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Circus skills training in Caernarfon     

Circus skills training in Caernarfon SOME of the country’s top circus artists are literally dropping into Caernarfon as part of a family day of entertainment showing off creative skills – and how to get them.

An Easter Fair is being held at the Celtic Royal Hotel (Friday 26th March from 7pm – 9pm) and Y Galeri on Saturday 27th March (10am – 4.30pm) which will combine a variety of live entertainment from aerial and circus performances and music to an insight into the future of the creative industries in North Wales and rural areas by key decision makers.

The weekend is all free as the organisers, Cult Cymru, are keen to share the events with as many people particular those working in the creative sector or who are interested in it such as theatre, television, film, print, music, writing and new media.

On the Friday evening at 7pm S4C Chief executive Iona Jones will be joining an expert panel at the Celtic Royal Hotel for a discussion on “The future of the creative industries in North Wales and rural areas”, organised by the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University. The panel includes Rhodri Talfan Davies, BBC Cymru Wales; Hywel Williams, Ofcom and Sue Jeffries, Skillset Academi Plus.
On Saturday 27th there will be plenty of thrills and hopefully no spills from Welsh performance company Citrus Arts. George Orange will be performing a street theatre routine while colleagues James Roberts will perform an aerial routine and Bridie Doyle will set pulses racing with an abseil installation piece off the side of Y Galeri building.

Co artistic director Bridie Doyle said, "We are a Welsh performance company who combine circus, dance and theatre, technical know-how and our physical skill to create moments of arresting beauty, good humour and high quality. I know people who come to Y Galeri will love the performance pieces we are doing.

“Citrus Arts is very young and last year we toured Wales with ‘Wardrobe Diaries’, directed by James who is performing an aerial routine at the Fair. As a creative worker whether that is a performer or writer or someone in film and TV, it is vital to always have opportunities to keep your skills updated. For example, Cult Cymru helped organise a ropes skills course recently, Industrial Ropes Access Techniques. People who come to Y Galeri can see such skills in practice.”

The performance also resonates with the region’s industrial past. There are photographs of the quarry men in North Wales used to use rope skills to actually do their work, scaling the walls of quarries to get to the slate. It is very apt that as a modern industry in North Wales, creative people are developing and utilising skills that were traditional in Wales in the industrial age.

The line-up also includes live music from the Galeri bar with Tudur Morgan from Ynys Môn rock band MOJO and Maartin Allcock whose star-studded career includes being in bands Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull and playing on albums with Dafydd Iwan and Beverley Craven.

Performers, writers, musicians and film and TV production specialists will be sharing their skills, giving demonstrations on such hot topics as the latest in High Definition and Tapeless cameras and advice on thriving as a worker or business in the creative industries in North Wales. Freelance business skills taster workshops include CV Development, Marketing and finding new sources of work.

Expert speakers will share some showbiz tales. Paul Gray from the Musicians Union a former bassist and songwriter with teen rockers Eddie & the Hot Rods, toured with Blondie, The Ramones and Talking Heads and then for 15 years joined punk heroes The Damned, will be part of the panel of experts talking about copyright and intellectual property rights issues.
Cult Cymru, Creative Unions Learning Together, delivers training to those working in the creative industries by identifying what training is needed, creating the courses and training the trainers. “Despite the decline of the larger traditional industries such as slate quarrying in North Wales trade unions continue to have a key role in supporting and encouraging their members in their learning and skills development, albeit in the newer technological and knowledge based sectors, such as the creative industries,” said Siân Gale, CULT Cymru Project Manager.

CULT Cymru is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government through the Wales Union Learning Fund and is a joint union project led by the media and entertainment union BECTU on behalf of Equity, the Musicians Union, the National Union of Journalists and the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

More details of the Creative Industries Fair: or contact Project Manager Siân Gale Tel: 029 2032 2582 Email:
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