Get Creative: What’s happening in Cardiff?

Filmed and edited by Li Jiarui

Do you want to get creative? The UK’s largest celebration of arts and creativity is back this year with a wider variety of activities. Join me to find out what is happening in Get Creative Festival in Cardiff.

From 17th March to 25th March, hundreds of organisations all over the country host events, activities or workshops to encourage people try something new and creative and celebrate all the aspects of creativity.

According to study by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker and UCL senior researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt, creative activities can boost people’s mood and mental wellbeing.

Experiments have shown how singing can reduce symptoms of postnatal depression in new mothers, how going to museums can help people to overcome addiction, and how learning magic tricks can build confidence and wellbeing in young children with disabilities. – BBC ARTS

So, what events are going on this week in Cardiff?

17th, March

Children enjoyed crafts workshop at Grange Pavilion on 17th and 18th, March
Photo by CNP

Over the weekend, Theatr Iolo was at Grange Garden, providing children with an atmosphere of storytelling. This week, Theatr Iolo creative practitioners will help students from schools in Cardiff to cultivate their storytelling and creative skills.

18th, March

St Anne’s Orchestra held a spring concert at St. Margaret’s Church on 18th, March
Photo by CNP

Dan Allen from St Anne’s Orchestra said: ‘Get Creative Festival is all about people being able to participate in the arts so we decided to get involved into this idea. Lots of musicians playing tonight are our orchestra’s core members but we’ve got quite a few people who just come along and rehearse with us today so that they’d be able to get involved and get creative and perform with us.’

19th, March


Forget-me-not Chorus is a charity supporting people with dementia and every week, the chorus rehearses in Cardiff North, South & Vale and Newport. On 19th March, a choirs was held at Thornhill Church Centre, being part of Get Creative Festival.

Kate Woolveridge is the artist director.

21st, March

A drawing workshop in St. Davids, Pembrokeshire on 21st, March.
Photo by Peter Pickford

On Wednesday, Voluntary Arts Wales and Coast Lines delivered a drawing workshop and launched its Drawn Together project in St. Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Gareth Coles, director of Voluntary Art Wales, said: “We have commissioned a number of artists to deliver a series of drawing workshops regionally across Wales. We’re using the opportunity of Get Creative Festival and raise awareness of the project and the opportunity for people to get involved.”

The aim of this project is to get as many people as possible involved into taking part in drawing and representing Wales. Together, not only will all these drawings be included in sketchbooks and leaflets and be displayed in the National Museum Wales in October, but also they will form a new visual map of Wales, which will be available online.

On Friday, artists will deliver another art workshop in Llangollen.

22nd, March

On 22nd March, Hanaa is drawing a painting for her daughter’s birthday present.
Photo by CNP

Here at Art2Heart workshop at Inroads, people are painting, drawing, talking openly about life and sharing stories.

Ray Dos Santos, the founder of Art2Heart workshop, said: “When I firstly set up the workshop, what I wanted to try to do was to create an environment that was free of judgement and free of thread. People could just come here, relax and do what they want to do without worrying about what they spoke about. Art2Heart means that people could express or share certain emotional concerns with others and get positive feedbacks without judgement.”

Hanaa is one of the participants. She talked about how therapeutic painting and drawing is, physically and mentally, and how being creative makes her happy and build confidence. “This is the only thing I am enjoying now and I’m loving it and I don’t think I will ever stop it.”

24th, March

Artworks produced by people who took part in a pottery workshop held at Makers Wales on 24th March.
Photo by CNP

The event was organised by the Crafts Council as a part of the UK’s ‘heyclay’ initiative to introduce people to working with clay.

Paul Taylor is a ceramic artist. At the workshop on Saturday, he introduced the techniques he uses to people and show them how to produce their own pieces.

He talks about how creative activities give people the opportunity to focus on creating something and forget about everything else.

 

All the events are listed on an interactive map run by Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council England and Voluntary Arts and so far, more than 1400 events were added to the map.

Why not take part in the event taking place near you and get creative today?

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