We Are Cardiff collects the stories of people living in the Welsh capital – how they came to be here, what they love about the city, and how it has shaped who they are – and combines them with gorgeous photography to make a fantastic community blog.
They are now making a documentary about the city – fundraising for and making the whole thing themselves. Here on yourCardiff, Helia Phoenix from the site writes the second in a series of monthly guest blogs which will update you on all WAC are up to.
Well, it’s been a very very busy few weeks for We Are Cardiff – the highlight of which was probably being voted as Best Blog IN THE WORLD (ok, in Wales) at the Wales Blog Awards. Woo! We’d like to thank everyone who’s been involved with the blog in any way so far, and also thank everyone who voted for us. It’s the first time we’ve ever won anything, so we’re pretty happy. Thanks to all of you!
There are also a couple of events coming up that we’re taking part in, so we’d better give you details of those first…
Made in Roath Festival. Our favourite inner city arts festival is back this year, taking over Roath (and extending its reach into the city centre too) on October 13-14 and 20-21. We’re holding our first ever exhibition in someone’s house as we bring the characters of Roath to the Open House arts trail. Our exhibition runs from 11am-4pm on October 13 and 14 – the exact location will be available on We Are Cardiff, the Made in Roath website and in the Made In Roath catalogue soon.
Swn Festival. Our favourite inner city music festival invited us to curate a stage this year – so we did our darndest to bring together some of Cardiff’s brightest and most fun sounds. We’ve invited our friends Laurence Made Me Cry, Ratatosk, Beatbox Fozzy, Ffred Jones, Ukulele Nights and Mab Jones to get together and bring you an afternoon of fun and frolics at Ten Feet Tall between 2pm-10pm on Saturday 20 October. More about the event here – and check out this gorgeous poster designed by the ever excellent Adam Chard…
We’re also going to be publishing profiles on our performers between now and the festival – you can read the Jo Whitby (aka Laurence Made Me Cry) article here, and keep an eye on the blog for the others.
We’ve had quite a few We Are Cardiff stories published on the site over the past few weeks, including some of the best photography I think we’ve had on the blog so far. Part of what makes all the entries so good is all the photography – so a big thank you to our volunteer portrait snappers!
I’ve known Lubi J for about ten years now. We met on Cardiff’s small and friendly club scene – she’s a drum’n’bass DJ and these days presents her own show on Radio Cardiff. She’s also a tip top lady – and her story features some lovely photography of Roath graffiti courtesy of Doug Nicholls. Read Lubi J’s story here.
Playwright Katherine Chandler has a special (and very long-standing) relationship with one of the city’s best theatres – the Sherman. She wrote about her formative experiences with the theatre, in an entry that coincided with her play Before It Rains being performed at the Sherman. Her photograph was taken in the theatre’s newly renovated and very spanky-looking foyer by Cardiff Before Cardiff’s Jon Pountney (and congrats to Jon for winning Best Multimedia Blog at the Wales Blog Awards for his CBC project). Read Katherine’s story here.
Norwegian implant Plangu Heggem wrote us an abstract piece for his entry on the site – and it was accompanied with our very first ever piece of illustrative art (a self portrait drawn by Plangu himself). Read Plangu’s story here.
I met psychologist Amy on her couch (as it were) when she treated me for insomnia. Apparently I must have We Are Cardiff constantly on the brain, because somehow I managed to persuade her to write for it during my sessions… Anyway, Amy describes Cardiff as “gentle, real, and always grounded”. Her photograph was taken in Bute Park by ProjectCardiff’s Lann Niziblian. Read her story here.
In September we also added a new sister site in Arizona to We Are Cardiff – a website called Love Letters To Tucson, run by a lady called Rachel Miller who – would you believe – has roots back here in Cardiff! Read our interview with Rachel here.
Last, but not least – we’ve released the third trailer for the documentary film we are making about Cardiff. Take a look here….
If you want to wear your love of the city and your support for our project on your chests, you can with our lovely We Are Cardiff T-shirts! They’re only a tenner, and every penny goes towards making our documentary film about Cardiff in 2012.
If you’ve yet more cash burning a hole in your pocket, you can also invest in our film through our Indiegogo campaign. You get great rewards for your cash, including film posters, T-shirts and a free invitation to our launch party next year. Invest in the We Are Cardiff film here.
If you or someone you know is interested in being featured on the We Are Cardiff site, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. The only requirement is that you are a Cardiff (or nearby!) resident.
That’s all for this month. See you in November!