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International art exhibitions and a renowned music scene - Cardiff has fast become a city for cool, attracting the movers and shakers from the creative industries to showcase themselves on Welsh soil. Like an ice cold G&T, this goes hand in hand with some bloody good independent bars and restaurants, making Cardiff a hipster’s paradise. Here are four reasons why Cardiff puts the C in cool.

Sŵn 2015 7- 8 November. 
‘Sŵn’ pronounced ‘soon’ is Welsh for sound and is Cardiff’s festival for new music. The two day event which has been running since 2007 is all about music discovery and showcases almost a hundred up-and-coming bands. Some of the line-up you may have heard of, some you may not but guaranteed A LOT you will love. The likes of Alt J, Ben Howard, The Vaccines, Disclosure and John Grant have all given unforgettable shows at Sŵn, so who knows what talent will be exposed this year? www.swnfest.com 

The Other Room at Porters 
The Other Room is Cardiff’s first pub theatre and is exactly that, a theatre within a pub. The 44 seat, purpose built, intimate venue brings audiences back to the live experience with an intensity that is hard to find. Running a year-long programme which presents new work and great modern plays from 1950’s onwards making brave, bold theatre. Meanwhile, just through the curtains you will find Porters, a pub that presents weekly open mic, live music, comedy and jazz nights along with some decent craft beers and a great atmosphere. www.otherroomtheatre.com 


Chapter Arts 
Just outside of Cardiff City Centre lies Chapter Arts. A heartbeat of creativity in Cardiff for over 40 years, it describes itself as an “ambitious, multi-artform venue that presents, produces and promotes international art, live performance and film alongside a dynamic social space”.  Voted one of the best places to drink in the UK four times by Observer Food Monthly Magazine, it boasts a busy open-plan bar and restaurant serving anything from Eggs benedict in the morning to pizza at night. Chapter is where the creative types hang out to grab a pint of Belgian beer and listen to live music before settling down at the in-house cinema to watch something you won’t find showing at Odeon. www.chapter.org 

Jacobs Market Rooftop Cinema 
Jacobs Market is a converted warehouse that has been transformed into an Aladdin’s cave for items such as vintage clothing, furniture, records, army surplus and comics. With over 30 stalls under one roof this is the place to visit to while away hours in the heart of the city and amongst the treasures and trinkets are a collective of eccentric sellers and stories to tell. 
In summer months Jacobs Market plays host to Motley Movies, Cardiff’s first rooftop cinema showing open air screenings of cult films right in the centre of Cardiff. A summer’s evening can be spent up on the roof with a great atmosphere, garden bar and pop-up restaurant. www.jacobsmarket.co.uk 


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