© Gareth Phillips, The British Council

The OPENCities Faces took place in Cardiff Old Library,

the Hayes September 12th – October 13th 2009.

Photographer, Gareth Phillips, Cardiff born and bred, told us, "I asked new migrants to Cardiff about their aspirations for their children and what they see when they look out of the window. I wanted to include some aspect of openness so decided to place the subjects in front of a window in their house, with the one flash to create a spotlight and a shadow behind them. The shadow to me is a representation of who they once were and where they once lived."

Soundtrack for Cardiff - Competition Winner

23 year-old shop assistant from Cardiff, Joseph Evans, has won the OPENCities Soundtrack For Cardiff 2009 award with his track City Of Change. He confessed to Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, who presented him with the award, that he was completely stunned and only entered the competition at the last moment when his girlfriend heard the publicity on Red Dragon FM.

 Soundtrack For Cardiff winner © The British Council

Joseph, who works at Waterstones in the city centre, is multi-talented. He is also writing a novel at the moment as well as number of songs to help launch his musical career. He says:

“City Of Change” is all about how Cardiff seems to be a city that is constantly developing. I believe it fits in very well with the OPENCities project, which is very much how diverse and vibrant cities have the best success on the international stage”.

You can listen to Soundtrack For Cardiff winner “City of Change” here. Watch out too for Soundtrack For Belfast which is up and running now on the Citybeat radio station.

Listen to the Soundtrack For Cardiff winning entry

Interview with Huw Stephens

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OPENCities is a BAK project in partnership with cities around the world.