#towerlives: Butetown's festival of storytelling

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#towerlives is a week-long festival of storytelling and music, on air and on the ground, around the council estate tower blocks of Butetown in Cardiff.

It is Butetown but could be Tottenham or Easterhouse - areas that are often talked about but rarely heard from.

The aim is to give a platform to voices within the community.

BBC Wales, 1XTRA, Radio 2 and News Online are collaborating all week with documentaries, news reports, features, comedy, spoken word and music.

To catch up on any of the coverage you may miss, we will be posting updates as and when they are published and broadcast across the BBC.

You can also get involved on social media #towerlives.

Betty Campbell MBE, who grew up in Tiger Bay and went on to become Wales' first black head teacher.

As a young black girl in post-war Britain, the road to realising a childhood dream and inspire self belief in a disinherited community was far from easy.

To listen to Mrs Campbell on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show click here and move the time bar to 01:34:00

Tony Paris was living in the tower blocks in 1988 when he was arrested for the brutal murder of Lynette White which led to one of the UK's most infamous miscarriages of justice

An interview with Mr Paris was broadcast on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show. To hear the full interview broadcast on his show on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, click here and move the time bar to 01:31:12

A shorter clip can be found here where Mr Paris describes hearing his father had died while still in jail

#towerlives: Butetown storytelling week

Dilemmas of a Hijabi girl

Haifa Shamsan is a fashion designer and blogger from Butetown in Wales. She also happens to be a proud Muslim, and wears a hijab. No big deal, right? Or is it? Her headwear still seems to confuse some people, and she has to negotiate a few personal dilemmas like double chins and postmen along the way too.

BBC 1Xtra: Charlie Sloth live from Butetown

BBC 1Xtra: DJ Target live from Butetown on Sunday

BBC 1Xtra: Mim Shaik explores Butetown through the eyes of Tiger Bay FC on Sunday

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Media captionFormer wheelchair sprinter Julie Hamzah is 'still fighting'

Former shot putter and wheelchair sprinter, Julie Hamzah from Butetown, Cardiff, has faced setback after setback; mishap after misfortune; bad news and bad luck.

But she is still going, still fighting - she never gives up. Here the full interview on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show here and go to 01:37:00

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Media captionButetown no longer has a rugby club

Rugby players from Butetown, Cardiff, are few and far between in today's game amid claims the colour of people's skin prevented them from being picked to play for Wales in the 1950s and 60s.

Some in the area believe the talent is out there and more needs to be done to take advantage of it

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Media captionZack Ahmed explores what could be done to help more people in Butetown to find work

For many people in Butetown one of the most pressing issues is finding work as unemployment is double the Welsh average.

Is Butetown's postcode a 'barrier to work' as some suggest?

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Media captionTheatre maker Gavin Porter: 'Beauty among the concrete'

Theatre maker Gavin Porter looks to the future and discusses what could happen to tower block estates like Butetown where he was born and raised.

#towerlives: 'Beauty among the concrete'

High fashion Hijabi: Haifa Shamsan is part of the rapidly growing Muslim fashion industry and has set her sights on the big time

Is it? Cardiff comedian Leroy Brito explores a curious dialect widely spoken in the streets of Butetown

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Image caption Children from Tiger Bay enjoying a drink at a day of tea and games sponsored by the Colonial Defence Association

Tiger in the tower: The extraordinary events that led to their construction, a history of fortunes - both financial and social - made and lost

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Media captionTwo residents of the old Loudoun Square on moving into the tower blocks

After Tiger Bay was razed the council estate tower blocks and low-rise flats were built in its place.

Here Miriam Salah (left) and Antonia Correa (right) both of whom lived on the original Loudoun Square, react to their new homes.

The singer is Clara (Mingo) Graham of Sophia Street. Her father was well known as the 'Bengal Tiger' who featured in the 1930s film Sanders of the River.

A look back at the Butetown Carnival which was first staged in the 1960s. It stopped in 1998 but made a come back in 2014