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Last week we celebrated Imbolc, halfway between Midwinter and the Spring Equinox. The good earth is warming up. Life is beginning to stir. Time to step forward into 2017....
This year sees a big leap for Cae Mabon. In October 2016 we ceremonially brought the Spirit of Mabon to…
UPDATE: Shiromini has now been released!
A plea from Hywel Williams MP for Arfon:
''My constituent Shiromini faces imminent deportation. She's weeks away from graduating from @BangorUni.''
Mae Sri Lanka yn parhau i fod yn le peryglus iawn a tydi Shiromini heb gael unrhyw gysylltiad gwirioneddol gyda'r wlad ers iddi fod yn blentyn. Mae ei halltudiaeth ar fin…read more
The Night & Day in Manchester has received support from the likes of Guy Garvey and Johnny Marr.
Manchester gig venue Night & Day, which has hosted the likes of Elbow and the Arctic Monkeys over the last 23 years, is under threat after a noise complaint. With similar disputes erupting across the UK, venues are lobbying for a…read more
The plan is to build a 75-acre solar park which has been approved by town councillors and would give an alternative to turbines
A solar farm has been proposed for Caernarfon
A £15M solar park on a Gwynedd farm would be “a massive contribution” to renewable energy and an alternative to wind turbines, say developers.
German company Kronos Solarwants wants to build a massive solar…read more
Ex-transport chief says revived network would draw in tourists and boost economy
Reopening the rail link to Caernarfon would be cheaper than building the new £100 million bypass planned.
That is the view of former Conwy council transport chief Bob Saxby who believes that pressure should be put on the Welsh Government to bring back the train.
If the line was reopened trains would take around…read more
National Theatre Wales#NTWDreaming begins, Wales Theatre Awards 2017 nominations & exciting events
Welcome to our e-newsletter, keeping you up to date with the latest arts news and opportunities from across Wales and beyond.Lifted By Beauty: Adventures in Dreaming
This week, workshops began in Rhyl for our next production. Our shop on the High street is ready to go, so check out the opening times and pop in for a cuppa to tell us your story.Find Out More #NTWDreaming
31 March - 2 April 2017
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A huge congratulations to the team behind The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion, who have been nominated at the Wales Theatre Awards for Best Show for Children and Young People, and Best Sound, and to the Wonderman team for their nominations for Best Ensemble and Best Production in the English Language.Full List of Nominees Wales Stage Management Network
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by National Theatre Wales17th February 2017
How did they do that?!
A worldwide sensation which has toured Paris, Vienna and Moscow is now quite literally squeezed into Bangor.
Bodies in Urban Spaces aimed to help people experience urban architecture in a new and unique way – by squeezing into parts of the city itself.Keith Morris
I first met Peter Kraus (who you see here tearing it up back in the day) walking down the street in the early eighties. At the time he was our milkman, and because he was keen to get his round finished so he could get on with one of his adventures later in the day he…
I’m not sure quite when it happened but pop music has taken a real turn for the worse over the last decade. It is now created by committee, teams of writers and producers undertaking market research to engineer the most marketable track. It is about spending millions on a video that shows scantily clad clothes horses writhing unconvincingly…read more
Midway - a film by Chris Jordan
you know i'm pretty optimistic much of the time, but occasionally i sink. And seeing this was one of those moments. aside from the impacts of global warming / climate change and the affects that is and will continue to have on us (humans) the environment that sustains us all and the…read more
Artist: Sarah Louise Owen
Album: Dream Catcher
Release Date: 25th November 2012
The female voice is a wondrous thing in my opinion. It can make more of even the most mundane lyrics than you could reasonably expect. Not that any of the lyrics on “Dream Catcher” are mundane – far from it – but Sarah Louise Owen…read more
On the 12th August, 2012, the fantastic Jelili Atiku came to visit TOGYG, the artist group run by Bangor Greadigol, based at The Old Goodsyard, Treborth. Jelili inspired us all with his enthusiasm and pulled performance pieces from even the most reticent of us. A true collaboration, where each artist expressed their individuality while still remaining but one part of a group.
Branches: The Nature of Crisis is a site-specific performance created in Wepre Forest, Flintshire by choreographer Constanza Macras for National Theatre Wales. The full performance involved a three-hour walk through the woods, but on September 15th the actors stayed behind to create a new shorter ‘remix’ which was beamed to the centre of Cardiff and streamed on The Space. http://thespace.org/items/s000107e?t=jw47
Branches has…read more
On Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October, Migrations in partnership with Pontio presented Bodies in Urban Spaces, a travelling performance rediscovering the urban spaces of Bangor, Gwynedd.
The original creation of Austria’s Willie Dorner, Bodies in Urban Spaces has become a worldwide sensation. With successful tours to Paris, Vienna, Moscow, Philadelphia, Montreal and Seoul. In Bangor, over the two days, over a thousand people experienced the performance.
Bodies in Urban Spaces is a travelling performance leading you through unseen and re-discovered spaces in your urban surroundings. Twenty performers including free runners and dancers were temporarily arranged en route - incredibly squeezed, balanced and rearranged amongst Bangor's architecture.
The promenade performance started at Penrallt Chapel and finished at the Pontio shop on Bangor’s High Street to widespread acclaim by the audiences.
Audience members said
"Its the best thing I've seen in Bangor"
"Awesome, really inspired the kids."
"Great to see the crowds together and people on the street."
"What a fab experience"
Migrations Director artistic Karine Decorne said:"The performances over the two days have been fantastic with the artists bending themselves into positions the audiences never knew were possible. To see so many people engaging with the artists and the city's architecture was great, and Migrations has thoroughly enjoyed working with Cie Willi Dorner, the artists and Pontio to make the event possible."
Photo creditMigrations / Keith Morris
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by Migrations.co7th October 2013
Friday 17th March 2017
''An absolutely superb guitarist ... reminiscent of John Martyn" Bob Harris, Radio 2
"My main listen today - Springsteen and Taylor are cheering my day...brilliant, stunning songs. Great album.' Mike Harding
"Sean Taylor is a wonderfully talented modern troubadour whose sincere, thoughtful songs pull you in. I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with…
View it in your browser. Heddwch a Chyfiawnder Bangor & Ynys Môn Peace and Justice
Cofnodion / Minutes – 6.3.2017
NHS rally in Rhyl: approx 50 people braved the cold wind to hear warming speeches and heartfelt pleas in defence of the NHS and local government. Congratulations to Rhyl…
Dros dridiau, bydd Pontio yn cyflwyno cerddoriaeth fyw gyda sinema fud. Mae penwythnos ffilm PSYLENCE 2017 yn gyfle i ddathlu gallu unigryw'r sinema i uno cerddoriaeth a delwedd i greu rhywbeth arbennig. Over three days, Pontio's cinema will offer live music co-existing with silent art cinema. PSYLENCE 2017 film weekend aims to celebrate cinema's unique…
Newid Golau / Changing Light Jessica Lloyd-Jones Taith a Sgwrs gyda'r Arlunydd Dydd Sadwrn, 11 Mawrth 11am, 1pm a 3pm Level 0, Pontio, Bangor
Ers haf 2016 mae Jessica wedi bod yn profi gwahanol syniadau ar gyfer gosodiadau ac ymyriadau yn ymwneud â golau. Mae cyfres o weithiau…
Friday 3rd March 2017
4Square "Manchester's ferocious folk foursome" Ferocious folk foursome 4Square is winning fans from all four corners of Europe and beyond. The powerful young quartet has already stormed festivals and venues all across the UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden, The Czech Republic, Greece, and Denmark with their fiery, inventive and virtuosic brand of alternative folk.
4Square’s trademark show features the…
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Winter Season - Caban Brynrefail - 2016/17 At last, the much heralded and widely acclaimed documentary film, "The Eagle Huntress", the next film for Occasional Cinema at Caban.
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
Otto Bell UK/Mongolia 2016 87 mins G
This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl, as she trains to…read more
Blue Sky Bangor
Thurs 23 March 17 Hunt for the Wilderpeople TaikaWaititi New Zealand 2016 101 Adventure/Comedy /Drama
A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Quirky style and highly individual cast members make for a fascinating study of what life can be like for people on the edge of society. Lots of humanity, although often well hidden (and a few people in authority who would give those tormenting Daniel Blake a run for their money) make for a chase which has you on the edge of your seat right up to the last minute.Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When Ricky is threatened with a move to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser that reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age), and those who help us along the way.
Occasional Cinema is a film society run by volunteers. Films are shown at the Caban, Brynrefail on the second Wednesday of the month and at the Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor on the fourth Thursday and unless stated otherwise start sometime after 7.30pm. We do not show films during the summer, but there are often summer films at the Caban. Membership is available on the door for a cost of £5 per lifetime: the first film is free, after this film entrance is £3.00.
Food is usually available from 6.30pm and a sophisticated clientele enjoy the wholesome food, reasonable price (about £10.00 for two courses) and excellent atmosphere.
Please, please make reservations for any meals - Caban 01286 685500, Blue Sky 01248 355444. You can't book a seat for the film only, which is on a first come first served basis. If you want a guaranteed seat you must book a meal.
Details of films are available on this website and we send out regular electronic mailings - please enter your details including an up-to-date email address here
by Occasional Cinema21st March 2017
As Spaniards migrate from villages to cities for work, education and access to health care, rural hamlets are ending up on the auction block. Foreigners are in the market for these properties.read more
A region in North Wales with a national park of 823 square miles, Snowdonia is best known for its breathtaking views, rocky terrains, stunning seascapes and hidden valleys.
But beyond the spectacular mountains and beaches, Snowdonia offers you the chance to explore the mysterious heritage of the surrounding towns, the fascinating history behind the Welsh landscape and the hidden gems to be…read more
A great venue can say a lot about in a city. In fact one could even argue it may define a place's entire musical legacy, a space where culture can thrive and memories can be made.read more
week we are pleased to announce the return of our hugely popular UK
indoor courses that take place in the country's best real snow venues.
These focused training sessions act as the perfect opportunity to get the Academy to break down your skiing and provide some vital fundamentals for your all round technique.
As well as our classic 'All Mountain' days, we will also be running our Moguls specific sessions. Here, we will use the venues perfectly formed bumps to provide a controlled introduction to mogul skiing and for the more experienced skier's we will look at the techniques and tactics needed to ski the bumps faster and smoother.
To give more options for people's busy schedules, this year's courses will also include evening classes in each venue.
Finally, we are really pleased to announce that after many years and LOT'S of enquiries, we will be running courses at Glasgow's Snow Factor. We are really excited to be heading back to the Scottish venue and look forward to seeing you there!
Check out the dates and venues below and to book please
visit our website here.
CHILLFACTORE - MANCHESTER
April 20th – Moguls (12pm – 6pm)
May 3rd – evening (4pm – 10pm
May 8th – evening (4pm – 10pm)
May 12th – Moguls (12pm – 6pm)
May 15th – evening (4pm – 10pm)
May 22nd – evening (4pm – 10pm)
May 25th - evening (4pm – 10pm)
June 3rd - (10am – 4pm)
June 8th – evening (4pm – 10pm)
June 15th – Moguls (12pm – 6pm)
April 13th – (12pm – 6pm)
April 22nd – (12pm – 6pm)
May 6th – (10am – 4pm)
May 13th – (10am – 4pm)
May 17th – evening (4pm – 10pm)
May 20th – Moguls (10am-4pm)
May 24th – Evening (4pm – 10pm)
May 27th – (10am – 4pm)
May 30th - Evening (4pm – 10pm
June 6th - Evening (4pm – 10pm)
June 13th - Evening (4pm – 10pm)
April 11th – Evening (4pm – 10pm)
April 16th – Moguls (10am – 4pm)
April 18th – Evening (4pm – 10pm)
May 2nd – Evening (4pm – 10pm)
May 7th – Moguls (10am – 4pm)
May 9th – Evening (4pm – 10pm)
May 21st – Moguls (10am – 4pm)
June 4th – Moguls (10am – 4pm)
June 18th – Moguls (10am – 4pm)
April 30th – (10am – 4pm)
May 6th - (10am – 4pm)
May 10th - Evening (4pm – 10pm)
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by Warren Smith Ski Academy4th March 2017
The car companies conned us all. They’ve been selling us diesel vehicles that they claimed were the “green” choice.
But they lied. They manipulated emissions tests and sold us diesel cars that emit far more toxic fumes than they are supposed to.  As a result, they have made air pollution worse.
The only way to have clean…read more
week, young activists from Kenya, Uganda, and my home country, Nigeria,
will be coming together in Nairobi for the launch of a year-long
Over the next few months, 75 brave activists will participate, learning how to use the internet more effectively in their fights for equality across Africa. They’ll receive advice on how to ensure their safety and privacy online.
Simply put, they…read more
Plastic is everywhere in our daily lives.
I'm writing this on a computer with plastic parts, using a
plastic keyboard powered through a plastic plug. You'll be reading this
on something similar, or maybe on a plastic mobile phone.
Suggesting that people stop using plastic bank cards, plugs, contact lenses, medicine casings, biros, asthma inhalers, £5 notes or plasters (to…
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Every year, an estimated 88 million tonnes of food is wasted across EU countries.
Meanwhile, 1 in 9 people worldwide struggle to find enough food to lead a healthy life. This is a scandal.
We need your voice to stop this outrageous inequality.
Next week, European Parliament…
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Welcome to Viva!Health's monthly newsletter bringing you the latest health, nutrition and lifestyle news.
After 5 weeks of campaigning, HSBC have just said that they'll stop funding rainforest destruction. It's amazing - but it's also an amazing opportunity to make sure other banks start cleaning up their act too. When our friends or peers do something good, it can often make us feel the pressure to do the same thing - and these banks reputations…read more
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Heddwch a Chyfiawnder Bangor & Ynys Môn Peace and Justice
Cofnodion / Minutes – 27 February 2017
Feedback regarding another successful anti-Trump rally, held in Bangor over the half-term (Monday 20 February).
Apparently the annual Cold Concert in the Cathedral (Friday 24 February)…read more
by Viva!Health21st March 2017
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