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SEPTEMBER Sat 17 Gan Bwyll! Don Pascwale 

Powis Hall, Bangor University, 7.30pm


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Old Bowling Green, Bangor, 11am-6pm

Tue 20 Cabaret: The Jaipur Kawa Brass Band  John Phillips Hall,

Sun 2 Sunday Cinema: Pulp Fiction

Fri 23 Friday Film: City of God

Wed 5 Crunch Coleg Menai

Bangor University, 7.30pm

 Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University, 7.30pm

Thu 29 Un Fach Flewog 

Bangor Railway Club, 7.30pm

29-30 Luminarium 

Old Bowling Green, Bangor, 11am-6pm


 Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University, 7.30pm 

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Drama Studio, Bangor, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

4-18 Word Fest 

Various venues in and around Bangor

Fri 7

Friday Film: Black Cat White Cat

Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University, 7.30pm


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Sun 16 Sunday Cinema: Memento Registered charity number: 1141565

Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University, 7.30pm


Fri 21 Friday Film:  The Diving Bell AND the Butterfly

Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University, 7.30pm

Fri 21 Samba dance workshop 

John Phillips Hall, Bangor University, 6-7pm

Sat 22 Capoeira workshop

 John Phillips Hall, Bangor University, 1.30-3pm

Sat 22 Batizado Roda 

John Phillips Hall, Bangor University, 5pm

Mon 31 Nosferatu 


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At a glance NOVEMBER Fri 4 

Cabaret: Black Umfolosi 5

Powis Hall, Bangor University, 7.30pm

Sat 5 The Village Social 

Memorial Hall, Mynydd Llandegai, 7.30pm

Tue 8 Crash 

Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor, 7.30pm

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Fri 11 Friday Film: The Pianist  Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University, 7.30pm


Sun 13 Sunday Cinema: The Hurt Locker 

Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University, 7.30pm


Fri 18 Friday Film: Biutiful 

Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University, 7.30pm


Sat 19 Anton Chekhov 

John Phillips Hall, Bangor University, 7.30pm


Sat 26 The Christmas Carol 

John Phillips Hall, Bangor University, 7.30pm


Sun 27 Sunday Cinema: 127 Hours 

Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University, 7.30pm

Front cover: Jamie Smith’s Mabon




Cabaret: Jamie Smith’s Mabon Powis Hall, Bangor University, 7.30pm


SAT 10 C’mon Mid-laiff 

John Phillips Hall, Bangor University, 7.30pm Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University, 7.30pm



Kids & families




MUSIC aT Bangor

16-17 Madog a’r Amerig 

John Phillips Hall, Bangor University, 7.30pm

Sat 17 Madog a’r Amerig 

John Phillips Hall, Bangor University, 1pm



Sun 11 Sunday Cinema: Pan’s Labyrinth 


Welcome Welcome to the Stepping Stones autumn programme – a collection of events, projects and activities celebrating our journey to the opening of Pontio; Bangor’s new Performing Arts and Innovation Centre.


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Tuesday 20 September, 7.30pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University Tickets: £12/£10 concessions Phone: 01248 382828, visit Cob Records or buy online at:

Jaipur Kawa Brass Band Cabaret

+ Shanti Shanker SOUND THE BRASS AND THE DRUM! Influenced by jazz, Western traditional and Indian music, Hameed Khan ‘Kawa’ – tabla maestro and artistic director of Rajasthani folk group Musafir – has created an Indian Brass Band all of its own. Blending themes from Bollywood, the distinctive Gypsy sound of Rajasthan and a touch of Hindustani classical, the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band has captivated audiences at festivals around Europe. Featuring an astonishing fakir, who swallows a sword right before the audience’s eyes, and a Gypsy Sapera Kalbelya dancer, this will be an evening of amazing energy and humour. The evening will be supported by local dancer Shanti Shanker, who practices Bharatanatyam dancing.


Friday 4 November, 7.30pm Powis Hall, Bangor University

Supported by Côr Cyntaf i’r Felin ZIMBABWE’S FAVOURITE ACAPPELLA AND DANCE GROUP Zimbabwe’s greatest ambassadors come to Bangor with a dynamic live performance inspired by southern African song and dance. Harmonic acappella singing mixes with intricate rhythms as this brilliantly choreographed show takes in a full range of movements from stomping to leaping! With an unrivalled passion and enthusiasm, Black Umfolosi have become firm favourites around the World with people of all ages and cultures. Supported by community choir Côr Cyntaf i’r Felin from Y Felinheli.


Tickets: £12/£10 concessions Phone: 01248 382828, visit Cob Records or buy online at:


Friday 2 December, 7.30pm Powis Hall, Bangor University Tickets: £12/£10 concessions Phone: 01248 382828, visit Cob Records or buy online at:

Jamie Smith’s Mabon Supported by Gwibdaith Hen Frân




Jamie Smith’s imaginative compositions take you on a magical whistlestop Euro tour, with jigs and reels jostling alongside Breton fest-noz, French mazurka, Galician muinera and even shades of Eastern European klezmer in an exuberant, feelgood show. Award-winning, infectious and toe-tappingly good, this is an irresistible blend of World music, Celtic roots and rabblerousing funk folk, filled with energy, joy and passion. Supported by country acoustic group Gwibdaith Hen Frân from Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Thursday 29 September, 7.30pm Railway Club, Bangor Tickets: £7.50/£5 concessions. Phone: 01248 382828 or buy online at:



With: Iwan Charles, Bryn Fôn, Gwenno Elis Hodgkins, Maldwyn John, Catrin Mara & Sion Trystan This time it’s Neville and Kiley’s petshop that’s in trouble. The RSPCA are determined to close the shop and Neville is fully aware that Hughsey from Head Office has an interest in many things hairy. Will the shop close? Will Kiley be stroking strange creatures? And what of the stock – will the French mouse be successful in his terrible plan?



Saturday 22 October, 5pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University Tickets: £6/£4 concessions (10% discount for group bookings of 4 or more) Phone: 01248 382828, visit Cob Records or buy online at:


CAPOEIRA SPECTACULAR, LIVE AND IMPROVISED Join us for an exhilarating evening of Capoeira; a combination of martial arts, dance and music, originally developed by African slaves in Brazil. Live and improvised on stage, local Capoeira Mocambo students will enter the Batizado Roda (Wheel of Baptism) to face challenges set by Grand Master Mestre Sombra, visiting international masters and some of the UK’s most prolific Capoeira teachers. The evening will culminate in a Roda for the masters with an improvised dance off by artists who have a lived a lifetime in Capoeira. Expect the unexpected!



Capoeira Mocambo and Pontio present

Capoeira Conviver Batizado 2008

Saturday 22 October John Phillips Hall, Bangor University 1.30-3pm

Samba dance workshop

Capoeira workshop

Tickets: ÂŁ5

Tickets: ÂŁ6 (includes free entry to attend Batizado Roda later in the evening) Suitable for young people (4-16 years), all levels of experience.

Suitable for adults, all levels of experience.


Friday 21 October John Phillips Hall, Bangor University 6-7pm

Phone: 01248 382828, visit Cob Records or buy online at: For more information and to find out about regular Capoeira classes, visit:

Left: Mestre Ediandro & Mestre China at Capoeira Conviver Batizado 2008


¡Viva la Poesía! Slovenian Poetry Thu 6 Oct, 7.30pm Greek Taverna, Bangor


Tickets: £2 on the door


A celebration of (Inter-) National Poetry Day with readings by Ian Gregson and Carol Rumens. Rhys Trimble will present bilingual poetry with music by Hywel Edwards and Ben Stammers, while Anglesey-based Parking Non-Stop will improvise with Slovenian poets Ana Pepelnik and Gregor Podlogar. The evening also features short films by Metropoetica as well as DJ Podli and an open poetry reading in any language (please contact Zoe at: z.skoulding@ by 3rd October if you’re interested in reading).

Ana Pepelnik

Ian Gregson

Fri 7 Oct, 2pm Main Arts Building, Bangor University (room TBC) Free of charge A discussion of international cross-currents in contemporary Slovenian poetry with four visiting poets: Marjan Strojan, Barbara Pogacnik, Ana Pepelnik and Gregor Podlogar.

Fri 7 Oct, 6.30pm Blue Sky Café, Bangor Tickets: £2 on the door (includes free anthology of Slovenian poetry) Four leading poets from Slovenia (Marjan Strojan, Barbara Pogacnik, Gregor Podlogar and Ana Pepelnik), one of Europe’s most dynamic poetry scenes, present their work with English translation.

Latvian and Macedonian Poetry In association with Literature Across Frontiers

Tue 18 Oct, 6.30pm Blue Sky Café, Bangor Tickets: £2 on the door In this exchange between two very different European cultures, two poets from Latvia (Anna Auzina and Ka- rlis Ve- rdin, š) and two from Macedonia (Igor Isakovski and Lidija Dimkovska) will read their work together and discuss it with the audience.

Conran Poetry Chorus Tue 4 Oct, 7.30pm Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery, Bangor Tickets: £3 on the door Celebrated Bangor poet Tony Conran launches Word Fest with a polyphonic performance by his dedicated and experienced group of performers, The Conran Poetry Chorus. For Conran, song, choral speaking, dialogue, music and recitation are all part of poetry, which he describes as “…a dance of the vocal chords and the mouth, which only comes alive when you hear it and see it”. Artists reading from the critically acclaimed poet’s work will be: Sheila Brook, Lesley Conran, John Griffiths, Pauline Down and Dyfan Roberts, with music from John Mathews. The readings will be taken from Castles Part 4, Fabrics and Day Movements.

Saturday 17 September, 7.30pm Powis Hall, Bangor University Tickets: £9 /£6 schoolchildren Phone: 01248 382828 or buy online at: Opra Cymru presents

Sat 8 Oct, 7.30pm Blue Sky Café, Bangor Free of charge To celebrate Word Fest, POETica returns! This exclusive event will bring spoken word and live literature together in a fresh blend of slam, spoken word and literary poetry. POETica performances will showcase local lyrical talent and headline top performance poets. It’s going to be fabulous!

Martin Daws

Moelyci Poetry Day




Gan Bwyll! Don Pascwale

Sun 9 Oct, 10am-4pm Moelyci Environmental Centre, Tregarth Free of charge Try out your poetry skills with a fun, hands-on day of workshops and creative performances led by distinguished poets from North Wales including Moelyci’s Poet in Residence, the electrifying Martin Daws, Anglesey reggae legend Gwyn Parry, the captivating Sophie McKeand, and Welsh children’s Poet Laureate 2009-10, the prolific Twm Morys.

A chamber version in Welsh of Donizetti’s comic masterpiece by OPRA Cymru. The show presents the talents of Arwel Huw Morgan and Robyn Lyn and the new faces of Ceirios Haf and Iwan Davies, in an original production by Patrick Young. 11



FILM Friday 23 September, 7.30pm

CITY OF GOD (Brazil 2002) Cert 18, 130 mins

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles & Kรกtia Lund. Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele & Leandro Firmino

Two boys growing up in a violent neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

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Friday 7 October, 7.30pm

BLACK CAT WHITE CAT (Serbia 1998) Cert 15, 127 mins Directed by: Emir Kusturica

Starring: Bajram Severdzan, Srdjan Todorovic & Branka Katic

Exuberant gypsy gangster farce weaving duplicitous mobsters, tormented lovers, dead godfathers, a wedding and a funeral.

Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University Tickets: £4/£3 concessions. Phone: 01248 382828 or buy online at: Also available on the door.


Friday 21 October, 7.30pm

THE DIVING BELL & THE BUTTERFLY (France 2007) Cert 12A, 112 mins

Directed by: Julian Schnabel. Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner & Marie-Josée Croze

The true story of Elle editor JeanDominique Bauby, who suffers a stroke and has to live almost totally paralysed, only being able to communicate with his left eye.

Friday 11 November, 7.30pm

Friday 18 November, 7.30pm



(Poland/France/Germany/United Kingdom 2002) Cert 15, 150 mins

(Mexico/Spain 2010) Cert 15, 148 mins

Directed by: Roman Polanski Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann & Frank Finlay

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.


Community film programming comes to life with Friday Films in the run up to the opening of the new Pontio building, which will feature a 180-seater cinema. If you’d like to get involved in one of our community programming groups, please email us at: or call: 01248 388090.

Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu Starring: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez & Hanaa Bouchaib

This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.





Sunday 2 October, 7.30pm

Sunday 16 October, 7.30pm

(USA 1994), Cert 18, 154 mins

(USA 2000) Cert 15, 113 mins

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman & Samuel L. Jackson

Directed by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss & Joe Pantoliano

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

A man suffering from short-term memory loss uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.


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Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University Tickets: £4/£3 concessions. Phone: 01248 382828 or buy online at: Also available on the door.


Our first season of student-programmed cinema includes five star-studded films from acclaimed directors, all voted for by Bangor University students. If you’re a student who’d like to get involved in the programming of our next student film season, please email us at: or call: 01248 388090.

Sunday 13 November, 7.30pm

THE HURT LOCKER (USA 2008) Cert 15, 131 mins

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow. Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie & Brian Geraghty

Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

Sunday 27 November, 7.30pm

127 HOURS (USA/UK 2010) Cert 15, 94 mins

Directed by: Danny Boyle Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn & Kate Mara

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Sunday 11 December, 7.30pm


(Spain/Mexico 2006) Cert 15, 119 mins

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil & Sergi López

In the fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.


Monday 31 October, 6.30pm Halloween buffet (pre-book as below), 7.30pm start John Phillips Hall, Bangor University


Tickets: £7.50/£5 concessions Phone: 01248 382828 or buy online at:

Nosferatu A Symphony of Horror A HAUNTING SILENT CLASSIC WITH LIVE SCORE FROM HARMONIEBAND (Germany 1922) Cert PG, 94 mins, director: F.W. Murnau Starring: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav Von Wangenheim & Greta Schroder An iconic film of German Expressionist cinema, and one of the most famous of all silent movies, F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror continues to haunt, and, indeed terrify modern audiences with the unshakeable power of its images. Murnau captured on celluloid the deeply rooted elements of a waking nightmare, and the launched signature ‘Murnau- style’ that would change cinema forever. In this first ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a simple real estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania.


Paul Robinson’s HarmonieBand is a six-piece ensemble of multiinstrumentalists who have played a leading role in the presentation of new scores to silent film and in leading educational projects for young people. Musicians: Julia Butterworth (clarinet), Dai Pritchard (clarinet/bass clarinet/alto sax), Paul Robinson (keyboard), Walter Fabeck (piano), Kim Mackrell (cello) & Martin Pyne (percussion).

Wednesday 5 October, 1.30pm & 7.30pm Coleg Menai Drama Studio, Bangor Tickets: £8/£6 concessions Phone: 01248 382828 or buy online at:

Tangram Theatre Company presents

Crunch! drama

A HILARIOUS FAMILY SHOW ALL ABOUT APPLES! Combining stories and images of apples from all over the world – from Adam and Eve to Sir Isaac Newton; from William Tell to Snow White; from the Big Apple to Apple Mac – Crunch! takes the audience on a hilarious journey of discovery and wonder. An exciting mix of physical theatre, original songs, juggling, masks and good old traditional storytelling makes this romp-through-theages the juiciest ticket in town!

Image by Daniel Archer


Saturday 5 November, 7.30pm Memorial Hall, Mynydd Llandegai Tickets: £7.50/£5 concessions Phone: 01248 382828 or buy online at:

Children’s drama

National Theatre Wales presents

TheVillage Social BLACK COMEDY DRAMA (SUITABLE FOR AGES 15+) Director: Ben Lewis Musical director: Dafydd James Multi-award-winning duo, Dafydd James and Ben Lewis, bring their surreal and macabre World-view to the village halls of Wales. After unfortunate recent events, the village hall will play host to a much-needed fundraising evening of fun and jollity as the winter nights draw in. Enjoy music and entertainment from local talent before we welcome our main attraction – a clairvoyant who promises to put us in touch with spirits from beyond the grave… The evening’s delights include entry into the raffle, a refreshment of your choice and a depraved orgy of blood! 18

Tuesday 8 November, 7.30pm Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor

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Tickets: £6/£4 concessions Phone: 01248 382828 or buy online at:

A POWERFUL WELSH LANGUAGE YOUTH DRAMA (AGES 15+) A youth-oriented drama dealing with some of the challenges faced by young people today in their own language. The starting point for author Sera Moore Williams was a series of youth workshops with hardened individuals who expressed what excited and concerned them – car theft, the need for a quick fix, peer pressure, nagging parents, alcohol, drugs, homelessness and violence. A powerful piece of theatre, lively and full of humour.


Theatr Arad Goch presents


Saturday 19 November, 7.30pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University Tickets: £10/£7.50 concessions Phone: 01248 382828 or buy online at:

Anton Chekhov drama

With Michael Pennington


AN INSPIRATIONAL ONE-MAN SHOW FROM ACCLAIMED ACTOR MICHAEL PENNINGTON Michael Pennington’s celebrated one-man show, Anton Chekhov, takes the form of an evening spent in the company in the Russian writer towards the end of his life. In it, he reminisces about his life, his times and his work; demonstrating his writing technique by telling stories, speaking about the theatre and engaging deeply and humorously with his audience. Pennington’s portrayal has been universally praised and the show has played at venues across the World since its premiere at the National Theatre in 1984. It has also been broadcast in two separate radio adaptations and has been the subject of a BBC Omnibus documentary.

Saturday 10 December, 7.30pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University Tickets: £7.50/£5 concessions Phone: 01248 382828 or buy online:

Theatr Bara Caws presents

WELSH LANGUAGE SHOW FEATURING GEORGE AND SANDRA FROM S4C’S C’MON MIDFFILD An opportunity to see loveable couple George and Sandra from S4C’s popular series C’mon Midffild (played by Llion Williams and Gwenno Hodgkins) facing up to the doubtful joys of middle age. In this new comedy by Bryn Fôn, it’s Christmas at George and Sandra’s and the twins are due home for the holidays from college. Sadly, their relationship isn’t what it used to be and, like George’s old footie boots from his glory days as Bryn Coch’s striker, things are a bit scuffed and neglected. Will the season of goodwill change things or are they both in danger of getting a red card rather than a Christmas one this Noël?


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Thursday 29 September Sunday 2 October, 11am-6pm Old Bowling Green, Bangor Tickets: £3 on the door

Architects of Air present




Enter the awe-inspiring world of the Luminarium; a giant labyrinthine structure of tunnels and cavernous domes filled with radiant light and colour. Likened to exploring a futuristic space station or the human body, the Luminarium can be appreciated by people of all ages and abilities.* So take your shoes off, grab a map and explore!

Photo by: James Stephenson

A special parade, featuring artwork from young people at Tyˆ Cegin, will celebrate the Luminarium on Saturday 1st October, accompanied by plenty of fun family activities.

*The Luminarium is accessible to wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (maximum four children per adult.


Photo by: Richard Rosalion

Saturday 26 November, 7.30pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University Tickets: £8.50/£7 concessions Phone: 01248 382828 or buy online at:

A Christmas Carol Adapted for stage and told by Mike Maran A MUSICAL ADAPTATION OF CHARLES DICKENS’ CLASSIC CHRISTMAS STORY Music written by Alison Stephens, performed by Norman Chalmers (concertina) and directed by Patrick Sandford From the same team that delighted audiences with Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, mesmeric storyteller Mike Maran brings you a sparkling new production of the Charles Dickens seasonal favourite. It’s Christmas Eve and Scrooge is miserable, lonely and terribly unhappy. He goes to bed, spends a troubled night with three ghosts and wakes up on Christmas morning determined to change his ways. It is a story that plumbs the depth of human wretchedness only to rescue us and uplift our hearts to a place filled with joy.


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Friday 16 December, 7.30pm Saturday 17 December, 1pm & 7.30pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University Tickets: £10/£7 concessions Phone: 01248 382828 or buy online at:


Cwmni Mega presents


Madog a’r Amerig WELSH LANGUAGE PANTOMIME FULL OF COLOUR, DRAMA, SONG AND DANCE (AGES 4+) Written by Dafydd Emyr and Gwyneth Glyn After a long voyage through dreadful storms, Prince Madog lands on a distant seashore; the first white man to have seen and discovered America. But whose country is it and does someone else live in this land? Welcomed by the Mandan Indians, Madog falls head over heels for the King’s daughter, but soon discovers a curse has been placed on the tribe. What can Madog, our Welsh hero do to save the day? A brand new pantomime packed full of excitement, adventure and conflict. Don’t miss it!

MUSIC AT BANGOR Concert Series Music at Bangor is North West Wales’s foremost series, with performances by professional artists and the very best student talent almost every week during the University term. For further information and ticket prices please visit:

Saturday 24 September, 7.30pm Powis Hall, Bangor University Young English soprano Raphaela Papadakis presents a wonderfully varied programme of French and German songs, to include settings by Schubert of poems by Seidl and Leitner, alongside Poulenc’s lively Banalités and a selection of Schoenberg’s cabaret songs. Winner of the Guildhall’s English Song Competition in 2010, Raphaela’s recent performances as Pamina in The Magic Flute with Hampstead Garden Opera were warmly acclaimed. She is joined for this evening’s concert by pianist Sholto Kynoch, director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, and an Honorary Research Fellow of Bangor University.

XENIA PESTOVA (PIANO) Thursday 29 September, 8pm Powis Hall, Bangor University Messiaen: Selections from Catalogue d’Oiseaux Ravel: Miroirs New works by Andrew Lewis, Scott Wilson & John Young Bangor University’s new Head of Performance, Xenia Pestova, presents her first concert in the Music at Bangor series. Originally from Russia, Xenia has lived and worked in New Zealand, the UK, the Netherlands, France and Canada. She won First Prize at the 2004 Xavier Montsalvatge International Piano Competition in Girona, Spain, and has recently released a CD recording of Stockhausen’s Mantra with fellow pianist Pascal Meyer, on the Naxos label. This evening’s recital includes French piano masterworks by Ravel and Messiaen, alongside new music for piano and electronics.

Raphaela Papadakis

Xenia Pestova



Photo by Andrew Lewis



Ensemble Cymru celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2011 with its most ambitious year to date. Performing a wide range of chamber music for audiences including young people and children, the Ensemble regularly performs in venues across North Wales.

Thursday 6 October, 8pm Powis Hall, Bangor University

(violins), Oliver Wilson & Sara Roberts (violas) & Heather Bills (cello)

Ravel: Introduction et Allegro Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 87 Gareth Glyn: Mabinogi Huw Watkins: Gig Bax: Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Harp and String Quartet

The lovely sounds of woodwind and harp join a quintet of strings for the first of three concerts by Ensemble Cymru this season. The programme is framed by two of the finest works for large chamber ensemble: Ravel’s much loved Introduction et Allegro for harp, flute and clarinet and string quartet, and Arnold Bax’s equally exquisite chamber concerto. In between, we hear one of Mendelssohn’s last chamber works and two exciting new pieces by leading Welsh composers.

Pre-concert clarinet solo by Sioned Roberts. Jonathan Rimmer (flute), Peryn ClementEvans (clarinet), Huw Clement-Evans (oboe), Deian Rowlands (harp), Marcus Barcham-Stevens & Florence Cooke

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five-star review in the Guardian. Her play with songs, The Singer, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008 and she cocomposed the soundtrack to her short film, Monkey Love, broadcast on Channel 4 in 2009. Benyounes Quartet

Saturday 15 October, 7.30pm Powis Hall, Bangor University Haydn: String Quartet in F major, Op. 77 No. 2 Bartók: String Quartet No. 2 Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2 Zara Benyounes & Emily Holland (violins), Sara Roberts (viola) & Kim Vaughan (cello) We are delighted to welcome back the Benyounes Quartet, for what is now an annual residency. This young quartet met at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2007 and has since performed widely across Europe, including recent recitals in England, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland and France. The concert comprises three of the finest works of the string quartet repertoire, including Haydn’s very last completed quartet.

Friday 14 October, 1.15pm Prichard-Jones Hall , Bangor University The Quartet will also be giving a lunchtime recital including much-loved works by Schubert and Mozart alongside a recent work by award-winning French composer Thierry Escaich.

SONGWRITERS' EVENING: Gareth Davies-Jones & Lizzie Nunnery Thursday 20 October, 8pm Powis Hall, Bangor University An intimate evening in the company of two burgeoning songwriting talents. Hailing from Bangor in Northern Ireland, Gareth Davies-Jones has demonstrated an honesty, depth and passion with his beautifully arranged, evocative and challenging songs. An established talent in the Troubadour tradition, Gareth is a seasoned performer, activist and campaigner, often using his music to promote social justice and working with organisations such as Traidcraft. Lizzie Nunnery’s reputation as a captivating new voice in British folk has continued to grow with the release of her debut album Company of Ghosts in 2010. She has played at folk festivals and venues across the UK, and is also an awardwinning playwright, with her most recent stage play Intemperance receiving a

BILLY THOMPSON: Gypsy Jazz Thursday 27 October, 8pm Powis Hall, Bangor University Billy Thompson (violin), Andy Mackenzie (guitar), Eryl Jones (guitar) & Greg Robley (double bass) Classically trained from the age of eight, Billy Thompson’s mind would often wander from the strict training required in classical music. After a year studying music at Cardiff University, Billy transferred to a more practical degree course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he studied with violin professors Barry Haskey and Dona Lee Croft. Here he also studied jazz and improvisation with piano legend Keith Tippett. Tonight’s concert covers a selection of gypsy jazz standards from the likes of Grappelli and Reinhardt, to modern day masters of the genre, Biréli Lagrène and Didier Lockwood. It promises to be an evening of warmth and exuberance in equal measures.



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EARLY MUSIC BANGOR Saturday 5 November, 7.30pm Powis Hall, Bangor University Christian Leitmeir, Thomas Schmidt-Beste & Nicholas Hardisty (directors) Early Music Bangor continues its exploration of the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, both the well known and the rarely heard. The vocal ensemble presents early 16th century music from the court of the French kings, including works by two of the earliest representatives of this generation – Antoine de Févin and Antonius Divitus – whose music covers the entire range of musical styles, from bawdy popular songs to mass settings. The instrumental chamber groups present little-known ensemble pieces from Bohemia and Austria, and the concert concludes with music that is particularly apt for this date: Handel’s sumptuous Music for the Royal Fireworks.

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BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES Friday 11 November, 7.30pm Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University

ELECTROACOUSTIC WALES Thursday 17 November, 8pm Powis Hall, Bangor University

Gilles Gobeil

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Mathias: Helios, Op. 76

Director: Andrew Lewis

Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314

Electroacoustic Wales welcomes Quebecois composer Gilles Gobeil and performer Suzanne Binet-Audet for a programme of Gobeil’s dynamic and haunting music for live Ondes Martenot and electoacoustic sound. Invented in 1928, the Ondes Martenot was one of the first means by which composers were able to use electronic sound to make music. In Gobeil’s works the strange, expressive song of the Ondes meets the exquisitely crafted digital manipulations of contemporary acousmatic music; and with the programme diffused on Electroacoustic Wales’s 24-speaker immersive sound system, this promises to be a mesmerising and unforgettable experience.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 (Pastoral) Takuo Yuasa (conductor) & David Cowley (oboe) The BBC National Orchestra of Wales opens its first concert in Bangor this season with William Mathias’s Helios; a work evoking the Ancient Greek sun god. Sunlight also accompanies the rustic merrymaking of the peasants in Beethoven’s much-loved Pastoral Symphony, but here too are more terrifying depictions of nature, including a furious thunderstorm. In between these two works, the orchestra’s principal oboist, David Cowley, performs Mozart’s Oboe Concerto: one of the World’s greatest wind concertos, full of vivacious joy and serene lyricism.


Thursday 1 December, 8pm Powis Hall, Bangor University

Friday 16 December, 7.30pm Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University Bangor University Chamber Choir Bangor University Chorus Choir and Orchestra of Bangor University Music Society Bangor University Concert Band Join us for a special evening of Christmas music from the University’s own choral and instrumental ensembles, including congregational carols, and a performance of Gerald Finzi’s beautiful Christmas cantata In Terra Pax.

Conductor: John Huw Davies The Bangor-based Monteverdi Singers, founded by a former Bangor University Professor of Music, will perform music by Monteverdi (Beatus Vir), Purcell (My Heart is Inditing), Mozart (Te Deum), and a selection of European Christmas pieces. The Monteverdi Singers is a large chamber choir of around 60 members, which draws its members from across North Wales, and which performs a wide repertoire from the Reformation to the present day. It has toured widely across Europe, most recently to Latvia.

Photo by Stephen Rees

Photo by Stephen Rees

Saturday 26 November, 7.30pm Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye Mahler: Lieder eine Fahrenden Gesellen Webern: Five pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10 Nielsen: Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia Espansiva, Op. 27 James Scourse & Andrew Lewis (conductors) A special concert to celebrate the centenary of the main University building The University Symphony Orchestra presents three pieces composed in 1911, the year in which the University’s magnificent Main Arts Building (including the Prichard-Jones Hall) was first opened. The gentle tones of Ravel’s orchestral suite on the fairytale of Mother Goose are contrasted with the more stringent sounds of one of Webern’s most influential early works, and the concert concludes with the broad sweep of Nielsen’s magnificent Sinfonia Espansiva. The programme also includes the Songs of a Wayfarer by Gustav Mahler, who died 100 years ago this year.


University Symphony Orchestra



Bangor University Chamber Choir


RSC Lecture Programme 2011-12 Organiser: Dr Hongyun Tai

Orton Lecture Theatre, Alun Roberts Building, Deiniol Rd, Bangor Free of charge, no registration required

Bangor University’s School of Chemistry is proud to present a series of free RSC-sponsored chemistry lectures, open to the public and given by experts in each field. For further information, please visit the events section of the School of Chemistry’s web site at: or email:


Tuesday 11 October, 4.15pm

Green Chemistry and Polymers

Prof Steve Howdle School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham Tuesday 18 October, 4.15pm Dr Tom Lynch BP Tuesday 22 November, 4.15pm

Carbohydrate Chemistry and Molecular Glycobiology Dr Bruce Turnbull School of Chemistry University of Leeds Tuesday 29 November, 4.15pm

Inorganic Chemistry

Dr A.L. Johnson Bath University Tuesday 24 January 2012, 4.15pm

Chemistry of Nanotubes and Fullerenes

Dr Andrei Khlobystov Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Nottingham University Tuesday 14 February 2012, 4.15pm

The Chemistry of Dentistry

Prof John Nicholson Greenwich University 30

The Reaction of the North Wales’ Quarrymen Saturday 19 November (day school) Main Arts Building, Bangor University

To commemorate the opening of the Main University Building in Bangor in July 1911, and the importance of the role of the quarrymen of North Wales in establishing the University, a Day School will be held to study the significance of education in the lives of the quarrymen and their families. Speakers will include Professor Merfyn Jones, Dr David Gwyn, Marian Gwyn and Menna Baines. Translation facilities will be available. For further information please contact Einion Wyn Thomas at the Archives & Special Collections Department on: 01248 382966 or email:

In ancient Greece the agora was the public space where political issues and philosophical ideas were aired. AGOR-A! is Bangor’s new programme of open discussion events led by experienced debating chairman Dr Jochen Eisentraut. After two exciting, stimulating and successful events about the Arab Spring and Marxism last year, AGOR-A! will offer a topical, interdisciplinary and entertaining programme of debates in 2011-12. The year begins with a subject, that exploded over the media this summer – the media! In the wake of the phone hacking scandal we ask:


The Need for Education in North Wales

(How) should our media be controlled? Tuesday 4 October, 7pm Lecture Room 3, Main Arts Building, Bangor University

Is multiculturalism a good idea? Tuesday 8 November, 7pm Lecture Room 1, Main Arts Building, Bangor University Admission to both events will be free. Join the debate, all welcome! 31

Fine Art Preparation Course

Bangor University School of Education & Lifelong Learning


Starts Friday 30 September, 10am-5pm Hiraethog 1, Normal Site, Bangor University, Bangor Starts Tuesday 4 October, 10am-5pm Memorial Hall, Penrhyndeudraeth Starts Tuesday 4 October, 10am-5pm Ruthin Craft Centre


Want to ‘get somewhere’ with your art but feel you missed out on the basics? Or are you already an artist but feel you need new ideas and new creative input? The School of Lifelong Learning’s new multi-module introductory/ refresher course is designed to help you through the basics of all the main aspects of modern Fine Art practice: drawing, life drawing, painting, mixed media 2D work, printmaking, some creative photography and a introduction to a wide range of 3D techniques available to modern artists including environmental art. Every branch of the subject is underpinned with Art History. Never a dull moment!

Other bonuses include supportive, understanding tutors who will build your confidence at every step of the way; flexible timetabling to suit your needs - only one full day a week for 10 weeks per module, in up to four different community centres across North-West Wales. You don’t have to commit yourself to the whole course - each module is self-contained so just sample one module to start with and decide whether you want to continue. There is also the opportunity to progress towards a degree in Fine Art if you wish. You can join the Fine Art Preparation Course in October, January or April.

For a course description, please see our website at: or telephone: 01248 382475 for our latest brochure. Please be sure to pre register on these courses to ensure they run!

BEDS presents

Student Cut Films present

The 48 Hour Play Project


Sunday 16 September, 7.30pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University

Tuesday 20 September, 6pm Lecture Room 4, Main Arts Building, Bangor University

Two days to put on a play. Written, cast, rehearsed and performed within 48 hours... all in the name of entertainment!

Julius Caesar Friday 25, Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 November, 7.30pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University £5/£4 NUS on the door

Free of charge, but seats are strictly first come first served. Join Bangor’s ‘Best New Society’, Student Cut Films, as they welcome new students to the University with a free screening of the suspense filled Limitless!


Free of charge

Can a good man, intending only good, do great harm? Marcus Brutus is an honourable man. Neither his many friends nor his occasional enemies would deny his actions stem from the purest of motives. However, as the power of Caesar grows, and fears spread as to the extent of his ambitions, Brutus and his companions turn to the idea of regicide as the only way to save the Roman Republic. Can any man stay honest and true in such circumstances, and can Brutus still see himself as the pillar of honour, which the rest of Rome regards him as being?

BEDS (Bangor English Drama Society) is a Bangor University student theatre society, which performs student-written and published plays as well as running community projects. 33

Bangor Comedy presents

Bangor University Dance

ROSTRA presents

ImpSoc Live

Christmas Show

Dick Whittington

An improvised comedy extravaganza!

Fri 2 December, 7pm Sat 3 December, 1.30pm & 7pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University

December (date, time and venue TBC - follow ROSTRA on Facebook for updates)

Friday 18 November, 7.30pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University


Tickets: £3 on the door (over 15s only).

ImpSoc, Bangor’s favourite improvised student comedy society, returns for yet another dose of award winning comedy. Already a firm favourite with a devoted local following, this is your chance to see them live in action, performing games based entirely on suggestions from you, the audience. Just like Whose Line Is It Anyway, each show is completely unscripted and unique, and guaranteed to have you in stitches all night long!


Tickets: £4/£3 NUS on the door or come to Rathbone w/c 28th to buy in advance off a tutor (advance booking recommended). The Christmas Show gives our dancers a chance to showcase the work and effort they’ve made in only one semester. You’ll be amazed by the exciting and talented performers and, with dances in many different styles including street, ballet, tap, jazz, Latin and ballroom, contemporary, and Irish, to mention just a few, there’ll be something for everyone.

Tickets: £4/£3 students and over 65s/£2.50 children It’s that time of year again when the whole family comes together to enjoy the fun and frolicks of pantomime. This time we’ll hear the story of Dick Whittington and his cat as he travels with pirates to a tropical island to defeat King Rat and be named Mayor of London.

ROSTRA is Bangor University’s oldest and most prolific student acting society with activities including acting, writing, directing and set building.

Treborth Botanic Garden plant sale

Saturday 1 October, 7.30pm Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge

Saturday 15 October, 10am-12.30pm Treborth Botanic Garden, Bangor

With North Wales’ Rugby Choir

Free entry

Tickets: £7/£4 concessions/£18 family (two adults, two children). Tickets available through band members or on door. Contact Chris for more information on:

Plant sale: perennials, house plants, vegetable plants and preserves.


Menai Bridge Band Porthaethwy Annual Concert

Chris Williams (band), Geraint Robert (choir) & Angela Roberts (accompanist) Menai Bridge Band Porthaethwy has been in existence for over a hundred years and today competes in the third section as well as having junior and intermediate bands competing at youth level. 35

COB RECORDS Carrie Rodriguez

Friday 16 September, 8pm Blue Sky Café, Bangor

Thursday 29 October, 8pm Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

Tickets: £10. Available from Cob Records Bangor: 01248 353020 or Blue Sky Café: 01248 355444

Tickets: £10. Available from Cob Records Bangor: 01248 353020 or Palas Print Caernarfon: 01286 674631


The Once

Prodigiously talented Austin Texas based singer/songwriter/ fiddler who has forged a sound that’s unapologetically tough yet intriguingly sensual. Accompanied by Luke Jacobs on guitar and pedal steel guitar. With shimmering harmonies and understated arrangements of traditional and contemporary repertoire, this folk trio of Geraldine Hollett, Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale has fast become a real ‘buzz’ band on the Canadian scene. Their debut album has just won ‘Folk Recording of the Year’ in the 2011 Canadian Folk Awards Beautiful voices with tasty bouzouki, guitar and bodhran accompaniment.


Tuesday 1 November, 8.30pm Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge Tickets: £10. Available from Cob Records Bangor: 01248 353020 or Palas Print Caernarfon: 01286 674631

Boston songstress Eilen Jewell's music has been compared to Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch and Peggy Lee. Certainly her fusion of rockabilly, 60's twangy folk rock and vintage country swing draws those comparisons easily, but in addition to Eilen’s satisfyingly bluesy vocals, it’s the timewarp guitars provided by Jerry Miller and an ace rhythm section that completes a classic sound.

Friday 21 October, 7.30pm Powis Hall, Bangor University Risk of Shock is an ongoing series of concerts and events focusing on electronic music culture, sonic art and the developing interface between technology and performance. The Digital Art Analogue Artists concert sets out to explore the link between technology, performer, composer and listener and explore whether these divisions even retain their initial meaning. At Risk of Shock, we aim to create high quality FREE engaging events with contemporary music and to give performance opportunities to striking, new and innovative work.


Eilen Jewell

Digital Art Analogue Artists 37

Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery Bangor Open: Tue-Fri 12.30-4.30pm; Sat 10.30am-4.30pm

The Quality of Things LISTINGS

30 July-29 October Taking a look at still life and figures to reveal the power of objects. A still life is seen as a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter but they are more than bowls of fruit or vases of flowers. Examples of works by current artists and from art collections invite you to look a little closer.

Above: Painting by Jenny Jones Above left: Still Life with Fish by Brenda Chamberlain Left: Portrait of Lemons and Pomegranates by Alan Salisbury


Free admission

Limited Edition

Winter Warmers

5 November-7 January

5 November-7 January

With Su Walls

Saturday 8 October, 11am-4pm ÂŁ15. Booking essential. Contact Gwawr Wyn Roberts on: 01286 679721 or email: Explore different methods of producing monotype prints using various techniques and found objects.

Saturday 10 September, 11am-4pm Parc Glynllifon, Ffordd Clynnog, Caernarfon ÂŁ15. Booking essential. Contact Gwawr Wyn Roberts on: 01286 679721 or email:


An exhibition of Limited Edition prints by various artists/printmakers. Available for sale are examples of linocut prints, etching, wood engraving, silk screen and collograph prints by artists such as Ian Phillips, Eleri Jones, Jeb Loy Nichols, Colin See-Paynton and others.

Monotype Wirework with Mixed Class Ann Catrin Evans & Media Class With Angela Evans

An opportunity to experience two different approaches to working with wire and metal with two accomplished artists.

Above : Example of wirework Left: Monotype print by Su Walls Above: Little Cup by Eleri Jones


Community Arts Unit


Gwynedd Council Education • Enterprise • Enjoyment The Gwynedd Council Community Arts Unit works to promote, support and develop arts activity in the County’s communities. Community arts provide opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts regardless of experience, age or background. The Unit works with a wide range of community and voluntary groups, in various sectors throughout Gwynedd. We provide grants, advice and a programme of activities and projects.

Medal, Crown and Chair on a Bus! Gwynedd Arts Forum’s Annual General Meeting Literary Bus Trip from Bethesda to The Lleyn Peninsula Saturday, 24 September, 2011 In the company of the Urdd National Eisteddfod winners. Elin Gwyn, Llŷr Gwyn Lewis and Llŷr Titus will read extracts from their winning works. The tour guide will be Karen Owen. Suitable for Welsh learners. In addition, an opportunity to have an evening meal and a ticket to see a show by Theatr Bara Caws entitled ‘Un Fach Flewog’

Visit our website at: or request a copy of our booklet by phoning Gwawr Wyn Roberts, Community Arts Development Officer on: 01286 679721, Bus timetable: Parking space available at the Bethesda Rugby Club. 2:30pm - Pick up outside Spar, Bethesda. 2:55pm - Llŷr Gwyn Lewis will join the bus, Caernarfon. 3:40pm - Llŷr Titus will join the bus, Pwllheli. 4:00pm - Tea/coffee, cake and a chat at Y Daflod, Tafarn y Fic, Llithfaen. 5:30pm - Leave Llithfaen. 6:30pm - Arrive back at Bethesda.

Evening meal & show: Evening meal and show (Theatr Bara Caws - Un Fach Flewog), Bethesda Rugby Club.

Bus tour only - £10 each  Bus tour and evening meal & show - £20 each.

Contact us to book a place: (01286) 679465 or (01286) 676721




How to book

How to Book

Advance booking is recommended. Please check individual events for times, prices, booking details and venues.

BY PHONE Bookings for Pontio events (those listed on pages two and three) can be made by telephone where indicated on: 01248 382828. Our telephone bookings line is run in partnership with the Wales Millennium Centre and operates a fully bilingual service from Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm. IN PERSON Advance tickets can only be purchased in person where indicated. Any tickets unsold in advance will be available to buy on the door.


ONLINE Online booking is available for selected Pontio

events (those listed on pages two and three) at: www.pontio. This service will close four hours prior to the event, or at 5pm of the previous day if the event takes place in the morning.

CONCESSIONS Wherever ‘concessions’ is denoted for Pontio events, the following categories are included in that definition: children under 16 years of age, disabled visitors, students and those over 65.

POSTAL CHARGE No booking fee will be charged when you buy tickets, but a 50 pence mailing charge will apply if you request tickets by post. Tickets by post can only be requested until 10 days before the event to ensure they reach you on time. After this, all pre-bought tickets can be collected on the door.

REFUNDS Unfortunately, once tickets have been purchased, we are unable to refund them unless the performance is cancelled. Any tickets unsold in advance will be available to buy on the door. ACCESS We are committed to making our events as accessible as possible. Please contact us if you have any

special access requirements on: 01248 388090 or email: HOW TO FIND US The majority of Pontio events take place at venues across Bangor, but performances are also regularly staged within a 30-mile radius of the City from Anglesey to the Llyˆn Peninsula, the Conwy Valley to the North Wales coast. Please contact us for more details about a particular venue on: 01248 388090 or email: We recommend you arrive for events 30 minutes prior to the advertised start time.




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