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Connected Communities Festival 2014

Tuesday 1st July and Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Main venues - St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay (opens in new window), and Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (opens in new window)


The Connected Communities Festival is free and open to the public; the two-day Festival will comprise a mix of performances, exhibition stands, talks, music events, bazaars, workshops, film screenings, games, discussions, walks, digital activities, pop-up events and much more.

Activities include:

  • Be an archaeologist for the day, get your hands muddy and uncover artefacts in a trench at the St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay from 10.00 till 4.30 on Tuesday 1 July and 9.00 till 3.30 on Wednesday 2 July

  • Take a shuttle bus from St. David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay to the open archaeological site at the Caerau Iron Age hill fort and hear from the researchers about the things they have uncovered. Bus start time to be confirmed, they will be leaving every 40 minutes

  • Listen to the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke at a poetry reading on Wednesday 2 July from 3.45 to 4.45 at the St. David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay

  • Bring along your World War One memorabilia - medals, photos, letters, coins, antiques, maps, clothing, jewellery, publications and anything else associated with the First World War. Academic experts will be on hand to explain their context and significance and CultureNet Cymru will digitise the objects and artefacts (with the owners’ permission). Arrive between 10.00 and 15.30 at the Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday 1 July

  • Join a procession of banners celebrating the industrial history of Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil and South Wales. Starting at Bute Park to Cardiff Millennium Centre  from 11.30 till 13.15

  • Pop up Community News Cafés at both St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay (opens in new window), and Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (opens in new window), hosted by community journalists, where debates and discussions will take place

  • Attend a free gig to celebrate the DIY music scene in South Wales and the South West, hear live performances from Trust Fund (opens in a new window), Totem Terrors (opens in a new window), The Jelas (opens in a new window) and Gwenno (opens in a new window) at the Clwb lfor Bach (opens in a new window).

Two main venues will host these and many other events, with other fringe venues such as the Norwegian Church (opens in a new window), the Pierhead and Butetown Arts Centre also being used. Travel between venues will be available.

Connected Communities Festival Programme in English (PDF 809KB, opens in new window).

Connected Communities Festival Programme in Welsh (PDF 835KB, opens in new window).

If you would like to attend breakout sessions at the Festival, please register now (opens in new window), contact the Connected Communities Festival Event desk on 01275 390624 or email ahrc@inanyevent-uk.com.

Numbers are limited, so please make sure you register for your place early.