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Made in Roath 2015

madeinroath is a community arts festival based in Roath, Cardiff. It runs throughout the year with a programme of events, exhibitions and activities climaxing in October with a weeklong extravaganza of creativity.

Now in its 7th year and run by three artists, Helen Clifford, Gail Howard and Becca Thomas, along with a whole host of creative coordinators, the emphasis on social engagement and inclusivity.

The festival takes art out of the gallery and into the wider community, celebrating the creative talent within the area and beyond and also bringing in exceptional contemporary artists to Roath.

Roath as a whole is the venue and the festival will showcase the work of emerging and established artists, makers, musicians, writers and performers, through exhibitions, residencies, collaborations with community groups, workshops, events, and everything else in between.

This year the festival is taking place between 9 – 18 October and visitors can expect to see something exciting and intriguing around every corner. Be it a Bogman, appearing on Roath Park Lake to tell stories from before time began, or Peter Finch (who’s written the introduction to this year’s festival brochure) seeing off the Red Route Marchers. It could be Iwan Bala, good cop bad cop, an Amgueddfa Cymru exhibition in a house or Roath’s very own hyperlocal museum in a shed.

Festival highlights include an intriguing performance from Tim Bromage around themes of magic, folklore and movement, a screening of Apocalypse Now at g39, ‘Whitewashed’ – a large scale installation on building hoardings by Nick Davies and the ever popular ROAD BLOCK, the annual street festival taking place on Plasnewydd Road. This year madeinroath present their first residency programme with artists Beth Greenhalgh, Richard Powell and Sam Hasler as well as a partnership with FfotoFringe, so look out for much more photography around Roath this year. There’s something for all ages and tastes, and as always, in line with the madeinroath ethos of absolute inclusivity, it’s all free.  

There are so many other individuals and organisations doing fantastic projects this year – including: Deb Lloyd’s cwtch club Cardiff, Trinity Centre, Deli Rouge, Penylan Pantry, the libraries and community centres, Cardiff MADE, SHO Gallery, all the churches, pubs, independent businesses, the launderette on Albany Rd are running a project with local artist Bella Woodfield and Carol Ivory in the pet shop on Diana Street has donated money to commission a temporary artwork about austerity.

Made in Roath team

RoathCardiff recommends:

Albany Military Hospital Exhibition, Albany Primary School, 10am-3pm Saturday 17th October

ROADBLOCK, Plasnewydd Road, 11am-5pm Saturday 17th October

Exchange in Roath, The Gate Arts Centre, 12-4pm Saturday 17th October

Trade School Cardiff, outside The Gate Arts Centre,11am-4pm Saturday 17th October

Roath, Capital of Wales, meet at Death Junction, 11am Saturday 17th October

Blas, RCMA Markets, Mackintosh Centre, 4.30-9.30pm Saturday 17th October

Night Projection, behind Milgi, 213 City Road, 8.30pm Saturday 17th October

Roath Actual History Museum – Sir Alfred Street and Dr Glenn Roy, 14 Werfa Street, 10am-5pm Sunday 18th October

For full details of the programme visit Made in Roath