Local international sports stars from Newport will join hundreds of young people from across Gwent next week to celebrate the impact of the Positive Futures sports inclusion programme in diverting young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour.

Dragons and Wales international rugby player, Leon Brown, and Professional Boxer, Sean McGoldrick, will join over 200 young people from across Gwent at the Wales National Velodrome.

Newport Live and the Positive Futures team are hosting the Sport and Youth Engagement event on Monday 19 February. The event aims to celebrate young people from across Gwent and encourages them to participate, compete and make friends.

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Newport Live are hosting the annual Volunteer in Sport Awards on Friday 16 February, which celebrates the achievements of volunteers from across the City of Newport.

The Awards will celebrate and recognise all the time, effort and commitment that people have given by volunteering in sport clubs, local communities, and disability or school-based programmes. The Awards will recognise the following categories; Club Volunteers, Disability Sport, School Sport, Community Sport, Extra Mile Award, Coach of the Year and the overall ‘Volunteer of the Year 2018’.

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The annual family pantomime Aladdin, that was produced by The Riverfront and Production Exchange, has been nominated for a prestigious Great British Pantomime Award. Aladdin took place at The Riverfront, Newport from 5 December 2017 to 7 January 2018, and has been nominated for the ‘Best Song Sheet’ category performed by the hilarious Richard Elis.

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TOP class international boxing is coming to Wales this spring when the British Lionhearts take-on the French Fighting Roosters in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) on Saturday 14 April 2018 at Newport Centre.

Three time European Champion (2011, 2015 and 2017) and world championship medallist (2013, 2015, 2017), Joe Ward of Ireland, and 2016 GB Boxing Champion, Cyrus Pattinson, have been confirmed in the Lionhearts team that will compete on the night.

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Comedy legend Boycie will hit the road this year to reveal the secrets of the nation’s favourite sitcom, Only Fools and Horses. Boycie, aka John Challis, will be at The Riverfront, Newport on Wednesday 9 May at 7.30pm.

Fans can enjoy an intimate evening with Mr Challis in a one-off show – after which, he will meet and greet fans to sign autographs and pictures. The national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career.

Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he'll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst. He will also describe his encounters with friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best, as well as recalling tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics.

Only Fools & Boycie will be at The Riverfront on Wednesday 9 May, 7.30pm. You can book tickets online here or call 01633 656757

Following its ambitious and successful staging of P.A.R.A.D.E. National Dance Company Wales (NDCWales) prepares for its new Spring programme,Terra Firma, and will be at The Riverfront on Friday 20 April, 7.30pm.

The three choreographers behind each dance piece of the Terra Firma tour are all recipients of the Copenhegan International Choreography award over various year.

For NDCWales; contemporary dance is a way to tell old stories in new ways. Pulling together vibrant physicality with memorable music and beautiful scenery. The tour sets out to follow NDCWales’ ambition to tour nationally and internationally and present work by the best international choreographers. The company continues to diversify by bringing a fresh and dynamic programme to reach new audiences.

WOMAN OF FLOWERS by/gan SIÔN EIRIAN after/gan ddilyn SAUNDERS LEWIS will be at The Riverfront, Newport on Thursday 15 February, 7.30pm. 

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Woman of Flowers is a strikingly poetic reimagining of the Mabinogi myth of Blodeuwedd by award-winning Welsh writer Siôn Eirian in which he skilfully combines Saunders Lewis’s Welsh language verse drama of the same name with original material to create a captivating dark fantasy.

The cast includes Theatr Pena Company Members, the award-winning actresses Betsan Llwyd as the embittered goddess Arianrhod and Eiry Thomas as the malevolent wizard Gwydion and veteran Welsh actress and singer Olwen Rees as Blodeuwedd’s loyal maid Rhagnell. Rhys Meredith, who played Tom Wingfield in Theatr Pena’s acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie, returns to the Company to play the treacherous Lord Gronw. Appearing with Theatr Pena for the first time is award winning actress Sara Gregory as the woman of flowers Blodeuwedd and Oliver Morgan-Thomas as the betrayed warrior prince Llew.