October 23, 2019

The Future of English Cricket DCMS Committee Evidence Session

Today’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing focused on the ‘future of English cricket’. It was an interesting and wide ranging evidence session focusing on how the recent success of the men’s and women’s cricket teams can be built on in future years. Topics included free to air TV, the ECB’s new competition ‘the Hundred’, participation and equal pay …

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August 16, 2019

Visit to Green Man Festival Site

Today, the globally known annual Green Man festival starts near Crickhowell in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. I recently met Fiona Stewart, the driving force behind Green Man, and after a conversation about our shared interests in music, festivals, art and culture and why we want to promote what we do in Wales much more effectively, Fiona invited me …

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December 12, 2018

Save Gwdihw and Guildford Crescent

I was deeply disappointed to hear that Gwdihw has been unable to renew their lease with their landlord and is currently expected to close in January. Gwdihw has cemented itself as a key part of Cardiff’s diverse live music scene – proving to be a platform for up and coming artists and a space for a unique and diverse range …

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October 23, 2018

Made in Roath 2018

Made in Roath is a highlight of the annual calendar, a festival of art and creativity in all its forms. This year was no exception, seeing hundreds of artists taking part right across the Roath area, opening their studios, exhibiting in shops and in public spaces, and creating experiences for the local community. I spent some time checking out a …

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October 23, 2018

Visit to Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Cardiff Central is very privileged to be home to the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. The college, based on the edge of Bute Park, trains hundreds of students every year in performing arts disciplines including music, acting, design and management. I visited the college to meet new Principal Prof Helena Gaunt, along with a number of senior staff …

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August 31, 2018

NoFit State Circus

I visited NoFit State Circus this summer for a tour of their building in Adamsdown and to find out more about the company with Executive Director Alison Woods and Bethan Touhig-Gamble, Head of Development. The building is a converted former chapel – as there aren’t many other types of buildings which offer the height that circus performers need. The main …

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