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Treorchy Primary School Cardiff Parent Network Wattstown Community Centre Cardiff Libraries Tales from the Park Philippine Generations
Rhondda Lives! Made in Roath festival Monmouth Libraries Snapshot Roath 2009 Hethersett Primary Basic Skills


Tales that have been told

Made in Roath festical poster

Green DVD imageMade in Roath 2010

Made in Roath is a fabulous local arts festival.

Run by a group of local artists on a voluntary basis, Made in Roath began wonderfully in 2009 and was an even bigger and better success in 2010, despite having virtually no funding.

The stories created as part of the Festival were screened during the closing ceremonies at The Gate on 17th October.

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A story from Roath Park Primary School »

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Treorchy Male Choir rehearsing

Green DVD imageTreorchy Primary School

The world-famous Treorchy Male Choir have been rehearsing in the school hall at Treorchy Primary School for over 63 years.

The school commissioned a DVD project in which the Year 6 pupils would meet the choir members and collect stories.

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Green DVD imageWattstown

The Workmen's Institute in Wattstown opened in 1910 but fell into disrepair during the last decades of the twentieth century. Local residents and the Communities First team raised the funds for renovations and last year it re-opened as the Community Centre.

The team wanted to celebrate the building's 100th birthday by collecting the memories of those who had used it over the years, engaging young people in the process.

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Cardiff central libraryGreen DVD imageCardiff Libraries

Cardiff Libraries used the ‘Read a Million Words Together In Wales’ Scheme to commission work with thirty Year 7 boys. The boys talked, read books, came up with a story, recorded it, played out the roles in their story in photo-shoots and learned the process of editing it into a final film. The films were screened in the separate schools and at a final joint celebration at the library.

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Green DVD imageHyperaction

Photographs are not the only option for pictures for a film. Hyperaction uses an animated mix of photos and drawings to tell stories.


Green DVD imageSnapshot Roath 2009

Snapshot Roath was a double challenge. The film was made for screening at the finale of the 2009 Made in Roath festival.

Firstly, 24 photographers toured Roath in search of images to fit the themes set by the Snapshot team.

Then the team had their test; they had to edit these photographs to voiceovers and music and prepare the film for screening in only 6 hours.



Green DVD imageTales from the Park

Tales from the Park was designed to create a portrait of Roath Park, a popular Cardiff park with a wonderful lake. It was made by combining vox pops given by park visitors with footage of the park and digital stories from the local High School.


Green DVD imagePhilippine Generations

This short documentary film was made with the group Philippine Generations in London, who wanted to express some of the issues they face as second generation immigrants.

Green DVD imageRhondda Lives!

Rhondda Lives! was a Valleys Kids project that ran from 2007-9, supported by BBC Wales, the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales and the Heritage Lottery Fund. An experiment in the re-use of archive footage in the area where it was shot, it has its own extensive website and some of the films also appear on the BBC Wales website.

These are two very different films from the project:



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