English: Coal Exchange, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
During the summer months Cardiff takes on a carnival atmosphere with events taking place in and around Wales’ capital as part of Cardiff Festival. Of all those events the Welsh Proms Cardiff are both the longest established and the jewel in the crown. For over a week every corner of St David’s Hall, the National Concert of Wales throngs to a variety of different music, ranging from some of the city’s youngest and most talented musicians to international quality symphony concerts, creating an irresistible party buzz Whether it’s listening to the superb range of music on offer, just browsing in the gallery or relaxing in the cafe and bars, it’s all here for you at St David’s Hall.
English: The main front of Cardiff Central railway station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The much awaited results of the 2013 Cardiff International Poetry Competition were announced on Wednesday 26 June as part of an evening of poetry and music at Porters in Cardiff City Centre. Guests were treated to readings from Wales Book of the Year Shortlisted authors Rhian Edwards, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch and Deryn Rees-Jones plus music from jazz pianist and composer Paul Jones before National Poet of Wales and Competition Judge Gillian Clarke announced the winners.
The First Prize of £5,000 was awarded to Geoff Lajbrok from Cambridge for his poem The Goose in the Suitcase. Geoff’s poems have, until now, he says “remained unshared and undiscovered, except by his family and close friends who are forced to listen to every word he writes”. He is however currently working on his first collection of poetry which he hopes to publish in the autumn.
Cardiff, Wales (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Peter Davies reflects on the issues raised during the IWA Conference and the opportunities that need to be embraced to make Wales a sustainable food nation.
It was good to have the opportunity to chair the IWA Sustainable Food Nation Conference (in early June 2013), which I think will prove to be of real significance in the future of food for and from Wales.
For those unable to attend, the IWA has produced an excellent publication with a range of articles from conference contributors and other experts in the field.
It was significant as the first food conference addressed by Alun Davies in his role as Minister for Natural Resource and Food – the first time that food has been identified as a specific Cabinet responsibility. He set out his agenda and timetable for the publication of a Food Plan by the end of the year and the associated establishment of a Food Board to oversee delivery, stressing the food was emblematic as a statement about who we are as a nation.
Cardiff University – the main building (as seen from Cathays Park in spring time) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Research Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Food (SURF) carries out world-class research into the emerging role of cities and regions in the geography and polity of food. It builds on the interdisciplinary expertise of our long-established food research community at Cardiff University’s School of Planning and Geography (CPLAN) and Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACE) to promote research, teaching and post-graduate training in the area of sustainable urban and regional food systems.