About Cardiff 1919: Riots Redrawn
Cardiff 1919: Riots Redrawn is a vivid day-by-day, hour-by-hour account of the Cardiff race riots, pieced together from reports in local newspapers, following the dynamic ebb and flow of the rioting.
On 11 June 1919, Cardiff was plunged into four days and nights of violence that left three dead, and buildings wrecked and burnt. The Western Mail of the time called it:
‘An amazing orgy of pistol firing, window smashing, and skirmishes between white men and coloured men’.
But we all know that there are so many different stories behind what’s reported in the news.
Cardiff 1919: Riots Redrawn is a digital graphic novel by Butetown Artist Kyle Legall. It's an evocative digital experience that combines spoken text and illustration to conjure up the atmosphere, people and places involved in a shocking moment of racial conflict and violence on the streets of Cardiff.
Pieced together from reports in local newspapers, Kyle’s drawings also draw from the accounts and stories passed down the generations of a moment of trauma that left an indelible mark on the Butetown community.
Combined with a soundscape by Chris Jenkins and voiceovers by Ali Goolyad and Mike Pearson, this vivid, visual day-by-day, hour-by-hour account follows the dynamic ebb and flow of the riots, immersing you in the visceral madness that took place on our capital city’s streets 101 years ago.
This is a digital experience that you can explore from home, but can also be experienced as a physical (socially distanced) walk through the places the events took place. Walking the streets where the events of the past are ingrained into the fabric of the pavement, tracing step by step in an immersive, evocative experience, will bring us far closer to these events than we can ever get reading accounts in historic archives or watching what plays out in TV news reports.
Cardiff 1919: Riots Redrawn was selected for the inaugural Windrush Caribbean Film Festival
What to expect
This is a digital experience that you can explore from home, but can also be experienced as a physical walk through the places the events took place.
It is available to access and experience at cardiff1919.wales.
Cardiff 1919 can be experienced as a physical walk through the locations where the events took place. The presentation of the digital novel on Cardiff1919.wales depicts the events that took place in chronological order. When experiencing this on location, there are some events which take place on the same site, but at different times. If following the route in order, you will return to some locations a number of times.
Alternatively, If you would prefer a shorter route which visits each location once only, we would recommend the following:
- Listen to 1 in place Custom House Street / Canal Street junction
- Listen to 2 in place Outside the Central Library
- Listen to 3, 4 & 5 in place By the Salvation Army by Callaghan Square
- Listen to 6 in place By the bus stops for Callaghan Square
- Listen to 7 & 8 in place by The Golden Cross
- Listen to 9 in place by The Golden Cross / John Lewis
- Listen to 10 in place by the Royal Arcade
- Lead Artist
- Kyle Legall
- Mike Pearson
- Sound Designer
- Chris Jenkins
- Video Editor
- Edie Morris
- Web Designer and Creator
- Dom Farelli
- Ali Goolyad
- Mike Pearson
- Elliot Bennett
- Stefan Dale