The Weekend Ahead: January 18-20

January 18, 2013 No Comments »
A day of comic book workshops, the Cardiff Cross Country Challenge, and St Dwynwen's Day crafts are all happening in Cardiff this weekend.

A day of comic book workshops, the Cardiff Cross Challenge, and St Dwynwen’s Day crafts are all happening in Cardiff this weekend.

The Met Office has issued amber and red weather warnings for almost all of Wales today, so we’re likely to see at least some snow in Cardiff over the weekend. However, if you can be bothered to drag yourself away from the fire this weekend, here are some ideas for what to do…


It’s featured in our Weekend Ahead guide for the last couple of weeks, and the Free For All Festival at The Full Moon and the Moon Club continues for a third week this weekend. Tonight sees an evening curated by Swn, with a line up including We’re No Heroes and Fist of the First Man. On Saturday night, the stage will be graced by Culver, Bloodlung and Homoh. On Sunday, it’s the turn on Winter & Williams Band, Dan Bettridge and Three Beneath. And of course, it’s all completely free. Full details can be found on The Moon Club’s website.


Saturday night is Cathays and Central Youth and Community Project’s annual Embassy Award Ceremony and Showcase event, recognising the “dedication, talent and achievements” of its members. Anyone can go along to the free event at the project’s base in Cathays Youth and Community Centre on Cathays Terrace, which will feature music and dance performances, as well as food from the Embassy Café and Cathays Cooks. It starts at 5pm.

Cardiff Central Library will host a day of free comic workshops on Saturday. There’ll be a session for eight to 12-year-olds from 11am until 12pm, while from 1.30pm until 4.30pm adults can attend a “Meet the Creators” session, with the chance to meet some published comic creators, including Mike Collins (Marvel and DC comics, Star Trek and Doctor Who graphic novels), Joe Glass (The Pride, Stiffs), Kris Carter (Transformers, The Pride, Lou Scannon), and Dan Harris (Lou Scannon, 10thology). There will also be a chance to ask them question in a Q&A session.

We suspect you’ll probably be feeling cold enough this weekend, but if you can face the thought of sitting by an ice rink for a couple of hours, Cardiff Devils play the Ediburgh Capitals on Saturday night at the Cardiff Arena in Empire Way. Get down there for 7pm. Tickets cost £17 for adults, £11 for concessions, and £6 for children. More details can be found on the Devils’ website.

A new photography exhibition exploring our coastline opened at The Gate Arts Centre in Roath this week, with images by photographer Mark Johnson making up the Coast 360 show. Mark took the pictures while travelling the coastline on his motorbike, capturing the shores in all weathers and all seasons. Get down there to check it out this weekend.

Roath Real Food Market will be open at the Mackintosh Centre on Keppoch Street from 9.30am to 1pm on Saturday as usual, and the St Mary Street Market will also be running from 11am to 5pm with vintage clothes, antiques, books, food, bric-a-brac, furniture and more.

It’s St Dwynwen’s Day next week (January 25), so why not make a hand-made card for that special someone to mark the day dedicated to the Welsh patron saint of lovers? St Fagans Museum is running free card-making craft sessions on Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 1pm and 2pm and 4pm.


With heavy snow forecast, this could be subject to change, but the Cardiff Cross Challenge is currently scheduled to take place on Sunday in Bute Park. International athletes will compete in what is the fourth event in the 2012/2013 McCain Cross Challenge Series, and it’s free to go along and watch. The runners will be in Bute Park from 11.15am until 3pm.

The National Museum will host a free lunchtime concert on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of French composer Poulenc’s death. Students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will be performing pieces including Babar the Elephant for narrator and piano from 3pm to 4pm.

Riverside Market will be on Fitzhamon Embankment from 10am to 2pm on Sunday.

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