Despite the disappointment of having to postpone Welsh music community festivals across Wales this year, the Mentrau continue to go for it and share the offer online.
To be streamed live on 20 June from Cardiff Castle, the lively and uplifting programme of events will be a very welcome distraction from the current situation and will offer the established blend of live music, literature, discussions, and activities for children. The music will be streamed from the event’s most recent home, Cardiff Castle, making it one of the first UK festivals to stream from the festival venue. Manon Rees O’Brien, Chief Executive of Menter Caerdydd, the festival organisers, said:
“The bedroom gigs recently seen by other popular festivals have of course been fantastic at filling the cultural gap over the past few weeks, but the team at Menter Caerdydd felt it would be amazing to be able to offer artists and viewers at home a quality production from our iconic venue to celebrate all that’s great about our language and culture. Of course, throughout the planning period,safety has been our top priority, and we have complied fully with the government’s regulations and restrictions. Thanks must go to our key funders and supporters who have enabled us to bring you Tafwyl this year. We can’t wait to be back at Cardiff Castle, albeit in a strictly controlled environment with minimal crew and no live audience.”
The festival will be streamed through AM –an online platform sharing creative work from Wales’ cultural scene. The AM app is free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play at www.amam.cymru/ambobdim or available to view on desktop at www.amam.cymru. For more information and to view the schedule of events visit www.tafwyl.cymu and Tafwyl’s social media channels @Tafwyl / #tafwyl20
Ffiliffest also returns this year in digital form on Menter Caerffili’s Facebook page on June 6th with activities, ukulele jam, dancing, art and music by the lovely Bronwen Lewis.
And if your interest is computer games? The ‘Yn Chwarae’ channel will host a Twitch marathon of Welsh computer games for 12 hours as part of Ffiliffest from 10am to 10pm!
It’s also busy in Pembrokeshire on June 20th with the Learners’ Festival moving online this year. From the ‘Coffee Morning’ to the ‘Afternoon Tea’ – there will be something for everyone!
Gŵyl Fel ‘na Mai
The Fel ‘na Mai Festival was due to be held on May Day weekend in Pembrokeshire for the first time this year. Despite the disappointment of postponing, Menter Iaith Sir Benfro held a virtual festival and posted loads of live Welsh music videos on the Facebook page. You can watch again here.
And there’s more to come!