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A group of young people recreate Welsh folklore of building a house overnight.
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At dusk on Friday 13th October a group of young people built a house on Coedpenmaen Common (Pontypridd Common). 

Welsh folklore tells that if the house has a roof with a smoking chimney by dawn, the builder can live there and may farm the land around as far as they can throw an axe from the front door.

Citrus Arts and our young Artworkers team created their own Tŷ Unnos, which stood for 24hrs as a temporary landmark where people gathered, families played, and interested citizens came to discuss what it means to have a place in the land that they can call home.

On Friday Breaking Ground Ceremony started at 6.30pm where the audience watched on as the house was being built, with performances from the Citrus Arts Youth Circus, Collective Flight Syrcas, Mike Church and jugglers, stilt walkers, with fire drawings, and live music from Cathays Brass Band, Pontypridd Community Choir and a specially commissioned piece by harpist Cerys Hafana.

On Saturday afternoon we hosted the Breaking Bread community event from midday with family activities, food, workshops, and campfire conversations. We invited local organisations and groups to share with us their environmental and socio concerns across our home now in Pontypridd, but also about our future.

As the sun set on Saturday evening, international artist Mark Anderson performed his playful and hypnotic sonic experience of suspense and shifting sounds, ‘Warning Notes’, created in collaboration with Liam Walsh. 

Warning Notes is a captivating sound-world that comes alive through an ever-changing outdoor live performance. 

In partnership with Pontypridd Town Council and supported by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government. 

Thank you to Frowen Brothers, lighting technicians T&M Technical and architect Tabitha Pope for mentoring the Artworkers on the project.

Warning Notes by Mark Anderson
In collaboration with Liam Walsh
14 October

A powerful immersive sonic experience of suspense and shifting sounds.


A captivating sound-world that comes alive through an ever-changing outdoor live performance. Using an ensemble of visually striking ‘instruments’ - gongs, bells, whistles and explosive events - Warning Notes gives a voice to the social and ecological alarm rippling across our planet. A hypnotic and playful invitation to contemplate our future together.

Read more about Mark Anderson and Warning Notes here.

Co-commissioned and

co-presented by OCM. 


'A pulsing, gorgeous and threatening world woven out of sound sculptures and beautiful, rhythmic notes' , Audience Member

Sustainability and our future

Our house materials have been provided by Capricorn Eco Timber who have supplied us with sustainable materials. 
There is a future for our house. We will be taking down the ‘house’ on the Sunday and will be keeping all the materials and looking to rebuild our house at other events in our area in the future. 

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Photography | Ffotograffiaeth:  Two Cats in the Yard

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