Cultural Playing Field


Up for Arts/Celf Amdani Carmarthen by Robin Simpson
September 16, 2011, 10:37 am
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Beer mat gallery at Up for Arts/Celf Amdani Carmarthen

Beer mat gallery at Up for Arts/Celf Amdani Carmarthen

On Saturday I was in Carmarthen for our first Voluntary Arts Wales Up for Arts event. It was a great day, despite the weather. Hundreds of people stopped to take a look at the wide range of artforms and crafts being demonstrated by local amateur groups. And the occasional downpour only served to drive more people into our marquee! It was wonderful to see so many people, young and old, having a go at screen-printing, spinning, candle-making, mask-making and much more. And there were some wonderful performances in Guildhall Square throughout the day, including poetry, creative writing and lots of music. I particularly enjoyed the local teenage kora maestro – who knew that Carmarthen harboured such expertise in the West African harp-lute?

Kora player at Up for Arts/Celf Amdani Carmarthen

Kora player at Up for Arts/Celf Amdani Carmarthen

 

As always, the more you talk to enthusiasts from local arts groups about their particular artforms, and the more you get involved in trying the activity yourself, the more you understand the complexity, the fascination and the satisfaction of taking part. After a few minutes talking to a member of the screen-printing group on Saturday, I could see completely how it could become a real passion. Enthusiasm for any creative activity is truly infectious and what Up for Arts always achieves is to demonstrate the wealth of enthusiasm and expertise that exists in any local community.

 

Congratulations to Fliss and Sioned for putting together a great event in Carmarthen and good luck for the second VAW Up for Arts event in Rhyl this weekend.

Robin Simpson.

Spinning at Up for Arts/Celf Amdani Carmarthen

Spinning at Up for Arts/Celf Amdani Carmarthen

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