The LGBT Mardi Gras closes 2012′s Cardiff Festival on the 1st September, and, for the third year running, will feature its groundbreaking Youth and Family Zone on Cooper’s Field.
Somewhat surprisingly, Cardiff Mardi Gras is the first of its kind to feature an event directly aimed at young people and families. While this event is an extension of the festival’s aim to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in a fun way, it is also part of a wider strategy to ‘combat hate crime and to encourage and respect diversity, leading to safer communities in which everyone lives, works and plays.’
Providing a safe space for young people, the Family and Youth Zone will offer activities such as face painting, beat boxing and arts and crafts, while elsewhere attendees will be able to catch performances from X Factor finalist Marcus Collins, former M People vocalist Heather Small and Swansea-born electro-pop act Bright Light Bright Light. While the Mardi Gras offers fun for all, the Youth Zone will also offer support to young people who want to discuss any issues they may face via a group of qualified youth workers.
Tickets for the Coopers Field event are priced at £6 for adults, £3 for under-16s and under-10s go for free.