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Made in Roath Arts Festival returns

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 17:00 UK time, Monday, 20 September 2010

The second Made in Roath Arts Festival returns to Cardiff next month following its début last year.

After a successful pilot - plus lots of positive feedback - in 2009, this year's is set to be bigger and better as the arty folk of the Roath area of the capital display their work in a multitude of quirky locations.

Though The Gate Arts Centre remains the main base for exhibitions - it's set to host the opening and closing ceremonies - the festival has over 30 local venues dotted around the Roath area that will collectively showcase the creative talents of the many artists involved.

An example of Richard Powell's work in Allen's Bakery, Cardiff - for Made In Roath 2009

An example of Richard Powell's work in Allen's Bakery, Cardiff - for Made In Roath 2009

This community-based arts project will take place over the weekend of 15-17 October and promises an eclectic mix of exhibitions, residencies, workshops, live music and performances. Made in Roath aims to give local people the opportunity to view, enjoy and celebrate local arts.

The National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke will open the artistic festivities on the evening of Friday 15 October. There will be further performances Peter Finch, Dan Anthony, Nick Fisk, Mab Jones, dotdotdot Theatre Company, Rachel-Helena Walsh, UWIC Connections Company, UWIC Youth Company, Crosswires, Blue Lotus, Saturn Dance and Jayde Adams.

Photograph of Jenny Jones' work

Photograph of Jenny Jones' work - the artist will be working and exhibiting in the Albany Aquarium and Pet Centre this year

The full festival programme will be released on 1 October, complete with an arts trail map that will guide visitors around all of the arty things on offer in the Roath area over the course of the weekend.

Artists taking part will include: Rabab Ghazoul, Jennie Savage, Betina Skovbro, James Richards, Richard Powell, Kim Fielding, George Keane, Chris Collins, Aled Jenkins, Michael Cousin, Chris Brown, Clive Nolan, Emilie Collins, Marius Grainger, Shaun Featherstone, Jenny Jones, Heloise Godfrey, Marta Mendes, Jonathan Thomas, Kate Dumbleton and Cath Povey.

Planned workshops include sketching sessions, digital photography, book illustration, animation, textile workshops, ceramics, creative writing, circus tricks, knitting, ukulele workshops and for the more energetic among us - Argentine Tango dancing.

The Made in Roath Arts Festival 2010 runs from 15-17 October. For more information, or to get involved with the initiative, visit the Made in Roath website.


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