Free and Cheap Things to do in Cardiff: 4-10 April

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Welcome back to the Sprout’s cheap and cheerful what’s-on guide to Cardiff.

I must apologize, because last week I totally missed that BBC Digital Cities was coming to the city once again for 2019. This incredible event is almost a whole week worth of workshops and masterclasses in radio, TV, writing, podcasting, production, livestreaming and everything in-between. You may be able to catch some of the Thursday sessions still if you’re reading this early though!

I also should have mentioned the Cardiff Bay 10k. 

Sometimes this happens because, sadly, I only have a few hours out of a busy week to compile the listings. If you have any events coming up that you want me to feature here, as long as they are inclusive of young people and entry is less than about £15, please let me know by tweeting, gramming or messaging our Facebook, by emailing thomas@promo.cymru, or by submitting them on the Sprout events section.

Now back to the fun stuff.

THURSDAY 4 APRIL

Descend into Kong’s video game bar for the monthly Cardiff Animation Nights event. Doors open at 7:30pm and entry is free. They say they have some surprises in store this time round so keep an eye on the Facebook page.

Warm up for Animation Night with a trip to the Arcade Vaults, located conveniently nearby. For £6 you get full access to their Cardboard and Consoles event. This means playing both videogames and boardgames. If you just want to play the boardgames it’s £3.50. FB.

If you’re after a quiz, meanwhile, The Dock in Cardiff Bay has an Inbetweeners themed quiz (following on from Harry Potter and Gavin and Stacey) from 7.30pm. See here.

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FRIDAY 5 APRIL

Here’s a big one: the official launch party of the Diffusion festival of photography and sound. Sadly, the launch party is sold out, but it’s a great opportunity to catch up with what’s on there. Hopefully some of the other events on the website of the festival may catch your eye.

If you’re 18 plus, head over to Starving Artists’ Confession Sessions at Chapel 1877.Disco, hiphop, funk and soul, all for just £4 and it’s so close to Queen Street station I might even be there.

SATURDAY 6 APRIL

An exciting one for me- Cardiff Uni Comedy Society’s alumni are back in town for one night only. Come and see the old-man stand-up at the Flute and Tankard from 7:30pm- more info on FB.

Comedy not your cup of tea? Try music with the Cardiff Healthcare Music Society. Their spring concert will be held in the Church of St Andrew and St Teilo at 7pm, entry £5 or £3 for students. FB.

SUNDAY 7 APRIL

Get down to Cardiff Illustration and Indie Publication Fair. More zines than you’ve ever seen. Things to draw from cieling to floor. You get the idea. This will be an awesome look at all the little comics and magazines (like the Sprout, sorta?) that proliferate round our little corner of the world! FB.

MONDAY 8 APRIL

Check out Blue Honey Night Cafe. Their disco has just won Best Club Night at the Cardiff Music Awards, but Monday nights at the caff are a totally chilled out affair. Have just the one with a game of chess and just relax. Pop in from about 8pm onwards at Sully’s Cafe.

TUESDAY 9 APRIL

The NHS is undoubtedly the sacred cow of British politics. Anyone seen to be moving away from free healthcare for all is understandably vilified. But as the population ages, the system falters and treatments get ever more expensive, the Temple of Peace dare to ask whether free healthcare is really sustainable for the future. A controversial question perhaps but one that we can’t shy away from. It’s free, from 6pm. Get your tickets on Eventbrite.

WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL onwards…

It’s time for that showdown between Cardiff Uni and Swansea Uni: it’s the Welsh Varsity, the biggest sporting event on the university calendar. Even if you’re not a student try and enjoy it, because it’ll be a big pain if you don’t. The main rugby event is in Cardiff this year, which means so are all the other matches. More info here. You can even get into the rugby for free by taking part in litterpicking in Bute Park.

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