Important changes to indycube membership forthcoming

Important changes to indycube membership forthcoming
"We're bringing certainty to an uncertain world."
 
As many of our members will already know, we’ve been going through some changes recently. We’ve opened up our Community Benefit Society membership, taken on 3 new full-time members of staff and 3 interns, teamed up with Community Union, and started to put together a package of benefits for those who sign up to our forthcoming digital trade union. (Full details of this very soon.)

Part of this means that, as of June 1st, you’ll need to become a 'member' of indycube if you want to keep using us. You’ll need to head over to our CBS sign-up form and become a member of our society - paying £1 a month will get you a share in indycube, an equal say in all important decisions within the organisation, a year’s free trial of our union membership, and access to the same prices you’ve always paid. It’s really a no-brainer!

Not sure?

If you're not sure joining is for you, before you consider upping sticks, let us make you a cuppa and listen to your thoughts. As you can imagine, losing anyone for the sake of an extra £1/month would be a bit daft, so we really don't want that to happen.

If you have a team working at indycube, you only NEED to pay £1 a month, which will cover your whole company. Of course, if individual team members want to sign up to the CBS and gain access to the benefits on offer on a personal level, they'll be more than welcome!

We’ll be campaigning on your behalf, helping to shape government policy, while giving our members a collective voice and a platform for positive change, and we want you to join us.

Those who sign-up to our CBS by June 1st will get to trial the benefits of union membership. As part of our attempt to ‘level the playing field’ for freelancers and the self-employed across the UK, we’ll be including:

  • Dispute resolution and legal support
  • Invoice factoring
  • Member profiles on our website
  • Discounted rates on selected insurance services and associate retailers
  • and loads more, to be confirmed at our upcoming launches...

There’s no gimmick, and no hidden agenda - these are just some plain and simple things that will make working as a single person or small business significantly less precarious. From June 1st, signing up for membership of this union will cost just £10 a month, and will include the cost of normal indycube society membership. As with the society membership it will be open to those within and outside our network. Safe to say, this is likely to be the best value £10 a freelancer, homeworker or gigger is ever likely to pay. We’re hoping to bring some certainty to the very uncertain world of freelance work.
Join our community now.

Once we’ve officially launched on June 1st, we’ll be hosting several interactive events and open days across the UK. More information on that to follow.

Great British Entrepreneur Awards secures partnership with NatWest

 The Great British Entrepreneur Awards today announce their three-year partnership with NatWest and Entrepreneurial Spark. With increased support from NatWest, the organisers have been able to extend the coverage of the Entrepreneur Awards across the UK and ceremonies will now be held in five cities - Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and London - compared with two in previous years.

Now in its fifth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some outstanding entrepreneurs who have gone on to become household names. Previous winners include David Buttress - Former CEO of Just Eat, Julie Dean - Founder of The Cambridge Satchell Company, James Watt - Founder of Brewdog and Alexander Solomou - Founder and CEO of The Lad Bible.
                                                              
Creator of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca Russell, believes that it is vital that British entrepreneurs are championed. She explained: "Entrepreneurs inject competition into markets, create jobs and spur innovation. In many cases their businesses change the ways in which we live and work. These awards are different because they celebrate the story behind these people - true entrepreneurs are as much about their story as they are about their balance sheet.”

Caroline Thompson, NatWest’s entrepreneur development manager, who oversees Wales’ Entrepreneurial Spark hub, said: “Wales has a vibrant entrepreneurial economy thanks to strong support networks for small businesses as well as the passion and dedication we see from the entrepreneurs themselves.

“These awards are the perfect showcase for the people behind the ideas which so often go on to become such huge success stories. NatWest is delighted that our support will enable these Awards to continue to recognise the brightest and best of Wales’ entrepreneurial talent.” 

Entrepreneurial Spark, powered by NatWest, is the world's largest free business accelerator for start-up and scale-up businesses. It now has 12 UK hubs, covering all four nations of the UK, with a London hub opening its doors in August 2017. These hubs have supported businesses that have collectively turned over £176m and secured £151m in investment. The entrepreneurs behind these businesses have, to date, created 3,152 jobs across the UK.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards opens for applications now and will celebrate entrepreneurship across 14 categories including Innovation, High Street, Start-Up and Creative Industries. You can enter here: www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com.

Meet the ambitious business student from Yemen

Times are changing, we're growing, and we've got 5 new members on the indycube team, including two new interns! We think they're all pretty great, and we'd like you to get to know them too, so here they are, introducing themselves:

Reem Al-shaibani
aka the ambitious business student from Yemen

"My name is Reem Al-Shaibani. I'm a final year Business and Finance student at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. I am originally from Yemen, a very beautiful country - I'd recommend everyone research it. Along with Leif, I am a new intern at indycube, based in Swansea. My internship will be more focused on project management. I am looking forward to becoming a part of the indycube team."

Chariot: a dark comedy filming at indycube Swansea

'Chariot' saw some wickedly funny corruption caught on tape at indycube Swansea this week

We were really pleased to be able to support local film again this week when Chariot film made use of our Swansea space after raising close to a whopping 10k through a crowdfunding campaign.

The team described the timely Chariot as a 'A wickedly funny movie about a corrupt politician who will stop at nothing to win a local election'. Filmed documentary-style with a small crew and the help of the local community in Swansea, (that's us!) the film is a response to the rise of the "Winner Takes All" culture over the last 30 years. It explores this by looking at the actions of one man, and his effect on a small community in post-Brexit UK. 

Writer Rob Surman was able to put the project together around a stellar cast, including Darren Evans, aka Danny Two-Hats from Channel 4's hit TV series My Mad Fat Diary. Similarly to indycube, Rob was keen to maintain full creative control over the project, and turned to crowd funding platform Indiegogo in order to avoid having to ask for anything from the government or other corporate sources.

You can still support Chariot by heading over to their Indiegogo page.

Meet the 2015 British Kickboxing Champion

Times are changing, we're growing, and we've got 5 new members on the indycube team, including two new interns! We think they're all pretty great, and we'd like you to get to know them too, so here they are, introducing themselves:

Leif Thobroe
aka the Jamaican Viking

"Hi, I'm Leif, one of the new interns at indycube. I'll be based in Swansea where I'll be helping to manage social media. I am a creative and enthusiastic individual who is business-minded and strives to succeed. After receiving a postgraduate scholarship in 2015, I returned to university to complete my Master of Business and Administration, MBA degree at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. I am currently specialising in marketing and social media engagement and retention. In my time at university, I was awarded two outstanding achievement awards for enhancing the current and future student experience through developing effective marketing campaigns and for my overall contribution to the MBA programme.  

Some fun facts about me?


  • I was the 2015 British Kickboxing Champion
  • I am also an aspiring Para Taekwondo Competitor
  • I coach U15s Football
  • I come from both Jamaican and Norwegian descent."

Meet the man who once knocked Kate Moss off her feet

Times are changing, we're growing, and we've got 5 new members on the indycube team to help us get to where we want to be! We think they're all pretty great, and we'd like you to get to know them too, so here they are, introducing themselves:


Wiard Sterk
aka the man who once knocked Kate Moss off her feet

I’m a mobile European, born in Utrecht, in the heart of the Netherlands. I spent my formative years in semi-rural Waterland, the low lying, soggy, flatlands just north of Amsterdam, as well as fully urban and cosmopolitan Amsterdam itself. When I moved to the UK I first landed in London, but after a couple of years moved on to Wales. As part of my work as a stage and theatre management, I travelled the breadth and width of Wales, as well as parts of the rest of the UK. In the mid ‘90s I completed my Art History degree with the Open University and my focus changed to developing and implementing visual art projects with artists, architects and urban designers in the public realm. I ran two creative agencies, CBAT the Arts & Regeneration Agency and Safle, and initiated and guided, among others, the implementation of commissioning programmes in Cardiff Bay and the St David’s shopping centre and projects as far afield as Wolverhampton, Essex and Jersey.

Since 2010 I’ve worked as a freelance consultant (art commissions, strategic advice, organisational development) and translator, mostly working from my native Dutch into English. Freelancing offers flexibility in terms of where and when to work and what work to pursue, accept or reject. But these freedoms are restricted by circumstance and the need to earn. Freelancing can be precarious, in particular in fields where competition is high or where demand (or client expectations and/or willingness to pay a decent rate) is low, however enjoyable and worthwhile the work and output. And the loneliness of the sole trader, though at times liberating, can be inhibiting and short of creative challenge.

So I’m delighted to be able to bring the best of both worlds together, supporting freelance workers in their pursuits and help change the world, or at least help redefine our relationship with work and employment. As Indycube Connector I hope to be a conduit for collaboration, information, advice and, with a bit of luck, inspiration for Indycube members.

Some brief and sometimes curious facts about myself:

  • My current stomping ground is Grangetown, Cardiff, where I live in a late 19C dockworker’s terrace with my wife, Carole-Anne, and our much too smart and demanding black and white cat. Some recent research revealed that at the time of the 1881 census 13 people lived in the house, including three women named Mary who ran a local laundry business.
  • We run two allotments (weather permitting) at Leckwith Groves, a little lost world just by Ninian Park, where a richly mixed community of growers build greenhouses and sheds out of whatever they can find and cultivates anything that will take hold in the heavy clay soil.
  • My three children have long made their own way in the world, living in Bristol, Berlin and Barcelona respectively. Since I moved from Amsterdam to Cardiff, I fear they may have overdone making up for me skipping a B.
  • I sail my Quarter Ton racer cruiser (in all weathers) on Cardiff Bay and the Severn Estuary and, at times, join the crew of another Quarter Tonner to sail in more serious and competitive regattas. In last year’s Quarter Ton Cup in Cowes we won the coveted price of Oldest Average Age for a Crew.
  • I’m not a bad cook, make wicked risottos with homemade stock and bake divine sourdough bread.
  • If that lottery win comes in you’ll find me on La Concha in San Sebastian/Donostia, or propping up a bar munching Pinchos and drinking Tio Pepe.

Wiard will be working as our connector, moving from place to place getting to know our community - make sure you say hi!

Meet the trampoline talent who once waltzed through an airport in a Leotard of Shame

Times are changing, we're growing, and we've got 5 new members on the indycube team to help us get to where we want to be! We think they're all pretty great, and we'd like you to get to know them too, so here they are, introducing themselves:


Sarah Scotcher
aka the trampolining talent who once waltzed through Dublin Airport in her club's Leotard of Shame | aka the most organised woman in Wales

"Hello! I’m Sarah, an English twenty-something who stayed in Wales after studying English Literature & History at Cardiff University. I’ve worked in recruitment and the public and third sectors, but the majority of my experience comes from co-founding and running a small business for five years. Having had a wonderful time developing processes and building a team there, I’m ready to dive into a new challenge – and I’m very excited about it. 

I understand the day to day stresses of being a business owner, and feel that the playing field could be levelled out to make things a bit fairer and stable for the self-employed, freelancers and those working in the gig economy. When I’m not working to make sure operations run nice and smoothly, I love…

  • Reading and writing – I try to do a little of both every day. I like novels and non-fiction, as well as articles covering current affairs - especially those focussing on gender politics
  • Weekend breaks to beautiful places 
  • Walks in the countryside (usually followed by red wine and board games)
  • Seeing my family in England, and having fun with my partner’s adorable nephews
  • Dw i’n trio dysgu Cymraeg, ond ma eisiau i fi ymarfer!"
Some of you may know Sarah Scotcher as an indycuber herself - she used Swansea and then Trade Street for years to run her business before moving on to other adventures. We're thrilled to have Sarah on board - we know she's hard working, diligent and really knows her stuff!

Meet the man behind the 5p charge for carrier bags

Times are changing, we're growing, and we've got 5 new members on the indycube team to help us get to where we want to be! We think they're all pretty great, and we'd like you to get to know them too:

Ceri Davies
aka the man behind the 5p charge for carrier bags

"I’m Ceri Davies, an early 40s boy from Mid Wales. Attracted to the bright lights of Cardiff as a student, I am yet to return home! I wanted to change the world and spent much of my career developing and delivering public policy (I made you pay that 5p for carrier bags!), and now I'm looking for something different - the We are changing the way Wales does business" approach of indycube is where I see the future.

"Outside of what I do to pay the bills I keep busy in numerous ways:
  • Husband - to Tara | Father - of two young daughters | Son and brother
  • Environmentalist - More your local environment than the grand scheme but its all in the mix
  • Keep Wales Tidy trustee | Founder Keep Cathays Tidy | Cardiff Community Energy
  • Sportsman - ish! If it’s got a ball to chase - I’m in, be it playing, watching and supporting anything with a welsh badge on it
  • Historian - degree in Welsh history and still dabbling in a bit of research – plus dragging two young girls around every castle in Wales :o)
  • Entrepreneur - Like the odd property venture and always got a few schemes bubbling away
  • Social commentator and observer – interested in politics, social justice, regeneration, engineering, and I love a “nudge"
  • Dysgwr Cymraeg

"I'm currently excited by the indycube approach, plans and inspirational team, and looking forward to bringing my thinking, skills and experience to changing the way we do things. I still want to change the world! Keep in touch with me on twitter.

We're excited to have Ceri on board to help keep us all in line!

#MakeYourTeam fully funded team development for employers

The #MakeYourTeam Employer’s Programme brings you fully-funded, bespoke business support to get the most from your team.

Are you a woman living or working in Wales? Do you want your business and staff to grow, succeed and prosper? You might just be eligible for Chwarae Teg’s Make Your Team Employer's Programme. Stephanie Griffiths came in to indycube to talk to us, and we thought we'd pass the opportunity on to our cohort, since many of you run small teams.

The Make Your Team Employer’s Programme involves:
  • 1:1 consultancy from expert Employer Partners

  • A comprehensive Business Culture Survey

  • Full results analysis with recommended actions and implementation support

  • An Equally and Diversity Strategy and action Plan tailored to your business

  • Eligibility to attain Chwarae Teg’s Exemplar Employer Award

  • Up to 35 hours fully funded support across 12 months

  • Tailored support for your business needs

The Employer's Programme is fully-funded providing you meet the criteria, which can be found on the MakeYourSelf website, where you can also get started with your application. Alternatively, you can contact Stephanie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In addition, Chwarae Teg will be hosting their annual Womenspire Awards on the 21st of June this year at the Wales Millennium Centre. Women can nominate themselves, friends, colleagues, family members or anyone they think is deserving of an award! There’s also an award for men. Nominations are now live - so get voting!

Finally, Chwarae Teg are also conducting a piece on Men’s Perceptions of Gender Equality in the Workplace. if you are a man or woman working in the ICT, costruction or energy and environment sectors, maybe you could give this survey a go.

        #MAKEYOURSELF



#MakeYourSelf fully funded career development for women

#MakeYourSelf's Women’s Programme will bring out the team leader in you. Benefit from this fully-funded Career Development Programme.

Are you a woman living or working in Wales? You might just be eligible for Chwarae Teg’s Make Your Self Women’s Programme. Stephanie Griffiths came in to indycube to talk to us, and we thought we'd pass the opportunity on to our awesome female cohort - (we love that about 50% of ic users are women!)

The Make Your Self Women’s Programme involves:
  • Getting to know your goals, barriers, skills and personal learning style to create an action plan for your development journey

  • Individual advice support and guidance

  • Achieving a qualification accredited by the world renowned Institute of Leadership and Management

  • Tailored bite-seized learning modules to gain further knowledge, experience and confidence to reach your potential

  • Opportunities to meet, share and learn from inspirational women in Wales

  • Opportunity to apply for a training allowance of £750 and a 1:1 mentoring scheme

The Women’s Programme is fully-funded providing you meet the criteria, which can be found on the MakeYourSelf website, where you can also get started with your application. Alternatively, you can contact Stephanie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In addition, Chwarae Teg will be hosting their annual Womenspire Awards on the 21st of June this year at the Wales Millennium Centre. Women can nominate themselves, friends, colleagues, family members or anyone they think is deserving of an award! There’s also an award for men. Nominations are now live - so get voting!

Finally, Chwarae Teg are also conducting a piece on Men’s Perceptions of Gender Equality in the Workplace. if you are a man or woman working in the ICT, costruction or energy and environment sectors, maybe you could give this survey a go.

        #MAKEYOURSELF

Become a legend, Newport-style


What and who are the legends of Newport? Are there mythological beasts that once roamed the shores of the Usk? Is there a Maindee community member who bravely saved someone’s life? What old stories do grandparents tell their grandchildren in Pillgwennlly? We love local folklore and the unique stories that come with every town and city across the country. Drama leader Rhian Hutchings works from ic Newport, developing Operasonic.

Over the next 12 months, they will be uncovering the legends of  Newport working with local young people. Each legend will be transformed into a performance that brings together music, storytelling, design and drama – all the ingredients of opera. Their young opera creators will work with composers, directors and opera singers to create their legends and share them with their communities, with a final performance from all four grous on Sunday July 2nd 2017.

All tickets for this final show are only £5. Book your tickets now!

Operasonic and Newport Legends have set up a fundraiser and are asking for your help to:
  • bring all the participants together to showcase and share their amazing work in a professional venue
  • give our young participants the memorable experience of performing on a big stage in front of a live audience
  • celebrate Newport and all the amazing stories, myths, legends and people who live there
  • give all participants their own Newport Legends T-shirt to take away and keep so they never forget what they have achieved
  • pay for an ensemble of 4 professional musicians to play for the performance - making it an extra-special experience!
Go on - be a legend.

Something smells fishy... coworking for the employee

because who doesn't need a home for their plastic marine life?

Unlike most of our users, who tend to fall in to the freelancer/gig economy/self-employed category, David Parker is 'traditionally' employed. He works for Youngs, whose HQ is based in Grimsby - (the town we all know from that Sacha Baron Cohen film - unfortunately, neither he nor Rebel Wilson actually live there.)

For some time, Youngs had a HQ in London, but when that shut and the company relocated to Grimsby, Dave chose to pursue a different job, wanting to remain central. Eventually deciding the new placement wasn't for him, and that his love of fish-fingers was too great to deny, Dave opted to go back to his job at Youngs, but was still reluctant to move to Grimsby, an English town where he had no friends, family or connections. Instead, he insisted on working from home and became field-based. Having studied in the seaside city, Swansea is one of Dave's favourite places and has everything that he needs to keep his job with Youngs - a train station, quick access to the motorway, and proximity to an airport. 

Initially, this may sound like a dream come true - a good job, all the fish-fingers you can eat, a flexible work pattern and the ability to never change out of your pjs. Like most freelancers though, Dave quickly learned that this lifestyle isn't all it's cracked up to be.

'Six months of working from home saw my productivity suffering, and my wellbeing affected. I had no separation between work and home, no work-life balance. It was harder to focus and I was often working late in to the night.'

At his own expense, Dave uses indycube Swansea as a half-time member. He's been with us for about two years now, and the rest, as they say, is history. 'It's worth the £100 a month for the piece of mind and the mental wellbeing.'

Using indycube means Dave can have his cake and eat it - all the benefits of working from home with the addition of his own desk-space, a separation between home and the workplace, and the company of others.

Whether you're employed or self-employed, you can easily book a desk at any indycube - go on, you know you want to.

We're 7 today and we've got a story to share

written by ic founder Mark Hooper

Here we are again, and a whole year older. Today, St David's Day 2017, marks indycube's seventh anniversary, and it's worth taking two minutes to ask 'so what?' and 'what next?' Like any seven year old, we're growing and developing - our aims are becoming more ambitious and we're taking a little more time to reflect.

Firstly, 'so what?'

At the beginning of 2016, I wrote about a bunch of changes we were planning for the year ahead. As with lots of things, we tried our very best to get things done in the time planned, but struggled somewhat with our limited resource base & (far more blameworthy) my own general antagonism towards bureaucracy & bureaucrats, so things have taken that little bit longer.

It's worth a quick update on that blog, and on two points in particular. A bit like a clarifications & corrections column in a daily newspaper, but in our case not squirrelled away in the bottom corner of page 47.

  1. We've actually become a Community Benefit Society. We'd planned this for March 1st 2016, but didn't get it 'over the line' until six months later. On the 1st of September, indycube CIC transferred all its assets to indycube Ltd. That means we're now cooperatively owned, and anyone can own a share in indycube (from today). And true to cooperative principles, every member will have an equal vote & voice in the future of the Society. So apologies it's taken longer than planned, but better late than never, eh?
  2.  I talked about our focus on & in Wales a lot during that blog. That was appropriate this time last year, but over the course of the year, my mind, in particular, has been changed. When we started indycube, we rightly put our focus on 'changing the way Wales does business' - we wanted more people to realise that working alongside people you wouldn't ordinarily work next to is a good thing, plus we wanted to prove that it was possible to start & operate a social enterprise in Wales without the need to use scarce public funds. We think we've gone a long way to achieving those ambitions, so needed to take some time to review what indycube needed to achieve in the next seven years, rather than what it had done in the past. One challenge I was constantly met with from others close to indycube, regarded the Wales-only nature of the business. I'd been pretty determined to keep indycube focused on Wales, but got my arm gently twisted to open a space in Wakefield, West Yorkshire during the spring of 2016. It completely changed my view as to indycube's relevance to places outside Wales, but it also created opportunities. 

What next? So where will the future take indycube? Crucially, it'll be wherever the members decide (remember that one member, one vote mantra?) My suggestions form the second part of this post. 

But before I get into that, I feel I owe indycubers an apology. The past few months have seen me having to put a lot of effort into our developing relationship with Community Union - I'm hoping you'll agree it will have been worth it, but it has meant that I've not been as present in indycubes as I've previously been. I've missed being so involved, but fortunately Dai, Mike & Mari have held the fort valiantly, and I'm grateful to them for that.

For £1 a month, indycube is yours

Back to things - first bit of news to tell you is that our society membership is officially open. You don't have to be an indycube user to join, just someone who wants to see the Society succeed in its aims. We've set the membership rate at £1 per month, ensuring there's no financial bar to membership, and you can join today, here.

Membership gives you one vote on society business - you, along with anyone else who joins will be in charge. You'll have a vote to select our Board (or even stand for election for it, if you fancy), choose our CEO and decide on the key issues affecting the organisation. We'll be talking about our recent investment in a bit, but it's worth noting here that even large investors get the self same one vote, as you do, and as I do. Control has well and truly been ceded.

A £1 a month, and indycube is yours (and theirs, and his and hers etc).

The best £10 you'll ever spend

The second bit of news is quite exciting (we've trailed this quite extensively over the past couple of months, but now it's got real). In November, Mike Scott, David Hulston and I met with the senior team at Community Union (community-tu.org); they've been in the news recently as many of their members are steel workers. We've been in conversation with them for a while in relation to the increasing precariousness of self-employment and freelancing - the sort of people who use our spaces, and we'd developed a proposal to address many of the issues. Community liked our proposal. They liked it a lot.

To cut a likely very boring story short, we agreed a plan to expand the indycube network across the entirety of the U.K., utilising the learnings we've made with our experiences in Wales, with a support network of connectors keeping differing communities, um, connected. It's still far from rocket science, but it is a big leap in what we do - it's a tough ask. Essentially, within five years you will be able to walk into any decent sized town in the U.K. and ask (and expect a positive answer) "where's the indycube?"

Alongside this, we've co-created with Community a suite of benefits that will 'level the playing field' for any small business owner. No gimmicks, no PRollocks, just plain and simple things that will make working as a single person or small business, significantly less precarious. We'll be looking for beta-testers quite soon, with a full launch at the end of the summer. This union membership will cost just £10 per month, and will include the cost of normal indycube society membership. As with the Society membership it will be open to those within and outside our network. Safe to say, this is likely to be the best value £10 a freelancer, a homeworker, a gigger is ever likely to pay.

We're also going to be the organisation that fights for the rights of its members in influencing government policy. Using Community's existing networks, we'll be taking the issues that matter to the people who make the decisions. We're concerned about how precarious work is becoming, and we're not going to sit around and wait for it to get even worse.

There's no getting away from it, this plan is ambitious - we're determined to make a genuine and lasting difference. This is our 'change the world' opportunity, and we're going to take it. Community Union have backed us with investment over the next five years, and the first tranche of funding 'landed' yesterday. We'll be announcing other partners/investors over the coming year.

Unsurprisingly, we'll need more people. We've already begun recruiting for a number of the first positions we need filling. Please just keep yourself attuned to this blog/twitter/facebook as we set each job live, if you fancy joining our very unconventional journey. You can also subscribe to our newsletter for monthly updates.

We'll be putting on a few events over the coming weeks in Porthmadog, Cardiff, Swansea, Wakefield, Newport, Newtown & Pembroke Dock to give you an opportunity to find out more. We'll announce the dates a week today (8/3) via this blog - keep your eyes peeled as there will be beer & pizza).

Thanks for reading. Ymlaen! 

Original, quirky and daring? It sounds right up our street....

RawFfest|GŵylGrai youth arts festival will run for a second year in August 2017. The festival's administrator Kate Owen works alongside director Ruth Garnault from indycube St Mary Street, our space in the very centre of Cardiff City, which affords the pair the space they need to bring their project to life.

"Ruth and I work from indycube St Mary Street a couple of days a week. We chose it because of the flexibility it offers, and the central location, which makes it easy to get to, and for our partner organisations to find us for informal catch ups. It's a comfortable workspace with good wifi, and for me, the fact that it's a community-owned not for profit organisation is also part of its appeal," - Kate Owen

If you've not heard of RawFfest|GŵylGrai, you can learn all about it through the video below, or by checking out their website, which includes snaps from last year's festival as well as information about the 2016 programme. Kate plans to update this in the Spring, when a new line up will be announced and tickets will go on sale.

In short, Rawffest|GŵylGrai is a fun and innovative festival for creative young people to come together and showcase their work. The project has been pioneered by 14-25 year olds who want a platform to perform. This includes drama groups, bands, dance troupes, photographers, artists, fashion designers, writers, poets and bloggers.

We love that Kate and her coworkers are determined to anchor the festival in urban environments and rural areas, that they're concerned with sustainability and cost, and that the whole thing is bilingual. The team is committed to making the festival as inclusive as possible and actively seek diversity.

Venue Cymru in Llandudno will host RawFfest|GŵylGrai in August 2017 and WMC in 2018. Tickets will go on sale soon.

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