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Summer In The City


This summer the city is the new beach, with everything from Shakespeare to an Elvis World Cup adding up to a scorching programme of events.


EVERYMAN SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff Tue 6-Sat 31 July. Tickets: from £7 Cardiff’s theatre group present four pieces of open-air theatre. Tim Baker’s Gair Am Air Gan (Tue 6-Sat 10 July) is their Welsh language performance. They will also be showing Much Ado About Nothing (Wed 7-Sat 17 July), HMS Pinafore (Wed 21-Sat 31 July) and Winnie The Pooh (Sat 24-Sat 31 July).


SWANSEA COMEDY FESTIVAL The Vault, Swansea Thursdays throughout July, 8pm. Tickets: £6 Spread over fi ve Thursdays in July, Swansea Comedy Festival is a smaller affair than its Cardiff cousin, but it’s still packing talent. It’s a showcase of 10 Edin- burgh Fringe shows featuring comedians such as Elis James, Daniel Rigby and Matt Price.


MULTICULTURAL MELA Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay Sun 8 Aug. Free


A huge event that last year attracted more than 14,000 visitors, this celebration of community diversity showcases dance, music, arts, fashion and food. With its roots in Asian culture, it features a huge range of activities for people of all ages.


SWICA DRAGON CARNIVAL-THEATRE SPECTACULAR Roald Dahl Plas, Cardiff Bay (Fri 23 + Sat 24 July, 9.15pm), Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay (Sun 25 July, 1 + 3pm), MAS Carnival, St Mary Street, Cardiff (Sat 31 July, 12.15pm)


ELVIS WORLD CUP St David’s Hall, Cardiff Sun 4 July, 7.30pm. Tickets: £19-£35 It’s never been all that clear exactly why the Welsh love Elvis, but the Elvis World Cup is fi rst of two major celebrations of the life and legacy of Elvis Presley that you’ll witness this year. Twelve Elvis impersonators from around the globe will compete for supremacy with Europe’s leading Elvis backing band Red Alert.


THE TEMPEST Cardiff Castle Sun 1 + Mon 2 July, 7.30pm. Tickets: £12.50 An open-air performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the haunting setting of Cardiff Castle. The perfect place for one of Shakespeare’s most magical plays.


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ADMIRAL CARDIFF BIG WEEKEND Civic Centre, Cardiff Fri 30 July-Sun 1 Aug. Free A weekend of free entertainment with Welsh heroes Feeder and The Blackout headlining. Other acts include Athlete, Chaka Demus And Pliers and The Congo All-Stars. There will also be fi reworks and a traditional fairground.


In a kaleidoscope of colour and a crash of drums, SWICA’s DRAGON carnival show will come career- ing into Cardiff this summer. A vibrant, spectacu- lar piece of street entertainment that features a cast of over 50, its narrative taps into a rich seam of Welsh folklore, and features dozens of dragons as well as Merlin the magician. The show also takes elements from other cultures, with West Afri- can and Caribbean drumming, Brazilian Capoeira and acrobatic stilt-jumping action. DRAGON has toured all over South Wales, with a variety of different performances according to location. But getting out in the sunshine has to be the best way to experience carnival, so go and immerse yourself in one of their outdoor shows.


CARDIFF COMEDY FESTIVAL


Cardiff’s currently enjoying a pretty strong comedy scene, regularly attracting big names and supporting a talented local scene at shows like Panel 9 From Outer Space and Cardiff Arts Institute’s new monthly Dirtbox. This year’s Cardiff Comedy Festival will showcase both sides of the city, with a series of shows featuring Edinburgh previews and big names like Jo Caulfi eld and Russell Kane, and an unsigned competi- tion judged by Rhod Gilbert. There are far too many shows to list here, but be sure to catch Russell Kane and Sadie at O’Neills (Tue 20 + Wed 21 July, 7.30pm. Tickets: £13), Jo Caulfi eld (see Profi le), and Rhod Gilbert’s Welsh Comedy Showcase at the Grand Gala Finale in St David’s Hall (Mon 26 July, 7pm. Tickets: £18).


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