A family friendly, joyful day full of anime, creative
workshops, games and stalls. Anyone who’s a fan of animation - or a bit geeky in general - will love Abercon, our accessible west Wales anime convention. Come in costume to enter the cosplay competition.
Dates & Venues:
Saturday 25 March, 11am - 5pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Indigenous Voices Event
Come and join us for an afternoon full of film screenings and talks to celebrate Indigenous languages & cultures
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Tuesday 28th March
Women Against The Bomb
For our screenings of Women Against The Bomb, we are honored to be joined by many incredible women and hear more about their experience and continuing activist work.
Greenham women like Angie Zelter will be with us in Oswestry; Rebecca Johnson and Clare Hudson will be at Taliesin Arts Centre; while Bethan Siân, national secretary of CND Cymru, will join us at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Noted peace activist Rebecca Johnson cut her teeth at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, then went on to run Greenpeace’s nuclear test ban campaign until 1992. In 2017 Rebecca won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons).
She is the founder and Director of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy, an organization providing research, analysis and strategies for disarmament, peace and security.
Rebecca was heavily involved in the negotiations for the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that entered into force in January 2021. She currently campaigns with Extinction Rebellion.
Angie Zelter has been an active campaigner for most of her life and has designed and participated in nonviolent civil resistance campaigns and founded several innovative and effective campaigns. The author of several books, she is the recipient of the 1997 Sean McBride Peace Prize (for the Seeds of Hope Ploughshares action), the 2001 Right Livelihood Award (on behalf of Trident Ploughshares) and the Hrant Dink Prize in 2014. Nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, Angie continues to actively confront the abuses of corporations, governments and the military.
Clare has been a print, TV and radio journalist and producer for most of her working life. It was in that capacity that she was present on the first day of the march from Cardiff to Greenham Common. From covering the demonstrations at Greenham Common as a freelance reporter for BBC Radio Wales, she later joined the women's peace movement herself and took part in various anti-nuclear actions at Greenham, and on Salisbury Plain, as well as in Wales where she still lives.
Today she works as a freelance radio producer, making programmes for BBC Radio Wales.
Originally from near Cardiff, Bethan studied at Aberystwyth University where she completed her PhD in the department of History and Welsh History. Her PhD thesis, entitled 'A Oes Heddwch: A Study of the Peace Movement in Wales during the 1980s', documented and explored the movement primarily through the use of oral history. Since 2021, she has been working as National Secretary for CND Cymru.
Ann was born in North West England and went on Aldermaston marches with her parents before moving to London where she took part in squatting campaigns. In 1978, she moved to West Wales with her partner to raise a family and run a smallholding. With three other women, she organised the march to Greenham common in Berkshire with the long- running women’s peace camp being a result of this.
In 1983 she travelled to the USSR to meet with the independent peace group, Moscow Group for Trust and in 1986 she began working as a secondary school teacher, then started a business partnership making handmade, hand-decorated wall tiles. In 2005 she started "Safer Birth in Chad”, a charity concerned with maternal mortality. She is also the writer of "Walking to Greenham" (2006), a long- standing member of the Labour party and a community councillor in her local village, helping to run a "warm space" in the village hall.
Date & Venue
March 28, 6.00pm Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
Meet Bethan Siân Jones, Ann Pettitt and Danielle Marsden at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, March 26, 5.00pm
Meet Rebecca Johnson and Clare Hudson at Taliesin Arts Centre, March 28, 6.00pm
The Bronze Men of Cameroon
We are happy to welcome the director Florence Ayisi to talk about her film, The Bronze Men Of Cameroon, which screens as part of our Indigenous Languages strand.
Born in Cameroon, Florence Ayisi is professor of International Documentary Film at the Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales.
In 2006 her first feature documentary, Sisters in Law screened at WOW Film Festival and was long listed for an Academy Award nomination.
Through her films and her critical practice research Florence aims to decolonise the image of Africa from both Pan-African and woman-centred perspectives.
Dates & Venues:
March 6, 7.30pm Kinokulture Oswestry
March 16, 7.30pm Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard
March 27, 8.00pm Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
Jean Genies – Making Magic With Denim Workshop
Learn how to visibly mend and repair your existing wardrobe whilst saving your purse and the planet!
The Jean Genies project aims to change the relationship we have with the clothes we already own by transforming them into unique pieces with a story. It was founded by Sara Crerar of Secret Vintage boutique, whose passion for sourcing vintage clothing, re-selling and upcycling began in the late 60s.
She worked with Marion Cheung (Arting.wales) up until December 2022, when she suddenly passed away. This project continues in Sara's name with support from new friends made within the groups, building a creative community.
The Riverfront Arts, Newport 4.30-6.45pm
Under Milk Wood In Paint
The premiere of Under Milk Wood In Paint in Taliesin Arts Centre, in Swansea, will be followed by an evening talk with Alex Williams, the painter behind this amazing version of Dylan Thomas’ most cherished work.
Alex Williams was an art teacher before moving to Hay-on-Wye to set up his design and print studio. Alex’s work has been widely exhibited in the UK, and is held in several collections in Los Angeles as well as that of The National Museum of Wales
Dates & Venues:
March 29, 8pm Taliesin Arts Centre