Full Line-Up Announced for Take pART in January

Take pART is an annual arts and science weekend, now in its 10th year, for 0 to 18-year-olds and their families. The largest event of its kind in Wales, there will be hundreds of individual workshops, drop-in sessions, masterclasses and performances taking place under one roof at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, on 12 and 13 January.

Philip Reeve, the author of ‘Mortal Engine’s – recently adapted into a blockbuster film by Peter Jackson (Lord of The Rings), will be at the festival on the Saturday talking about how he comes up with his stories and characters and fans of his work can also ask him questions.

Lloyd Macey - Take pART 2018

X-factor star Lloyd Macey will be doing a Musical Theatre workshop and Q&A, whilst Dr Ronx, the newest presenter on the hit CBBC TV show ‘Operation Ouch’ will be appearing on both days talking about her journey from deciding to become a doctor and working in an emergency department to being followed around by a film crew.

draw star wars characters with JAKe - Take pART 2018

Official Lucasfilm artist and official BBC Dr Who Comic cover artists, JAKe, will be leading workshops on drawing Star Wars and Dr Who characters. JAKe, who illustrated the cult Star Wars book ‘How To Speak Wookiee’ will also be helping budding artists to make their own superheroes.

The Rock Project will be teaching young musicians how to play guitar, bass and drums, whilst BBC National Orchestra of Wales are holding a series of workshops and Welsh National Opera, which has a base at Venue Cymru, will be running their pop-up opera performances ‘Access All Arias’ with professional singers from WNO Chorus. They’ll also be running taster sessions for their Youth Opera.

Celyn Jones, North Walian actor / writer / producer, will be teaching scriptwriting and acting for the big screen and there’ll be more TV magic with visits from the Rownd a Rownd and Cyw teams.

Sarah Ecob, Artistic Programmer of take pART, said: “We are very excited to welcome such a stellar line-up to the take pART 10th anniversary weekend which will conclude each day with a performance by the amazing SPARK! drummers, back by popular demand.

We’ve got something for everyone from storytelling for babies to a Q&A with Jim Parkyn Senior Model Maker with Aardman Animations. We hope to see you there!

This year the event is funded by Arts Council of Wales Lottery, Conwy County Borough Council, Llandudno Town Council and Conwy Arts Trust, with Horizon Nuclear Power sponsoring the main Arts & Science Tent.

Other highlights will include Oscar®-winning Aardman characters, ‘Wallace and Gromit’. Senior model maker Jim Parkyn will be leading Gromit model making sessions and children will also have the opportunity to make their own model of ‘Hognob’ from the studio’s latest animated film ‘Early Man’.

Gromitt mode making image - Take pART 2018

Aardman will also be leading storyboard sessions, with budding artists getting the chance to create their own storyboard and learn how pencil drawings can be used to create an ‘animatic’ – the animated storyboard used to bring drawings to life.

Local schools are also joining in the take pART fun through a special bunting competition. They are working in conjunction with Dylan’s Restaurant in Llandudno to make birds out of recycled plastic, which will be used to decorate the interior of Venue Cymru for the weekend.

Many of the events at take pART are free to join in, but some have ticketed admission.

Tickets can be obtained in lieu of a donation towards Conwy Arts Trust. For tickets and more information visit www.venuecymru.co.uk and the full schedule for the weekend.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham