High Street Heist Wales
On Thursday 1st August 2013, 11 High Street, Cardiff is opening its doors to all young people in Wales.
For six weeks only you are free to showcase your work, check out what others have to show or just chill out in a friendly atmosphere!
This summer Cardiff is joining London, Manchester, Newcastle, Bangor (Northern Ireland) and Glasgow to host a new and exciting campaign called somewhereto_re:store, which is all about young creative entrepreneurs having a chance to take over an empty space on the high street to do the things they love.
Cardiff's space will be a cosy two-storey shop on 11 High Street (#highstreetheist indeed!), which is going to be transformed by young people (like you) into a spectacular vibrant platform for creative interaction
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Cult Film Club, acoustic sessions, art and photo exhibitions, spoken word performances, a recording studio, workshops and masterclasses, swap shop and much more! Plus don’t forget free teas and coffees and, of course, beloved of all you young folks, free wi-fi. Now, how cool is that? And still plenty of space for your ideas - just bring them in!
On Thursday 1st August 2013 our store opens officially - with a big launch event, introducing you to some tasters of what will be happening here over the next six weeks, involving live music, talks (just a bit, no worries), the first exhibition opening and loads more.
Four exciting young acts will be performing for you on the day. Opening will be young up-and-coming musician Kizzy Crawford - a 17-year-old bilingual singer-songwriter drawing inspiration from her Welsh/Barbadian heritage and seeking to blow away any preconceptions people have about Welsh language music with assured writing and a spectacular voice.
Joining her will be Sykes - a young musician who has supported Mary J Blige and Jay Z! Another young talent performing on the day will be Too Young - a 19 year-old-rapper, who’s already performed at the O2 Academy in Birmingham. Also our stage will welcome the young singer-songwriter Maddie Jones introducing her melodic mix of jazz, rock and folk supported by beautiful soft vocals.
Starting the series of exhibitions held in the space will be a cut off from a year-long photo project by Polly Homjakina, a young photographer from Belarus, who dedicated 11 months of her stay in Cardiff documenting the local live music scene. "This exhibition is like a final report of what I've seen throughout this year in Cardiff, sort of my tribute to the city's live music - the places, the people, the atmosphere itself," says Polly.
Another one of the exhibitions we are bringing to you is Photo Drying-Out, an exciting experience, well-loved all across the world - a free space for showcasing and swapping your art and photography: just bring your piece and clip it to the rope with a peg while looking through - or even collecting - others’ photo laundry. By the end of the six weeks a final exhibition will be held showcasing the particoloured results of this exciting art interaction.
We’re also happy to announce that our ambassador for this summer’s Cardiff campaign will be Gary Ryland, a.k.a. Ragsy, a self-taught singer-songwriter from Aberdare, who was recently on The Voice. Being a chef for the last five years and dreaming of swapping the kitchen for festivals, Ragsy will tell his story of following a dream.
Don’t miss your chance to get involved in this exciting campaign: showcase your talent, boost your CV, gain first-hand experience, meet new people, or just come along and bring your friends to help create the atmosphere that this space deserves!
If you’re 16-25 and eager to become a part of it - no matter if you’re an artist or musician, eager to volunteer (it's an opportunity to complete your Welsh Bacc community hours plus £15 daily expenses), or just want to donate a spare chair - come on and bring it to the table! Your High Street needs you!
For more info about how to get involved email email@example.com