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MyNewtown, in partnership with Mid Wales Tourism, hope you find this listing of local events useful. If you know of any events that would benefit from being listed here then please email mwt@mywelshpool.co.uk with the details.

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A Sound Not Meant To Be Heard - Anthony,  Oriel Davies Gallery
A Sound Not Meant To Be Heard by Cardiff-based artist Anthony Shapland explores how we understand sound and silence, speech and communication. Exhibition runs from 10 February 2018 – 11 April 2018. Exhibition Opening – Saturday 10 February 2018 | 6 – 8pm *Artist Talk* Before the Opening with Anthony Shapland, 5 – 6pm. Refreshments available. All welcome! This important and timely show brings together work combining film, photography, sound, objects and text, which reveals the gaps between what is seen and said and what is heard and understood. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales. http://www.orieldavies.org/en/events/opening-sound-not-meant-be-heard-anthony-shapland www.anthonyshapland.com Image - Anthony Shapland 'Wind Through Leaves' 2017
Start Date: 10-02-2018
End Date: 11-04-2018
Open Times: 10:00 to 17:00 10:00 to 17:00
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: (0) 1686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: orieldavies.org
 
Freya Dooley | Speakable Things (Litmus part 5),  Oriel Davies Gallery
Exhibition runs from 10 February 2018 - 11 April 2018. Exhibition Opening Saturday 10 February 2018 | 6 - 8pm Refreshments available. All welcome! Speakable Things connects Greek mythology, pop music, opera, television, ‘guilty pleasure’ and classic cinema in a new fragmented visual essay. Meandering between lip-syncs and landscapes, song and speech, melody and cacophony, Speakable Things’ lyrical narratives explore the loss, leakage and leverage of the voice. Special event as part of the Exhibition - Table Reads, a performance event by Freya Dooley and Cinzia Mutigli, on Saturday 10th March at 2pm. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales. www.freyadooley.com www.orieldavies.org
Start Date: 10-02-2018
End Date: 11-04-2018
Open Times: 10:00 to 17:00 10:00 to 17:00
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: (0) 1686 625041
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Web: orieldavies.org
 
Eugene Onegin - Mid Wales Opera,  The Hafren
Eugene Onegin combines Pushkin’s compelling and heart-breaking story with Tchaikovsky’s sweeping lyricism in a stunning exploration of love, death, life and convention. Filled with breath-taking arias including Tatyana’s great letter scene, a tour de force of the soprano repertoire, the poignant tale contrasts the simplicity of country life with the sophisticated excesses of Russia’s pre-revolutionary court and tells of the fated love between the innocent Tatyana and the world-weary cynic Onegin. A fabulous cast includes rising new stars and internationally recognised performers. Led by MWO’s Artistic Directors Richard Studer and Jonathan Lyness, and accompanied by the brilliant Ensemble Cymru, this new production will ensure audiences are left enthralled and deeply moved. Onegin George von Bergen Tatyana Elizabeth Karani Lensky Robyn Lyn Evans Olga Ailsa Mainwaring Filipyevna Maria Jagusz Gremin Sion Goronwy
Start Date: 24-02-2018
End Date: 24-02-2018
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Sinfonia Cymru & Gabor Takacs-Nagy,  The Hafren
Sinfonia Cymru presents a lively programme of music by Mozart, Bartok and leading Welsh composer Huw Watkins. This concert features Mozart’s intense and passionate Symphony No. 40 in G minor, and Three Welsh Songs, Watkins’ work inspired by Welsh folk music. The orchestra will be reunited with the masterful and ebullient Guest Conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy, and outstanding soloists Benjamin Baker and Timothy Ridout. Huw Watkins Three Welsh Songs Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat major, K. 364 Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 Bartok Romanian Folk Dances arr. Wilner Conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy Violin Benjamin Baker Viola Timothy Ridout
Start Date: 01-03-2018
End Date: 01-03-2018
Open Times: 19:45
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Woman of Flowers,  The Hafren
Woman of Flowers is a strikingly poetic reimagining of the Mabinogi myth of Blodeuwedd by award-winning Welsh writer Siôn Eirian in which he skilfully combines Saunders Lewis’s Welsh language verse drama of the same name with original material to create a captivating dark fantasy. Blodeuwedd isn’t like other women. Conjured from wild flowers by the wizard Gwydion to be the perfect wife for the warrior prince Llew, nature’s wild waves surge in her blood and when the dark desires woven into her nature are awakened the consequences are bloody for all around her. Theatr Pena return with the Company’s first co-production with Taliesin Arts Centre, a dynamic and visually rich production of a very ancient tale of betrayal and retribution.
Start Date: 03-03-2018
End Date: 03-03-2018
Open Times: 19:45
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Grooms Garage Mid Wales Stages,  Newtown/Y Drenewydd
Grooms Garage Mid Wales Stages will take place on March 4 and is a qualifying round of a host of popular national and regional championships which will see crews tackle 44 miles of classic Welsh forests. The one-day event will be a qualifying round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Stage Rally Championship, based from The Hafren, Newtown and will utilise world-class forest tests, such as Sweet Lamb and Hafren, as used on the World Rally Championship round, Wales Rally GB. The event will also head into the Carno forest complex as used by the Forest Experience Rally School. This rarely used venue will provide a unique twist to the format which has been dubbed as a “back-to-basics” event by rally organisers. Joining the series is the Restruct Ltd and www.jelfmotorsport.com Welsh Mixed Surface Championship, the Brian Dennis Motorsport Welsh Historic Rally Championship, the West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge, the ANWCC Forest Rally Championship and the FMP Rally Challenge.
Start Date: 04-03-2018
End Date: 04-03-2018
Open Times: 
Address: Powys, SY16 2BB
Phone: 
Email: wayne_jones@talk21.com
Web: http://www.midwalesstages.co.uk
 
Acoustica: Devon Coffey,  The Hafren
Devon is a Shrewsbury based singer-songwriter, who writes honest original songs. Her track ‘Mr Dragonfly’ has previously been selected as BBC Radio Shropshire’s song of the month.
Start Date: 06-03-2018
End Date: 06-03-2018
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Into the Ark,  The Hafren
Into The Ark announce the release of a brand new acoustic single - recorded live at the world famous RAK Studios in London. First single from their double A side is ‘Straight To Your Door’ & is available from today. Second single ‘Burning Love’ is out 5th January 2018 & the duo have also announced a UK Headline Tour for February & March 2018. They will also embark upon their debut US tour as guests of Sir Tom Jones in May/June 2018. The duo have consistently demonstrated their ability to win over new fans following other impressive support slots with Paolo Nutini, Olly Murs, Model Aeroplanes and Gabrielle Aplin.
Start Date: 08-03-2018
End Date: 08-03-2018
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
The Fureys,  The Hafren
As part of their 40th Anniversary tour, Irish Legends the Fureys return for another great night of music, songs and stories. Hear them sing their timeless classics including ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc plus songs from their new CD ‘The Times they are a changing’ Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy.
Start Date: 09-03-2018
End Date: 09-03-2018
Open Times: 20:00
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
The Wood,  The Hafren
From Owen Thomas, writer of the award winning ‘Grav’, comes a brand-new play written to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I. Inspired by a true story. It is July 1916, and as the Battle of the Somme rages, Mametz Wood echoes to the sounds of war as the 38th Welsh Division face the ferocity of the German army... Dan and Billy, two young soldiers, forge a friendship in the heat of the build-up to the infamous battle. When Billy is killed in Mametz Wood, he leaves behind a devastated friend and, back home, a heart-broken and pregnant wife. Altered by his experiences on the Western Front, Dan returns home to step into his friend’s shoes, ultimately marrying Billy’s widow and raising their baby son as his own. Fifty years later, in a clearing in the wood, Dan has returned to lay a ghost to rest.
Start Date: 10-03-2018
End Date: 10-03-2018
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Pop up Bowie,  The Hafren
Paul Antony was voted the UK’s No.1 David Bowie Tribute Act at the National Tribute Awards 2016. His act has amazed and entertained audiences throughout the nation. With a full band Paul will perform two hours of Bowie’s biggest hits taking the audience on a musical journey, experiencing the masterpieces that made the late, great David Bowie the immortal legend he is today. ‘Pop-Up Bowie’ aims to inspire, uplift and celebrate the life of a true artistic genius. Experience the magic of Bowie’s music live with thrilling artistry, a theatrical performance that honours the revolutionary icon himself in the most respectful of ways.
Start Date: 16-03-2018
End Date: 16-03-2018
Open Times: 20:00
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Easter Holiday Circus Skills School,  The Hafren
Hafren and Zu Aerial return with yet another fun-packed extravaganza of circus skills! You will learn new and dramatic techniques including breathtaking trapeze and aerial circus moves, impressive tightrope and complex poi, hula hooping and acrobatic moves. Come and join us for a fantastic circus experience! Pre-booking is essential. New skills learnt will be shown to family and friends at 3.30pm. Wednesday (Children’s Day): 9.30am – 3.30pm for 7-11 yrs: £15 per day. Thursday (Family Day): 10.00am – 3.00pm: Adults £5 Children £3 (Children must be accompanied by an adult who is welcome to participate too). Packed lunch and drink required for both days.
Start Date: 22-03-2018
End Date: 22-03-2018
Open Times: 
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
National Dance Company Wales: Terra Firma,  The Hafren
Terra Firma tells stories drawn from the very ground on which we build our communities on: The Green House brings the outside in: On a Wes-Anderson style TV set, the ‘stars’ are stuck in a never-ending loop. Beautifully unsettling and full of character. Tundra is a barren landscape where ultra-modern creativity blinks into life and tears pages from Russian folk dance and revolution. Atalaÿ is a watch tower from which far off lands can be seen from four points; a contagious dance influenced by the warmth of the Mediterranean.
Start Date: 22-03-2018
End Date: 22-03-2018
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Black Dyke Band,  The Hafren
In 1816 Peter Wharton founded a brass and reed band in the Yorkshire village of Queenshead later to become Queensbury. John Foster, apart from being the founder of Black Dyke Mills, played French Horn in this band. It has been said on many occasions that Black Dyke was formed from it; however this is not strictly true, as Peter Whartons band went out of existence through loss of members. In 1833 a new band was formed named Queenshead Band, which may well have contained players from the former band. Black Dyke Band is the most recorded band in the world with over 300 recordings and growing every year. It is also the most successful contesting band in the world having won the European Championships eleven times, most recently in 2005, the British Open no fewer than 29 times (most recently 2006) and the National Championships of Great Britain 22 times (most recently 2008 and 2009).
Start Date: 24-03-2018
End Date: 24-03-2018
Open Times: 19:00
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Acoustica: Beth Prior,  The Hafren
2016 saw Beth raise over £7k in a month to produce her debut studio album, record it, market it AND tour it across the UK with her 7-piece Collective and although she appears laid bare for this event and with just a guitar, she is no less spirited. Let's just say...What happens on tour doesn't always stay on tour!
Start Date: 27-03-2018
End Date: 27-03-2018
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
School Holiday workshops - Easter Bags workshop,  Oriel Davies Gallery
Screenprint a design onto a small bag to take away and put your eggs in. 10.30am- 1pm | £5 per person | All ages Under 8’s will need to be accompanied by a paying parent or carer. Booking /Find out more: www.orieldavies.org, desk@orieldavies.org / 01686 625041
Start Date: 27-03-2018
End Date: 27-03-2018
Open Times: 10:30 to 13:00
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: 
Web: www.orieldavies.org
 
School Holiday workshop - Flat Pack Dinosaurs,  Oriel Davies Gallery
Turn cardboard into a 3D monster to take home. 10.30am- 1pm | £5 per person. Under 8’s will need to be accompanied by a paying parent or carer. Booking /Find out more: www.orieldavies.org, desk@orieldavies.org / 01686 625041
Start Date: 03-04-2018
End Date: 03-04-2018
Open Times: 10:30 to 13:00
Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
Phone: 01686 625041
Email: 
Web: www.orieldavies.org
 
Monstersaurus,  The Hafren
This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monster-ously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem; now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them. This energetic show full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem will delight the whole family – with original music and plenty of audience participation! Suitable for ages: 3+ Running time: 50 minutes
Start Date: 08-04-2018
End Date: 08-04-2018
Open Times: 11:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Y Cylch - Ysgol Theatr Maldwyn,  The Hafren
Cynhyrchiad newydd, cyffrous Ysgol Theatr Maldwyn o’r sioe “Y Cylch” a ysgrifennwyd yn 1983. Stori wedi ei lleoli mewn Clwb Nos yw hon, sy’n alegori ar sut mae bywyd yn troi mewn cylch. Mae’r sioe yn cynnwys caneuon cofiadwy sy’n nodweddiadol o sioeau Derec Williams, Penri Roberts a Linda Gittins dros y blynyddoedd. A sparkling new production by members of Ysgol Theatr Maldwyn of the show “Y Cylch” (The Circle) which forms an allegory of how life can turn in a circle. The show is set in a night club and features memorable songs.
Start Date: 14-04-2018
End Date: 14-04-2018
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Giovanni Pernice - Born To Win,  The Hafren
‘Strictly Come Dancing’ professional, Giovanni Pernice, will be heading back out on tour in 2018, after a sell out tour in 2017. Giovanni will be joined by seven more world class professional. The show is produced once more by Strictly Theatre Co and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancings creative direct Jason Gilkison. Get ready for glitzy costumes, amazing routines and another beautiful story headlined by Giovanni. Expect even more energy, even more passion, and even more heat.
Start Date: 20-04-2018
End Date: 20-04-2018
Open Times: 20:00
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Calan,  The Hafren
Accordian, fiddles, guitar, bagpipes and step-dancing explode into life. Infectious rhythms and a high voltage performance along with some of the most beautiful and haunting songs. Great fun, a sense of humour and a musical treat to lift the spirits. Great fun, a sense of humour and step dancing from a champion dancer makes for a great show. This international award winning band has astounded audiences as far afield as Australia, America and Borneo as well as all over the UK.
Start Date: 21-04-2018
End Date: 21-04-2018
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
The Producers - Newtown Musical Theatre Company,  The Hafren
Newtown Musical Theatre Company is delighted to present Mel Brooks’ award-winning smash hit ‘The Producers’. In 1959, Broadway’s worst producer Max Bialystock schemes with neurotic accountant Leo Bloom to make millions by putting on a play that is guaranteed to flop. Written by a not-so secret fan of the Third Reich, staged by the most over-the-top director in history, and financed by a gaggle of raunchy little old ladies, Bialystock and Bloom’s ‘Springtime for Hitler’ seems sure “to close on page four” - what could possibly go right? With some adult humour, this zany, hilarious musical farce will bring tears (of laughter) to your eyes as it pokes fun at just about everything and everyone! For more information, visit their website at www.newtownmtc.co.uk.
Start Date: 26-04-2018
End Date: 28-04-2018
Open Times: 
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Montgomery County Music Festival,  The Hafren
Montgomery County Music Festival Brahms Requiem (Brahms - A German Requiem) Haydn - Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo Little Organ Mass Brahms - Variations on a theme by Haydn (St. Anthony Chorale) Brahms Arrangement for two Pianos Montgomeryshire Festival Choir conducted by Patrick Larley
Start Date: 05-05-2018
End Date: 05-05-2018
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Owen Money's Juke Box Heroes II Tour,  The Hafren
Following the huge success of Owen Money’s Jukebox Heroes in 2016, Owen Money is back with another talent packed live show featuring the music of his popular weekend Radio shows on BBC Wales; and of course his unique style of comedy and ‘Welsh Whit’! Joining Owen on stage is his fantastic band ‘The Travelling Wrinklies’ who will accompany the four featured icons of the 60s and 70s who will be bringing the music and passion of their Heroes alive! Sammi Broad as Karen Carpenter David Rhys-Morris as Neil Sedaka Li Harding as Shirley Bassey Alex John as Frankie Valli
Start Date: 12-05-2018
End Date: 12-05-2018
Open Times: 19:45
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Ed Byrne - Spoiler Alert,  The Hafren
I originally intended to call the show, “I’ll Millennial You in a Minute”, but my promoter considered the title, “off-puttingly baffling”. Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself.
Start Date: 16-05-2018
End Date: 16-05-2018
Open Times: 20:00
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Welsh National Opera Orchestra - Opera Classics,  The Hafren
The WNO Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor James Southall, will be joined by the gentlemen of the WNO Chorus in this enjoyable programme of operatic favourites, orchestral overtures and interludes, and the odd unknown gem too!
Start Date: 18-05-2018
End Date: 18-05-2018
Open Times: 19:30
Address: Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HU
Phone: 01686 614555
Email: boxoffice@thehafren.co.uk
Web: http://www.thehafren.co.uk
 
Gregynog Festival 2018,  Gregynog Festival
Gregynog Festival is the oldest festival in Wales and one of the UK’s premier classical music events. It brings the finest international artists together in a house-party atmosphere to perform programmes inspired by an annual curatorial theme. Each Festival includes a full span of music from the medieval to the twenty-first century and favours chamber, choral and early music, presented in historically-informed performances using authentic instruments and practice. Rhian Davies, Gregynog Festival’s Artistic Director, works two to three years ahead to secure the leading international artists whom she has been so successful in attracting to Mid Wales. Each of her seasons is inspired by a theme drawn from the Gregynog heritage. Completely original, multi-layered programming across many disciplines has become Rhian’s hallmark: art and craft, film, history and literature as well as music.
Start Date: 22-06-2018
End Date: 01-07-2018
Open Times: 
Address: Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Phone: 01686 207100
Email: post@gregynogfestival.org
Web: https://gwylgregynogfestival.org/
 
Newtown Food Festival,  Newtown/Y Drenewydd
The annual Newtown Food Festival celebrating great food, drink and music The main sections of the festival include: Food Producers Tent, Street Food, Community Lawn (with Bar,) The Childrens Village and the Music Lawn.
Start Date: 01-09-2018
End Date: 02-09-2018
Open Times: 
Address: Powys, SY16 2BB
Phone: 01686 625544
Email: festival@newtown.org.uk
Web: http://www.newtown.org.uk/pages/newtownfestival
 
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