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Cardiff Carnival returns after 16 year hiatus

Butetown Carnival is returning to the city this August Bank Holiday, after calls from Cardiff residents for its revival.

The carnival, which last took place in 1998, will once again celebrate the rich musical heritage of the local community.

Butetown Carnival
Butetown Carnival

It began in the mid-1960s and during the carnival's hey-day, attracted tens of thousands of people to enjoy an abundance of market stalls, parades and activities.

Throughout its 40 year history, the carnival rivalled festivals across the border including Notting Hill and St Paul's.

The decision to bring the carnival back to its former glory was taken last year.

Carrole Fox, General Manager at Butetown Community Centre said:

“You mention the carnival and the general response is –BRING IT BACK, so that’s what we’re doing, and we decided to just do it and not wait for yet another year.”

Butetown Carnival
The carnival attracted hundreds of people each year

This year will see a variety of performances including jazz, blues, reggae and ska from celebrated local artists.

Alongside live music, there will be market stalls, a parade to kick off the celebrations, pop-up poetry and theatre and a huge flash-mob performance.

Simon Campbell, Chair of the Carnival’s Steering Committee said:

“We’ve received a lot of support from local businesses to get this year’s carnival off the ground, for which we are incredibly grateful. The Carnival holds a special place in all of our hearts; it reminds us of what a close community we were and I know this will bring us closer yet again.”

The carnival's Facebook page saw over 2000 people sign up to the event after just two days.

You can find out more about the event here.

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Catch up: The Welsh Millionaires' Club, Programme 3

by Susan Ridd

Catch up with Les Scadding - Wales' biggest lottery winner - five years after his win, as he talks horsepower at a stud farm where his racehorse is currently stabled.

Les also travels up the M4 to meet Camelot call centre staff, including Anita, who took his winning call. And we hear what exactly happens after you've won - and most importantly - how do you get your cash?

We also meet West Wales farmer Mez Davies, who bought a smallholding with his £2.4m win and now has a 24-strong welsh cob stud.

Pride of Britain nomination deadline is TODAY

by Carl Edwards

There is still time to get your nominations in for this year's Pride of Britain Awards. Applications HAVE to be submitted by TONIGHT by 11.59 pm. So you don't have long.

One of the awards at this year's events is ITV's award for fundraiser of the year. We're looking for that person who goes that little bit further than others - but rarely receives the recognition they deserve. Nominate now http://www.itv.com/localheroes

Nominate for ITV's fundraiser of the year award

by Carl Edwards

Now, the clock is ticking, with the deadline looming for this year's Pride of Britain Awards. Applications HAVE to be submitted by Friday August 15 at 11.59 pm. So you don't have long.

One of the awards at this year's events is ITV's award for fundraiser of the year. We're looking for that person who goes that little bit further than others - but rarely receives the recognition they deserve. Nominate now http://www.itv.com/localheroes

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Campaign to turn woodland into WWI memorial

The new woodland could be created near Ffos Las.
The new woodland could be created near Ffos Las. Credit: ITV Wales News

A new campaign has been launched at the National Eisteddfod to help Coed Cadw, The Woodland Trust, to buy a piece of land to create a new woodland to commemorate the Welsh soldiers who fought in the First World War.

The Trust is currently looking at purchasing 120 acres of land near Ffos Las and will need to raise enough money to buy it by the end of the month.

Rory Francis from Coed Cadw, The Woodland Trust in Wales, says the woodland would provide a place for people to remember those who fought in World War One for generations to come.

See the full schedule of today's events here

Open University launches Welsh language resources

The Open University in Wales says it's seeing more people, particularly adults wanting to study through the medium of Welsh. It says many are studying at partner universities like Bangor or Aberystwyth but are looking for more materials in Welsh. It has launched a website with free education resources through the medium of Welsh at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli today. The director of the OU in Wales says the organisation hand global reach.

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