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On the run-up to Christmas, there’s few things as iconic as the family trip to the panto. Audiences from all around the United Kingdom travelled to Llandudno to enjoy the glistening production of Cinderella on its opening night. The evening is set with anticipation and buzz. Cinderella, the new pantomime in Llandudno has established itself in adverts on buses all around North Wales, as well as signs around the seaside town. Walking in to the auditorium the dressed-up panto curtain, projections and silvery snowflake decorations have an instant effect: cue wide smiles on people’s faces, cue the first toddlers fussing about,…

As the curtain rises, a feeling of joy and curiosity sweeps over the audience. They have gone to see a show by the Welsh National Opera, and tonight for many, like myself, this may be their first time seeing a live opera. Not knowing what to expect, other than highly technical singing in Italian, I am surprised that my inner child is resurfaced in such a context. La Cenerentola, one of WNO’s three shows at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, brings a sense of fun and relaxed exposition onstage along with skillful vocal craft, in Italian composer Gioachino Rossini’s version of Cinderella.…

UNDEB Bangor hosted their second ever cultural fair at Bangor University on the 18th October. The event was organised by the student’s union and the Vice President of Societies and Volunteering, Muhammad Firdaus. The event raises money for Bangor University’s societies and clubs as well as donations to the university’s RAG charities. The evening consisted of different creative performances from several societies, including martial arts demonstrations and medieval re-enactment. A total of 23 societies attended, compared to 16 from the previous year. Muhammad Firdaus said ‘We are a university in the middle of North Wales. When you walk on the…

Sparkly, energetic theatre virtuoso Ruth Madoc talks with Seren about Calendar Girls the Musical in Llandudno, life of acting and her visions of the industry Let’s get started. Calendar Girls has enjoyed touring already in Leeds and Canterbury, and now at Newcastle. Tell me, what has it been like to perform in and around Yorkshire, where the story is famously set? It’s very interesting. We started off in Leeds which of course went absolutely swimmingly. But we thought, how will it go down in Canterbury in the south? Well, of course it was amazing, because it is a universal story.…

Pontio Arts And Innovations Centre For all your entertainment needs. Be it cinema, theatre, circus, comedy, dance, or just a good old coffee and cake, Pontio is your go-to arts and culture establishment in Bangor. Also full of art installations and work spaces for students, there’s always surprises to find. Check out “Y Caban” landmark on Pontio Hill for extra points. Location: Big, modern white building on Deiniol Road. Storiel Art Gallery Previously Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Storiel hosts a variety of art galleries, museum exhibitions and community exhibition spaces to bring the historical and contemporary…

A new display has recently gone on display in the foyer of Storiel. Entitled Scales and Tails, snakes, crocodiles and tortoises are just some of the specimens on display that are on loan from Brambell Natural History Museum which is part of the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University. Several of the specimens are in jars of fluid and are still used for teaching. The display has been curated by Melissa Green, 34, a volunteer who is currently a 2nd year zoology and herpetology student at the university. She said: ‘It’s been a great opportunity to help educate people on…

Minecraft is the name of a computer game that most of you, if not all of you, will know. If you don’t know, shame on you. Where’ve you been living for the past six years? Before its official release on 18th November 2011, the game spent roughly two years in a beta testing period and, as of last year, had sold up to 60 million copies world-wide. Last year, Microsoft bought the company Mojang and intellectual rights to Minecraft for $2.5 billion. The BBC, the Telegraph, the Guardian, and more blog posts than you can shake a stick at have…

An exhibit of oil paintings that depict Richard III’s internment opened at Leicester Cathedral. The collection is by artist-in-residence Michael Harrison. Sarah Lucas unveiled I Scream Daddio, a provocative show that includes a nine-foot phallus, at the Venice Bienalle. Van Gogh’s L’Allee des Alyscamps sold for $66m (£43.5m) at Sotherby’s in an impressionism and modernism sale that took an impressive total of $368m (£242m). Helen Sear, the first solo female to represent Wales at the Venice Bienalle, unveiled photographs of the trees of Monmouthshire, where she lives. The Irishman who funded Tim Schmalz’s Homeless Jesus statue remains unnamed. All that…

The Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most prestigious award ceremonies for photography around. The awards are separated into different categories. Giovanni Troilo remains one of the strangest galleries in the exhibition, winning first place in the People category with La Ville Noire, which translates as ‘The Black Town’. From gazing upon the photos, one notices clearly why it is named so ominously. The photos document what Troilo describes as ‘the dark heart of Europe’, a bleak part of Italy where literally ‘anything goes’. The rising unemployment, the increasing immigration, and what Troilo documents as a regression to…

I can’t say that I expected to see the most famous ‘star-cross’d’ lovers kill themselves then get up for a song and dance immediately afterwards. It was however an entertaining conclusion to Shakespeare’s most famous tragic love story. Having only bought the tickets for this touring production of Romeo and Juliet as a means to fill an evening over the Easter break, I can’t say I was particularly enthusiastic about going. I was in fact pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this production as it presented a successful balance of comedic and tragic elements. Having had the privilege to…

Humans are obsessed with boobs. It’s not specific to any labels you want to stick in the spectra of gender and sexual orientation, and, as we can see here, it’s always been the case. Pre-Historic Named the ‘Venus of Willendorf’, this sculpture of the female form was found in 1908 near Willendorf in Austria. Carved from oolitic limestone and coloured with red ochre, the piece has been dated all the way back to 28,000 BC. Her full form and voluptuousness has been understood to represent fertility and procreation. Another group of thought, however, is that it acted as a good luck…

Harper launched a non-profit production company to save the play version of To Kill A Mockingbird in her hometown of Monroeville. The news came after licenser Dramatic Publishing did not renew the contract. Sotherby’s launched Henry Hudson’s new plasticine exhibit, during which critics commended the displays for their likeness to oil paintings. The Museum of the Year shortlist for 2015 was announced ahead of the Tate Modern ceremony this July. The nominees are The Imperial War Museum, The Whitworth in Manchester, The MAC in Belfast, The Tower of London, The Oxford Museum of Natural History, and The Stamford Military Hospital.…

David Hockney has launched a new body of work in LA featuring portraiture and experimental photography. The “3D photographs without the glasses”, as the 77-year old puts it, are a marked departure from the Yorkshire landscapes he has painted for the last decade. Turner prize winner Grayson Perry has donated his sketch of a troubled mind to a struggling mental health support group. The artist has frequently been public about his experiences with depression and is a prominent advocate of therapy. An exhibition of “elemental” photography has opened in LA. The displays features fragments of smoke, electricity, and even semen…

Rare fragments of a 14th century stained glass window removed from Heckington’s St Andrews Church in Lincolnshire in 1946 are to be returned. The floor plan for 1 Facebook Way, Mark Zuckerberg’s new engineering HQ, was revealed. The 430,000 sq. ft (40,000 sq. m) space features a real-life Facebook wall and a rollerblade fun park and is expected to become the largest open plan space in the world. Six paintings by French impressionist Claude Monet recovered from private collectors could fetch up to $110m (£73m) during NYC’s spring auction collection. Two sketches by Cezanne have been found during conservation work…

It’s all graffiti to me. A big tag written across a wall or a really talented piece of work or stencil. It’s not that I believe it is all just vandalism; it’s that I think it is all Street Art. No matter how unimaginative or rude, it all has a place in our cities because it reflects our culture. Belfast city is an excellent example of the importance of each mark on the landscape of our home streets. Back in September, an event called Culture Night Belfast popped up for one evening across the whole city. Dancers, actors, and musicians…

Graffiti can be seen before its cultural rise in the 1990s. It was particularly big during the Roman period, when drawings of the like seen in public bathrooms today could be seen throughout the streets. Many examples of these, including some jokes that probably shouldn’t be retold in Seren, have been preserved in Pompeii and can be seen to describe gladiator fights as well as jokes about people in the community. A section in the Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland also contains a brick with the engraving of a… certain body part. It is thought that this was the craftsman’s…

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