Cardiff’s urban green spaces are booming

Eleri Wynne

Friday 18 November 2016

Boombox Caerdydd invites you to celebrate Cardiff's fantastic urban wildlife with 100 people, 100 dances and 100 green spaces.

Following the success of TAPE and In the Eyes of the Animal, RSPB Cymru and Migrations, in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council, are inviting you to dance in your favourite green patch in the city to celebrate all that's wild and wonderful about Cardiff's urban spaces.

In collaboration with American artist Ely Kim (note 5), Boombox Caerdydd (note 1) will see 100 people being filmed dancing to their favourite music in their favourite green space in the city - celebrating and expressing their connection to nature and the places they enjoy it most. The resulting short film will be showcased in spring 2017 to honour the city's communities and wild spaces.

Carolyn Robertson, Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff Project Manager, said: "Since 2014 Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff has been busy popping up in parks all over Cardiff, engaging over 20,000 people with the wildlife on their doorstep (note 2). With over 400 green spaces across the city, Boombox Caerdydd is the perfect opportunity for the people of Cardiff to put the spotlight on the wild spaces that mean something to them - celebrating places we haven't even discovered yet."

Boombox Caerdydd follows the success of Boombox Eryri in north Wales, which saw 100 people dancing to their favourite songs in 100 places across Snowdonia.

Karine Décorne, Artistic Director of Migrations, explains: "We are thrilled to be collaborating with Ely Kim to bring this extraordinary experience to Cardiff (note 3). The beauty of Boombox is that you don't need to be a professional dancer to get involved, anyone and everyone, young or old, can take part - it's all about having fun and experiencing the joys of dancing."

From the wildflower meadows and orchards of Cardiff's Forest Farm to the tranquil lakes of Roath Park, the nature haven in your back garden or the green space outside your office window - it's entirely up to you where you dance. All you need to do is choose your favourite track to dance to and your favourite natural space and we'll do the rest.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Bob Derbyshire, said: "Cardiff is known for many things, from our castles and art venues to our shopping centres and sporting stadiums. However we're also blessed with some beautiful outdoor spaces, be that our parks or back gardens. The Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff project is helping to connect people with nature across the city and Boombox Caerdydd will really enhance the sense of wonder that our wildlife evokes, engaging families, art and nature lovers with the city's special green spaces."

If you fancy putting on your dancing shoes and being a part of Boombox Caerdydd we would love to hear from you. Please visit to sign up for free and to watch a short preview.

1. Boombox Caerdydd is a collaboration with USA artist Ely Kim where we will film 100 people dancing to their favourite music in the favourite green spaces in Cardiff. The resulting film will be a celebration of dancing, wild Cardiff and its communities and will be screened at a special public launch in the city in spring 2017. Anyone and everyone, young or old, who lives, works or plays in Cardiff can get involved. You don't have to be a professional dancer and no previous experience is required. To register or for further information please visit

2. Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is RSPB Cymru's flagship project delivered in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council and funded by Tesco customers through the Welsh Government's carrier bag levy. The project has engaged over 20,000 children and their families across Cardiff with wildlife; encouraging them to connect with the nature on their doorstep and take action to support it. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

3. Founded in 2004, Migrations brings international contemporary performance to Wales while developing innovative collaborations, commissions and partnerships in Wales and further afield. Projects have included performances, exhibitions, screenings and workshops. The Artistic Director is Karine Décorne. Migrations is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

4. The City of Cardiff Council is responsible for providing over 700 services to the 352,000 residents of the capital of Wales every year. Its Corporate Plan sets out what the Council will do, and how it will work with partners from the public, private and third sector to deliver our vision of becoming Europe's most liveable capital city.

5. Ely Kim is an Arts Director based in Brooklyn, New York. In his own words, his greatest influences are "growing up in Las Vegas, puppies and crystals!" In his original Boombox, Ely filmed himself dancing secretly in 100 places over 100 days.

Tagged with: Country: Wales Topic: Birds and wildlife