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Cardiff connects at a two-day festival

Date: 26/06/2014

Cardiff is the back drop to a two-day Festival giving the public a chance to get their hands muddy and uncover artefacts, discover their connection to World War One, see a mix of performances, film screenings, games, walks and much more. The Connected Communities Festival is taking place from Tuesday 1 July until Wednesday 2 July 2014. The festival will feature the award-winning CAER Heritage Project, which centres on one of Cardiff's most important, but little-known, archaeological sites, Caerau Iron Age hillfort. The researchers will be on hand to help members of the public uncover artefacts in a trench at the St David's Hotel, Cardiff Bay from 10.00 till 4.30 on Tuesday 1 July and 9.00 till 3.30 on Wednesday 2 July. There is also the chance take a shuttle bus from St. David's Hotel, Cardiff Bay, to the open archaeological site at the Caerau Iron Age hill fort to hear from the researchers about the things they have uncovered.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to bring along their World War One memorabilia- medals, photos, letters, coins, antiques, maps, clothing, jewellery, publications and anything else associated with the First World War. Academic experts will be on hand to explain their context and significance and CultureNet Cymru will digitise the objects and artefacts (with the owners' permission). Arrive between 10.00 and 15.30 at the Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday 1 July.

Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research for the Arts and Humanities Research Council,commented: We're delighted that the Festival is taking place in Wales and that a key focus will be Welsh community life, the rich and vital work of community groups in Wales and their many exciting collaborations with academic researchers. With around 300 projects being funded through the programme and over 400 project partners and community organisations, the Festival can only showcase a selection of the range of research being undertaken. But, as you will see and we hope you will experience, the programme is a full and exciting one, involving performances, workshops, films, bazaars, demonstrations, guided walks, and much more.

There are other ways to get involved:

  • Listen to the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke at a poetry reading on Wednesday 2 July from 3.45 to 4.45 at the St. David's Hotel, Cardiff Bay
  • Join a procession of banners celebrating the industrial history of Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil and South Wales. Starting at Bute Park to Cardiff Millennium Centre from 11.30 till 13.15
  • Join the pop up Community News Cafés at the both St David's Hotel, Cardiff Bay, and Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff , hosted by community journalists, where debates and discussions will take place
  • Attend a free gig to celebrate the DIY music scene in South Wales and the South West, hear live performances from Trust Fund, Totem Terrors, The Jelas and Gwenno at the Clwb lfor Bach

The Connected Communities programme is designed to help us understand the changing nature of communities in their historical and cultural contexts and the role of communities in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life. The programme seeks not only to connect research on communities, but to connect communities with research. Engagement with communities at all stages of the research is a key feature. The festival will be focused on providing opportunities to further extend and deepen the Programme's engagement with organisations, communities and individuals from outside the higher education sector. There will be opportunities throughout the event for attendees to network with a wide range of researchers and community partners engaged in the Programme.

Notes to editors

  • For further press information please contact: Danielle Moore-Chick (AHRC) on 01793 41 6021 ord.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk
  • To find out more about the Festival, the full programme is available on the AHRC website
  • If you can't attend the festival in person you can get involved by watching the 2014 Connected Communities Festival streamed live throughout the two days. You can also discuss and debate with those at the festival on Twitter by using the hashtag #ahrccc
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.www.ahrc.ac.uk
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