The take pART annual event that is organised by Venue Cymru is just around the corner and the headlining acts have been announced for January 2017.

As with the earlier events, Venue Cymru will host an explosion of arts and literature workshops and events in January 2017, with the return of take pART.  Last year’s event was a big success and it attracted around 10,000 people through Venue Cymru’s doors. Next year’s event will be no exception and the organisers have told us, “take pART 8 is looking to be even bigger and better than ever before, with news of three headlining events which are guaranteed to sell out.

The events will consist of over 200 workshops, drop-in sessions and performances over the weekend, take pART is perfect for those aged 0 to 18-years-old, but as with previous years, the parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents have been getting involved in workshops and craft sessions that take place throughout Venue Cymru.

Headlining take pART 8 in January will be …

Aardman Animations, the Oscar-winning company behind Shaun The Sheep, Wallace & Gromit and Morph return following huge success last January when all the sessions sold out. Book early for a chance to make your own Shaun the Sheep on Saturday 14 January or Gromit on Sunday 15th. All sessions are high demand so you best act quickly to secure your place for this truly ewe-nique experience.

Aardman Animations head to take pART 8

Gromit – Aardman head to take pART 8 2017

“We had  great fun bringing the Aardman characters to Venue Cymru in 2016. The festival had a lovely buzz and the crowds were all very keen to get their hands on Gromit and Shaun the Sheep!
To be working with so many talented entertainers, story tellers and performers was a really great start to the year and we look forward to returning for more animated adventures in 2017” Jim Parkyn, Aardman Senior Model maker

Also joining the event will be children’s author and illustrator, Nick Sharratt  who will at Venue Cymru on he Sunday when he offers two sessions in Venue Cymru’s hall. In the first session at 10am, ‘Nick Sharratt Big Draw Along’, Nick will draw and the audience will draw along with him simultaneously. The afternoon session will be a food-themed event called ‘Ketchup on your Cornflakes and Toothpaste on your Toast’. Suitable for 4-11-year-olds, this session with feature Nick reading from his books, drawing, making up a poem – with plenty of laughter and audience participation.

take pART 8 will also give you the chance to pop along and meet children’s Laureate Chris Riddell who has found time in his very busy schedule to come to North Wales to inspire budding authors and illustrators. This will also be the chance for you to ask him a question and he will “live-illustrate” the answer! Chris will also be talking about his laureateship and the inspiration behind some of his much-loved work like Ottoline and Goth Girl on Sunday 15th January at 11.15am and 3pm.

We caught upo with Sarah Ecob, general manager for Venue Cymru, who told us. “We are really excited to be running take pART again. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the leaders and all the participants it’s a magical and joyful weekend.”

Animation, Illustration and Writing, There’s Still More to take pART 8

With so much happening what else could there be at take pART 8 how about Science? Strap on your safety goggles boys and girls, Science’s greatest and most volatile live show is returning with a vengeance. Based on the multi-award winning TV show, Brainiac Live! More mischievous than ever before Brainiac Live! will take you on a breathless ride through the wild world of the weird and wonderful. Expect exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves and loads of live daredevil stunts! Watch from the safety of your seat as the Brainiacs delve fearlessly into the mysteries of science and do all of those things on stage that you’re too scared to do at home! With two performances of Brainiac Live and two hands-on workshops, you’re in for an explosive time!

Also on the Sunday S4C’s Sioe Cyw will be live on stage on the Sunday for three shows in the theatre auditorium. Now a take pART regular, Cyw will return with all her friends for lots of singing and dancing so don’t miss the chance to join in on the all the fun – and a chance to meet Cyw and co after the show.

“We are extremely grateful to our funding partners the Arts Council of Wales, Conwy County Borough Council and Llandudno Town Council for their continued support of this event.” Sarah Ecob

take pART8 will take place at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January 2017.

Tickets for all these events will be available to purchase online or at the Box Office by calling 01492 872000. There will be no set price, instead take pART organisers are asking you to donate what you can. Every penny of your donation will go towards running future take pART events so all donations will be gratefully received.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, 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 UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham