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  1. BBC Wales braved the crowds, as well as some of The Doctor's most fearsome enemies, at the opening of the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay earlier today. Watch this clip from the opening of the new exhibition, which has specially built sets and interactive features for fans to explore, ba...

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  2. On last night's The Exhibitionists, Efa Thomas from Criccieth was revealed as the series winner, making Julia Manser from Swansea the runner up. Efa Thomas, winner of The Exhibitionists, with artist Shani Rhys James, whose work Efa chose for part of her exhibition. The BBC Cymru Wales se...

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  3. Osi Rhys Osmond is a highly respected Welsh painter and a lecturer at Swansea Metropolitan University. He is one of the mentors on The Exhibitionists and talks here about his involvement in the series. The Exhibitionists is a brilliant idea for a TV programme - taking five individuals with...

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  4. A new series where the National Museum Wales challenges the public to create their own exhibition from its treasures begins tonight at 10pm on BBC Two Wales. David Anderson, director general at the museum, talks about the challenges the museum faced in taking part in the series, and what they ...

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  5. What happens when a national museum opens its stores of treasures to members of the public and challenges them to curate their own art exhibition for the very first time? A new BBC Cymru Wales programme reveals exactly what as it collaborates with Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales in a ...

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  6. A new series of Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience begins on Monday 7 May, with four new jobs for the Welsh comedian to get to grips with. Previous series have seen Rhod try his hand at being a butler, tattoo artist and army recruit, but this time round he may have found something that he could se...

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  7. Five new paintings by acclaimed artist and entertainer Rolf Harris will be going on show at museums and galleries around Wales as part of a new BBC Cymru Wales arts series Rolf on Welsh Art. The paintings, which were created for the series, feature Rolf's attempts at creating a work in the st...

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  8. The exuberant Rolf Harris goes in search of some of the greatest artists to be inspired by Wales in a new series Rolf on Welsh Art (Wednesday 16 February, BBC One Wales). In the series Rolf, whose own family hail from Merthyr Tydfil, looks at the landscapes and the people who inspired the lat...

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  9. An iPhone app has been launched to give tech-friendly Eisteddfod visitors a guide to events and activites on the Maes. The iSteddfod was developed by computer programmer Ambrose Choy and graphic designer Edryd Sharp, both of Llanberis. "I got the idea at last year's Eisteddfod in Bala," Ch...

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  10. Welsh actor Michael Sheen returned to his hometown of Port Talbot over the Easter weekend, and spoke to BBC Wales' Matt Murray on his forthcoming involvement with National Theatre Wales. Sheen, famous for roles in The Queen, Frost/Nixon and The Damned United, is working with National Theatre...

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  11. The line-up for the 2010 Hay Festival has been announced, with an eclectic mix of speakers and guests ranging from political heavyweights to some of the literary world's brightest stars. Photograph of the 2009 Hay Festival site © Finn Beales The festival, in it's 23rd year, will run from 27...

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  12. Welsh actors Aneurin Barnard and Iwan Rheon both picked up prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards in a ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel last night for their respective roles in musical Spring Awakening. Aneurin Barnard and Iwan Rheon with their Laurence Olivier Awards © Charlie Hopkinson

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  13. Matt Smith's debut as the 11th Doctor in cult television programme Doctor Who was screened at a movie-style premiere in Cardiff last night. It was attended by Smith and Karen Gillan, who plays the Doctor's feisty new companion Amy Pond. Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and Matt Smith as the Doctor. Pho...

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  14. Welsh stars Aneurin Barnard and Iwan Rheon will discover if they have won one of the most prestigious prizes in the theatrical world on Sunday evening as the Laurence Olivier Awards are held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Aneurin Barnard with Spring Awakening co-star (and fellow Olivier nominee) Charlotte Wakefield at the Laurence Olivier Awards nominees lunch held earlier this month. Barnard, originally from the Ogmore Vale, is up for a coveted gong in the best actor in a musical or entertainment category for his performance as Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening - a musical adaptation of German playwright Frank Wedekind's controversial play. His co-star and fellow Welsh actor Iwan Rheon starred opposite him in the production, staged at the Novello Theatre in Aldwych, London, as Moritz Stiefel. Rheon is up for the award of best supporting performance in a musical or entertainment. Iwan Rheon as Moritz Stiefel in Spring Awakening © Helen Maybanks. Live coverage of the awards ceremony will be streamed on the London Theatre Guide website on Sunday evening from 6.30pm. We'll bring you news if either of the young Welsh hopefuls are successful.

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  15. Welsh star of stage and screen Siân Phillips is enjoying positive reviews for her portrayal of Juliet in Tom Morris' production Juliet and her Romeo at Bristol Old Vic. Photograph of Siân Phillips as Juliet © Simon Annand As reported by the Western Mail today, the production (which sets th...

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  16. If you haven't discovered them already, there's a wealth of new articles on Welsh film and cinema on the BBC Wales Arts website, written by the noted film critic and historian Dave Berry. Dave sadly passed away earlier this year, so we fortunate to be able to bring you just a small slice of his encyclopaedic knowledge - and love - of Welsh film in these articles that he wrote late last year. Black and white photograph of Dave Berry © Media Wales

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  17. First Minister Carwyn Jones yesterday told AMs that the original plans for Dragon International Film Studios - the so-called Valleywood complex - near Bridgend were "over ambitious". As reported by The Daily Post today, Jones went on to say that he thought the project would prove to be a worthwhile investment as the first film to be made at the studios - medieval epic Ironclad - went into production last year.

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  18. Film director Peter Greenaway featured in an interview on BBC Radio 3's Night Waves programme last night, in which he spoke about his film Nightwatching and how cinema is dead. Photograph of Peter Greenaway by www.notv.com Greenaway's Nightwatching (2007) is a film about Dutch artist Rembrand...

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  19. Former X-Factor star Rhydian Roberts is set to make his musical theatre debut in Jeff Wayne's musical version of War Of The Worlds. Roberts will team up with stars Jason Donovan and Liz McClarnon for the November and December shows of the The War of The Worlds - Alive on Stage! 2010 tour. He will play the part of Parson Nathaniel in the production, which will also see the stage graced by another Welshman: an 11-foot high 3D hologram of Richard Burton will be projected during the show, as he plays George Herbert, the journalist.

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  20. Design work has started on an arts and innovation centre at Bangor University which will house cutting edge teaching and learning facilities and a range of indoor and outdoor performance spaces including a theatre. University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Fergus Lowe, who is leading the p...

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