New planning application has been submitted to increase the size of Cardiff’s iconic Clwb Ifor Bach and transform the space into a brand-new, fully accessible multi-room venue.
Today, Cowshed has launched a national PR campaign with Clwb – to amplify the announcement and help Clwb to raise the funds to turn its ambitions into reality.
The venue has 18 months to raise the funds needed to ensure the delivery of the new venue. Cowshed has committed to helping Clwb get both the public and sector partners on board to support its vision.
The proposals submitted to Cardiff County Council this week will see Clwb take over the derelict building next door and join it with the existing premises on Womanby Street to expand its cultural offering and create more opportunities for people in Wales.
What do the plans include?
The redevelopment will allow Clwb to hold larger-scale performances and events, thanks to a new 500-capacity space that fills a long-standing gap in in the city’s current live music provision. It will also include a 200-capacity room to ensure continued support for emerging musicians during the early stages of their artistic development.
Plans mean the venue can expand the reach and impact of its charity objectives. Clwb took the natural step to becoming a Registered Charity in 2019 after decades of offering a stepping stone into the creative industry for many – both on and off stage. Committed to improving opportunities for younger audiences, Clwb supports aspiring technicians, promoters, performers, photographers, and more. Their work now goes beyond music event programming to audience, artist, skills and community development. The redevelopment will help take this to a bigger scale.
Clwb Ifor Bach Chief Executive Guto Brychan said:
“It’s been a long time since we released the concept designs for the redevelopment in early 2019 and finally being able to submit the planning application feels like a big step forward.
“This year we’re celebrating Clwb’s 40th birthday and want to remind people how long we’ve been here, and how important we are to the community and the cultural life of Cardiff.”
Clwb Ifor Bach has spent the past 40 years contributing to the cultural wellbeing of audiences from Cardiff, Wales and beyond. It’s often through grassroots and independent music venues that many get their first experiences of watching live music or working in the arts and creative sectors. This redevelopment will allow the venue to continue to grow this impact.
The redevelopment relies on funding to ensure delivery of this incredible new venue that gives back. By contributing to this project, you can help Clwb continue to support Welsh culture, the Welsh language and the arts now and in the future.