November 25, 2017 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Theatre Soar, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfi, CF47 8UB
Photo Credit: Alan Crompton
What are the lost musical histories of popular music in Merthyr Tydfil and how do they resonate with the mainstream? How can lost local musical memories of the past resonate with young people today and how can these histories impact our identities?
Via a week long series of workshops, residents and school children in Merthyr Tydfil will be given the opportunity to discover the rich history of popular music that has taken place in their town, between 1955 to 1975.
Led by musicologist professor Paul Carr and director Peter Morgan Barnes, the activities commence with a day long workshop that facilitates community members to explore what they remember, prior to recording a series of short individual digital stories. Through a series of workshops, these reminiscences will then be used as a creative starting point for school children to recreate their own interpretations of these lost histories.
A final event at Theatre Soar will showcase the work to the public. This project is taking place as of this years Being Human Festival, in partnership with First Campus, Merthyr Library Services and Theatre Soar.
January 27, 2018 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Red House (Old Town Hall), High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AE
Join us for a free one-day research and industry event marking the launch of a one-month exhibition celebrating the hidden history of popular music in Merthyr Tydfil, between 1955-1975. The event is organised by Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations at the University of South Wales. The event is free and lunch is provided, but must be pre booked via Eventbrite.