Made in Roath Arts Festival celebrates its fifth year

Cardiff’s annual Made in Roath festival is to host its largest collection of arts events to mark its fifth year.

Ain't No Zoo MiR 2012. Image copyright Richard Powell

Roath’s airwaves, gardens, basements and even lake are set to teem with free art experiences and events for all. The festival invites new and established artists, musicians and performers to come together to take art out of the gallery and into the heart of the community, without compromising the quality of the art in the process.

Gail Howard, organiser and festival founder said of the origins of the festival:

“MiR was set up by a small group of Roath artists in 2009. It started really small, with co-organiser and joint founder artist Helen Clifford curating a small project. She invited established Cardiff-based artists to work with a corner shop and produce a piece of work in response to the shop. In contrast, I organised an open exhibition at The Gate Arts Centre as a kind of experiment really, to see what would happen.”

This year sees the relaunch of the Open Exhibition, run at The Gate Arts Centre, with prizes and opportunities on offer for the winner. The Open Exhibition aims to be both inclusive and of a high standard, showcasing the talents of local artists of all ages and abilities. The exhibition is open to everyone and submissions can be made via the festival website.

Made in RoathMade in Roath promises over 100 unique art events in total and a map will available in community venues, art galleries and businesses closer to the date. Some of the new events so far confirmed are alternative histories, art robotics, a wearable moving art gallery and ‘live’ filming from underneath Roath Park Lake by arts group Genetic Moo, with many more events still being finalised.

The middle of the festival is marked by ‘Close the Road’, to be held on Saturday 19th October. A street party with stalls, artist-led activity, opportunity to pet chickens with Free Range Learning, performance and a pedal powered disco from the Pedal Café, who will also be organising a bike ride from the museum with stylish bike-renovators Punk Bikes.

Other festival highlights include a builders skip skilfully transformed into a piece of art with Art Shell, a night time art walk and the launch of a new radio station ‘Radio Roath’, which will be broadcasting live interviews, performances and soundscapes throughout the festival.

Made in Roath runs from Thursday 17 October until Sunday 24 October. For more information visit

Made in Roath Team