10 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK | MON 7 – SUN 13 AUGUST
Women* In Cardiff Music Week – Mon 7 – Fri 11 August
This week of free gigs run by the Creative Republic of Cardiff will launch their initiative of getting more women into the city’s music scene. Located in Womanby Street and The (Full) Moon Club all week, featuring CHROMA, Oh Peas, and many more local welsh language artists, such as newbies CADNO, whose latest single was named BBC Radio Cymru’s Track of the Week.
Film Course – Tue 8 – Sat 12 August
Chapter’s film course for 9-14 year olds is an immersive 5 day workshop to learn about the art of cinema, where the children will lean to create their own unique film experience. The course works towards a Saturday performance designed by the participants.
RSC Live: Titus Andronicus – Wed 9 August
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance of the classic play, broadcasted live from Stratford upon Avon to Barry’s Memo Arts Centre. A gory revenge tragedy dotted with murders and questions of the nature of life as human beings in society. (Also showing in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff)
Maes B – Wed 9 – Sat 12 August
Think Eisteddfod for the cool nocturnal youth. Recent winner of Best Live Event and Best Promoter at the Selar Music Awards, Maes B is one of the best Welsh language events to attend this summer with late night sets from some of the biggest bands in Welsh language music. Located on the outskirts of Bodedern within walking distance of the main Eisteddfod site, Maes B is perfect to send your teenagers for a few days of debauchery.
Speed Dating – Wed 9 August
If you’re on the lookout for love, this evening of speed dating could change up your routine in the single world. Meet up to 20 people for 4-5 minutes each, perfect for you busy city dwellers with no time to spare. Held at the stylish Missoula bar on St Mary’s Street, this fun evening is a great way to find your soul mate.
Solarsphere – Fri 11 – Sunday 13 August
Solarsphere is a not-for-profit festival of the astronomical combined with the musical, all about space education in the relaxed environment of the awe-inspiring Welsh countryside. A selection of live music and workshops take place throughout the weekend, observing the solar system and our dark skies at night, weather permitting!
Cardigan River & Food Festival – Sat 12 August
Yet another food festival! Wales can’t seem to have enough of them, and Cardigan’s offering seems to be just as much in league with the other contestants for the attention of your belly and wallet. Every year it attracts thousands, and now in its 19th year the festival still celebrates quality local produce from vendors who truly care about their food.
Burning Lantern Fayre – Sat 12 August
A small festival in the grounds of St Fagans, Burning Lantern will celebrate Welsh culture in all its historical glory with two live music stages featuring renowned acts Tom Odell, Jack Savoretti and more, workshops for the little ones, and craft ales for the older ones.
Perseid Meteor Shower – Sat 12 August
A light show like no other is expected to be at its peak this Saturday, with anticipated viewings of around 60-100 shooting stars an hour. Head to high vantage points away from the light pollution of cities. The best views are seen in total darkness in a north-easterly direction.
Classic Car Rally – Sun 13 August
View a huge selection of classic cars up close and inside as the Glamorgan Classic Car Club bring their prize possessions to the Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay. Including four cars from the classic film Mr Nice, as well as 1970s ‘Chips’ style motorbikes, a family Sunday out for motor enthusiasts.
words HELEN PAYNE