Clwb Ifor Fawr?: The expansion of Clwb Ifor Bach

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By Indigo Jones

On Tuesday the 5th of February, the well-known Welsh music venue in the heart of Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach, held a Redevelopment Public Consultation to discuss the future expansion of the location.

Their website exclaims, “For 35 years, Clwb Ifor Bach has brought the world’s artists to Wales – and Welsh artists to the world. Bands like Super Furry Animals and Stereophonics started small here and went on to make it big everywhere.”

The music venues decision to expand after their 35 years on Womanby Street, couldn’t have come at a better time. With the recent closure of Buffalo, and with the impending closure of Gwdihw, it’s given hope for music lovers of all ages that the Cardiff music scene and independent music venues are still thriving.

The public consultation event held last Tuesday, invited a variety of fans of the venue to weigh in on their opinions on the expansion and to discuss what will we developed.

Their Facebook event stated, “We’re taking one of Cardiff’s most recognizable venues and making it bigger. We’re planning to take over the building next to ours and join it with our existing venue to create a venue fit for the 21st century”.

Although, it isn’t clear when the expansion will commence, the planning and designing of the venue has began with the help of The Arts Council of Wales, who provided the necessary funding and support to start their development.

The popular venue will help emphasize the need for Welsh music in their “historic Womanby Street location”, whilst simultaneously reconstructing Cardiff music scene as they can hold bigger events for more party-goers.

The venue itself stated, “It will play a critical role in making Cardiff an internationally-recognised music city, the capital of a country that’s synonymous with song”.

For more information on Clwb Ifor Bach as a venue, you can watch CUTV’s video on the club from last year.




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Why Did Gair Rhydd Visit Israel and Palestine?

• To hear from people on the ground about the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

•To encourage greater understanding of the complexities of the conflict to help us facilitate discussion about the situation upon returning home outside of the traditional media narrative.

•To prompt us to begin considering how discussions can move forward in the hopes of one day finding a solution to the conflict.

•To show us first-hand how fragile Israeli-Palestinian relations are to broaden our understanding of the struggles faced by all who are intimately affected by the conflict.

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This trip was facilitated by the Union of Jewish Students (UJS). They have been around since 1919, addressing the concerns of 8,500 Jewish Students in Universities. They aim to lead campaigns fighting prejudice, creating inclusive environments, and educating people on divisive issues. To find out more about the work UJS do, head over to their website.