reading and see you in Roath.

Stage and Spoken word

I must begin this post with an apology. This might not be the most grammatically correct editorial. Im writing this under direst of an early start, a long day in work and a rather interesting train journey home involving a broken down train, a two hour delay and an over crowded train packed full of football fans during which time I fully understood the meaning of the phrase “hell is other people”. But on the upside it gave me the chance to listen to the hole of Fleetwood Mac Rumours album which was cool. But on the down side it also tends to bring out my dyslexic nature a little too much so I apologise in advance.

Now Im home with a cup of tea, posing over questions such as how European Starling got to America?

 I don't suppose you have ever wondered this? No? It’s rather an amusing tale. Its all because of Eugene Schieffelin, a New Yorker who in 1890 released 60 Starlings into Central Park. Fast forward 127 years that 60 strong flock have risen to a million drove who reportedly terrify and cause havoc to crops across North America. Why did he do this? Was it because he wanted to introduce a predator to the ever growing population of House Sparrows pests which he also released 30 years earlier? well no, Eugene Schieffelin did it because he was a massive Shakespeare fan. So much so that he wanted the New World to have an example of every bird mentioned in the Bards plays. Little weird I know but Eugene Schieffelin was a really big fan. His release resulted in causing a massive unbalancement to the natural Eco system of the continent and dramatically changing the food chain of North America. All because he really liked Shakespeare. 

Now I love this story, not because it’s a perfect example of Chaos theory but because it shows you what culture can do to you. It can drive you, inspire you, make you do mad, crazy, weird but brilliant things. It causes you to change the world in ways you’ll never realise and probably won’t understand at the time and yeah okay letting lose a load of birds because you are quite fond of some old plays and accidentally setting in motion a series of events that drastically alter the entire ecological system of a country is a little over the top but it can and has happened.

Actually residents of Roath might recall a similar story during the 90s of turtles turning up in Roath park after the popularity of the Teenage Ninja Turtles TV program (Hero’s in a half shell - TURTLE POWER). People bought turtles, not realising how large they grow and so let them go into the lake. You can still see the decedents of those turtles in the Roath park green house.

So back to Made in Roath. In tonights post we are going to look at the wonderful world of our Stage and Spoken word programs. Both are forever popular aspects of the festival and both have a tenable connection with Shakespeare so my beginning tale kinda fits in (sorta).

Our Stage coordinator is the fantastic Rachel Helena Walsh. Stage as you can guess is everything that is slightly performance related, some of it might involve a stage some of it might not (we like to add an air of mystery to things). We have an awful lot going on this year from blindfolded experiences in Inkspot, to the return of “The Dom Show - Threepeat” at Nofitstate. Pulse a lot more, including new work from newly seen artists. You can see a better list of performances here but a brief list is below


A SINGLE TREE: A CHRISTMAS TALE GONE WRONG 7:00 pm 05: Nofitstate Circus - 15 OCT

THE IRISH SESSION (SEISIÚN) 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm 49: The Albany - 15 OCT


ANDREW BUCHAN BAR FESTIVAL WEEK 8:00 pm 23: The Andrew Buchan Bar - 16 OCT

OPEN MIC AT THE DELI 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 63: Deli Rouge - 18 OCT


LOOP/SPIRAL 7:00 pm 06: Inkspot - 19 OCT

THE DOM SHOW: THREEPEAT 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm 45: Cardiff M.A.D.E. - 19 OCT

THE ROATH HOP 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm 17: The Gate Arts Centre - 20 OCT

LAURA PALMER FANFICTION & THE MONOLOGUE LADY 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm 06: Inkspot - 20 OCT

ANDREW BUCHAN BAR FESTIVAL WEEK 8:30 pm 23: The Andrew Buchan Bar - 20 OCT

GEMINI ANDERSON SINGS TWIN PEAKS 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm 06: Inkspot - 20 OCT

'LITTLE N' BY KELLY JONES 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm 05: Nofitstate Circus - 21 OCT

ANDREW BUCHAN BAR FESTIVAL WEEK 8:30 pm 23: The Andrew Buchan Bar - 21 OCT

ANDREW BUCHAN BAR FESTIVAL WEEK 7:00 pm 23: The Andrew Buchan Bar - 21 OCT

So next up we have the fabulous Spoken Word, our coordinator this year is the brilliant Christina Thacher. Spoken word is the poetry and literary related aspect of the festival. Cardiff has a fantastic and very large spoken word scene which we are lucky to include into the festival. There is Open mic nights, workshops, a poetry contest, storytelling, poetry reading, bed time tales pulse much more. It all kicks off from day one of the festival and below is a brief list of events but do check out the website for more information.

 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 11: The Crofts - 15 OCT

TEN STORIES HIGH PRESENTS: THE LAST CAMPFIRE 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm 06: Inkspot - 16 OCT


BETTER HOUSES - A LITERARY HOUSE PARTY 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm 32: The Diana Rooms - 17 OCT

FROM PAINT TO PAGE: AN EKPHRASTIC WRITING GROUP 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm 17: The Gate Arts Centre - 17 OCT

PROSE & POEMS EVENING 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm 17: The Gate Arts Centre - 18 OCT

BEDTIME STORIES 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (21) 10: 34 Partridge Road - 19 - 21 OCT

OCTOPOET 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 76: Terra Nova Café - 19 OCT

GLAMORGAN FOLK TALES FOR CHILDREN 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm 40: Wellfield Bookshop - 21 OCT

CREATIVE WRITING MASTERCLASS 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 45: Cardiff M.A.D.E. - 21 OCT

POETRY TAKEAWAY LOCAL WRITERS 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 71: Bowling Pavilion - 22 OCT JUST A MINUTE, ROATH MARK BLAYNEY 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 76: Terra Nova Café - 22 OCT

As ever thank you for reading and apologise for all the spelling mistakes, I hope they were amusing rather than annoying. See you in Roath.

Open houses and Exhibitions 2017

Well it’s just seven days to go before Made in Roath 2017. Seven days, one week, 168 hours, 10080 minuets, 604800 seconds (suddenly that doesn’t seem very much, eek better drink some tea and write some words). 

What I’m basically trying to get across to you is that your favourite (and coincidently your only) Roath based arts festival will return with another full week of creativity, happenings and craziness in just one weeks time. Regulars to the festival know that we try to pack in everything we can and always sorta do. We also have one or two things falling outside the week, for example we have the fantastic Wonderbrass 25th birthday celebrations in the Gate art centre happening on Saturday the 14th as a warm up event to the festival this year.

This years festival sees something in the region of over a hundred different events, happenings, exhibitions, poetry readings, performances, film screenings, Create workshops, open houses, presentations, readings, wall pastings and things which words have not yet been invented to describe… plus much, much more.

The good news is that we have a few different ways to help you navigate the creative maze of the festival. You can consult the festival brochure or view the festival event calendar. If you’d prefer you can check out all the different themed events on our website to keep up to date with all the events we have going on. We will also be writing a daily post featuring a different aspect of the festival to tell you more about what is happening and what we have to offer.

Today we thought we’d kick things off with the ever popular Open Houses/Studios and Exhibitions programs.

We start with Open Houses and Studios. This is always an exciting and fantastic aspect of the festival. Join us as we discover the hidden creative world behind the front doors of peoples (kindly donated) homes. Marvel at how living rooms and kitchens are transformed into art galleries and creative spaces. This is also a great way to meet, socialise and experience the richness of the community. The bulk of the Open Houses and Studios take place on Saturday the 21st but a few are open throughout the week. (Check the brochure or website for details.) This year the Open Houses and Studios have been organised and run by the ever brilliant Gail Howard. You can see the full list of the open houses by following the link on the website.

The other aspect of the festival we are looking at tonight is the Exhibition program. While this is partly a more traditional format for an arts festival, with pieces of art work stuck to walls there is also so much more going on. This year’s exhibition program has been organised by the wonderful Helen Clifford. Made in Roath has a proud history of a diverse and extensive exhibition programme which supports as many local galleries as possible. The Exhibition program also takes you into alternative public, private and community places. We have always aimed to provide artists, makers, performers and anyone wanting to share and display their creativity a space to exhibit. The Exhibition program takes place throughout the week you can see the full list of what is going on by following the link.

We'll be adding a new blog post each day about another aspect of the festival. We began tonight with two of the biggest and we hope you look forward to hearing about the others as the week goes on. As always thanks for reading.