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Celebrating local heroes and bringing the archive to life at Sinemaes

10 August 2019
Event: Sinemaes 2019Date: Saturday 3rd August 2019 – Saturday 10 August 2019Venue: Eisteddfod, LlanrwstBAFTA / Lindsay Walker

The fourth iteration of our cinema tepee on the National Eisteddfod field has welcomed 2,500 visitors over 8 days, the most for a rural Eisteddfod since Sinemaes was created in 2016. We have also served approximately 2,400 portions of popcorn!

The programme of 45 events over 64 hours, involving 50 speakers offered a broad range of events from preview screenings of Pobol y Cwm; archive screenings from the 1900s to the present day, some with live piano accompaniment; musical performances from Carwyn Ellis, Gai Toms and Tara Bethan and alongside documentary screenings related to their work; anniversary feature film screenings and Q&As as well as workshops for children and screenings of films made by local schools.

This year we also had themed days – the environment, with two special discussions; myths and legends and skills, which included talks and workshops on industry roles in writing, locations and short film-making, storyboarding and networking.

The tepee content has been presented by the partnership of 13 core partners and a further 4 session partners. We were also supported by volunteers from the local Wicked Festival in North Wales.

Some of the event attendees said:

About the archive films

“A wonderful collection of films recording a past time and renewing memories of my past!” Ann (68) from Conway

“A fantastic place to come and hide from the rain, put our feet up and relive classics like C’Mon Midffild! Thank you” Rhian (38) and Nansi (9) from Moelfre

“Fabulous! Really enjoyed watching these wonderful films. A wonderful snapshot of our history. Well done!” Shaun (59) from Rhos on Sea

About the local content

“A great programme! Thank you for offering the chance to present work from local schools.” Aron (30) from Llanrwst

About the celebratory screenings and talks

“Really enjoyed watching Beryl, Cheryl a Meryl and a really fun evening and Q&A! BCM forever!” Delyth (51) from Llansannan & “A funny film, even though 10 years old it is still relevant – and liked hearing from the actors. Time for a sequel?” Mared (15) from Llanrug

“Cute and nice, I found it enlightening and warm. Diolch!” Elinor (22) from Derbyshire

“A fantastic and important discussion about the climate challenge, thank you for hosting it.” Phillippa (66) Llangrannog

Sinemaes is presented by:

Sinemaes partners 2019