Even though we are still in the midst of the Summer holidays, our thoughts turned to Christmas yesterday with a sparkling pantomime photo shoot! Our three wishes of dry weather, fabulous costumes and a lovely cast were all granted and the countdown to Christmas and The Riverfront’s annual pantomime has begun! This year’s festive offering, in association with the Production Exchange, is the magical Aladdin and it is set to be another hit with the Newport audiences as ticket sales are already exceeding last year!

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Dragondaze Games Convention and Mini Comic-Con will return to Newport Centre this year on Saturday 30 September, from 10am to 5pm. 

We have a very exciting opportunity for local people to perform with a critically acclaimed Welsh choreographer!

Gwyn Emberton Dance is looking for local people from age 14+, who might be interested in joining the company in performing their new work RAFT this autumn. They are looking for people in/around Newport and Cardiff. They need up to 25 per show, they can be individuals or a group. In exchange for a one day introductory workshop, participants will join the company on stage, as the local cast for the performance in their town/area.
You do not need any experience in dance, performing or theatre, but you will need to be comfortable with walking, running and moving about, and appearing on the stage.

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The first week of the summer holidays kicked off with a positive start for Newport Live Sports Development Volunteers. 18 volunteers attended the four-day course to gain their nationally recognised Level One Leadership Qualification, which gives them basic coaching knowledge; including how to plan, deliver and review coached sessions.

The volunteers delivered several sessions over the duration of the course and improved their leadership skills through fun games and theoretical activities. They will now look to go forward and undertake their Sports Leaders Level Two qualification in the near future. 


Newport Fit and Fed has come to the city’s local community centres this summer. Fit and Fed is a nationwide campaign, led by the award-winning StreetGames charity, to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people at risk of holiday hunger, isolation, and inactivity. The programme will include fitness activities such as football, rugby, dodgeball, dance, netball, golf, and tennis.

The programme is dependent on donations from local housing associations, trusts and foundations, local authorities, businesses, politicians and kind-hearted members of the public. Newport Fit and Fed is inviting residents and local businesses in the area to continue supporting its programme so that it can expand to even more local neighbourhoods in Newport and keep going beyond the summer.

From Saturday 26 to Saturday 27 August, from 9am untill approximately 6pm, Newport International Sports Village will play host to the World Championships of the UK Federation of Marching Jazz Bands.

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Wales National Velodrome will host a key event in the track cycling calendar next week , when the British Cycling National Youth and Junior Track Championships takes place from Monday 31st July – Friday 4th August.

The National Youth and Junior Track Championships showcase the very best in young talent rising through the ranks. Many of the riders competing are already making waves in national and international competitions, and have ambitions of representing Great Britain at Olympic, Paralympic and world level. Wales National Velodrome will be opening its doors to members of the public, free of charge throughout the competition.

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Thousands of people joined in the fun of Big Splash 2017, dodging the showers with us to be entertained by over twenty top-class performing companies from across the UK and beyond, who brought over fifty free street theatre shows to the city centre.   Saturday 22 July and Sunday 23 July saw the city centre transformed into one large outdoor stage, with loud, surprising, intriguing and wonderful live music and pop-up street theatre.

 We have estimated over 10,000 people experienced some part of the festival during the two days. Most saw one of our many top-class performers, including Newport’s own Mr & Mrs Clark who took to the streets Electioneering, and Tin Shed Theatre who made it possible for festival goers to meet a real-life Yeti! The other highlights of the festival included Mr and Mr Burn, who one customer described as “Just witnessed a man in pants pass Tequila around and set fire to his stage. It was mad. Brilliant but mad!”. The Urban Astronaut by Highly Sprung also got people talking, as they took the audience on an adventure that was out of this world!

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On Thursday 13 July 2017, pupils, teachers and families came together for the first Us Girls Colour Run at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic High School. Funded by Street Games and in partnership with Welsh Athletics, the female only 4km run was organised by Newport Live Sports Development Team and Miss Russell from St Joseph’s to help improve participation levels of the female pupils. In addition to ‘trying something new’, the event aimed to raise funds for two causes, fundraising through sponsorship to help sustain the female ‘Us Girls’ programme in St Joseph, but closer to their heart was donating their £5 entry fees to a fund set up in the memory of the schools former Head Teacher Sue Jenkins, who passed away from cancer in 2014.


With two days to go, the hype of this year’s Big Splash has begun. Mr & Mrs Clark caused a bit of mayhem at Westgate Square this morning, drumming up some support for the weekend’s festival. During Saturday 22 July and Sunday 23 July, the city centre will be transformed with pop-up loud, surprising, intriguing and wonderful live music and street theatre, which will create one large outdoor stage!

 Mr & Mrs Clark were canvassing support for their electioneering show, which they will be performing at the Big Splash on Sunday 23 July at 11.45am, 2.30pm & 4.30pm. Electioneering is the plight of two politically ambitious characters applying the fictitious self-help CD ‘A Dummy’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Politician’ in a hilarious attempt to improve their standing with the public.

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