Arts and culture in Roath and Cathays
One of the great things about living in Cardiff is that is has all the benefits of a capital city, while still keeping that friendly, small-city feel. Nowhere is this truer than Cardiff's arts scene, which even in the face of cuts, just seems to get better every year.
Made in Roath – starts this weekend!
This weekend sees the return of Made in Roath, a local arts festival that aims to “take art out of the gallery and into the wider community”. If you’re a student in Cardiff, this is a great opportunity to get stuck in to the local arts scene, and to discover the local community.
Running from Friday 12th to Sunday 21st October, there are a whole bunch of events happening all around Roath, from parks and shops, to schools and streets. From art exhibitions, to music and performance, workshops and open houses, there are literally dozens of events taking place over the 10 days. Download the full programme of events to see what takes your interest!
Key locations include the G39 gallery on Oxford Street (just off the bottom of City Road), Inkspot Arts & Crafts Centre on Newport Road, Milgi Lounge on City Road, Milkwood Gallery on Lochaber Street near Roath Park, and The Gate Arts Centre on Keppoch Street near Albany and City Roads.
Cardiff arts throughout the year
Made in Roath is an annual event, but arts take place at these venues, and many more, all around the year. Take The Gate for example. For most students, it’s the nearest arts centre in Cardiff, in easy walking distance of the university, compared to Chapter and the Wales Millennium Centre, which are a bit further out of studentville (though well worth a visit). Run as a charity with a Christian ethos and welcoming of everyone, it has the full range of theatre, music, exhibitions, discussion groups and so on, right on your doorstep.
So whatever you’re into, if you’re a student in Cardiff, then there’s loads going on to discover and get involved with. There are loads of arty student societies, of course- student theatre company Act One puts on plenty of performances throughout the year, with shows at The Gate, Chapter and Cardiff YMCA.
Also handy is the new and improved Sherman Cymru Theatre, right next door to the Students’ Union. Recently revamped, it has a great programme of events, and has lots of opportunities for writers to develop their work through its Scriptslam and Young Writers’ Course projects.
The National Museum Cardiff is another great place for culture vultures to go and hang out. It has an amazing collection of impressionist art – if you want to get a look at the art of Cézanne, Renoir or Monet, it’s just down the road, and entry is completely free. There are also loads of other really cool exhibitions, from archaeology of Wales through to a mechanical mammoth model!
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