Cardiff's historic arcades will be open at night for a special one-off event next month.

The bash, which is called A Night with the Locals, will see traders in the city's Morgan and Royal Arcades throw open their doors in the evening for the first time ever.

Organisers are promising exclusive discounts, food, drink and live music as well as shops staying open until 8pm.

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The idea came about after The University of South Wales set a brief for its students to devise a campaign to boost Cardiff’s arcades, after its trade was decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. You can read more about that here.

Among traders slashing their prices for the event include contemporary jewellers Brooklinde Jewellers, bridalwear store Laura May and vintage clothing store Sobeys.

The event will also see performances by Cardiff-based songwriter Aisha Kigs and jazz duo Philanthrophy Jazz.

Food will be on offer throughout the evening from Uncommon Ground, and The Queer Emporium will be serving up drinks.

Shoppers will also be able to visit Royal Arcade after dark
Shoppers will also be able to visit Royal Arcade after dark

A Night with the Locals is the winning concept by University of South Wales Fashion Promotion student, 23-year-old Rebbeca Villis.

The event will celebrate independent and exclusive retailers and showcase the people behind the stores that make the arcades so special.

Rebecca said: “One of my first jobs after leaving school was in Sobeys Vintage Clothing in Royal Arcade, so when my university set a brief to create a campaign that celebrates the independent retailers and arcades, it was something I felt really passionate about bringing to life.”

“A Night with the Locals not only shines a light on the local people and businesses, but also celebrates emerging creatives and homegrown talent who are putting Cardiff on the map. It’s an opportunity for everyone to come together to uncover some of the city’s hidden gems."

Yan White, the founder of The Queer Emporium, which became a permanent tenant in the Morgan Quarter in August this year, hopes the event will bring back a "lost sense of community".

He said: “Many independents have found it really hard over the past two years, so initiatives like ‘A Night with the Locals’ creates an opportunity to bring back a lost sense of community, and we’re excited to play our part in that.”

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