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A FASHION show, highlighting

issues related to the social and physical changes of women’s fashion through time, has two weeks left at Ceredigion Museum. The exhibition, curated by

collections officer Andrea De Rome, explores the changing silhouette and social role of women. As the definition of femininity has evolved, so have the fashions used to express it. While Andrea has been keen to

include as many different major trends as possible, there has been a focus mainly on the fashions which tell a story.

“Today,” she said, “fashion can be

whatever you want it to be. Women’s shapes and clothing have endured so many changes. Now we accept that different styles and interpretations are normal, but that has not always been

New art courses: Have fun experimenting with different materials BE INSPIRED by the beautiful

Cilgerran Nature Reserve and explore a variety of sketching, watercolour and mixed media techniques during a four session entitled ‘Drawing and Painting - the Landscape Course’, starting at the reserve next Friday (Oct 7), from 10am until 3.30pm. Have fun experimenting with

different materials and techniques for capturing the textures, colours and atmosphere of the local landscape, working on location in the many reserve bird hides and also back in the studio space. Tutor Tereska Shepherd will also be demonstrating and teaching

drawing and watercolour techniques for depicting fungi in a seasonal Fungi Illustration Course starting on Saturday, October 22 at the Small World Theatre. This two part course will cover a

variety of techniques required to depict different fungi forms - their details, colours and habitats. Many of the techniques covered are transferable to a wide variety of subject matter. No previous artistic experience is

required for either courses; come along and enjoy having time to be creative and see the natural world in a new way. For further information and

bookings, please contact Lifelong Learning by calling 01970 621580 or emailling

the case.” The exhibition illustrates the link

55 Entertainment New art courses coming to Cardigan Fashion show comes to an end Concentrating on female fashion

between fashion and society. For centuries, looking feminine meant letting your clothes contort your body into an idealised shape. Just as fair- skinned bodies implied wealth and finery 300 years ago, a sun-kissed body came to suggest modern luxuries such as air travel. The examples of clothing on show

are mainly from Britain, but they do show how American cinema, Jazz music and youth culture influenced the changing face of fashion. Andrea added: “For many years,

a woman’s style was also defined by whether she was a wife, a widow or single. At the French court in the 17th century, women painted on beauty spots in different places depending on their marital status.”

worn from 1850 to 1970, the clothing highlighted in the earlier years of the exhibition is dictated by the upper and middle class in society. “The poorest women had little

choice in the pattern their lives would take. Today, femininity comes down to personal preference,” said the curator. “Don’t they always say that it is

cultivating an individual style rather than following a trend that makes you stylish? “Wearing all black is now

considered liberating and modern, where once it was only worn in mourning.” The exhibition will run until

Saturday, October 16, so make sure you go down and see the fantastic display in the next two weeks to avoid missing out.

Celebration of history’s greatest composers THE WELSH SINFONIA

are returning to Aberystwyth on Thursday (Oct 6) to perform a very special show, celebrating history’s greatest composers. Wales’ leading Chamber Orchestra

will be performing music from the towering figures of Bach, Haydn, and Mozart, alongside the ever-popular John Rutter in a programme that exemplifies the finesse and clarity of the Classical tradition. The Welsh Sinfonia tour

throughout Wales and build orchestras in schools through its groundbreaking Crescendo project. They deliver exciting and vibrant performances, infusing classical greats with fresh

Byw Celwydd intrigue continues He describes his character by

saying: “He’s a person who lives by his principles. He’s a flawed guy but he does genuinely live by his principles and tries to be an honest politician and that’s his downfall.” This series will see the character

Mark Lewis Jones: His character ‘lives by his principles‘

VIEWERS were wowed with

the first series of the political drama ‘Byw Celwydd’ and last week, The Herald met with members of the cast as they filmed the second series. We caught up with Mark Lewis

Jones, who plays Dylan Williams in the S4C drama. His character is married to Catrin Williams, played by Eiry Thomas, both of whom are Democrat politicians.

enter the Siambr for the first time, he explained: “To be in the actual chamber was amazing and when I watch the Welsh news and they show some the pictures, the live politics that’s going on today, I can say I was sitting there, where Kirsty Williams is, and it’s quite strange.” Audiences can expect a lot of

shifting about with Dylan during the next series: “The tectonic political plates move quite considerably in this second series.” As Eiry and Mark portray husband

and wife in the series, we asked him about the dynamic between the two. He replied: “Me and Eiry have played husband and wife and partners for 20- odd years. “The relationship is a very

interesting one and a very complicated one; we know from the first series that they’ve been together for some time, they both work in the same party and that causes stresses and strains as well as being a kind of glue. We know that they’ve lost a son, who was an adult when he was killed. “We know it’s a complicated

relationship but for some reason they’ve maintained that, they’ve got an understanding and I think there is a love there. In this series, there is more stress put on that relationship.” With politics changing rapidly,

Mark explained that he sees politics differently now: “The political world in ‘Byw Celwydd’ is the backdrop, strangely, of their personal lives and drama has to be like that. “It just can’t be about politics, we

have to feel for the people who go through all the stuff they go through, the relationships and upheavals that go on, on a personal and political level. It’s really interweaving the personal and the political.”

Fri 30 Sept



Sat 1 Oct – Sun 9 Oct PETE’S DRAGON (2D) (PG)

Mon 3 Oct – Tue 4 Oct Y LLYFRGELL (18)

Mon 3 Oct – Thur 6 Oct

Wed 5 Oct – Thur 6 Oct THE LIBRARY SUICIDES (15)


contemporary works, regularly commissioning new works from local composers. Opportunities to hear regular

professional performances of works for chamber orchestra are rare in Wales and The Welsh Sinfonia is an important champion of this rich and diverse repertoire, generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales. Mark Eager, who will also be

performing on the night, is an exciting conductor who was previously a world-class soloist and Principal Trombone with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He has been Principal Conductor

and Artistic Director of The Welsh Sinfonia since 2006, developing the ensemble’s musicianship and profile nationwide. His clear, highly musical direction and his consummate grasp of musical idioms have grown the ensemble into Wales’s finest chamber orchestra. Often praised for his mature

understanding, thoughtfulness and command of the orchestra, ‘stunning’, ‘brilliant’, ‘intelligent’, ‘vibrant’, ‘poised’ and ‘elegant’ are all words used about him in reviews. Mark also conducts Cardiff

University Symphony Orchestra where he constantly enjoys the thrill of inspiring young musicians.

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