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  1. Winners unveiled in 2011 Photomarathon UK

    Tuesday 2 August 2011, 14:09

    Pontypridd-based photographer Emma Shepherd has scooped the first prize in the Photomarathon UK 2011 competition.

    Shepherd beat 399 other competitors to the accolade, for which competition entrants took 12 photographs on 12 different themes over the course of, yep, you guessed it, 12 hours in Cardiff...

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  2. Snap happy? Photomarathon exhibition opens this weekend

    Wednesday 27 July 2011, 18:26

    Having recently got married, I now have a mound of photographs 'arranged' in haphazard piles on my kitchen table. I can't quite bring myself to painstakingly, er I mean, lovingly arrange them all in the assorted albums and frames that have formed a Tetris-style stack in the living room. Patience is sadly...

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  3. Following the Flame ignites in Holyhead

    Wednesday 27 July 2011, 11:28

    With today, Wednesday 27 July, marking one year to go until the grand opening of the 2012 London Olympics, anticipation surrounding the event is building.

    We have a small slice of the sporting action in Wales as the extravaganza literally kicks off with the women's football at the Millennium Stadium...

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  4. Archbishop of Canterbury to present Eisteddfod art award

    Tuesday 26 July 2011, 11:39

    The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams will present the People's Choice art award at the 2011 National Eisteddfod in Wrexham.

    Dr Williams will present the award on Saturday 6 August to the artist responsible for creating the most popular piece or collection of work at Y Lle Celf, the visual...

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  5. Support for Pembrokeshire's 'Harry Potter' beach

    Thursday 21 July 2011, 15:22

    A Pembrokeshire beach that features in the concluding films of the Harry Potter film series is being backed for recognition by a local MP.

    Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire was the 'home' of the shell cottage that appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Take a look at behind-the-scenes...

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  6. Future of Dylan Thomas Centre close to being secured

    Thursday 21 July 2011, 11:41

    The future of Swansea's Dylan Thomas Centre looks a little brighter as the University of Wales has agreed to lease the venue from Swansea Council, subject to the agreement of legal details that will now be discussed.

    The partnership venture will see the Dylan Thomas Exhibition stay on site, with the...

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  7. Wales and Hollywood on BBC One Wales

    Wednesday 20 July 2011, 17:36

    A new documentary from BBC Cymru Wales this week explores Wales' connection with Hollywood.

    As Torchwood has recently enjoyed the Hollywood treatment, new documentary Wales and Hollywood takes a look back at the films that have portrayed Wales over the years, stereotypes, clichés and all.

    The documentary...

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  8. Ffotogallery presents Wish You Were Here

    Wednesday 20 July 2011, 11:15

    Ffotogallery will put the spotlight on emerging photographic artists living and working in Wales this summer with a new series of exhibitions and events.

    Entitled Wish You Were Here, the exhibitions will run over the summer months and will take place at Ffotogallery's base in Turner House in Penarth...

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  9. Welsh theatre buildings on 'at risk' register

    Monday 18 July 2011, 16:38

    Ten Welsh theatres have been placed on The Theatres Trust's 2011 Theatre Buildings At Risk register, double the amount of Welsh buildings that made last year's list.

    According to The Theatres Trust website, there are estimated to be over 180 theatre buildings in Wales, of which 10 are identified as Theatre...

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  10. Laura Ford talk at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

    Friday 15 July 2011, 11:50

    Welsh contemporary artist and sculptor Laura Ford will talk about her intriguing work at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea at 1pm this afternoon.

    The Glynn Vivian is currently showing an exhibition of three major pieces by Cardiff-born artist Ford, entitled Beast and Other Works.

    Following the...

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  11. Torchwood: Miracle Day begins

    Thursday 14 July 2011, 16:31

    Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper return this evening in the eagerly awaited new series Torchwood: Miracle Day.

    Production may have shifted across the Atlantic ocean but Torchwood still retains its Welsh essence, with part of the opening episode filmed on location in Rhossili, Gower.

    American stars...

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  12. Aged 15-19? Fancy a free comedy workshop?

    Thursday 14 July 2011, 15:58

    Shortly after I'd published my last blog post about the Cardiff Comedy Festival, news of some free stand-up workshops for teenagers came our way at BBC Wales Arts towers.

    Cardiff Central Library...

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  13. Cardiff Comedy Festival is underway

    Thursday 14 July 2011, 12:54

    The Cardiff Comedy Festival kicked off yesterday, with Ardal O'Hanlon opening the proceedings alongside Welsh stand-up Wes Packer and Matt Price.

    As the comedy fest runs until 30 July, in various venues right across the capital, there's still plenty to see.

    There's a mixture of big established...

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  14. Two new exhibitions at Mostyn

    Tuesday 12 July 2011, 16:14

    The Mostyn opens two new exhibitions this month by African and Welsh artists Romuald Hazoumé and Colin Williams respectively.

    Hazoumé, who hails from the Republic of Benin, is considered one of Africa's leading contemporary artists. His work is humorous and wryly political, and delivers incisive social...

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  15. Sarah Waters' The Night Watch on BBC Two

    Monday 11 July 2011, 16:06

    Pembrokeshire-born author Sarah Waters has had another of her hugely popular novels adapted for the screen by the BBC.

    The Night Watch is the latest of her works to be modified for television, and can be seen on BBC Two tomorrow evening at 9pm. Two of her previous novels, Tipping The Velvet and Fingersmith...

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  16. National Museum of Art opens its doors

    Friday 8 July 2011, 16:10

    The best of Wales' contemporary visual art now has a new, fresh and modern home at the National Museum of Art in Cardiff.

    The new National Museum of Art occupies the entire first floor of the National Museum Cardiff in Cathays Park. Us press types were allowed a sneaky peek round yesterday morning before...

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  17. Theatr Colwyn revamp delayed

    Wednesday 6 July 2011, 15:11

    The £750,000 revamp of Theatr Colwyn has been delayed by a few months due to unforeseen structural problems.

    The Colwyn Bay venue, originally scheduled to re-open in the spring, will now open this autumn. Building work is due for completion in August and the theatre is already taking bookings for September...

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  18. A Month of Sundays with Michael Sheen

    Wednesday 6 July 2011, 12:25

    Welsh actor Michael Sheen took over BBC 6 Music for an hour on Sunday, in which he played some of his favourite music tracks.

    Sheen was the first celeb host of A Month of Sundays, which runs throughout July and August on BBC 6 Music. All the guests who will take over the station for an hour over the...

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  19. This week on the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show

    Tuesday 5 July 2011, 16:56

    This week's BBC Radio Wales Arts Show is a mixed bag with Welsh visual arts, literature and music news all crammed in to the 30 minute programme.

    Wales' National Museum of Art opens to the public on Saturday...

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  20. Rare screening of William Haggar's silent movies

    Tuesday 5 July 2011, 12:20

    If you're in or near Milford Haven this evening, you could enjoy a rare screening of some of the earliest silent movies to be made in Wales by one of the pioneers of British cinema.

    This evening, the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven will be showing a rare screening of silent movies by William Haggar as...

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