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Tanio: Introducing the new name, new look and bright new future for Valley and Vale Community Arts

Since the early 1980s - when Valley and Vale Community Arts was set up to help people in the Garw Valley document their experiences of the miners’ strike - we have championed the power of community arts to change lives. From those early days, our aim has always been to offer safe environments where we provide a range of creative activities to help a diverse range of people develop new skills, confidence and self-esteem. These opportunities for people to enrich their lives through creative self-expression have been key to our overall vision. But we recognise the world is changing, and so must Valley and Vale. So, in pursuit of any future vision we recently appointed a new Chief Executive, Lisa Davies, to oversee a significant restructure and lead us into an exciting new era. During this process, we realised that for nearly four decades, our original brand has worked hard for us. It has carried us from our days as a small community group to becoming a highly-regarded sector leader. We remain committed to the communities we already serve in Wales, but we also want to consolidate and develop our work across Wales, the UK and other countries, to share creative insights and help spark new ways of thinking. So we decided it was time for a change. Our new brand very much reflects our journey; it also sums up where we are now, and where we are heading. Introducing Tanio – the new name for Valley and Vale Community Arts. Tanio – Welsh for to fire, spark or ignite – is a brand with energy, warmth and positivity. It is represented by a logo that captures the essence and vitality of our organisation. ‘Tanio dychymyg’ means to ignite the imagination, ‘tanio newid’ means to instigate change, while ‘tanio creadigrwydd’ means to ignite creativity. All of these are phrases which are highly representative of the work we are proud to deliver day in, day out. Commenting on our new brand, Chief Executive Lisa Davies said: “Our decades of delivering arts-based interventions to communities in need has shown us the power of art to create positive change. At an individual level, our work builds self-esteem and confidence, while at a community level, our work nurtures and strengthens groups, empowering people to support each other. We believe that our new name conveys that idea of sparking change and progress. “Our new brand represents a big change in the way we present ourselves to the world. Valley and Vale Community Arts is changing because the world around us is changing. The people we work with sometimes have complex lives and needs. But the one thing that will never change is our determination to give people the very best community arts opportunities and experiences. “Our work will become more vital than ever in the weeks and months ahead. As an organisation, we were born during a national crisis to help people in the Garw Valley cope with a time of great upheaval and change. As we look ahead to the aftermath of the global Coronavirus crisis, we will be here to help our communities rebuild, giving them opportunities to express their hopes and fears through the power of art.” If you have any questions or comments on our new look, we would love to hear from you – you can contact our Chief Executive, Lisa Davies, on [email protected] PS - Our rebrand was undertaken by bilingual branding specialists Elfen. You can check out their work by clicking here.

Oasis World Choir and Band feature on Radio 4’s A Singer’s Guide to Britain — We Travel with Songs

Roderick Williams tells the stories of Britain through our songs. The instinct to sing is as old as humans themselves and, in Britain, we have been singing our story, consciously and unconsciously, all through our history. Songs that harness a fleeting thought, capture a mood, tell a tall tale, or simply make us smile. In this four part series, Roderick Williams explores different aspects of our British story, through the lens of the songs we sing. He’ll show how songs can transport us across all classes, all eras and all areas of the UK. Each song can tell us something essential about our nation at different times and places by teleporting us right inside the experience of someone who was there. We’ll see how songs have passed from singer to singer, from listener to listener, reflecting who we are as a nation, and celebrating the things we hold most dear. In this final programme Roderick looks at the way that song can express a common humanity -- and at some of the songs given voice by people who have come to these islands, as visitors, as refugees and as distinct communities. He visits a singing session for asylum seekers and refugees in Cardiff and hears about the singing legacies of the Jewish East End and Irish workers in Birmingham. Featuring, Laura Bradshaw, Billy Bragg, Alan Dein, Joseph Gnagbo, Marie, Angela Moran and Zarife. Thanks to Tanio - Valley and Vale Community Arts. Alan Dean’s compilation of 'Yiddisher jazz' is called Music is the Most Beautiful Language in the World (JWM Records) Producer: Martin Williams. Click on image above to link to this programme.