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What’s On in Bangor May – September 2013


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Sat 4 AR Y RÊLS: Y BANDANA ■ Bangor Railway Club, 8pm

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Sat 1 AR Y RÊLS: SWEET BABOO ■ Bangor Railway Club, 8pm

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Sat 4 MUSIC AT BANGOR: CARMINA BURANA

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Mon 3 ASTON’S STONES ■ John Phillips Hall, Bangor University,

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Tue 4 CWTSH CYNGHANEDDU Pontio shop, Bangor High Street, ■ 

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Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University, 7.30pm

Mon 6 SEANN WALSH AND STUDENT STAND UP 18 ■ John Phillips Hall, Bangor University, 7.30pm Sat 11 GWYN

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■ Ysgol Glanaethwy, LL57 4BN, 9.30am, 11am & 1.30pm

1.30pm & 5.30pm

(registration required) 4pm – 5. 30pm

Fri 7 MUSIC AT BANGOR: SUMMER GALA CONCERT ■ Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University, 7.30pm 16

Mon 13 YMA AC ACW ■ Pontio shop, Bangor High Street,

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Sat 25 DUET FOR THREE / TAIKABOX ■ Pontio shop, Bangor High Street, 10am – 3pm

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Sat 8 THE BRIDGE, BANGOR CARNIVAL

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Sat 25 SANCHO PANZA ■ John Phillips Hall, Bangor University, 2.30pm

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Tue 11 CWTSH CYNGHANEDDU Pontio shop, Bangor High Street, ■ 

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Wed 29 MERCHED YN BENNAF ■ Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor, 7.30pm

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Beach Road, Bangor, 2.30pm

(registration required) 4pm – 5.30pm

Wed 12 CERDYN POST O WLAD Y RWLA 13 ■ John Phillips Hall, Bangor University, 10am & 1pm Fri 14 CABARET PONTIO: ETRAN FINATAWA ■ Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge, 7.30pm

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Sat 15 AN INVITATION TO SHARE: CAI TOMOS ■ Pontio shop, Bangor High Street, 1pm – 4pm

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Tue 18 CWTSH CYNGHANEDDU Pontio shop, Bangor High Street, (registration ■ 

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Thu 20 BEDWYR WILLIAMS ■ & THE STARRY MESSENGER

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Powis Hall, Bangor University, 11am, 2pm & 7pm


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JULY

Fri 21 FRIDAY FILM: MAMA AFRICA! ■ Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University,

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Fri 5 SHOP DRUMMING JAM 27 ■ Pontio shop, Bangor High Street, 1pm – 2.30pm

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Tue 25 CWTSH CYNGHANEDDU Pontio shop, Bangor High Street, ■ 

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Wed 26- VANGST / RHWYDO Sat 29 Old Bowling Green, Bangor, 11am, 2pm, 7pm ■ dependent on day

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Sat 29 POPCORN CLUB: THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS (U) ■ Maesgeirchen Social Club, Bangor, 10am-1pm

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Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University

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(registration required) 4pm – 5.30pm

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Fri 5 FRIDAY FILM: ZERO DARK THIRTY (15) 19 ■ Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University, 7.30pm Sat 6 POPCORN CLUB: 14 ■ CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (PG)

Maesgeirchen Social Club, Bangor, 10am – 1pm

CABARET Community DRAMA

Sat 6 SONG & STORYTELLING CORNER 28 ■ Pontio shop, Bangor High Street, 1.30pm – 2.30pm Sat 6 AR Y RÊLS: MEIC STEVENS ■ Bangor Railway Club, 8pm

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Fri 12- BIANCO: NOFIT STATE CIRCUS Sat 20 Beach Road, Bangor, 2pm, 3.30pm, 7.30pm ■ dependent on day

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FILM KIDS & FAMILIES MUSIC

Sat 13 NOFIT STATE CIRCUS SKILLS EXHIBITION 28 ■ Pontio shop, Bangor High Street, 12pm – 1pm

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Sat 13 POPCORN CLUB: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (U) ■ Maesgeirchen Social Club, Bangor, 10am-1pm 15

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Sat 20 POPCORN CLUB: LITTLE RASCALS (U) ■ Maesgeirchen Social Club, Bangor, 10am-1pm

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PONTIO RECOMMENDS

AUGUST Sat 24 POBOL 26 Pontio Shop, Bangor High St, 1pm (registration required) ■ 

SEPTEMBER Sun 1 REACH FOR THE STARS CONCERT 20 ■ Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University, 7.30pm

Pontio: Events

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WELCOME

The Pontio team is delighted to bring you a season that varies in scale from the small and intimate to the very large. Magical small-scale shows like Fran Wen’s Welsh language adaptation of award-winning ‘White’: Gwyn, and Swedish Teater Pero’s Aston’s Stones, are among the most exquisite shows for young children I have ever seen.

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In June, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru will stage tri-lingual immersive show Vangst / Rhwydo in a small, mobile theatre on Bangor’s old bowling green. At the other end of the spectrum, on Beach Road in Bangor this July, we bring you BIANCO - a big top production by NoFit State Circus.

The Pontio Shop is now open on Bangor’s High Street from 10am3pm, Monday to Saturday. Call in to buy tickets or join in the many workshops and activities – see page 24 for more details.

Drop by our new, temporary home at the Pontio shop on the High Street to find out more. We’ll be hosting a wealth of workshops at the shop over the summer from dance, music, story, film and poetry – all tasters to whet your appetite ahead of the opening of the Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre in autumn 2014. At the tail end of the summer, one of Wales’ most prominent musical theatre stars John Owen Jones will join Côr Ysgol Glanaethwy in concert. Plus, we’ll have a golden opportunity for rising stars aged between 16-25 as we’ll be hosting auditions for singers eager to share the stage with the West End and Broadway star himself! Elen ap Robert, Pontio Artistic Director

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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.

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. Exception: Seann Walsh event, see page 18.

IN PERSON Can be purchased at the Pontio Shop on Bangor’s High Street.

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: info@pontio.co.uk.

ONLINE Online booking is available for selected Pontio events at: www.pontio. co.uk. 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. 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. CONCESSIONS Wherever ‘concessions’ is denoted for Pontio events, the following categories are included in that definition: children under 16 years of age, students and those over 65. Carers and children under 2 go free.

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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 Llŷn Peninsula, the Conwy Valley to the North Wales coast. Please contact us for more details about a particular venue on: 01248 388090 or email: info@pontio.co.uk. We recommend you arrive for events 30 minutes prior to the advertised start time.


Friday 12 July - Saturday 20 July, 2pm (13, 20), 3.30pm (14) & 7.30pm (12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20) Beach Road, Bangor £15/£10 concessions (except Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18, all performances £10) ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk Pontio Shop

BIANCO Turning Savage JAW-DROPPING SKILLS, UNTAMED ELEGANCE & SUBVERSIVE EDGE

Internationally renowned for its dramatic live contemporary circus performance, NoFit State returns with BIANCO. An immersive promenade experience that takes place above, behind and all around a standing audience. With a constantly evolving narrative set to a pounding soundtrack performed by a live band, this is an all consuming theatrical experience that is not to be missed.

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NoFit State Circus present:

Under the direction of Firenza Guidi with a world-class cast, NoFit State continues to reinvent circus with this stunning performance. Originally co-produced by the Eden Project.

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Saturday 4 May, 8pm Bangor Railway Club, Euston Road

AR Y RÊLS

£10/£8 concessions ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk Pontio Shop Pontio, in association with Gŵyl Gardd Goll, present:

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Welsh music at the Railway Club See you for a night out on the rails!

Y Bandana

AWARD-WINNING INDIE-ROCK BAND FAMED FOR HUMOUROUS LYRICS AND INFECTIOUS MELODIES Hailing from Caernarfon and known for their entertaining lyrics, this energetic indie rock band are inspired by Led Zeppelin, Queen and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The band, made up of Gwilym Rhys (lead vocals, guitar), Tomos Owens (keyboard), Sion Owens (bass guitar) and Robin Jones (percussion), has toured the length and breadth of Wales. Recently awarded best single for Dal dy Drwyn/ Cân y tan, and best live band by Welsh magazine Selar, Y Bandana are a fun-filled, guaranteed hit.


Saturday 1 June, 8pm Bangor Railway Club, Euston Road

Saturday 6 July, 8pm Bangor Railway Club, Euston Road

£10/£8 concessions ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk Pontio Shop Pontio, in association with Gŵyl Gardd Goll, present:

£10/£8 concessions ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk Pontio Shop Pontio, in association with Gŵyl Gardd Goll, present:

FROM DARKLY FUNNY TO PIERCINGLY TENDER

ONE OF WELSH ROCK’S BIGGEST ICONS

Shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize in 2011 for his third album ‘I’m a Dancer / Songs About Sleeping’, Sweet Baboo’s (aka Stephen Black) evolution as a songwriter and musician is still very much in motion with his new album ‘Ships’.

Since 1967, Meic Stevens has wowed audiences in thousands of gigs, recording 15 albums and many more singles, during his long and varied career. His unique and unforgettable songs will last forever. Last year, Meic battled cancer successfully and we’re delighted to be able to welcome the 70-year-old rock rebel to the Pontio stage for the very first time!

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SweeT Baboo Meic Stevens

Black’s productivity is all the more remarkable given his extracurricular activities which have seen him working with the likes of Cate Le Bon, Euros Childs and Gruff Rhys. With an ear for sparkling melodies, Sweet Baboo is an artist not to be missed!

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Wednesday 29 May, 7.30pm Blue Sky Café, off Bangor High St.

Saturday 25 May, 2.30pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University

£9/£7 concessions ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk

£6/£4 concessions ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk

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Hijinx Theatre present:

Merched yn Bennaf

Sancho Panza

AN ENTERTAINING NIGHT OF WELSH DRAMA, POETRY AND SONG BY THREE OF WALES’ BEST-LOVED FEMALE STARS

“THERE’S A MILLION OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD I WOULD RATHER BE THAN ME…”

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Theatr Peña present:

Join some of Wales’ most famous female actors Betsan Llwyd, Christine Pritchard & Olwen Rees for a night of exceptional entertainment. Merched yn Bennaf explores the poetry, prose and plays of Welsh writers interwoven with unaccompanied songs. Compiled and directed by Betsan Llwyd, Theatr Peña puts women centre stage.

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Light refreshments and drinks available. A Welsh Language event.

The Adventures of Sancho Panza is a boisterous, contemporary adaption of Cervantes' classic tale 'Don Quixote', retold through the eye of the Quixote's companion Sancho Panza. Hijinx Theatre is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of people with learning disabilities in the arts. Suitable for all ages. English language production.


RHWYDO / VANGST The Collection of Fears and Desires

Wednesday 26 Saturday 29 June, 11am (29), 2pm (27, 28, 29), 7pm (26, 27, 28), Old Bowling Green, Bangor £9/£7 ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk Pontio Shop

Desires get under the skin and fears are felt to the bone in this heartfelt piece of physical theatre from The Netherlands by Roos van Geffen. Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru brings award-winning writer Angharad Price’s adaptation of this remarkable production to Bangor in a specially designed mobile theatre. The production will use three languages: Welsh, Dutch and English.

Roos has collected the deepest fears and desires of random passers-by all over Europe. Though weaving these very personal stories, Roos creates modest and poetic work in which the personal becomes universal. She will be adding to this on-going collection with this visit to Wales, gathering and incorporating the fears and desires of people up and down the country.

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Roos van Geffen, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Pontio & Wales Millennium Centre present:

For ages 12+.

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Monday 3 June, 1.30pm & 5.30pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University £6/£4 concessions ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk

Pontio Shop

KIDS & FAMILIES

Teater Pero presents

A STORY ABOUT A LITTLE DOG, LOVE AND SEEING THE VALUE IN SMALL THINGS Aston’s Stones is about a little dog who wants to take care of all the stones he can find. Every stone gets to follow Aston home and is greeted with a warm cosy bed. This gentle story is about how important it is to see and appreciate the value in even the smallest things. A beautiful introduction to theatre suitable for ages 3-6 years. An English language production lasting approx. 30 minutes.

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Saturday 11 May, 9.30am, 11am & 1.30pm Ysgol Glanaethwy, LL57 4BN

Wednesday 12 June, 10am & 1pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University

£5 ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk

£4, teachers go free,10% discount for groups of 10+

Cwmni’r Frân Wen present

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Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch present:

KIDS & FAMILIES

Pontio Shop

IMAGINE A SIMPLE, ORGANISED, COLOURLESS WORLD… Bryn Fôn & Rhodri Sion will introduce children to an enchanting and beautiful white world where everything is perfect… but how will its inhabitants react when they see colour for the very first time? Cwmni’r Frân Wen are touring the first Welsh language adaptation of WHITE, originally produced by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Edinburgh and translated by Angharad Tomos. A Welsh-language show suitable for children and families.

ALL YOUR FAVOURITE RALA RWDINS CHARACTERS IN A SHOW FULL OF COLOUR, SONG AND ADVENTURE Celebrate 30 years of the popular Rala Rwdins books with a colourful and adventurous theatre show by Angharad Tomos. Meet Rala Rwdins, Rwdlan, Dewin Doeth, Dewin Dwl, Llipryn Llwyd, Strempan, and of course, Mursen the cat, as they embark on their holiday. As usual with this gang – nothing ever goes to plan! There will be singing, laughing and tricks in the company of our friends from Gwlad y Rwla. Welsh language show suitable for ages 4-8. 13


Colourful crafts and brilliant films for children aged 5-10

KIDS & FAMILIES

Popcorn, tea, coffee and sweets for sale. Adult supervision required for the duration.

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Saturday 29 June, 10am

Saturday 6 July, 10am

Activities: Make the Pirate Captain & Cutlass Liz hats, Parrot rattles and Terror of the High Seas Catapults! Arrgh!

Activities: Cook up delicious Chocolate Tongue Painter Silly Face Lollies, Willy Wonka puppets and Golden Ticket invitations!

The Pirates! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

An Oscar nominated animated adventure. Featuring the voices of superstars such as Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Salma Hayek, Lenny Henry, Brian Blessed and Brendan Gleeson.

Tim Burton’s take on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story. Starring Johnny Depp as the world’s most unusual candy maker.


Saturday Mornings 10am-1pm Maesgeirchen Social Club

Saturday 13 July, 10am

Saturday 20 July, 10am

Activities: Create Enchanted Spoons, Faithful Phillipe the horse, Beast masks and Belle’s Flower crown.

Activities: Devise cardboard box gocarts, Alfalfa Bubble Wans and Our Gang Trash Toys.

Beauty and the Beast (Disney 1991)

The Little Rascals

A classic Disney film with plenty of fun, colour, magic and memorable songs for all the family.

KIDS & FAMILIES

Tickets: £2 children & adults. (£1.50 if bought in advance)  01248 382828  www.pontio.co.uk Pontio Shop Limited spaces, early booking advisable.

The sanctity of the “He-Man Womun Haters Club” and its chances of winning the big go-cart race is threatened when one of its most respected members, Alfalfa, falls in love with (of all things!) a girl.

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Music at Bangor Saturday 4 May, 7.30pm Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University £12/£9 concessions / £5 students

Friday 7 June, 7.30pm Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University £12/£9 concessions / £5 students

Carmina Burana

SUMMER GALA CONCERT

BANGOR UNVIERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS

Music at Bangor’s traditional season close

Bangor University Chorus (joined by baritone Terence Ayebare, soprano Elizabeth Cameron and tenor Andrew Powis) team up with an expanded Bangor University Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Chris Collins, for a performance of Carl Orff’s exciting cantata Carmina Burana!

This year’s season of Music at Bangor draws to its traditional close with a gala concert of popular classics performed by the University’s own ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Brass Band and Music Society. Free glass of cava.

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Friday 14 June, 7.30pm Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

a w a t a n i F n a r Et AN AWARD WINNING DESERT-BLUES BAND FROM NIGER Etran Finatawa combine the rich nomadic cultures of the Tuareg and Wodaabe people from the West African country of Niger – a region that for thousands of years has served as a crossroads between the Arabs of north Africa and the sub-Saharan traditions.

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£12/£10 concessions ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk Pontio Shop

Etran Finatawa blend traditional instruments with electric guitars, combining the polyphonic songs of the Wodaabe people with modern arrangements, transporting you to the Sahara with their evocative sound. Winners of the BBC World Music Award for Best Newcomers.

“Wailing, twisting songs as gritty as the desert wind.” – Robin Denselow Songlines ★★★★ 17


Monday 6 May, 8pm John Phillips Hall, Bangor University £10 / £8 concessions ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk

Pontio Shop

STAND UP

Seann Walsh and

Student Stand-Up Stars STAND-UP SENSATION SUPPORTED BY BANGOR’S STUDENT COMEDY TALENT Charming and charismatic, a natural motor-mouth, Brighton’s Seann Walsh is the most frighteningly precocious talent to emerge on the comedy circuit in ages. Walsh’s assured delivery and self-deprecating silliness features in ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ and ‘Mock The Week’ making him one of DAVE’s top 10 stand-ups. Supporting Seann will be the winner of Bangor Comedy’s competition to find the funniest stand up comedian at Bangor University. Bangor’s top comic will share the stage with Seann along with improvisation performers. Cash-only bar open from 7pm.

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EXCLUSIVE STUDENT OFFER! For this event, Pontio will be trialling the new “No Show? No Worries” scheme. If you cannot attend the show for whatever reason, you can return your ticket to the Pontio shop the next day, with your NUS card, and claim a full refund. Offer valid until shop closing time 3pm, Tuesday 7 May 2013.

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FRIDAY FILM Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University £4/£3 ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk

FILM

These Summer 2013 films were carefully selected by the Bangor Community Film Group on behalf of Pontio. If you have any suggestions for us, please let us know! You can contact us through info@pontio.co.uk or why not visit us at our recently opened Pontio Shop on the High Street and suggest a few in person? ALL WELCOME

June 7, 7.30pm

June 21, 7.30pm

July 5, 7.30pm

Amour

Mama Africa

Zero Dark Thirty

(UK 2012) 127 min Director: Michael Haneke Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva & Isabelle Hupper

(Germany 2011) 90 min Director: Mika Maurismäki Starring: Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver & Leopoldo Fleming

(UK 2012) 157 min Director: Kathryn Bigelow Starring: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton & Chris Pratt

Drama/Romance. Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

Documentary/Biography/Music. A vibrant homage to a legend of African music and culture, Miriam Makeba. An assemblage of interviews and archive clips, from the 1950s to the present day, provides a portrait of the multi-lingual Makeba.

Drama/History/Thriller. A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. 19


Mission Photographic

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Sunday 1 September, 730pm Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University £14/£8 concessions; family ticket (2 adults and 2 children): £40 Limited Offer: 1st 80 tickets for £8 ) 01248 382828 8 www.pontio.co.uk Pontio Shop

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West End and Broadway star John Owen Jones joins Côr Ysgol Glanaethwy for a programme of popular songs from the shows.

John Owen Jones, from Burry Port in south Wales, is an award winning, record-breaking West End and Broadway performer. Best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. At the age of 26, he became the youngest actor ever to play the role of Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Mis and is one of only a handful of actors to have played the role both in the West End and on Broadway. Ysgol Glanaethwy performing arts school was established by Rhian and Cefin Roberts in 1990 and is based in Bangor. The school shot to fame when its choir for older pupils took part in BBC1's Last Choir Standing in 2008 securing second prize and in 2010 clinched two gold awards in the 'World Choir Games' in Shaoxing.


Friday 4, Saturday 5 October Your chance to take part - Auditions 27 July

Bodies in Urban Spaces Willi Dorner (Austria)

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Migrations & Pontio present a travelling performance that leads you through unseen and re-discovered spaces in your urban surroundings. 20 performers including free runners, gymnasts, climbers, martial artists or dancers are temporarily arranged en route - incredibly squeezed, balanced and rearranged amongst Bangor’s architecture. Interested in being one of the 20 performers? Contact Migrations 01492 642291 or post@ migrations.co.

With the support of the cultural office of the City of Vienna.

Photo: Lisa Rastl

Auditions held on the 27th of July in Maes Glas with five days rehearsal leading up to the performances. Performers’ fees available.

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Thursday 20 June, 11am, 2pm & 7pm Powis Hall, Bangor University

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Bedwyr Williams and the Starry Messenger A “starry” event at the Powis! Bedwyr Williams, Pontio’s consultant artist, is taking part in the Venice Biennale this year with a project considering the microscopic and the astronomic. Come learn about his work and experience a special planetary event... A free event. To book your place, e-mail info@pontio.co.uk, call 01248 388090 or drop by the Pontio Shop. Appropriate for ages 11+. Bedwyr at the Biennale is a partnership with Oriel Davies, MOSTYN and the Arts Council of Wales.

The Starry Messenger by Bedwyr Williams Designed by Åbäke  Courtesy Wales in Venice Cymru yn Fenis 2013 22


Friday 21 June Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University

Pontio is pleased to support one of the biggest student events of the year - the Summer Ball 2013.

Sound Shapes

This year’s Ball will be packed with bouncy castles, bungee runs, fairground rides, a Ministry of Sound room, tribute acts, casino, cocktails and of course main stage headliners: Professor Green, James Arthur and K-Koke! Tickets are £45 and available from The Academi Shop, The Students Union, Friddoedd shop, Bar Uno and www.gigantic.com.

Led by Manon Llwyd in partnership with Gwynedd Council & Pontio

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Saturday 1 June

Musician and composer Manon Llwyd will lead workshops to encourage children to express themselves through music and learn to play by ear. Manon’s musical residency will take place at a number of schools in Gwynedd and Ynys Môn. Using a variety of mediums, voice and instruments, children will discuss what inspires them and explore different sounds and musical techniques. All participating schools will share their music at Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University.

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Pontio Shop

Introducing Pontio Bite Size – Check out what's on in Bangor Saturday 11 May, 10am – 2pm

WRITING SQUAD Yma ac Acw An exhibition celebrating Bangor’s bilingual and multi-ethnic society.

A Welsh medium creative session for Gwynedd Writing Squad members led by the poet Llion Jones. The group will create poems which embody their seeds of ideas. In partnership with 24

Monday 13 May, all-day for 4 weeks

Older people from Welsh, English and other cultural backgrounds have exchanged 'When We Were Young' stories with schoolchildren from Ysgol y Faenol and . This display of creative work has emerged from this inter-generational and inter-cultural exchange.

Saturday 25 May, 10am – 3pm

Duet for Three

An interactive video experience that puts you in control of the dance. Experience film like never before. duetforthree.com


High Street Saturday 25 May, 1pm – 2pm

TaikaBox In collaboration with local independent dancers, experiment with using public space to generate movement. Come and witness and interact with the dancers and influence the development of their creative research.

Saturday 8 June, 2.30pm

Saturday 8 June, 11.30am

The Bridge   Bangor Carnival A performance devised by Pontio’s BLAS project participants (year 4 & 5 pupils of Hirael and Glancegin schools) on Beach Road under the direction of BLAS coordinator Mared Huws.

Procession passes the Pontio shop.

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op h s w e n r u o At Great eventsigh Street on Bangor H

(Pontio in collaboration with Taikabox and Confucius)

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Saturday 22 June, 13 July, 24 August, 1pm - 4pm

POBOL Pontio is searching for members of the community to take part in an exciting and unique project: POBOL. We are on the look out for people from all backgrounds, of all ages and walks of life, willing to have their voices and faces recorded. These will be used, seen and heard throughout the new Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre. POBOL is a partnership project with Griffilms animation. To take part please contact Pontio on POBOL@pontio.co.uk by Friday May 31.

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Friday 14 June, 1pm – 4pm

An invitation to share… Stories around something lost. Dancer Cai Tomos invites you to call by the shop and share a personal story with him on the theme of loss… These stories will inspire a creative response by Cai and feed into Pontio’s work around dementia and the arts.


Tuesday 4, 11, 18 & 25 June, 4pm – 5.30pm

Cwtsh Cynganeddu 4 free after-school sessions introducing the basics of ‘cynganeddu’ - Welsh poetry in strict metre - to 16 -18 yr olds. Limited places, please contact GwenLasarus@ gwynedd.gov.uk or 01286 679465 (Mon-Wed) by Friday to register.

Friday 5 July, 1pm – 2.30pm

Jam A drumming session for everyone in partnership with Community Music Wales. Instruments provided.

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op h s w e n r u o At Great eventsigh Street On Bangor H Saturday 6 July, 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Saturday 13 July, 12pm – 1pm

Song and Storytelling corner

NoFit State Circus

with Lisa Jên Brown for 3 -6 year olds and their parents.

Share with us some of their circus skills.

For the diary.. From September onwards

LEGACY Pontio will be embarking on a project to collect your stories and memories of Theatr Gwynedd…. I remember… We look forward to your contributions. Further details coming soon. 28


Here at Pontio, we love the 9 arts - and we love knowing pages what events are going on. of listings start The following pages are here packed with various events in and around Bangor that Pontio highly recommend. From musical gigs and film screenings to science exhibitions and public lectures, there’s something for everyone! Consider this your what’s on guide, enjoy… If you’d like to list your event in Pontio’s Autumn brochure, please e-mail us at: info@pontio.co.uk.

Friday 17 May, 7.30pm Thomas Telford Centre, Menai Bridge LL59 5EA £7.50 adults, £3 U18s

AN EVENING WITH JONATHAN RICHARDS Concert Classical Guitarist, Jonathan Richards will be performing a variety of music including Bach, Haydn, Albeniz, Schubert and others. Supported by ‘Night Out’ and Anglesey County Council.

Pontio recommends

Pontio recommends

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Owen’s Gigs

A selection of gigs from Cob Records’ finest, Owen Hughes

Pontio recommends

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge LL59 5DR Tickets available from Palas Print Bangor Thursday 8 May, 8pm £10

Tuesday 25 June, 8pm £10

Tuesday 23 July, 8pm £12

Sunday 25 August  8.00pm £10

Vera van Heeringen Trio

Matt Anderson

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

Katy Moffat

“Canada’s greatest guitarist made one acoustice guitar sound like a fully staffed band. Outrageoue skill and contagious joy” – The Times.

Bold, modern Bluegrass, shot through with nostalgia and bittersweet melancholy from Vera van Heeringen and her talented trio.

www.veravanheeringen.com

“Her voice is perhaps the most searingly beautiful thing you’ll ever hear” - Daily Express “Anyone unaffected should check their pulse” - Mojo www.katymoffat.com  

www.stubbyfingers.ca

“She can play anything with strings, write fine songs and sing them too” – Tim O’Brien

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Outstanding and extremely popular Canadian Blues singer-songwriter-guitarist.

One of America’s most honest and affecting singersongwriters.

Cajun music at its finest and most exciting. With a 2012 Grammy award and four Grammy nominations under his belt, Steve Riley brings what is undoubtedly the hottest live band in Southwest Louisiana to Menai Bridge! www.mamouplayboys.com


A North Wales conference for individuals and families living with hearing loss 10am – 3.30pm Saturday 8 June Main Arts Building College Road, Bangor University A free conference for adults & parents of children who have a hearing impairment. Speakers, discussions and an opportunity to socialise

MS CONCERT An evening of great music from local singers and muscians.  Hosted by Nia Parry and including Elin Fflur, Iona Stevens, Rhiwlas School Choir, South Gwynedd Ukelele band, Bron Cathod and the famous MS Choir. Tickets available through 07920 429477 or Palas Print Bangor & Caernarfon

Pontio recommends

Lend me your ears

Saturday 22 June, 7.30pm Prichard-Jones Hall £7.50

For more information and to register:  i.r.cooke@bangor.ac.uk  (01248) 382255 31


BLUE SKY CAFÉ Pontio recommends

Ambassador Hall, rear of 236 High Street, Bangor LL57 1PA www.blueskybangor.co.uk Thursday 2 May Food from 6.30pm Gig 8pm Gig £8 two course meal £10

Friday 10 May Food from 6.30pm Gig 8pm Gig £8 two course meal £10

Friday 17 May Food from 6.30pm Gig 8pm Gig £8 two course meal £10

Thursday 23 May Food from 6.30pm Gig 8pm Gig £8 two course meal £10

Common Tongues

The Rip Roaring Success

T G Elias and Rob Jones

Huw Warren Diamond Express

Common Tongues are an indie folk 5 piece band hailing from the shores of Brighton. With a sound that lies somewhere between Crosby, Stills and Nash and Arcade Fire, Common Tongues also cite Bon Iver, Local Natives, The Band and Eels as influences. http://commontonguesepk. tumblr.com

The Rip Roaring Success are the hottest Western Swing Band East of El Paso! When you want the prairie set on fire with jumpin’ ho-down tunes then there ain’t no success like a rip roarin’ one. Tickets available from Blue Sky 4 weeks before the event

T.G. Elias is a prolific writer and performer who holds audiences spellbound

“Wonderful, Heartfelt music”Bob Harris, Radio 2 A native of North Wales, Rob Jones is a folk artist beyond compare. www.facebook.com/ tgeliasmusic

www.theriproaring success. co.uk

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Huw Warren - Piano Maria Lamburn - Bass Clarinet Huw V Williams - Bass Zoot Warren - Drums An evening featuring the joyous and uplifting groove of South African Township Jazz.  Tunes by Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) Dudu Pukwana, Hugh Masakela Chris McGregor and others arranged by leading UK jazz musician Huw Warren. Music for head, heart and feet! www.huwwarren.co.uk


Wednesday 31 July Food from 6.30pm Gig 8pm Gig £8 two course meal £10

Jazz Club @ Teras every month

Huw Warren Sarah Smith Brazil Special Trio Huw Warren - Piano/Accordion Maria Lamburn - Clarinet Huw V Williams - Bass Lloyd Haines - drums Back by popular demand! - An evening of sunny Brazillian music led by one of Wales’ leading musicians. Samba, Bossa, Baião Frevo Chorino by Tom Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Tania Maria, Egberto Gismonti, Joyce Pixinguinha and much more...

Music handed down straight from jazz greats of the 30’s and 40’s, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli  -  an irresistible mix of US swing, gypsy and European styles.

‘Stupendously good’ www.sarahsmithtrio.co.uk

Thursday 9 May, 7pm Music Hall, School of Music, Bangor University Free

Freedom, Anarchism and the 21st Century The latest exciting Agor-A debate. This one will deal with intellectual, political and artistic ideas of freedom and anarchism. There will be an interesting panel but all are welcome and everyone can speak. www.facebook.com/pages/ Agor-A

Jazz night with special guest musicians. See our website www.bangor.ac.uk/venues and Facebook for details.

Pontio recommends

Wednesday 25 July Food from 6.30pm Gig 8pm Gig £8 two course meal £10

Friday 3 May, Friday 31 May, Friday 21 June, Dining from 6pm. Music from 7.30pm The Teras Lounge, Main Arts Building, College Rd, Bangor, LL57 2DG £8

Booking essential on 01248 388686 or contact Teras@Bangor.ac.uk www.bangor.ac.uk/venues

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Friday 3, Saturday 4, Sunday 5 May John Phillips Hall, Bangor University £5/£4 NUS

Pontio recommends

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth Shakespeare’s tragedy tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. The bloodbath swiftly takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into realms of arrogance, madness, and death. Booking details available: www.facebook.com/pages/BEDS-Perform-Macbeth Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sund ay 19 May John Phillips Hall, Bangor University £5/£4 NUS

Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind The play criticises the sexually-oppressive culture of 19th century Germany and offers a vivid dramatisation of the erotic fantasies that it breeds. Due to the controversial subject matter the play has an 18 rating. Booking details available on website. www.facebook.com/pages/ BEDS-Perform-Spring-Awakening

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E C N DA Tuesday 21 May - 26 June, 6-7pm Feed My Lambs, Lon Ysgol, Caernarfon, LL55 2AP £30 for 6-week course, or £5 to try the first session

Saturday 1June, 8-11pm Penrallt Chapel, Holyhead Rd, Upper Bangor, LL57 2EU £5

Learn how to strut your stuff with elegance and femininity, improving posture and fitness. Total beginners and all shapes, sizes and fitness levels welcome.

at 8pm, then hit the dance floor to some great Jive music. All welcome, including two left feet!

Burlesque Dance ‘At the Hop’ Swing Jive Party Workshop Party time! Beginners Lesson

Saturday 1 June, 1-5pm Penrallt Chapel, Holyhead Rd, Upper Bangor, LL57 2EU £20

Wednesdays 15 May and 5 June, 6.30-7.30pm Ysgol Friars, Ffordd Eithinog, Bangor, LL57 2LN £4

Lindy Hop (Swing Zumba Dance Taster Class Jive) Dance Party yourself into shape! A fun Workshop session of easy dance moves This fun, lively dance originated in Harlem in the 20’s. Complete beginners are welcome to this unique opportunity to learn authentic moves with top UK teacher Sandy Bennett.

that burn calories. Mixing Salsa, Hip Hop, African dance, and Bollywood. helenmcgreary7@hotmail.com 07751 017157 or just turn up!


NORTH WALES PRIDE 2013 Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 May A global World Music festival celebrating music, youth, diversity and culture.

This will be the second year for this unique event brings communities together and celebrates diversity within North Wales.

Adult Weekend: £60 - access to festival site and camping area. Free parking. Adult Concession: £55 Students, OAPs, Unemployed, 14-17yrs old - Access to festival site and camping area. Free parking. Adult Day: £35 - parking for the day, no camping: £7. Adult Concession Day: £30 Children from 0-13: Free! Camper Van Parking: £30 kayafestival.co.uk Ticketline: 0844 888 9991 info@kayafestival.co.uk

Tickets available through our website and some shops in the area.

Sunday 28 April, 3pm Powis Hall, Bangor £7 / £4 (children) Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias presents:

CONCERT in aid of CGWM’s fund in memory of Ben Muskett

Featuring performances by Nicki Pearce (cello), Sioned Webb (piano) and soloists and ensembles from the Canolfan. Tickets available from Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias, Galeri, Caernarfon & Palas Print Pendref. www.cgwm.org.uk (01286) 685230

www.northwalespride.com

Pontio recommends

Friday 26 – Saturday 27 July Hendre Hall, Tal y Bont, Bangor, LL57 3YP £15 (weekend pass), £5 per person for camping (weekend)

Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 July, Caernarfon Various prices The 5th festival! A jam-packed weekend with literature, comedy, music, art, film, drama, walks, and food taking place in all corners fo the town. Events for all the family. www.gwylarall.com 35


Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery Gwynedd Road, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 1DT

Pontio recommends

In the Gallery

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Gilly Thomas

John Hedley

April 27 – 8 June 2013

April 27 – 8 June 2013

The Uncanny Edge Allusive works, driven by obsession, dilemma and irony, explore personal and archetypal narratives and situations. The strangely significant and the mundane mingle here to bemuse, amuse and disturb in a rich lexicon of intriguing imagery. There is an engagingly odd perspective here that is absurd, angstridden, gleeful and possibly uncanny.

Stress and Layering A selection of new work exploring the concepts of stress, cracking and layering, with reference to the geology related to Geo Môn (Anglesey Geopark) and similarities with some arboreal features. John Hedley has been awarded an Art Council Grant to develop this body of work in print, collage and paint creating images of abstract and organic aspect.

Bangor University Graduates

Wendy Mayer Stephanie Inglis

15 – 29 June 2013

July 27 – 21 September 2013

Coleg Menai Graduates

Pins and needles A compelling mixture of playfulness and distortion. Taking nursery rhymes and proverbs as a starting point both Wendy Mayer and Stephanie Inglis present the viewer with an unexpected twist on what may at first seem familiar.

6 – 20 July 2013 Graduates from the Life Long Learning BA Fine Art Degree course at Bangor University and graduates from the BA Fine Art Degree course at Coleg Menai exhibit selected highlights from their work.


Open: Tue-Fri 12.30-4.30pm; Sat 10.30am-4.30pm Free admission www.gwynedd.gov.uk/museums

In the Museum

Hilary Cartmel Exhibition Niki Pilkington July 27 – 21 September 2013 Niki Pilkington is a Welsh fashion illustrator who has worked in London, Cardiff & Paris, and is currently working from her studio in North Wales. Working with all the materials you’d find in a child’s pencil case, her playful yet detailed style focuses on fashion and the people who wear it.

Remarkable Women

‘Salem’ at home

Dorothea Pughe-Jones, Dorothy Drage, Lady Reade

‘Salem’ a watercolour by Sidney Curnow Vosper (18661942) of a small Baptist chapel in Cefncymerau, near Harlech. Sunlight Soap popularised the image and a theory that a devil’s face can be seen in the fold of the shawl have contributed to making ‘Salem’ a Welsh icon. This exhibition will celebrate the work and reflect on how it continues to be absorbed into Welsh homes and expresses Welsh identity.

March 23 – 22 June 2013 This exhibition looks at three remarkable women; Dorothy Drage, Dorothea Pughe-Jones, and Lady Reade. These three names that may not be familiar but each of them have had a huge impact on the museum’s collections and the preservation of the cultural history of north west Wales.

June 29 – 12 October 2013

An exhibition of 2D and 3D art works by artist Hilary Cartmel on display at the hospital’s main entrance. www.creativegwynedd.com

Pontio recommends

May & June Oriel Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor Free

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