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CHRISTMAS WITH A TWIST | ART PREVIEW

CHRISTMAS WITH A TWIST | ART PREVIEW

Craft in the Bay, Cardiff Until Sun 7 Jan The Makers Guild in Wales is renowned for supporting and championing contemporary Welsh craft and nowhere is this more apparent than in their latest exhibition, Christmas with a Twist. As the title suggests, this is not the usual Christmas extravaganza but rather a more muted, if […]

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TENBY BOXING DAY SWIM | ROUND UP

TENBY BOXING DAY SWIM | ROUND UP

Swap leftovers for lengths this Boxing Day, joining hundreds who will brave the ice-cold conditions to swim across the shores of North Beach in Tenby for the 47th time, all in the name of charity. The legendary Tenby Boxing Day Swim is a key date on the festive calendar for locals and a source of […]

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MOLLY’S GAME | FILM PREVIEW

MOLLY’S GAME | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Aaron Sorkin (15 140 mins) A dazzlingly verbose script propels writer Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut. No stranger to dialogue after penning The West Wing, The Social Network and Steve Jobs, Sorkin finds a perfect actor to channel his complex, meaty scripts in Jessica Chastain. She plays Molly Bloom, an Olympic skier who, following an […]

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2018 PREVIEW | FILM FEATURE

2018 PREVIEW | FILM FEATURE

More superheroes, more Star Wars and more diversity, let’s hope that 2018 proves to have a bumper crop of celluloid…these should be movies to watch out for… THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro’s latest monster movie romance has been wowing festival crowds with Sally Hawkins superb as a loner stumbling upon a government experiment […]

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CLIMBING TREES | MUSIC FEATURE

CLIMBING TREES | MUSIC FEATURE

Since forming in 2011, the rise of countrified Pontypridd rock band Climbing Trees has been steady rather than meteoric, but it’s opened an impressive number of doors for them both locally and afar. As recently as October, for example, the four-piece travelled to New York to play their first three American gigs. “We played our […]

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WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME | STAGE PREVIEW

WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME | STAGE PREVIEW

It’s become a tradition for the Wales Millennium Centre to host a big production in December. Miss Saigon was the first large-scale musical to be staged at the then-newly-opened WMC back in 2005, now the new touring production premieres in Cardiff for the duration of December, and it’s sure to be a heart-rending showstopper, with its […]

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JUMANJI – WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE | FILM PREVIEW

JUMANJI – WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Jake Kasdan (12A 105 mins) A puzzlingly unnecessary retread of the 1995 family film starring Robin Williams about an enchanted boardgame, but this time with more Rock. Alas thanks to society moving forward, it’s not an enchanted boardgame, but an old videogame that embroils four teenagers in a jungle world. They are turned […]

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NASTIA | CLUBS PREVIEW

NASTIA | CLUBS PREVIEW

Delete @ The Vaults, Cardiff Bay Tue 26 Dec Boxing Day is, arguably, better than Christmas Day itself. Pubs and bars are open and public transport is running, for a start. You’re also not necessarily confined to the house, trumping your way through Only Fools And Horses and eating turkey sandwiches and falling out with relatives […]

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BALLET SEASON | STAGE PREVIEW

BALLET SEASON | STAGE PREVIEW

St David’s Hall, Cardiff Tues 19 Dec – Sun 31 Dec The Russian State Ballet of Siberia returns to St David’s Hall this December, to dazzle and delight audiences across another season of traditional ballet. For many, ballet season at St David’s Hall has become an integral part of their annual Christmas routine. Across two […]

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ADULT ALADDIN AFTER DARK | STAGE PREVIEW

ADULT ALADDIN AFTER DARK | STAGE PREVIEW

Pontardawe Arts Centre Fri 15 – Sat 16 Dec Just like pigs in blankets, Bucks Fizz for breakfast and the Dr Who special, a trip to the pantomime is a staple part of the festive period for children and adults alike, and this year the Pontardawe Arts Centre is taking a Christmas classic to a whole […]