London 2012: Olympic cultural events in Caernarfon and Ebbw Vale

Tristan Jones, Caenarfon Castle custodian, said it had brought the whole community together

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Young people in Caernarfon have kicked off a month of artistic celebrations at the Gwynedd town's historic castle as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

The event, called Cipio'r Castell, demonstrated what the fortress meant to them and saw hundreds join a procession from Castle Square to the castle.

It is one of a number of events being held ahead of the Olympics.

In Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, a plane converted to an art space for the London 2012 Festival, also arrived.

It formed part of a nocturnal Ghost Parade on Sunday evening to mark 10 years since the closure of the steelworks in the town.

In Caernarfon, visitors to the castle will be offered a glimpse of unique artworks arranged around the site over the next month.

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This is a community project which engages young people from Arfon and Mon in a colourful programme of arts activity”

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Young people in the town have been working with local artists to develop the pieces of artwork, which include an exhibition of graffiti, sound installations, kaleidoscopes, tepees, animation and film.

Cipio'r Castell is one of eight Couldrons & Furnaces, which celebrate Welsh history at a series of events at castles, palaces and industrial sites in the build-up to the Olympics.

About 17,000 young people and artists are taking part in the performances as part of the Cultural Olympiad at sites run by Cadw, the Welsh government's historic environment service until 17 July.

Gwawr Wyn Roberts, Gwynedd council's community arts development officer, who is supporting the Cauldrons & Furnaces project, said: "This is a community project which engages young people from Arfon and Mon in a colourful programme of arts activity.

"Many different groups including the Youth Justice Service, local schools and community organisations have been working under the guidance of professional artists to deliver this exciting and innovative celebration of our heritage."

London 2012 - One extraordinary year

London 2012 One extraordinary year graphic

Meanwhile, in Ebbw Vale, the parade took place at dusk and retraced the route steelworkers marched ten years ago when the works closed.

The transformed DC09 aeroplane was towed along the route of the parade from Ebbw Vale leisure centre to the General Offices at The Works.

The Adain Avion, which comes from the wreck of an abandoned aeroplane in Spain, has been created by Welsh artist Marc Rees, who won the £230,000 commission for Wales which is being funded by organisations including the Welsh government and Blaenau Gwent council.

As well as visiting Ebbw Vale, the wingless plane has stopped at Swansea and will also head to Llandudno and the National Eisteddfod at Llandow.

An archive containing material from all the events will then be kept in Adain Avion's black box at the National History Museum in Cardiff.

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