MaDCaff returns to the Victoria Hall, Lampeter on Saturday 16th May, from 4.30pm til 7pm with what promises to be an eclectic and diverse line up of musicians, singers, poets and dancers.
MaDCaff, Music and Dance Cafe is an open mic, and showcase cafe event with a difference. All of the event organisers and performers have all been affected by mental illness.
MaDCaff was set up by Miranda Betts, singer songwriter and choreographer, and Rachel Stelmach of Disability Arts Cymru in 2014, with funding from Time to Change Wales, the national charity which aims to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
Co-founder, Miranda Betts explains the main reasons behind setting up MaDCaff.
‘As a performer living with a long term mental health condition, I was finding it increasingly difficult to find good quality performance opportunities. I also noticed that, I was not alone in this. There were many other talented and creative people out there who simply weren’t getting the opportunities to perform.’
MaDCaff provides performers with a safe, pressure-free opportunity to perform at what is broadly a music and dance program. MaDCaff is open to anyone with an interest in music and dance, or for anyone wishing to go to a lively and friendly drop in cafe event. The tea and cake is second to none!
This event also coincides with Voluntary Arts week and MaDCaff have been given some funding to run another event. This has come at a good time as we have finished our Time to Change Wales funding and are running on tea and cake money plus our Magic Hat so it’s great to know we can have a big celebration in Lampeter and welcome as many people as we can get into the Hall. We might even do something a bit special.