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    New Soundscape Installed at Portmeirion

    A new soundscape by Martyn Ware, a founding member of both The Human League and Heaven 17, has been installed at Portmeirion.

    The newest soundscape to be installed at Portmeirion, ‘What Does the Sea Say?’ is being launched at Portmeirion to celebrate the Visit Wales Year of the Sea.

    Originally commissioned by Sound UK and the National trust, ‘What Does the Sea Say?’ has been travelling around the UK for the past three years collecting seaside memories from members of the public. This interactive installation allows visitors to contribute their own voice to the soundscape by recording themselves recalling their memories of the sea. “In this way, the soundscape is living and changing and growing”, said Ware. “It is representative of the people that visit Portmeirion and is a new way for visitors to connect with this special place.”

    This is the third soundscape installation that Martyn has done in collaboration with Portmeirion. Each installation is an immersive experience for visitors combining audio voice recordings and relevant music to relay meaning, emotion, memory and information to visitors. “There is something very theatrical about Portmeirion”, said Ware. “The immersive nature of these audio installations suits the magic of Portmeirion.”

    The first soundscape installation at Portmeirion was in 2014 as a temporary installation during Festival Number 6. It was installed under the Bridge House and featured dialogue and music from The Prisoner TV series. The Prisoner Soundscape evolved into a permanent installation ‘Words Under the Bridge’ featuring Sir Clough Williams-Ellis talking about his vision and how he created Portmeirion Village.

    The second soundscape installation at Portmeirion was developed for the Hercules Hall. ‘Home for Fallen Buildings’ tells the story of how Williams-Ellis brought various buildings to Portmeirion from around the country and how he used old architectural features to make the village look older than it actually is.

    The soundscapes at Portmeirion were designed as an immersive experience that guests would discover almost by accident. They have been designed to provide an element of surprise to the visitor as well as help guests explore the village and dig a bit deeper into its fascinating history.

    Doors Open to Gwynedd and Conwy’s Architectural Treasures

    A number of historical buildings, gardens, interesting and unusual locations throughout Conwy and Gwynedd will be open to the public for free this September. As part of CADW’s 'Open Doors' scheme, more than 50 buildings will open their doors to the public as part of an annual programme that celebrates Wales’ architectural heritage. Throughout September, events and activities will be held at locations across both counties with opportunities for local residents and visitors to get a taste of the area’s history and heritage. You can download the leaflet and find more information about Open Doors at www.cadw.llyw.cymru/opendoors

    Ysbyty’r Chwarel Llanberis Quarry Hospital

    Days Open:

    Throughout September - 

    St Mark’s Church Brithdir
    St Mary’s Church Penllech
    St Beuno’s Church Penmorfa
    St Brothen’s Church Llanfrothen  

    September - 

    22: Storiel Bangor
    22, 30: Cae’r Gors, Rhosgadfan
    22: Meirionnydd Archives, Dolgellau
    22, 23: Quarry Hospital, Llanberis
    29: Caernarfon Archives
    29, 30: Harlech Castle
    29, 30: Criccieth Castle
    30: Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd

    Festival Number 6

    Day Tickets now on Sale

    Joining the festival on their seventh edition and topping the bill alongside the already announced, The The, are indie-pop legends Franz Ferdinand and Friendly Fires, back with new material after a hiatus. Also joining is singer-songwriter Jessie Ware, legendary band The Charlatans, art-rockers Everything Everything, Django Django, Ride, Anna Calvi, The Horrors, Gaz Coombes, a special performance from Manchester Camerata Orchestra performing Motown and Northern Soul hits and much more.

    Snowdonia Slate Trail

    An 85 mile circular trail has just been launched, on which walkers can explore the slate areas in Snowdonia, and also gain a better understanding and appreciation of the slate heritage of the area. Starting at Porth Penrhyn near Bangor and ending at Bethesda, Snowdonia Slate Trail not only passes through the beautiful scenery of Snowdonia and the popular villages of Llanberis and Beddgelert , but also introduces the walker to lesser known villages such as Llanllechid, Bethesda, Dinorwig, Waunfawr, Nantlle, Rhyd Ddu, Croesor, Ffestiniog and Penmachno.

    There is a wealth of variety on this exciting new trail which consists of 13 sections, have a look at the route on Snowdonia Slate Trail Map

    Snowdonia Pass

    Snowdonia Pass is a brand new scheme that's ready to help you save money when you visit the Snowdonia Mountains and Coast area! Many of our best attractions, activity providers and local shops are taking part. So why not explore the offers and visit the Snowdonia Pass website.

    Snowdonia Pass - Cerdyn Eryri

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