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  1. Poet laureate to judge poetry competition on climate change

    Friday 10 February 2012, 16:00

    Carol Ann Duffy and the Welsh poet and translator Elin ap Hywel are to judge the entries submitted to a bilingual poetry completion on the theme of climate change.

    The contest is being organised by the energy charity Awel Aman Tawe, the body behind the development of a community wind farm on Mynydd...

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  2. Reckless Sleepers present Schrödinger

    Thursday 9 February 2012, 09:30

    A touring production which explores the theatrical possibilities offered by a curious scientific theory is coming to Wales.

    Performance artists Reckless Sleepers have revived their production of Schrödinger, named after the Nobel Peace prizewinning scientist Erwin Schrödinger, and his thoughts on...

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  3. Peter Gill on his new production for National Theatre Wales

    Tuesday 7 February 2012, 14:05

    One of the giants of British theatre is to bring his interpretation of a poignant Chekhov tale to audiences at the newly refurbished Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.

    Despite growing up in Cardiff, Peter Gill's lengthy and illustrious career has never once seen him direct a play in his home city, until now...

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  4. Exhibition to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

    Tuesday 7 February 2012, 10:48

    A collection of the most striking and significant images of Queen Elizabeth II throughout her reign has just arrived in Cardiff.

    The exhibition is just one of hundreds of events planned to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the monarch's accession to the throne.

    From Chris Levine's curious photograph...

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  5. Lothar Götz: Wait Until Dark

    Friday 27 January 2012, 10:18

    Those with an interest in architecture and its connection with art should check out a new exhibition soon to open at Chapter in Cardiff, by Lothar Götz.

    Wait Until Dark, which opens at the arts centre on Friday 3 February, Götz has created a series of new pieces that refer to and comment on the current...

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  6. New season at Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw

    Thursday 26 January 2012, 13:25

    A riot of colourful local scenes will dominate in a new exhibition at the Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw in Llanbedrog, Pwllheli.

    For its first display of 2012, the gallery is showcasing regular Anne Aspinall alongside the work of Caernarfon-based artist Stephen John Owen, plus new offerings by five arts students...

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  7. Line up for Artes Mundi prize announced

    Thursday 26 January 2012, 10:00

    The organisation behind Artes Mundi, the UK's biggest contemporary art prize has announced its shortlist.

    Selectors have whittled down the choice of talent from 576 different artists to just seven, who will now vie for the prestigious £40,000 prize.

    The seven artists are: Miriam Bäckström (Sweden...

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  8. Comics join forces for 'Comedy and Cwtshes' evening

    Monday 23 January 2012, 09:30

    Wednesday sees St Dwynwen's Day in Wales, when the country's patron saint of lovers is honoured and people make their romantic intentions, requited or otherwise, known to one another.

    Following that theme, on Friday comedian Phil Evans is hosting a night of stand-up involving seven other artists at...

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  9. Artist Tim Davies joins Artes Mundi team

    Friday 20 January 2012, 11:15

    Artes Mundi, the team behind the UK's largest international visual art prize, have welcomed Welsh artist Tim Davies onto their board.

    Davies, who is head of fine art at Swansea Metropolitan University, was the only European artist shortlisted for the prestigious award in its first-ever year in 2004...

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  10. Stage adaptation of Rachel Trezise's Fresh Apples to go on tour

    Thursday 19 January 2012, 17:09

    Teenagehood in all its transience and emotional intensity will be brought to life on stage during a new touring production by Cwmni Theatr Frân Wen.

    The company is producing Fala' Surion, a Welsh-language adaptation of Rachel Trezise's acclaimed Fresh Apples.

    The collection of observational short...

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  11. Newport's Ffresh film festival announces full line-up

    Thursday 19 January 2012, 16:29

    Following the news that top British film director Mike Leigh will be hosting a masterclass at this year's Ffresh film festival, organisers have revealed the full and final line-up, including appearances from Jonathan Caouette and Asif Kapadia.

    Ffresh - the Student Moving Image Festival of Wales - takes...

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  12. Circus performers double up as waiters for new theatre act

    Friday 13 January 2012, 10:40

    This weekend the Riverfront Arts Centre in Newport is hosting a live circus-theatre performance which will see audiences eating a meal served by the very artists they have come to watch.

    Super Pseudo is co-produced by the centre and the Crashmat Collective and marks a foray into...

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  13. Mike Leigh to appear at Ffresh Festival Fringe

    Wednesday 11 January 2012, 15:20

    Acclaimed British film director Mike Leigh is to take part in a festival which showcases the best student film work from Wales and the UK.

    Organisers of the Ffresh Student Moving Image Festival of Wales have announced his appearance at this year's event in February.

    Leigh, the brains behind a raft...

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  14. Y Chwarelwr (The Quarryman) to be screened underground

    Wednesday 11 January 2012, 12:43

    A film viewed as the first ever Welsh language 'talkie' and a milestone in Welsh cinematic history is to be screened in the very bowels of the earth.

    The innovative event will take place in the Deep Mine of the Llechwedd Slate Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog.

    It's being put on by Cytser - The Constellation...

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  15. National Dance Company Wales announces spring tour

    Wednesday 11 January 2012, 10:24

    Three choreographers of world renown are topping the bill for the National Dance Company Wales this season.

    The varied programme will see 12 dancers from across the globe bringing their work to life.

    Kicking off with a performance...

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  16. New season at the Dylan Thomas Centre

    Monday 9 January 2012, 12:45

    The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea has announced its latest programme of events, boasting an array of new poetry, thought-provoking lectures, drama and live music to cheer audiences into spring.

    Among the highlights on the schedule will be the launch of a new collection...

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  17. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

    Friday 6 January 2012, 12:06

    A play, which has been a classic of working class literature for nearly a century, comes to Wales next month as part of a national tour.

    Stephen Lowe's version of Robert Tressell's The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists will enjoy two dates, one at the Blackwood Miners Institute and another at the Aberystwyth...

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  18. Daniel Blaufuks - Works On Memory

    Wednesday 4 January 2012, 14:00

    A new installation by Portuguese artist Daniel Blaufuks will explore the complexities of the processes of memory and the role photography plays in freezing and retrieving memories.

    The exhibition is due to open at the Ffotogallery in Penarth on 14 January with a talk by Blaufuks on the subject taking...

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  19. Playwright Tim Price on his obsession with Wikileaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning

    Tuesday 3 January 2012, 11:40

    Bradley Manning, 24, stands accused of the biggest leak of government secrets in American history. The former intelligence analyst, who spent a chunk of his teenage years in Wales, is accused of leaking huge amounts of classified information to the website Wikileaks while working for the US Army in Iraq...

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  20. Alexandra Roach on playing a young Margaret Thatcher and a big year ahead

    Monday 2 January 2012, 09:30

    Most jobbing actors leaving drama school can expect months and possibly years of scraping by, existing on bit parts and leaving countless auditions downhearted.

    Not so for Ammanford actor and recent Rada graduate Alexandra Roach, for whom the 18 months since graduating can only be described as something...

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