17 - 20 August, 2017 | Venue Cymru, Llandudno

RawFfest - Youth Arts Festival

Programme

Programme

It's here!  The RawFfest 2017 programme is starting to take shape

What is unique about RawFfest GŵylGrai is that it is programmed by young people. All the performances and exhibitions will be by young people (aged 14 – 25). The many masterclasses and workshops are led by experts.

We’re very excited to publish the first parts of our 2017 programme.  

Thursday

Welcome to the Weird World of RawFfest

Location: Hall
Date: Thursday, 17 August 2017
Time: 4.00pm

Capacity: 60
Category: Other

An hour of awesome games, challenges and mysteries, at the end of which you’ll think you’ve known everyone all your life.

Thursday

Creation Station

Location: Orme Suite
Date: Thursday, 17 August 2017
Time: 5.00pm

Led by: Menai Rowlands a’r Cynefinwyr
Category: Visual Art

From body art to bunting, this is hands-on making workshop gets you in the festival mood

Thursday

Sleepy Tepee

Date: Thursday, 17 August 2017
Time: 5.00pm

Led by: Conwy Youth Services
Category: Other

Partner:
Gwasanaethau Ieuenctid Conwy

Need a moment to chill-out? Enjoy our tepee with soft lighting, comfy cushions, and craft activities. Or simply have a chill and a chat with Conwy Youth Services.

Thursday

Dance First and Think Afterwards*

Location: The Hall, Studio Theatre
Date: Thursday, 17 August 2017
Time: 7.00pm

Category: Dance

A showcase of fabulous youth dance to kick off the festival. Includes a newly created piece from NEW Dance. *Samuel Becket: Waiting for Godot

Thursday

Ten Minutes Longer

Location: Studio Theatre
Date: Thursday, 17 August 2017
Time: 8.00pm

Led by: Volcano Youth Company
Category: Drama / Theatre, Dance

Ten Minutes Longer is a Volcano Youth Company production choreographed by Catherine Bennett and devised by the youth company members. The piece is inspired by the performers’ experience of the impact of digitalisation on their lives. A central concern of ours in rehearsal has been the speeding up of our lives as a consequence of technology. What do we do in the face of this acceleration? Can we keep up or should we slow down?This performance (like Volcano more generally) takes inspiration from contemporary events, playful improvisation and energetic, generous movement

Thursday

Silent Disco

Location: Orme Suite
Date: Thursday, 17 August 2017
Time: 8.30pm

Capacity: 60
Category: Dance, Music

Your own headset, a choice of channels. So half the room could be rocking and the other half rapping. A high energy way to lose yourself in music (particularly recommended if you've just had A level results).

Friday

Bloggology - The Beginner's Guide to Blogging

Location: Narnia - Room 6
Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm

Led by: Sophie McKeand
Capacity: 12
Category: Literature & spoken word

Are you burning to tell the world what you think, but can’t quite find the words? This masterclass will show you how easy it is to set up a blog. Sophie will help you craft words that have impact. And tell you the tricks of the trade to build up a following. Young People’s Laureate Wales, Sophie McKeand is in the forefront of using social media to reach a new audience for poetry.

Friday

Opera - but not as you know it

Location: Level 1; Room 4
Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: 11am – 12.30pm, 1 – 2.30pm, 3 – 4.30pm, 5 – 6pm

Led by: Operasonic
Capacity: 12
Category: Music

Back by popular demand! Begin the reinvention of opera by working with a composer and two opera singers. This workshop will focus on what you want to hear and how you want to make it. Don’t think it’s for you? Operasonic was the surprise hit of the 2016 festival. Go on. We dare you to give it a try.

Friday

Crafty Party

Location: By the tepee
Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: 11.00am - 6pm

Led by: Conwy Youth Services
Capacity: 12
Category: Craft

Partner:
Gwasanaethau Ieuenctid Conwy

Drop-in workshops running all day. Activities include getting glammed-up with festival glitter face-art and making your own footless sandals.

Friday

Sleepy Tepee

Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: 11.00am

Led by: Conwy Youth Services
Category: Other

Partner:
Gwasanaethau Ieuenctid Conwy

Need a moment to chill-out? Enjoy our tepee with soft lighting, comfy cushions, and craft activities. Or simply have a chill and a chat with Conwy Youth Services

Friday

Get Up and Dance

Location: St David’s Room
Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: 11am - 12.30pm, 1 - 2.30pm

Led by: Jamie Jenkins, NEW Dance
Capacity: 20
Category: Dance

Partner:
ACW

Dance is about emotion, expression and empowerment. Give it a go for 90 minutes. Life might never be the same again. This inspirational and inclusive contemporary dance workshop is suitable for all ages over 14. Led by NEW Dance practitioner Jamie Jenkins. No previous experience necessary.

Friday

The cutting edge of devised theatre

Location: Crafnant
Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm (Welsh language), 1.00pm - 2.30pm (bilingual)

Led by: Gwennan Mair Jones
Capacity: 20
Category: Drama / Theatre

Partner:
Theatr Clwyd

This workshop gives you the chance to work with Gwennan, recently appointed as Theatr Clwyd’s Director of Creative Engagement. She is well-known across Wales for her inspiring and risk-taking work. Gwennan specialises in devising new work exploring current issues. Sometimes the starting point will be images; sometimes it’s the space. “Everyone’s a director. Everyone plays a role.”

Friday

Punk Poetry

Location: Narnia: Room 6
Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: 1.00 - 2.30pm

Led by: Sophie McKeand
Capacity: 12
Category: Literature & spoken word

Come to our special Narnia room for a different way to write poetry. Take a pile of newspapers, some sharp scissors and a pot of glue. Soon you’ll be spotting connections, making people laugh, and coming up with powerful images. Use your phone to photograph them and spread your message. Or leave low-tech zines around the festival.

Friday

Stones and the Sea

Location: Promenade
Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: 1.00pm - 2.30pm, 3.00pm - 4.30pm

Led by: Tim Pugh
Capacity: 12
Category: Visual Art

Partner:
Denbighshire County Council

Using pebbles and stones found on the beach, join inspirational environmental artist Tim Pugh to make a beautiful sculpture. You’ll never look at the beach in quite the same way again.

Friday

Live music and lunch

Location: Orme Suite
Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: 1pm - 2pm

Category: Music

Partner:
Ty Cerdd

A lunchtime line up of live music from up ‘n’ coming talent. Today we’re loud, upbeat and raring to go. Our fabulous line up includes North Wales-based trio Gogs.

Friday

Mess it up!

Location: Crafnant
Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: 3.00 - 4.30pm, 5.00 - 6.30pm

Led by: Mess Up The Mess
Capacity: 20
Category: Drama / Theatre

Be awkward and brave through improv and play! An interactive theatre workshop led by Mess Up The Mess’ Youth Arts worker.

Friday

Poetry Surgery

Location: Narnia: Room 6
Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: 4.00 - 5.00pm

Led by: Sophie McKeand
Capacity: One to one
Category: Literature & spoken word

Already writing poetry and want an expert eye? Want to take it to the next level? Book in for a 10 minute one-to-one with Wales’s Young People’s Poet Laureate. Sophie won the Out Spoken Innovation in Poetry Award in 2015 and has worked with young people across the country.

Friday

The Experiment

Location: Secret location in Llandudno
Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: Early evening

Led by: Theatr Clwyd Youth Theatre
Category: Drama / Theatre

This show is the outcome of a two week experiment with young people. It responds to the needs and concerns of young people today. It gives expression to space and time. Come and see what the next generation of theatre-makers are creating. Presented in Welsh and English.

Friday

Opera - but not as you know it

Location: Studio Theatre
Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
Time: 7.00pm

Led by: Operasonic
Category: Music

Prepare to be amazed by the results of today’s Operasonic workshops. Your music. Your words. Their incredible voices.

Saturday

Poetry Revolution

Location: Narnia: Room 6
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm

Led by: Sophie McKeand
Capacity: 12
Category: Literature & spoken word

Poetry: no longer a quiet, private activity. It’s loud, opinionated and relevant. The personal made public. Join the poetry revolution by learning how to perform your work in front of a crowd. This evening you’ll have a chance to try it out at the RawFfest Poetry Slam.

Saturday

Crafty Party

Location: Near the tepee
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 11.00am - 6.00pm

Led by: Conwy Youth Services
Capacity: 12
Category: Craft

Partner:
Gwasanaethau Ieuenctid Conwy

Drop-in workshops running all day. Activities include getting glammed-up with festival glitter face-art and making your own footless sandals.

Saturday

Sleepy Tepee

Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 11.00am - 10pm

Led by: Conwy Youth Services
Category: Other

Partner:
Gwasanaethau Ieuenctid Conwy

Need a moment to chill-out? Enjoy our tepee with soft lighting, comfy cushions, and craft activities. Or simply have a chill and a chat with Conwy Youth Services

Saturday

The Hidden Language of the Body

Location: St David’s Room
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 11am - 12.30pm, 1pm - 2.30pm

Led by: Dawns I Bawb
Capacity: 15
Category: Dance

Partner:
ACW

An introduction to contemporary dance and movement from Angharad Price Jones of Dawns I Bawb. The session aims to inspire creativity through which participants can develop their own movement ideas using contemporary techniques. Suitable for any age from 14 years plus. No previous dance experience necessary.

Saturday

Throwing Some Shade: Don’t leave the performers in the dark!

Location: Rooms 5 & 6
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm

Led by: Mess up the Mess
Capacity: 6
Category: Drama / Theatre

Theatre would be nothing without people behind the scenes to bring it alive. Mess Up The Mess Tech Volunteers will lead you into the light with a hands-on theatre lighting workshop.

Saturday

Message in a Bottle

Location: Promenade
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 1.00 - 2.30pm, 3.00 - 4.30pm

Led by: Tim Pugh
Capacity: 12
Category: Visual Art

Partner:
Denbighshire County Council

Imagine your message, safely tucked into a bottle and carried across the ocean. What would you say? What message do you want to send to the world? This is the starting point for a new art installation that environmental artist Tim Pugh will make with you.

Saturday

Live music and lunch

Location: Orme Suite
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 1pm - 2pm

Category: Music

Partner:
Ty Cerdd

A lunchtime line up of live music from up ‘n’ coming talent. Today we’re all acoustic, laid back and bluesy. Our fabulous line up includes singer songwriter Kiani Marie.

Saturday

The personal made public

Location: Narnia (Room 5)
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 1pm - 2.30pm

Led by: Natasha Borton
Capacity: 12
Category: Literature & spoken word

Reclaim your own unique, personal experiences by transforming them into powerful poetry. Natasha is passionate about poetry’s ability to empower young people and change our views. These personal poems can then become public at tonight’s Poetry Slam. Natasha will help you build the confidence to speak in front of a crowd of people.

Saturday

Punk Poetry

Location: Narnia: Room 6
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 3.00 - 4.30pm

Led by: Sophie McKeand
Category: Literature & spoken word

Come to our special Narnia room for a different way to write poetry. Take a pile of newspapers, some sharp scissors and a pot of glue. Soon you’ll be spotting connections, making people laugh, and coming up with powerful images. Use your phone to photograph them and spread your message. Or leave low-tech zines around the festival.

Saturday

Basics of Circus Acrobatics and Physical Theatre

Location: St David’s Room
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 3.00 - 4.30pm, 5.00 - 6.30pm

Led by: Rowen Kimpton
Capacity: 14
Category: Drama / Theatre, Circus

An opportunity to learn how to combine physical theatre and circus acrobatics to create incredibly fun and entertaining theatre. Starting with the basic building blocks of acrobatics, in just 90 minutes you can be part of a short performance piece of pop-up theatre. A youth-led workshop suitable for all ages and all levels of experience.

Saturday

Wanna Play?

Location: Rooms 5 & 6
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 3.00pm - 4.30pm

Led by: Penygraig Youth Theatre
Category: Drama / Theatre

Partner:
Valleys Kids

We’ve had horror films in 2-D and 3-D. For the first time, Penygraig Youth Theatre bring you the 4-D sensory experience. Be prepared for surprises. Only for people with strong nerves.

Saturday

The Poetry Pop Video

Location: Narnia (Room 5)
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 5pm - 6.30pm

Led by: Natasha Borton
Capacity: 12
Category: Literature & spoken word

Young poets are using YouTube and Vimeo to reach a new audience. Beautiful, inspiring poetry videos are now easy to make. In this workshop, Natasha will help you write your own poem, record it on your smart phone and edit it to be uploaded to the web.

Saturday

Sbectol Haul

Location: Llandudno Promenade
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 5pm (hyd 40 munud / about 40 mins)

Category: Drama / Theatre

Partner:
Frân Wen

Part theatre, part carnival, all excitement. Devised by thirty young people and showing Frân Wen’s trademark imagination and creativity, this brand new open-air show will take Llandudno by storm. This production is in Welsh but is accessible to all audiences.

Saturday

Poetry Slam

Location: Orme Suite
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Led by: Sophie McKeand & Natasha Borton
Category: Literature & spoken word

Competitive live poetry. 3 words you wouldn’t usually see together. But it makes for a super-charged event. Up to 10 poets can sign up to compete in 2 rounds of spoken verse, duelling with words until one emerges the winner.

Saturday

Sbri

Location: Studio Theatre
Date: Saturday 19th August, 2017
Time: 8pm

Led by: Frân Wen
Category: Drama / Theatre

Join us for a montage of hits from Frân Wen's Sbri 3 family musical. Following last year's sell-out run, the original cast return to entertain us with a feast of covers from Candelas, Geraint Jarman, Yws Gwynedd, Y Cyrff and more. This performance is in Welsh but is accessible to all audiences.

Sunday

The Rubbish Music Workshop

Location: Workshop 4
Date: Sunday 20th August, 2017
Time: 11am - 12.30pm

Led by: Emma Louis
Capacity: 15
Category: Music

Drainpipes, parts of a defunct radiator, old pringles tubes. They can all be used to make music. Sonic artist Emma Louis will help you make instruments, show you how a graphic score works. We’ll start by recreating Delia Derbyshire’s Doctor Who theme tune. Then move on to original pieces for a pop-up performance.

Sunday

Communication, charisma and chemistry

Location: Workshop 2, first floor
Date: Sunday 20th August, 2017
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm

Led by: Techniquest Glyndŵr
Capacity: 20
Category: Other

This is a fun, hands on workshop. First you’ll watch with awe, then you’ll work out how to communicate science experiments to an audience. Finally as a team present a pop-up performance. Discover your inner science professor. Workshop delivered in Welsh and English.

Sunday

Tinted Windows

Location: St David’s Room
Date: Sunday 20th August, 2017
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm

Led by: Rhydyfelin Youth Theatre
Capacity: 10 (in each 30 minute slot)
Category: Drama / Theatre

What’s happening to all that information you post about yourself? Is it showing the real you? Find out through this 4-dimensional experience which includes film, puppetry and a Big Brother booth.

Sunday

The Jungle: film with live performance

Location: Hall: Studio
Date: Sunday 20th August, 2017
Time: 12 noon

Led by: Dawns I Bawb
Category: Dance

Partner:
ACW

The Jungle is an exploration of the refugee experience and the journeys encountered whilst fleeting one’s homeland. The film was shot on West Shore in Llandudno and the accompanying duet is performed by Angharad Jones Young and Elin Haf Morris