Cardiff Life Q&A

A Yurt full of Q & A sessions, discussion panels, stories and comedy.   


Beti George and Elfed Eisteddfod

Beti George chats to Elfed Roberts, Chief Executive of the National Eisteddfod since 1993. Elfed started his career at the Eisteddfod over 30 years ago – here’s an opportunity to hear how the Eisteddfod has developed over the last three decades. At the end of August he will retire, spend more time on the golf course, and spend some quality time with his wife Eirian! A Q&A session full of anecdotes and stories that will certainly be worth hearing!


Does performance art have a place in Wales?

Will performance art always be the runt of the litter of contemporary art in Wales? Is there room for it in the mainstream? Will it continue to get lost somewhere on the way from the ‘Cwt Drama’ to the ‘Lle Celf’ and only mostly seen by non-Welsh speaking audiences in the Capital?  By discussing the art scene in Cardiff as it stands today, what possibilities are there of establishing a Welsh language platform for performance art in Cardff? Is it even necessary, or does it belong on the outskirts, forever in the shadows? Organised by Welsh artist, Elin Meredydd.


Connie Orff

Having trained at London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern – the RADA of Drag – Welsh Drag LL-ensation Connie Orff brings you a brilliantly bilingual musical comedy session in two languages… Perhaps more! Whatever your native tongue, you’ll love Connie’s Orff-the-cuff brand of humour, stories and songs.


On the record

What’s the difference between the music people choose when they appear on Beti a’i Phobol and its equivalent in English Desert Island Discs?  Beti George discusses with Dr Sarah Hill from Cardiff University.


The Welsh language and planning in Cardiff

Cardiff is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, and the Council has stated its intention to further develop the city. But where does the Welsh language and the city’s communities sit in these plans? A discussion on how we can create a capital that the whole of Wales can be proud of. Organised by Cymdeithas yr Iaith.


Dark words

The launch of Jon Gower’s new noir novel Y Düwch (The Darkness) set in South Wales.  An edgy tale of Albanian gangsters, serial killings and political upheaval.


How learning Welsh can double your buisness profit!

A Welsh Learner himself, Steve Dimmick presents a session that will hopefully provide value for anyone who runs their own business, especially if that company is a start-up. In their first 2 years doopoll have brought in an enviable list of global clients, but closer to home the use of the Welsh language has been the cornerstone of their local success. Steve will talk through the challenges and decisions his business has faced and taken to allow them to bring onboard significant clients.


‘Y Wawr’ A celebration of Welsh journalism.

Following the publication of the 200th edition of the ‘Y Wawr’, this is an opportunity to discuss correspondence and journalism by and for women in Welsh in present day Wales. There will be a panel of women with extensive experience in this field, including the new  Editor of ‘Y Wawr’. Organised by Mercher y Wawr.


The hip hop poet

The popular poet and energetic rapper Aneirin Karadog talks football, hip-hop and his fierce love of words with Jon Gower.


Peace in the city

Cardiff has a long and honourable tradition of promoting pacifism.  R. Alun Ifans discusses this history with Jon Gower ahead of the publication of a new book on the subject.


Is there inequality? A hundred years since some women got the vote?

An opportunity to question, challenge, share, reflect and question ideas about women during the last century from women in Wales today. A panel of women will give their views, interpret history and try to give suggestions for the next century. Organised by Merched y Wawr.


Vaughan Roderick

The doyen of Welsh political journalists, Vaughan Roderick will be discussing everything from blogging, keeping tabs on the politics of Cardiff Bay to the hymns of William Williams Pantycelyn.