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Swansea all-day fundraiser for refugees

The first edition of a new concert and film series in West Wales will feature Aura Satz, The Swansea Laptop Orchestra, Wire contributor Clive Bell, and more

A new event series in support of local refugee causes starts up in West Wales in November called Gŵyl Nawr festival. “NAWR (meaning NOW in Welsh) is a new multidisciplinary concert series in Swansea of experimental music, free improvisation, film, lo-fi, free jazz, sound art, alternative folk and new music,” declares the festival, which was convened by Rhodri Davies, Jenn Kirby, Rose Linn-Pearl and Dan Linn-Pearl. “The aim is to offer an open and reflective space for an audience to experience new music in a welcoming and intimate setting.”

The line-up of this first edition features Wire contributor Clive Bell, Douglas Benford, Kevin Chan, Euros Childs, Matt Collier, Rhodri Davies, Medi Evans, GINKO, ANi GLASS, Ian Holloway, Adam Howell, Simon Kilshaw, Jenn Kirby, Matthew Lovett, John Rowley, Aura Satz, Swansea Laptop Orchestra, Richard Thomas, Ian Watson, and others. The festival’s film programme includes David Garner’s Between The Stammer And Le Mot Juste and Call And Response, Helen Petts’s Solo Soprano, and various Aura Satz works such as Oramics: Atlantis Anew and Little Doorways To Paths Not Yet Taken: Laurie Spiegel Film.

NAWR takes place at the Volcano Theatre on 20 November.