There is now are fantastic new Arts space within the town centre. Here is the programme of events pop along and show your support for the centre

Date


Event

11th May

7.30pm 

Artist Gathering

Artist Gatherings are regular free events held throughout the year for artists and creatives from Bridgend and beyond to come together, share ideas, network, collaborate, vision and debate.

Evenings will be relaxed and informal with a range of creative activities facilitated by a different local artist each month. All welcome!

FREE

26th May

7.30pm 

BARA/Bread -  A new play by Carmen Medway-Stephens

There is a village that is dying. The shops are closing. The Post Office is about to go. The young can’t afford to live there. A big supermarket has killed their community by opening close enough but too far too walk to.  Even the bus now circumnavigates the village. There we find a woman who wants to return to back to real cooking- ‘baking’.  Instead of a book club the bread club is started.

In a search to find the secret of the ‘mother dough,’ the community reaches out to the shepherdess, a recluse, on top of the mountain, who is thought to have kept a secret mother dough for one hundred years...but will she share it?

Join us for a drama that will nourish you with the delicious smells of baking bread and remind of us of how communities sustained themselves with homemade food before the advent of commercial supermarkets.

Tickets: £8 / £6 Concessions 

18th June

7.30pm

 

Poetry & Spoken Word Evening - Penned on the Bont

Come and join us for an evening of poetry and spoken word that celebrates writers from Bridgend and beyond, hosted by local award-winning poet Rhian Edwards. There will be a short open-mic at each event.

Tracey Rhys

Tracey is a poet, artist, copywriter and proofreader. Her poetry has been performed as a libretto in Chapter and exhibited in art and word exhibitions at venues including Butetown History and Art Centre and The Senedd. This year, her poetry will feature in a new play by Winterlight Theatre on the subject of Autism.  She lives in Bridgend with her husband and two children, the eldest of whom is on the Autistic Spectrum.

Damian Walford Davies

Damian Walford Davies is a poet, writer and librettist. He is the author of three Seren collections -- Suit of Lights (2009), Witch (2012) and Judas (2015), together with the pamphlet Alabaster Girls (Rack Press, 2015) and the co-written volume, Whiteout (Parthian, 2006). He is Head of the School of English, Communication & Philosophy at Cardiff University, where he specialises in Romanticism, the two literatures of Wales, and Creative Writing.

Tickets: £4

19th June

7.30pm 

 Jazz Concert - Hot Club Gallois

Hot Club Gallois are a Welsh group inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Their music evokes the style and elegance of 1930's Paris and draws on the passion and romance of the gypsy Jazz tradition. Their repertoire includes classic Jazz standards, profound ballads, swaying bossas and traditional gypsy waltzes and boleros. 

Since their formation the band have played all over the British Isles, thrilling audiences with an irresistible mix of beautiful melodies and dynamic rhythms. Notable performances include: Welsh Proms, Brecon Jazz Festival, Le Quecumbar Jazz Club (London), Upton Jazz Festival and Swansea International Jazz Festival.

"A real treat...Entrancing music - Joie de vivre in spades." Buzz Magazine

Tickets: £6

30th June

7.30pm

Scratch Night - Visual Arts

Scratch nights are an opportunity for local artists to present brand new work in progress. It is an opportunity to try things out and get feedback to help you move the work forward. We hope to create a friendly, supportive environment for all of our artists which is based on a spirit of collaboration and sharing. Sharings are limited to ten minutes. Even if you don’t want to share anything, everyone is welcome to come and watch!

Visual Arts/Celfyddydau Gweledol: Are you a budding or established visual artist with a new idea you want to share? Then this night is for you! Bring along your sketchbook or work in its initial phases and present it to other artists as a sounding board. All mediums and levels are welcome. Please contact Abi if you would like to share some new work abi_hulatt@hotmail.com 

Saturday 4th July

11am

Midsummer Stories & Songs
Children's Theatre

Details TBC

Every Monday & Wednesday 

7-9pm

Life Drawing
Drawing from the figure is a classic, traditional skill and these tutored life drawing classes are ideal for those wanting to learn and improve, build a portfolio or for beginners who would like to just have a go.

Suitable for all skill levels.

Tutor: Christine Lloyd
Cost: £6.50 per session

For further information or to book please contact Leanne Edwards, Arts Project Manager on 01656 815757 (between 9am-1pm) or email leanne.edwards1@bridgend.gov.uk

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