Summer holidays are coming so why not get in the mood by taking part in some family orientated events at The Blysh Festival based in and around Cardiff Bay’s Wales Millennium Centre from next week.


16 - 19 Jul 10am – 4pm City Centre†

STORE is a shop offering a completely different shopping experience. Much as a normal high street shop sells pre-packaged goods in tins, bags or boxes, STORE sells live performances to passing shoppers at prices starting from as low as 50p. Arriving in Cardiff after appearances in Vienna, Paris, Kyoto and New York, join performance artists and salesmen Michikazu Matsune from Japan and David Subal from Austria as they perform especially for each purchase.

With over fifty performances to choose from, there really is something for everyone.

†Exact location to be confirmed nearer the time

Hijinx Theatre with Mr and Mrs Clark: The Waiting Room

19 July, 1.15pm, Glanfa stage

Expect the unexpected in this comical, interactive show about the hours we waste and the games we play while we wait. Featuring Mr & Mrs Clark and Hijinx Academy student Danny Mannings.



19 Jul, 1.30pm, Outside

Performed around a large German wheel, Frantic is a breathtakingly choreographed story of one man’s thirst for escape. Expect an explosion of acrobatics and dance-theatre.

Le Navet Bete:


19 Jul, 3.30pm (Outside) & 5.45pm (Glanfa)

Join four clowns on a ridiculous, madcap romp, rammed full of acrobatics, improvisation, live music, audience interaction, downright silliness and a flaming unicycle.



20 Jul, 7.30pm, Outside

Pulling up outside the Centre in their burger van, Grime is a modern day soap opera about a man fighting his disillusioned way to happiness in a haphazard shack above the van.

Bikes & Rabbits:

Rather Lovely Things

25Jul, 7pm, Outside

Performed by highly skilled circus artist Alice Allart, Rather Lovely Things mixes movement and theatre with the art of trick cycling and object manipulation.

Italian Chalking Art Workshop

26 Jul, 12.30pm – 4.30pm, Outside

Using a 500 year old chalking technique and introducing poster paints, artist’s pastels and pavement chalks, come along to help create a massive work of art that knows no boundaries.

The Hot Potato Syncopators

26 Jul, 1.15pm & 6.15pm (Glanfa) & 4pm (Outside)

With hilarious hot swinging musical mayhem, these cat-swinging jazz hounds delight audiences with galloping ukulele, tea chest bass, virtuosic musical saw and charming harmony singing.

Cirque de Sally

26 Jul, 2.30pm & 5.30pm, Outside

Fabulous, fantastic and flamboyant, fading circus star Sally puts down her knitting needles and steps into the ring to give the performance of a lifetime. We’ll let you in on a secret... she’s still got it!

Pif Paf Theatre:

The Flycycle & The Submercycle

27 Jul, 1.30pm, 3.30pm & 5pm, Outside

There’s no need to book yourself a summer holiday this year; come away with Captain Bigshot and Captain Calypso on a journey of your wildest dreams, aboard one of their famous travelling machines.



27 Jul, 4.15pm, Outside

In this acrobatic performance about the everyday theatre and dance of life, a woman watches the world pass by… occasionally turning upside-down to see if it all looks better from that angle.

Kitsch n Sync:

Topiary Trauma

30 Jul, 6.45pm, Outside

Meet our glamorous 1950s housewives who enjoy nothing more than a quiet spot of gardening. But does the flora and fauna have a mind of its own? Find out in this comedy dance performance.

Dizzy O'Dare Presents

The Wonderful World of Mr E

2 Aug - 1pm - 5pm

3 Aug - 12.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm

Venture into Mr E’s steam punk caravan and you’ll find curious cupboards full of intriguing objects, mechanical instruments and unusual creatures from strange and exotic worlds.

Bathing Beauties:

Hoop La La

2 Aug, 2.15pm (Outside) & 5.15pm (Glanfa)

Guinness World Record holders, Hoop La La, fuse acro-balance, dance, hand balancing and contortion with some incredible hula-hooping skills.

Dizzy O'Dare Presents

The Tiny Travelling Tightwire Show!

2 Aug, 3.15pm & 4.45pm, Outside

Especially for Blysh, The Tiny Travelling Tightwire Show will be rolling into town. Watch in wonder as Kennington performs the tightwire show of his life alongside his nervous little assistant.

Pop –Up Performances

Flossy and Boo's Curiosity Shop

Jul 19 5pm,, Jul 26 12pm & 2pm,, Jul 27 1pm & 3pm

Around the Centre Free

Flossy and Boo have run away from the circus and set up their very own travelling Curiosity Shop. Trade ideas, thoughts and objects in return for stories, songs and insights into Flossy and Boo's mind boggling world.


Jul 19, 12:30pm,, Jul 20, 1.30pm & 3.30pm,, Aug 2, 12pm & 2pm

Around the Centre, Free

Blysh gets physical with two hilariously competitive fitness-fanatics at a zany, madcap gym-session.

You and We for Tea

Jul 19, 2pm, Aug 3, 12pm - 5pm

Glanfa Foyer, Free

An interactive, five minute experience that all takes place inside a box for one audience member at a time. Audience members are invited to sit and enjoy a cup of tea with two eccentric characters in the British summer time.

Meet the Lupivarians

Jul 19, 3pm, Jul 20, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, Jul 27, 12pm & 2pm

Around the Centre, Free

The Lupivarians are a curious and colourful species from the back right hand corner of the universe. Amateur Entomologist and Inventor extraordinaire Peter Potts has travelled the world in search of some of the most exotic and fantastical creepy crawlies on earth. And now he has been presented with an extraordinary opportunity. The Lupivarians have appeared on earth and he will stop at nothing to capture and examine them using his latest and greatest invention The Universal Translationiser!”

Chloe Loftus Dance

Jul 19, 7.30pm, Jul 26, 1pm & 3pm, Aug 2, 1pm & 4.15pm

Around the Centre, FREE

Watch in amazement as dance and aerial artistry combine in this elaborate escape down the walls of Wales Millennium Centre.

Other family orientated Blysh events are

The family roller disco

2pm 2nd Aug, Age restriction 8

Crimp your hair and dig out your legwarmers for a full-on retro cheesy

disco on wheels.


20th Jul, 7.30pm

Pulling up outside the Centre in their

Grime is a modern day soap opera about a man fighting his disillusioned way to happiness in a haphazard shack above the van.


26 Jul 12.30pm & 27 Jul 2pm, Age 10+

A Yoyo is for life – not just for Christmas!

Arron first picked up a Yo-Yo in the craze of the mid ’90s. Now, he gets down to the nitty-gritty of finger callouses and untying knots to share his unusual passion that has secured him multiple international circus awards and 4 Guinness World Records.

Challenging the idea that the Yo-Yo is merely something that comes out of a cracker, Down-Up shows you a world you never knew you could fall in love with.

More details about all events by visiting /blysh or calling 029 2063 6464