WREXHAM Council has received more than 70 grant applications as part of the 2025 City of Culture bid.
The authority has invited applications from community groups, business owners and third sector providers – who have come up with a variety of ideas for activities to celebrate the vibrant and diverse culture within the county.
For young people, these events will include workshops teaching performing arts and trade skills; play activities for kids; a photography competition for school children (with a masterclass hosted by local university students passing on their knowledge); and school projects to create an anthology of poems about Wrexham, and to design a mosaic on the theme “What Does Wrexham Mean to Us?”
To recognise our proud local heritage, a project to recreate the historic Wrexham Tailor’s Quilt for a new generation will soon be underway; as well as the long awaited return of the Chirk Carnival and Minera Lead Mines will welcome guests to a newly refurbished visitor’s café.
And for the older generation, crafting sessions at local care homes, and a special WWII themed costume evening with a swing band to roll back the years.
To celebrate Wrexham’s diverse community, refugees and asylum seekers will be welcomed to crafting sessions and entrepreneurial workshops; the vibrant hip hop community will be showcasing female and non-binary performers; an equal opportunities conference will build on grass roots support for marginalised members of the community and local volunteers will be creating an Autistic Sensory Garden.
There will be a powerchair football event to highlight Wrexham’s inclusive environment for disability sports; the local Polish community will be hosting a full day of activities sharing their heritage and traditions, and there will be a special fusion event with African and Welsh food, fashion and music.
There will be a showcase for Wrexham’s chefs and restaurants, performances from local choirs and orchestras celebrating our Welsh heritage, a display of award winning design and landscaping, the “Wrexfest” event featuring music acts from past, present and future, and an open mic evening with headline performances from the three current Welsh poet laureates sharing a stage for the first time ever.
Wrexham Council said: “With all this to look forward to, and so much more, we’re incredibly proud of everyone in Wrexham County Borough who has made their pride, passion and enthusiasm a part of #Wrecsam2025.”
Further event details can be found at www.wrexham2025.com/events/