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National Youth Arts Wales comes to Valleys Kids

Valleys Kids is welcoming National Youth Theatre of Wales (NYTW) to work with young people (14+ years) at its home at SOAR in Penygraig over two days this summer!  You’ll be introduced to physical theatre and theatre-making, using skills and techniques developed by international physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly.

Jess Williams will lead the workshops, which will be energetic, dynamic and FUN. Jess recently performed in the UK and USA tours of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time, and she worked on the National Youth Theatre of Wales production, dead born grow.  Jain Boon works regularly with NYTW. She’ll guide you through story-telling and theatre-making using the physical skills taught by Jess. Whether you’ve applied to join NYTW in the past or you’re thinking of applying in the future, Jain will give you a taste of what we’re about and what you could expect of future
courses and residencies with NYTW!
Whether you’ve done a lot of drama, theatre or performance – or just a little and you’re keen to do more! – these workshops are a great opportunity to expand your skills, and get involved with NYTW!

Jess and Jain are looking forward to meeting and working with you.
Who: young people (14+ years)
When: 24 and 25 August 2017 (4pm – 8pm)
Where: SOAR, Penygraig, RCT
Cost: FREE

Places are limited and must be booked in advance with Valleys Kids Gemma@valleyskids.org 01443303032

Further details will be sent once you have booked your place.

ArtWorks are proud to be working with our partners NYAW, Avant Cymru and Afon Dance.  Look forward to seeing you there

ArtWorks, Valleys Kids presents Stranger in Paradise

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Thursday 21st September 6.30pm – Soar Centre, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ

In a classroom newly arrived refugees learn about multifarious Europe. Operating at the intersection of fiction and documentary, Stranger in Paradise reflects on the power relations between Europeans and migrants in a candid fashion.

In a classroom in Sicily, just inside the walls of Fortress Europe, recently arrived refugees receive lessons from a teacher (Valentijn Dhaenens) who has some rather unbalanced traits. One moment he mercilessly rejects the refugees – the next, mollifyingly, he embraces them. Operating at the intersection of documentary and fiction, Stranger in Paradise investigates the power relations between Europe and refugees. Europe is represented by a teacher who drags his class of refugees down into his despair. A plea that borders on the immoral; a welcome charged with a guilt complex; and the compromise between these, made policy: Stranger in Paradise is an unflinching film essay on the mechanisms through which Europe tackles the refugees’ desire for happiness.

From the Director

“I tried to look down on the Earth from above. Contemplatively, and far removed from moral judgements. It started in May 2013, with a visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa. There, I met some of the migrants who have landed up there, their hopeful dreams for the future seeming to clash with a Europe that has little to offer them. I was struck by the power relations: how those with happiness treat the desire for happiness in others.

The contours for this film that formed them have changed little since. I wanted to make the power relationship I observed from a distance (and then later, during the research phase, up close) not so much visible, as feelable.”

Guido Hendrikx, Amsterdam, November 2016

Crossings: Stories of Migration is an ICA-led UK-wide film and events programme supported by the BFI using National Lottery funding and in partnership with the Goethe-Institute and the School of Film & Television, Falmouth University.

For all the films available please visit Crossings2017.co.uk

Trailer:

Valleys Cinema (Crossings) Fire at Sea

Friday 4th August – Soar Centre 6.30pm

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Crossings: Stories of Migration is an ICA-led UK-wide film and events programme supported by the BFI using National Lottery funding and in partnership with the Goethe-Institute and the School of Film & Television, Falmouth University.

We live in an age of migration. Driven by political and military conflicts, the pressures and possibilities of increasingly globalised economies, climate change and the desire for a better life, more people than ever now move and live across borders. These are diverse trajectories; each journey has its own story and each story its own journey, traversing different landscapes and carrying with it its own past.

Through a programme of screenings and events, Crossings: Stories of Migration explores the stories of modern-day migration and reflects on cinema’s potential to interrogate the damaging ways in which it is often framed. Including a variety of documentary and fiction features, the programme engages with transnational crossings from the last five decades through different forms of aesthetically-innovative storytelling.

Crossings: Stories of Migration brings together leading commentators, critics and contributors from across various cultural and political contexts to create a rigorous yet diverse platform for discussion to explore migration from both global and local perspectives. Engaging with ethical and political questions raised by representing these narratives on screen, the season aims to open a space for dialogue at a time when this is more urgent than ever.

For all the films available please visit Crossings2017.co.uk

 ArtWorks have been working with the ICA and the Goethe Institute to bring the film ‘Fire at Sea’ to a brand new audience.

Samuele is 12 years old and lives on an island in the middle of the sea. He goes to school, loves shooting his slingshot and going hunting. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women and children who try to cross it to get to his island. But his is not an island like the others – its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last 20 years in search of freedom.

Trailer:

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Swarm comes to the Factory

ArtWorks and Valleys Kids are excited to be hosting the Fio team and their show Swarm in the Factory Venue on Friday 28th July at 7pm.

Fio will be working with ArtWorks Penygraig Drama Workshop and local community groups to bring the production to life in the heart of the Rhondda Valleys.

Swarm has already been performed in Bute Town in Cardiff, The Gurnos in Merthyr and then lastly The Congress Theatre in Cwmbran.  In each community they have been intergrated into existing comminty groups mixing in adult and other community groups to create a community cast.  They show has been really successful and we can’t wait to be part of it.

If you would like to take part in the show you can contact us on 01443 303032 or you can get in touch with the Fio team on +44 (0)7817 132 754.

“Wales is at civil war – what does this mean for you? Where is the safest place for you to be?
Anyone can become a refugee – what if it happened to you?

Swarm is a brand new immersive theatre experience, giving the audience a chance to feel what it could be like if they were put in the shoes of a refugee. Working with a professional and community cast, this is a unique production unlike anything else you may have seen.”

Supported by the Big Lottery, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and ArtWorks Valleys Kids.

www.wearefio.co.uk/swarm
@wearefio

Swarm will be performed on Friday 28th July at 7pm in the Factory.  Tickets are available here… https://fio.yapsody.com/event/book/111541/452086

Trebanog Project launches monthly community meal

FEAST NIGHT!

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We’ve done loads of cooking at the Trebanog Project and we’re going to be doing a lot more! We want to invite you to the launch of our monthly community meal at the school.

5.00pm -6.00pm

Thursday 23rd February at

Rhiwgarn Infants School

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Open to all!

Including families, kids & adults

All welcome & All free!

It’s a feast!

FACEBOOK @trebanogproject

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contact: itsartbut@artesmundi.org

www.itsartbutitsnot.com

 

NOSON O WLEDD!

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Buon yn coginio llawer ym mhrosiect Trebanog ac yr ydym yn mynd i wneud llawer mwy! Gwahoddir chwi i lansiad ein pryd o fwyd misol cymunedol yn yr ysgol.

5.00 – 6.00 y.h.

Dydd Iau 23fed. Chwefror yn

Ysgol Babanod Rhiwgarn

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Agored i bawb!

Gan gynnwys teuluoedd, plant ac oedolion.

Croeso cynnes i bawb, yn rhad ac am ddim.

FACEBOOK @trebanogproject

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contact: itsartbut@artesmundi.org

 www.itsartbutitsnot.com

 

 

ArtWorks Valleys Cinema presents the ‘BFG’

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Monday 12th December, 5pm, Soar Centre, Penygraig.

Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Elizabeth to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

Join us for our last event of the season which is certain to leave you feeling all warm and Christmassy.