We like culture in Wrexham.
We like it so much, we spent a whole year celebrating it. 2011 was our official Year of Culture, with over 300 events dedicated to art, music, fashion and other creative passions.
So where can you get a fix in 2012? Try this.
We don’t just look at art in Wrexham (nice though that is). We like to get our hands dirty.
Oriel Wrecsam is one of our leading arts centres and a great place to see the very best contemporary art and craft. But if you come to any of the classes on offer, be prepared to roll up your sleeves. We reckon art should be interactive.
Oriel Sycharth Gallery at Glyndwr University features work by internationally famous artists. And by those who might well be famous one day – its own students.
The general public can also soak up the ever-changing exhibitions at Yale
College’s Memorial Gallery for a few hours every weekday.
Music is the food of life. And in the 890- seat William Aston Hall at Glyndwr
University, Wrexham has a venue capable of showcasing the best there is.
From classical (big names like the Hallé Orchestra and the Welsh National Opera) to swing, motown and pop. And you’ll find even more music on campus in the nearby Catrin Finch Centre.
Of course, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t have a few top-notch choirs in Wrexham. Being Welsh and proud.
We’ve got Brymbo, Y Rhos, Rhos Orpheus and Dyffryn Ceiriog for starters. Plus the oldest boy-band in world – Fron Male Voice Choir. The boys have become rather famous since their Voices of the Valley album stormed the charts.
Our choirs perform at various venues throughout the year. You can sometimes even sit in on rehearsals – and it doesn’t cost you a penny.
Fron Male Voice Choir www.fronchoir.com
Wrexham Tourist Information Centre, 01978 292015
Rhosllanerchrugog, just outside Wrexham, is remarkable for many reasons.
It’s said to be the largest village in Wales. It has several magnificent choirs. And it’s home to Theatr Stiwt.
The venue, which hosts all sorts of drama and musical performances, is as much a centre for Welsh culture now as it was back in 1926, when it first opened.
The intimate 150-seat Studio Theatre at Yale College in Wrexham stages regular productions, while the Riverside Studio Theatre – home to Wrexham Musical Theatre Society – is more bijou still, seating 120.
Other stalwarts of the amateur scene include Grove Park Theatre, whose productions have been thrilling audiences since 1925. Shows in 2012 include After Miss Julie, Men of the World and Dracula.
We like culture. We like art, music, fashion and everything else.
But like every place, Wrexham has a culture of its own too. The little things that make it what it is. Sometimes it’s hard to put your finger on.
But if you stand on the terraces at the Racecourse football stadium, together with our fans, supporting our team, you might understand.
If you walk into a pub and see walls plastered with memorabilia that pays homage to the original Wrexham Lager, you might understand.
And if you sit in the back of a village hall and listen to a male voice choir rehearse – and feel the hair start to prickle on the back of your neck – you might understand.
And if you see teenagers free-running on Llwyn Isaf green – jump, flip, no room for error – or young musicians with a busted guitar amp unleashing their creative dreams on the street corner, you’ll probably understand.