With a year to go until Cardiff hosts WOMEX, the leading world music showcase, the city is taking the Cardiff Creative Exchange to London to show off the creative credentials of the capital of Wales.
The event, at BAFTA in Piccadilly on October 8, will attract a London-based media and creative services audience with a flavour of what’s in store at WOMEX and a panel discussion led by Cardiff-born radio presenter Huw Stephens, who also co-founded the city’s Sŵn Festival.
Cardiff is rapidly developing a strong international reputation as a cultural hub, boasting events and activities such as:
Artes Mundi – the UK’s largest international prize for contemporary visual artists, a biennial event which attracts artists from around the world, now in Cardiff for the fifth time
BBC Cymru Wales Roath Lock studios – drama village, home to Doctor Who, Casualty, Pobol y Cwm, Wizards vs Aliens, Sherlock?
Cardiff Contemporary – a visual arts exposé throughout the city in October and November 2012
Cardiff Design Festival – covering all forms of design, runs Sept 28 – Oct 14
Cardiff Music Festival – young classical singers showcased at various venues throughout Cardiff
Porth Teigr – a new Cardiff Bay development offering opportunities for businesses in the creative industries
Sŵn Festival – a city-wide contemporary music event, Oct 18-21 2012
Soundtrack Film and Music Festival – celebrating the powerful relationship between the two art forms, and has featured Danny Boyle and Gabriel Yared, Nov 14-18 2012
This burgeoning reputation provides the backdrop to Cardiff winning the bid over eight other cities to host WOMEX 13 (October 23 – 27 2013).
Adrian Clark, chairman of Cardiff & Co, the city’s marketing company, said: “Winning WOMEX for 2013 was a real coup for Cardiff. Cardiff is now one of the UK’s top centres for creative and media industries. It has shown it can attract established major international events such as Artes Mundi and has also become the city of choice for innovative awards such as the Lumen prize – the world’s first digital fine art prize.“
Daniela Teuber, WOMEX Director of Production has said: “The city offers a most favourable setting for our complex event and its 2500 delegates and many artists from all over the globe: truly professional, highly motivated local production partners; wonderful venues matching our multifaceted needs in close proximity; and Wales’ outstanding cultural wealth, hospitality and scenic beauty.”
Cardiff Creative Exchange is produced by Cardiff & Co, the body responsible for marketing the city, and takes place at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly from 6.30pm on Monday October 8.