As part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s forthcoming Connected Communities Festival in Cardiff, we would like to invite you to participate in a series of events exploring the creative power of people to improve health and well-being.
Banner Bright: Blood, Bread and the Butes
Tuesday 1st July, 11am (starting at Bute Park)
Banners have held an important place in Welsh history and, particularly in industrial areas, were seen as the embodiment of the spirit of community. Our project explores how communities can use the arts and humanities to represent themselves to those in power. Joining the communities of Ely and Caerau in Cardiff (who are involved in the CAER Heritage Project) we will showcase the work taking place in North Merthyr through a banner march on 1st July, starting at 11am at Bute Park.
Join us on an explosion of song, dance, history and banners as we march down the Taff Trail to Cardiff Bay with our mobile exhibition of banners, old and new. Hear community-created songs, composed by groups we are working with, and learn about the history of dissent in South Wales communities. Watch or march with us as we fly our newly created community banners alongside those flown in the past during times of unrest.
11am – We begin at Bute Park, near the entrance to Cardiff Castle (you won’t miss us!). We will march down the Taff Trail to Cardiff Bay, circling the St David’s Hotel if we have time, before arriving at the Senedd, the home of the National Assembly for Wales.
1pm – After a warm-up and lunch in the Bay, some of our community groups will be performing at the Wales Millennium Centre on the Glanfa stage. This is a public space and the event will be free and unticketed.
1.45pm – We will mark the end of the performance by linking to our work in the very community in which the conference takes place: Butetown. Hear about the activities we have planned for the evening of 1st July.
2nd July one-day exhibition: Solidarity in Community
Venue: Pierhead, Cardiff Bay
11am – 4pm
This exhibition will bring together replica banners used by communities in South Wales through history, with those made by communities we have been working with in Representing Communities. We will also be exhibiting Straeon, a storytelling project with a primary school in North Merthyr which showcases the talents and creative potential of young people living in the area. Join us to learn about banners in the history of South Wales’ industrial past, and celebrate contemporary representations of community.
A Journey So Far … Remembering the Caribbean in Butetown, Past and Present
Tuesday 1st July, 7pm – 10:30
Portland House, 113 – 116 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay
One thing that marks Wales as different from other parts of the UK is the very visible and long-established presence of people of colour in what is now its capital city, Cardiff. Of particular importance is the area of Butetown. The Representing ‘Butetown’ case study is allowing us to explore representations of Butetown held by those with emotional ties to the area, with a particular focus on the views, experiences and lives of Caribbean elders.
In partnership with the National Theatre Wales (NTW), we are inviting those attending the Connected Communities Festival to participate in the first of several events taking place in Cardiff that will use the arts (performance, visual art and story-telling) to focus on:
• The lives of Caribbean elders in Cardiff
• Community representations
• Capturing experiences, memories and stories
• Shaping how members of these communities want to be remembered and represented.
This evening of performance, reminiscing and sharing will be based on the NTW Assembly model, rooted in a performance debate that responds to a local issue in a creative setting. The Assembly will allow for critical reflection on the challenges and opportunities for using creative art forms as modes of communication, evidence and knowledge exchange, and the dynamics of academics, artists and communities working together to explore existing and hidden representations.
A light buffet will be served. Spaces are limited for this highly participative event. You will be expected to take part! You can register here:
** tickets for local community groups and individuals are being sold separately.
Representing Communities: Developing the creative power of people to improve health and well-being is a three-year project looking at how the arts and humanities can be used as forms of expression and representation in communities across the UK. How can we enable communities to speak about their lives, histories, experiences, health and well-being through the arts? There are five case studies: two in Scotland (Glasgow and Cromarty), one in Birmingham and two in Wales (North Merthyr and Butetown).