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Blysh festival is back and itís brighter than ever     

Blysh festival is back and itís brighter than ever

Cardiff Bay is set to turn rainbow coloured this summer as Blysh festival (24 Jul – 2 Aug) returns in an explosion brightly coloured power, music, dance, circus, sequins, street theatre and cabaret. Offering two weekends packed with free family-friendly shows suitable for all the family during the day, there’ll also be something of a naughtier nature for adults by night.

www.wmc.org.uk/blysh

Festival Highlights

Rounding off the first weekend of events, The Color of Time (26 Jul), will reinvent India’s traditional Holi festival in a rainbow eruption of multi-coloured powder, music and dance. Following a choreographed parade around Cardiff Bay, The Color of Time will culminate in a spectacular finale outside the Centre where colourful gulal powder will be thrown into the air in joyful celebration. (Wales Millennium Centre is looking for participants to take part in the parade. Visit www.wmc.org.uk/TakePart/blysh15/BlyshCall for more info.)

The following weekend will see Lost in Translation Circus: La Ballade de Bergerac (1 Aug) amaze audiences with their spectacular aerial techniques. Drawing inspiration from the steampunk era and Cyrano de Bergerac, enter the wacky world of poet and visionary Monsieur de la Luna and his crew as they attempt to journey to the moon.

Free Family Shows

Through-out the two weekends there’ll be a lively and eclectic mix of free events for all the family, from an acrobatic dance routine involving shopping trolleys to storytelling inside a beautiful transformed caravan. There’ll be a dark comedy exploring our addiction to technology and a hilarious attempt to make The Most Dangerous Cup of Tea involving The Whirling Hatstand of Death. Kitsch and Sync return as cyber space cadets and Blysh regular Dan the Hat will be making an appearance with his trademark hat manipulation, yo-yo artistry and juggling.

Blysh by Night

As night falls, Wales Millennium Centre invites audiences into its Weston Studio for entertainment of a more adult nature. Part gameshow, part variety show and part disco, join Miss Behave (24 & 25 July) for an evening of prizes, games and grown-up silliness, or join in with Musical Bingo (1 Aug) – like regular bingo but with big tunes instead of numbers. Back by popular demand, award winning Briefs (24 & 25 Jul) present an evening of birdbath boylesque, aerial acrobatics and show-stopping drag artistes.

Head of Programming Louise Miles-Crust commented: ‘I’m extremely excited to see Cardiff Bay come alive with our most colourful Blysh to date and thrilled to be welcoming back Blysh favourites including Briefs, Miss Behave and Kitsch & Sync, along with an impressive range of over fifteen different performances bringing together dance, acrobatics, circus skills, live music and story-telling. Not to be missed are our free headline performances The Color of Time and Lost in Translation Circus, promising wonderful fun for all the family.’

Blysh festival takes place from 24 July – 2 August 2015. For further information or to book tickets visit www.wmc.org.uk/blysh or call 029 2063 6464.

LISTINGS

24 Jul 2015

Miss Behave's Gameshow
7pm | Tickets £12 | Weston Studio | Age restriction: 18+
Part Gameshow, Variety show, Disco… with phones. Award-winning Miss Behave presents a deliberately lo-fi, silly and audience-centric bag of fun.

Briefs - The Second Coming
9pm |Tickets £12 | Weston Studio | Age restriction: 18+
Your glamorous host Shivannah will guide you through a jaw-dropping, eye-popping evening of extravagant birdbath boylesque, too-close-for-comfort yo-yo tricks, valiant aerial acrobatics, irreverent interludes, and show-stopping drag artistes.


25 Jul 2015

C12: Trolleys
2pm & 4pm | Free | Outside the Centre
Trolleys spin, glide and slide in this highly physical, humorous outdoor performance where high-octane contemporary dance, acrobatics and street dance combine. Set to a pounding electro-acoustic score, Trolleys will tease, thrill and move its audience.

Highly Sprung and Vortex Creates: The Travelling Treasury
12pm - 6pm | Free | Outside the Centre
Traveling Treasury is a magical story telling experience that takes places in a beautifully transformed caravan. Step inside the pages of a book and let the stories unfold, quite literally before your eyes.

Reckless Invention: The Comedy Waiters
12.30pm, 3.15pm, 5.30pm | Free | Outside the Centre
This dinner service delight combines silent comedy and graceful slapstick to great effect. The show begins with the odd plate flip or sculpted napkin until, with a flick of their bow-ties, the Comedy Waiters burst into a boy band routine.

Beic
1pm, 6.15pm |Free | Outside the Centre
Beic is music made with 2 push bikes, some computer kit and a pedal powered PA. Please come and pedal some power for the show.

Wet Picnic: Suitcases
2.30pm, 5pm |Free | Outside the Centre
In their trademark style, utilising movement led theatre and dark comedy, Wet Picnic shine a light on our modern world and question what keeps us human in an age increasingly lived in the virtual world.

Miss Behave's Gameshow
7pm | Tickets £12 | Weston Studio | Age restriction: 18+
Part Gameshow, Variety show, Disco… with phones. Award-winning Miss Behave presents a deliberately lo-fi, silly and audience-centric bag of fun.

Briefs - The Second Coming
9pm |Tickets £12 | Weston Studio | Age restriction: 18+
Your glamorous host Shivannah will guide you through a jaw-dropping, eye-popping evening of extravagant birdbath boylesque, too-close-for-comfort yo-yo tricks, valiant aerial acrobatics, irreverent interludes, and show-stopping drag artistes.


26 Jul 2015

Tit for Tat: The Most Dangerous Cup of Tea in the World
12.30pm, 3.00pm, 5.45pm |Free | Outside the Centre
Meet Rick and Kevin, two oddballs drawn together by a most bizarre and dangerous passion for tea. They have concocted a recipe born from one belief: Tea only tastes good if you almost die making it! Join them in a thrilling whirlwind escapade to make...
'The Most Dangerous Cup of Tea in the World'

La La La Productions: Cracking Cruises
12.45pm, 2pm, 5pm |Free | Outside the Centre
Come join Ted & Ned, our over enthusiastic entertainment cruise directors of Cracking Cruises. Enjoy their on-board antics and look out for the stars of the show. They could be you.

Hijinx Theatre 'Flossie and Jet'
1pm, 3.30pm| Free | Outside the Centre
Meet Flossie and Jet, sisters of faded grandeur who have fallen from stately home to a state of homelessness. Curious at the world they find themselves in, while still clinging to the remnants of a lost era, Flossie and Jet are on a journey to find a new place to live.

The Popeye and Olive Show
4.15pm |Free | Outside the Centre
You’ve heard the story but not quite like this….
Come along for a "strong" show for all the family, pure entertainment from start to end. The Famous Duo will take you on a spinach eating, whip cracking, interactive adventure with contortionist, musical and acrobatic elements.

The Color of Time
7pm | Free | Outside the Centre
In a rainbow eruption of colourful powder, dance and music, The Color of Time stunningly reinvents India's traditional Holi festival.
Dancers and musicians will lead the public along a choreographed parade towards a huge finale, where brilliant shades of gulal powder will be thrown in the air.


01 Aug 2015

Pif Paf: The Bee Cart
12.45pm, 2pm, 4pm | Free | Outside the Centre
Bee Guides Bombus and Borage have left the Hive with the Bee Cart – their mobile world of interaction and surreal but true information exploring all things Bees and Pollination.

Band Pres Llareggub
1.15pm | Free | Glanfa
Bronx hip hop-inspired New Orleans-tinged North Walian brass band with attitude...

Babs and Stella's Intergalactic Spectacular!
2.45pm, 4.45pm | Free | Outside the Centre
An action packed, family friendly comedy dance theatre invasion (with lasers!). Conjoined cyber space cadets from planet Kitschtopia! Ruthlessly separated by Dr D. Dreadful's laser gun. One good, one Evil……but which is which?...HELP!

Lost in Translation Circus: La Ballade de Bergerac
6.15pm | Free | Outside ffresh
Combining spectacular aerial techniques and a steampunk inspired set, this circus theatre show is inspired by early science fiction and the life and times of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Monsieur de La Luna is a wildly imaginative poet and inventor inspired to travel to the moon along with his courageously disastrous crew. We follow their story as they strive to make Monsieur de La Luna's impossible vision become fantastically possible.

Musical Bingo
8pm | Tickets £8 | Weston Studio | Age Guidance: 16+
Musical Bingo is just like regular bingo, but instead of shouting out numbers they play tunes, BIG TUNES! Each high energy round takes on a different theme, such as 'Queens Of Pop', 'Dance Crazes' and 'Karaoke Classics'.


02 Aug 2015

Theatre Rush: Story Exchange
1pm, 2.45pm & 5pm | Free | Outside the Centre
The Story Exchange is a walkabout participatory theatre performance, engaging the young, the old and everyone in between in the act of story making... and exchanging.

Molly Orange: Little Wonder
12.30pm & 4.30pm |Free | Outside the Centre
The Borrowers are at the circus! Little Wonder takes us back to when we were young, and the simplest object had a thousand uses. Acrobalance and physical theatre combine on a journey from the everyday into the wonderful, creating a world where as in Alice in Wonderland, familiar and small things have a habit of suddenly transforming in scale.

Lifeboat Company: The Extraordinary Journey of Doctor Botanica
3.30pm | Free | Outside the Centre
Join Doctor Botanica and his companions as they embark on a dazzling voyage in search of the world famous Phoenix Orchid, which blooms only once every 100 years! Inspired by the great voyages of discovery throughout history, Lifeboat Company will take you on an exciting journey with the Doctor and his brave crew. Through a mix of physical theatre and breath-taking circus skills, follow their extraordinary voyage as they battle with the elements and a host of other obstacles.

Dan the Hat
12pm, 2pm & 3pm |Free | Outside the Centre
A frenzy of comedy, circus and audience participation, Dan shows off his supreme yo-yo artistry, awesome hat manipulation, jaw-dropping juggling, along with many other tricks that are sure to impress.
 
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