Blog posts by year and month January 2012

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  1. 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. The Crashmat Collective Super Pseudo is co-produced by the centre and the Crashmat Collective and marks a foray into experiential theatre. The idea is that the audience is totally immersed in the experience they are witnessing and are almost eavesdropping on the restaurant staff's lives. The aim is to blur the boundaries between performer and the audience. The Crashmat Collective is a new company involving experienced performers from No Fit State circus and Mary Bijou Cabaret. Although café staff will be present, the artists will bring pre-ordered dishes to the tables for the audiences to eat and serve drinks at the bar, offering snippets of insights into imagined lives. The centre tweeted on Wednesday that audiences will be in for a real surprise. Performances began last night and will continue until Saturday 14 January 2012, where the Riverfront's studio theatre will be transformed into a circus-café space. The Crashmat Collective in rehearsal earlier this week Spokeswoman Rachel Kinchin said: "A café in a circus or a circus in a café? Come and meet Crashmat's performers, see their stories unfold in thrilling and touching ways; while eating and drinking at your table - served by those same performers. "The performance provides an insight into the restaurant staff's internal thought processes, varying from beautiful to funny and always unpredictable." Ticket prices range from £11 to £14, although any food must be pre-ordered. Some drinks-only tickets are still available.

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  2. I get rather excited around this time every year. The January sales are always pregnant with the possibility of finding the perfect concert dress: stylish without being overly trendy, yet comfortable and demure without looking like something from a nun's wardrobe. Orchestral dress is one of t...

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  3. People living in the Gwaun Valley near Fishguard in Pembrokeshire will spend today welcoming in the new year. They are not late celebrating the arrival of the new year, instead they are celebrating Han Galan, or old new year, according to the Julian calendar, which was followed by everyone in the UK until it was replaced by the Gregorian calendar in the 18th century. However, the people of the Gwaun Valley near Fishguard in Pembrokeshire ignored this change and continued to welcome in the new year by the old Julian date. Children continue to uphold the centuries-old tradition of walking from house to house to visit neighbours and sing them traditional songs in Welsh. Teacher Ruth Morgan, in a BBC Wales News article, describes a typical Hen Galan day: "You'd get up, have breakfast and go out to sing in the local houses, wishing them a happy New Year. They gave us sweets and money as 'calennig'. "Nobody organises anything - parents just take their children around and this is passed on from one generation to another." Read more about the Hen Galan day celebrations on the BBC Wales News website.

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  4. Welsh comedian Elis James hosts a brand new comedy show on BBC Radio Wales that examines some of Wales' forgotten historic heroes. The premise of Elis James' Pantheon of Heroes, which starts tomorrow evening, is that Elis has been given a dubious grant - and a very hypothetical one at that - ...

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  5. There's a lot of talk at this time of year of big international showcases where bands try to ply their wares to booking agents, press agencies, promoters, managers, record labels, and other international layers of the music industry. The Whip Festivals such as Eurosonic in Groningen, ...

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  6. This week Shirley Bassey is the subject of a fascinating two-part Radio 2 programme Bassey!, in which the Tiger Bay singer tells her life story to Paul Sexton. In this clip from episode one, Dame Shirley remembers her classic vocal performance on Goldfinger (along with the late John Barry, Do...

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  7. Last Autumn was the second warmest in the UK for over 100 years and this winter has been generally mild so far as well. We haven't had much snow and frost so it's no wonder some flowers are blooming much earlier than usual. A study in Cardiff has revealed that 63 species of wild flowers ar...

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  8. Imagine the scene. It's 1903 and the streets of Ebbw Vale or Aberdare or Bangor are filled, not with steel workers, coal miners or farmers wives out to do their weekly shopping, but with whooping cowboys and shrieking Indians, gaily but terrifyingly daubed in their war paint. There is a smell...

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  9. Wales' memorial game for Gary Speed could well be graced with some of Wales' top musical talent, according to the singer due to perform the national anthem before the match. Wales will play Costa Rica at the game, to be held at Cardiff City Stadium on 29 February. Gary Speed Singer...

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  10. 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 behin...

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