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Welsh premiere for Swansea City documentary film

A new documentary film charting Swansea City's remarkable rise from the bottom of the Football League to the riches of the Premier League had its premiere in the city last night.

Jack to a King - the Swansea Story - features footage from fans, news and match archive, and a series of interviews with supporters, players and staff at the club.

Tom Sheldrick reports:

This report contains footage from Jack to a King - the Swansea Story (YJB Films).


Cardiff's Swn Festival to return as one-day event

Cardiff's Swn music festival will return this October, but as a scaled-back, one-day event.

Last year's event, which earlier this year won an NME Award for 'Best Small Festival', ran over four days at a number of venues in the capital.

The 2014 festival - dubbed 'DimSwn' - will be held on October 18 at seven locations.

Making the announcement this morning, the organisers said new funding had allowed them to run this year's festival in its reduced form.

This year's event will run across seven venues on October 18 Credit: Swn Festival

Where we once had been able to deliver the event with a tight-knit bunch of freelancers, part-timers and volunteers, we looked ahead to 2014 and knew we’d need a much bigger team, but that was something we just couldn’t make happen for an event of this size.

We were too big to be small, but too small to be big.

With Paul Hamlyn Foundation support, we are looking ahead to re-imagining Swn Festival in 2015.

– Swn Festival


Owner of Cardiff's Coal Exchange goes into liquidation

The company that owns the historic Coal Exchange building in Cardiff Bay has been placed into liquidation.

A spokesperson for GYG Exchange Limited blamed "difficult market conditions" and "increasing maintenance costs" for the lack of a sale that would have allowed redevelopment of the building to take place.

The Coal Exchange is a Grade-II listed building

This is a sad situation where a building of such historic importance has become a liability with no option but to disclaim the property to the Treasury Solicitor. Hopefully a solution to restore the building to its former prominence can be achieved at some point in the future.

– David Hill, Begbies Traynor, liquidators

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.

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.”

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

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.

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