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Released: 18/9/2020 Platform(s): Nintendo Switch Players: 1(-2) Price: £49.99 Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a collection of three of Mario’s biggest 3D outings released to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the series, collating Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. As a fan of Galaxy in particular, this game came as an exciting announcement as a way to re-live my memories of that game, as well as an opportunity to get more into the other games. Looking at what you get in the bundle, Super Mario 64 is a perfectly serviceable game. It shows its age in…

Jamie King is the author of the short play “The Resignation Speech” – part of a new season of audio dramas produced by The Questors Theatre in Ealing, London. A Bangor graduate, King studied Creative and Professional Writing at Bangor University from September 2016 to June 2019. They have published poetry, short fiction and non-fiction, and have written and performed for film and theatre groups in Bangor and across the UK. You can listen to “The Resignation Speech” now by clicking these links to it on youtube or soundcloud. Seren talked to King to hear about their experiences creating it.…

Photo by hinnik (CC 3.0) In the late 2010s, there has been an explosion in a new type of pop music. Glitchy, vivid and unashamedly synthetic, upcoming artists like Sophie, Hannah Diamond or more loosely Caroline Polachek, have imbued their pop sound with textures and ideas that couldn’t be further away from pop. Whether the industrial clatterings of bands like Nine Inch Nails or the glitchy, complex “Intelligent Dance Music” of artists like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, the melodies of pop are contorted into something particularly alien. The experimental impulse driving this is certainly nothing new; pop artists have often…

Photo by Oliver Mitchell I’m a 26-year-old independent award-winning filmmaker, with a passion for telling untold stories. I aspire for my work to be memorable and to educate and inspire audiences. My next venture is focusing on the UK’s art industry, highlighting its importance to our culture and giving a voice to the individuals that have dedicated their lives to their profession. In light of Rishi Sunak’s comments, but more so how the arts sector has been side-lined during this pandemic, I’m calling out to any artists to get in touch with me who would like to have their say. A lot of…

Photo by YAMAMURA Animation The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival started in 2010 in Cardiff and has been held every year as a showcase for Japanese animation and culture. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, however, comes in the midst of a global pandemic and so the decision was taken to hold a virtual event which will be open for all.  On October 24th and 25th, viewers will be able to participate in the full line-up of screenings and events, all of which will be free to access via the festival’s YouTube channel and through various Zoom sessions. In total, they will be screening…

As October dawns upon us, we may be thinking about one key event this month: Halloween. And while we do love Halloween here at Seren, we know that there is something more important in October: Black History Month. Following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, we want to show you that Black History Month is not just this month, but every month. Now more than ever, it is so important to diversify our reading; to learn more about experiences and to hear the stories stemming from voices beyond our own. If you want to become more aware, as…

This year, supporting the arts has been more difficult than usual; being unable to attend concerts, theatre productions, visiting museums, workshops, galleries and many more. Despite this, there are ways to remotely attend these venues with everything being shifted online.  Some examples of this are;  The website “Bandsintown” is currently live-streaming concerts online, including the music of popular and indie artists. This is a good way to remotely attend a concert and support artists whose concerts have been cancelled due to Covid. Some examples of these are, Harry Styles, Foo Fighters, Hayley Williams and many more.  Some music artists are…

Photo by Sophie Chappuy (CC BY-ND 2.0) For anyone not familiar with MIKA (also known as Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr.), he is a British-Lebanese singer-songwriter who rose to fame in 2007 when his first album Life in Cartoon Motion sold more than 5.6 million copies and he won the Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act with his song ‘Grace Kelly’ which topped the UK Singles Chart in January 2007. He has also gone on to be a judge on the Voice France, and is currently a judge on the Italian X Factor. MIKA announced on August 21st that he…

We’re coming to the end of a strange year for games, with plenty of release delays and no E3; it’s seemed somewhat bleak. But as we move toward the holiday season there are still plenty of new and upcoming games worth keeping an eye on. The Jackbox Party Pack 7 Release Date: 15/10/2020 Platform(s): PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One Players: 2-8+ Price: £23.79 I’ve been enjoying Jackbox’s party games for a few years now, and I expect this year’s instalment will be no exception. Jackbox lets you use your phone or PC as an input device through your…

Photo by Chris Murray When the coronavirus pandemic broke out at the start of the year, aspects of everyone’s lives became affected in some way or another. The nationwide lockdown put life as we knew it on pause, and when we came back into the open everything was irrevocably changed into what has persistently been described as a ‘new normal.’ Suddenly the population was faced with a new agenda of rules to follow, and one persistent barrier has been social distancing. But how has the TV industry adapted to these changes? As we all know this year has posed a…

Photo by Greg Neate (CC 2.0) The early ’90s was an odd point of transition for British rock. The larger independent labels like Rough Trade and Factory that had fuelled post-punk were struggling financially and the indie movement was changing. Possibly the last clear development of the experimentation of the late ’70s and early ’80s, however, was “shoegaze”. Named as such by journalists describing the somewhat restrained and inhibited stage presence of artists like My Bloody Valentine, shoegaze comprised a vast amount of influences. You could hear elements of the heavy psych-rock of Hawkwind (or a decade later Spacemen 3),…

Image from Unsplash.com, (CC-by-SA 4.0) So you’ve arrived at University. Your bags are unpacked, you’ve met your new flatmates and you’ve found out when the bins are taken out. In other words, you’re all set! Whilst University involves a lot of reading and wider reading as part of your studies, amongst making new friends, joining societies, staying in touch with your loved ones at home and keeping on top of work, it can be hard to make time for reading for pleasure. Even the most unsociable student has a busy life! Bookworms always find this a big shock to the…

Photo by Oladimeji Odunsi Alongside the ever-popular Halloween that the month of October celebrates, it also commemorates Black History Month – remembering the lives of Black individuals and their cultures, through years of persecution, prejudice, and racism. 2020 is a unique and timely year to recognise this, largely owing to the murder of George Floyd in May. This contributed to the Black Lives Matter campaign, which soon became a widespread conversation lasting to this day, where white privilege and racist attitudes have become questioned more than ever. Now, when the arts and culture is also at threat, we can turn…

The Bangor Art Society held an upcycling workshop last week in celebration of sustainability week at the university. Upcycling is the idea of recycling materials to produce something more valuable than the original components. To this end, members were encouraged to use old cans, clothes, bottles or other unwanted objects. We have gathered a few examples of their work below.

Photo by James Churchill North Wales has had a long history of film production, dating back to the inception of cinema itself. Some of the first films to be shot here were silent melodramas. At least three were by the director Sidney Northcote: namely, The Pedlar Of Penmaenmawr, The Smuggler of Anglesea’s Daughter, and The Belle Of Bettws-Y-Coed. Aylwin is another good example. Adapted from a novel by Theodore Watts Dunton and released in 1920, this was partially shot on location in the mountains of Snowdonia. What all of these films share, besides their location, is their fate: they are…

Photo Credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle SMPSP Just like the previously discussed Dark Waters, Bombshell dramatizes a true story of scandal and horror which affected the lives of multiple people for decades. Based on the accounts of the Fox News female employees who sued CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment in the mid 2010’s, the film largely follows three main characters as they face their own individual struggles around the same injustice. Bombshell is directed by Jay Roach who came from a background in comedy, with the likes of Meet the Parents and the Austin Powers trilogy in his filmography. It…

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