Back for its fourth year, Made In Roath Arts Festival has made a return with the promise of more exciting projects than ever (until Sat 21 Oct).The festival aims to take the art out of the gallery and into the local community, allowing access to a larger audience. Made In Roath offers residents and visitors an opportunity to engage in the arts through exhibitions, workshops and performances.
Direct from Broadway, American Idiot will be showing in the Wales Millennium Centre this week (Mon 15-Sat 20 Oct, times and tickets vary). Based on Green Day’s ever popular and multi-platinum album, American Idiot will feature some of the most popular hits along with an emotional performance of a difficult journey shared by three friends in an attempt to follow their dreams.
25 years ago Kevin Bloody Wilson came to the shores of the UK, bringing with him his unique brand of Aussie humour. He is now visiting St David’s Hall (Tue 16 Oct, 8pm, tickets vary) as a part of his final ‘Cop U Later’ tour across the UK and Ireland. Accompanying Wilson is special guest and daughter Jenny Talia.
If you’re feeling a bit wild, the National Museum Cardiff is holding an exhibition with a difference this week (Tue 16-Sat 20 Oct, 10am-5pm, admission: free). The Wolf Inside exhibition goes into detail to explain more about the ancestors of your pet dog. A Hollywood style walk of fame has also been created in the gallery to give the National Museum staff’s pooches a while in the spotlight. You’d be barking mad to miss it…
The Riverfront Theatre, Newport, is playing host this week to a brand new adaptation of the marvellous Dr Faustus created by Scene Productions (Wed 17 Oct, 7.30pm, tickets: £12/£10). Faustus sells his soul to the devil in an attempt to quench his thirst for knowledge and power, the stage becomes a gateway for otherworldly beings and the dark tale is told with great imagination.
St David’s Hall is celebrating its 30th birthday on Friday with a performance from Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, with a programme of ‘classics for all’ (Fri 19 Oct, 7.30pm, tickets: prices vary).
Cardiff Central Library will be holding a family fun day as a continuation of their Black History Month celebration (Sat 20 Oct, 12-6pm, admission: free). There are activities to interest the entire family, including storytelling, hair braiding, drumming and mask making!
The sound of thundering drums will no doubt be heard throughout Newport City Centre this Saturday night as the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers are due to perform at the Riverfront Theatre (Sat 21 Oct, 7.30pm, tickets: £18/£14). ‘Mugenkyo’ literally means limitless reverberation, so prepare for a night without musical boundaries.
Bringing some style to South Wales, the Cardiff Vintage Fashion Fayre will be held in Cardiff City Hall this weekend (Sun 21 Oct, 10am-4.30pm, admission: free). Vintage fashion dealers from all over the country will bring the best of vintage right to the heart of Cardiff including a small number of antique dealers and a French shabby chic specialist.
Ross Noble, master in spontaneous comedy will be performing at the Wales Millennium Centre as part of his Mindblender tour (Sat 21 Oct, 8pm, tickets: £25). The Geordie stand-up has been performing since the age of 15 and has continued to grow in popularity ever since. He is now considered one of Britain’s top and most original comedians. He returns to Wales again on Wed 28 Nov for another tour date in Swansea Grand Theatre.