Welsh towns have already been buzzing with Welsh music this summer, as the Mentrau Iaith have organised 6 festivals this year, in towns all over Wales. And there are at least 4 to come this summer with 2 more in the autumn and winter!

Mentrau Iaith Cymru is delighted that Taylor Swift has recognised our language on the most contemporary and exciting stage of the year, with thousands upon thousands watching in Cardiff. There is no doubt that this will raise the status of the Welsh language. The Mentrau Iaith hope that Swift’s attention to Welsh will reinforce the Mentrau Iaith’s efforts to make Welsh relevant to young people’s lives this summer, as they set about hosting our summer of Welsh music festivals.

Hours of music and socialising in Welsh have already taken place this Summer, at the Fel ‘na Mai Festival in Crymych,  Gŵyl Fach y Fro in Barry, Ffiliffest in Caerphily, Gŵyl Tawe in Swansea and Gŵyl Cefni in Llangefni.  Dewi Snelson, chair of Mentrau Iaith Cymru and organiser of Carmarthen’s Gŵyl Canol Dre says, ‘Although hosting our festivals is costly in resources and staff and volunteer time, it is so important that we create Welsh spaces, where everyone can use their Welsh and have fun, locally, in their communities’.  Menter Iaith Flint and Wrexham hosted a brand-new festival this year in Mold called Gwyddgig, which was a great success and shows that there is a demand for Welsh language activities all over Wales. 

As the exam period draws to a close, this is an opportunity for young people and their families to enjoy, socialise and listen to good music in Welsh.  Myfanwy Jones, Director of Mentrau Iaith Cymru says that ‘The Mentrau iaith music festivals reinforce families’ use of Welsh, give young bands the opportunity to play to large audiences, and bring significant economic benefit to the towns.  We are determined that the period of economic hardship does not diminish anything on the buzz of the Welsh language in our festivals this year’.  And there are more to come, in Carmarthen, Cardiff, Bridgend and Ogmore, Newport and the Gwendraeth Valley, and while the hustle and bustle of the National Eisteddfod in Pontypridd means Parti Ponti isn’t happening this year, Menter Iaith Rhondda Cynon Taf is pleased to be able to facilitate plenty of musical activity in and around the National Eisteddfod in August. 

Still to come:

Gŵyl Canol Dre, Caerfyrddin, 06.07.2024 

Tafwyl, Caerdydd, 12.-14.07.2024 

Ogi Ogi Ogwr, Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr, 28.06.2024 

A taste of those that have been so far

Gŵyl Cefni: https://www.facebook.com/share/v/wt3i1mUYNu9sJvax/