Tafwyl has proved to be another huge success for Menter Caeryddd, with nearly 40,000 people enjoying the festival in the Castle and the fringe events this year.
Cardiff Castle was jam packed Saturday afternoon and the event had to operate a one-in-one out policy – a definite sign of the popularity and success of the festival.
Tafwyl 2018 also attracted more young people than ever before, and attracted a large number of new visitors from across Wales and beyond.
Some highlights of Tafwyl 2018 were:
- Performances by Eden, Bryn Fôn, Candelas, Lleden and Meic Stevens
- The new Acoustic Stage Y ‘Sgubor
- A folk afternoon on Sunday with Vrii, Nogood Boyo and Jamie Smith’s Mabon
- Performances in Yurt T by brand new bands that have been created specifically for Tafwyl in the city’s Welsh & non-Welsh speaking schools
- Tafwyl’s school marquee welcoming thousands of parents to enjoy the school’s and cylchoedd meithrin performances
- More street food & bars than ever before
- The fantastic bands of Llwyfan y Porth creating a carnival atmosphere along Castle Street and attracts visitors from the city centre into Tafwyl
Tafwyl organisers said:
“Between the fine weather and a fantastic line up, Tafwyl 2018 proved to be extremely popular. We’re very proud of how popular the event has become, not just for Welsh speakers in Cardiff, but to a national and international audience and a non-Welsh speaking crowd. It’s amazing to think that seven years ago, Tafwyl was still a small fair in a car park, and now even Cardiff Castle is becoming a capacity challenge for the event.
Huge thanks to Cardiff Castle, to all our sponsors for making this possible, to our partners for putting on an ace programme of events, to our lovely volunteers for looking after everyone, and to you for being a wonderful, fun, happy crowd!”
Efa Lois, originally from Aberystwyth is the amazing talented artist behind all of Tafwyl’s illustrations this year.
She is about to start her 6th year (of 7!) studying Architecture at The University of Liverpool. We are thrilled she agreed to work with us to develop Tafwyl’s new look for 2018! And we wish her all the best with her next adventure.
We met up for a little coffee recently to find out more about Efa and her work…
How do you feel about being Tafwyl’s illustrator for this years festival?
Being the illustrator for Tafwyl is an honour – I love the festival, and I have had so much fun attending in the past.
Are you enjoying seeing your drawings all over Cardiff walls / posters and billboards advertising Tafwyl?
It’s a very surreal experience – I still can’t believe it, to be honest. It’s an amazing feeling.
You must have a huge fan base by now! Where and how did the idea for your business Rhithganfyddiad come about?
Haha – I don’t know about that, but thank you very much! Rhithganfyddiad began during my year out, in the fourth year of my degree, when I was living in Cardiff Bay. The range of architecture that was lost in the bay, when ‘Cardiff Bay’ was built from the old ‘Tiger Bay’ is a tragedy. So many homes were lost, as well as a community, and a history that was extremely interesting and of key importance to modern Wales. I was inspired to start the project, with Morgan Owen, the poet, by looking at Butetown.
Our collection of prints has now expanded to contain other areas of Cardiff and beyond, with prints of more areas of Wales on their way!
Who are your biggest influences?
Artistically, my biggest influences are Tove Jansson and Kay Nielsen. I am also really inspired by architecture, and the folklore and landscape of Wales.
What or who are you most looking forward to see at Tafwyl ?
One of my favourite things about Tafwyl is the fact that you can walk around and discover new things, but I’m certainly excited to see Gareth Bonello, Beth Celyn, Candelas, Alun Gaffey and Patrobas – there’s so much to see! And Beirdd // Beats and the talk on Peace in the City sound very interesting.
What’s next in the life of Efa Lois ?
I am about to launch a range of t-shirts, featuring my illustrations, called ‘Golau Arall’ (@golau.arall on Instagram, and @GolauArall on Twitter), there are some exciting developments in my work with Prosiect Drudwen, and the collection of Rhithganfyddiad prints is constantly expanding. I’m also writing my dissertation!
I’m on Instagram and Twitter as @efalois.
Come to Tafwyl on your bike! Haven’t got a bike? No problem! We’ve teamed up with nextbike to give Tafwyl visitors a 60 minute free ride!
Operating out of 112 cities across four continents, nextbike is one of the world’s best loved bikeshare providers.
Having only launched in March, the Cardiff scheme has already become a pillar of transport in the city with over 15,000 rentals in the first three months!
With a mission to get Cardiff cycling, nextbike provide a greener, cheaper and healthier commute and have promised 250 extra bikes and 20 new docking stations across the city by the end of summer.
The Tafwyl voucher code for a 60 minute free ride is: 520452.
Here are some possible cycle routes to Tafwyl:
The Taff Trail
If you are travelling from South or North Cardiff you can join the Taff Trail, an ideal route that is mainly free of traffic.
From the North you will get access out of Bute Park [Coopers Field] and on to Castle Street [A4161].
From the South you can travel from Cardiff Bay. You can join the Taff Trail from the A4119 [Clarence Road Bridge] ride along a quiet road [Taff Embankment] and then a non-traffic route along Taffs Mead Embankment and Fitzhamon Embankment to reach Castle Street.
Cardiff Bay Route
If you are traveling from Penarth you can come across the Barrage or Pont y Werin Bridge and follow the Bay Route to join the Taff Trail at Clarence Road Bridge [A4119]. If you are coming from South Grangetown you can also join this path.
If you are traveling from Ely or Victoria Park you can join the Ely Route. Parts of this route are on roads and parts are traffic-free.
For more information visit www.sustrans.org.uk
Top dishes to try at Tafwyl!
Street Food Area Sponsored by Wriggle
We asked some of our lovely street food traders which top dishes you should try at this year’s festival…here are their top tips!
Brother Thai: Hands down it has to be our Sticky Spicy Beef Roti. It’s our signature dish and we can’t get it out fast enough!
Ffwrnes: Jiawl Bach is defiantly out favourite pizza! San Marzano Tomatoes, Spicy Salami from Monmouthshire and fiery chillies.
Tukka Tuk: Kerala Fried Chicken & Chips – Chicken thigh spiced with ginger, green chili, curry leaves, crushed coriander seeds, fennel seeds and fried, served with Bombay fries, salad leaves, pickled cucumber, red onion and apple chutney and home-made thousand island sauce. Yum!
Welsh Creperie Co: One of our specialities…Goats’ Cheese, Caramelised Onions, Walnut and Spinach Crepe.
Bodlon: Our low and slow spiced Welsh Beef brisket, brioche bun, super slaw, horseradish mayo, crispy onions.
Science Cream: It’s between our Strawberry Fluff Cone- Welsh strawberry ice cream with a cone filled with flamed torched marshmallow fluff and our Chocolate Cookie Dough – Milk chocolate ice cream, chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate sauce!
Hard Lines Coffee: Our favourite cakes are our Matcha and Pistachio, Pear and Pecan, Peanut Butter and Choc Flapjack & lots and lots of other vegan treats!
Cavavan: We love our quirky alcoholic cocktail ice pops! The rum, strawberry and mint mojito ice-lolly is delicious!
Orchard Media and Events have been announced as the official media partner for Tafwyl.
Orchard Media and Events will be supporting the festival, taking place in Cardiff Castle on 30th June and 1st July, as official media partner. Orchard’s specialist bilingual production team will be filming at the castle throughout the weekend, helping to promote the festival by producing a variety of films, clips and online content.
Rob Light, Head of Production at Orchard Media and Events said:
“We are excited to continue our support for Tafwyl this year. For us it’s a great opportunity to celebrate our commitment to Welsh arts and culture. At Orchard we’re committed to delivering bilingual creative services and we’re proud that over half of our staff are Welsh speakers. We support our staff to speak and learn Welsh so this is a great event for them to be involved with. Being a Welsh company, it’s important to us that we not only support and promote our culture but it’s also a great way to help promote Wales to the world- many of our clients are international and love learning about Wales.”
Orchard Media and Events specialise in creative services including PR, marketing, media planning and buying, design, production, audio visual, events, virtual reality and entertainment.
A FESTIVAL WITHIN A FESTIVAL! TAFWYL’S STREET FOOD LINE UP REVEALED!
Street Food Area Sponsored by Wriggle
Tafwyl’s Street Food Area is a festival within a festival! A foodie’s paradise with more street food stalls than ever before and plenty of bars. From authentic Thai, Indian and Greek street food to wholesome vegetarian and vegan dishes, and plenty of delicious dessert options…there’s something to tempt everyone at this year’s event!
Wriggle is an on-the-go guide to the best independent food, drink & events in Cardiff. Via an app and website, Wriggle’s mission is to help people discover the finest local independents at affordable prices, and this year, they’ll be sponsoring our street food village at Tafwyl. To celebrate, you can sign up to the app using this link to claim £2 credit to use on any of their live deals: https://www.getawriggleon.com/redeem/tafwyl
Street Food Stalls
- Grazing Shed – Gourmet burgers made from quality locally sourced Welsh ingredients
- Tukka Tuk – Cardiff’s Purple Poppadom restaurant will be creating mouth-watering Indian dishes in their Tuk Tuk inspired van
- Meat and Greek – Authentic Greek street food served hot off the charcoals
- Brother Thai – Thai street food pop-up from the streets of Bangkok to the heart of South Wales
- Ffwrnes – Wood-fired Neopolitan style pizzas with Welsh-Italian inspired toppings
- Fritter Shack – Wholesome vegan and veggie food using the finest and freshest ingredients from Wales
- Bodlon – Innovative salads and freshly-made sandwiches
- Welsh Creperie Co. – Gourmet sweet and savoury crepes, including vegetarian options
- Kitchy – Jacket potatoes, wraps & kids meals
- Fablas –Artisan ice cream and sorbets in dozens of delicious flavours
- Hard Lines Coffee – Delicious freshly ground coffee and home-baked cakes
- Science Cream – Delicious dessert variations including cookie sandwiches, baked Alaskas, candy floss cones and brownie bombs
Bar Area Sponsored by Brains
Tafwyl’s Bar Area will this year be proudly sponsored by Brains. The Welsh brewery in the heart of Cardiff have been producing award-winning ales since 1882, and has expanded far beyond a small Cardiff Brewery into a leading Welsh business and the iconic ‘pint of Wales. There will be a chance to try a range of Brains products on the bars, as well as the following…
- Main Bar – Two large bars will keep visitors hydrated with a large range of ales, lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. The bar will be selling a range of Welsh produce including Tafwyl’s exclusively brewed Cwrw Tafwyl (Tomos & Lilford), Cwrw Llŷn, Gower Brewery, Wrexham Lager & Brains.
- Milgi Cocktail Bar – Milgi’s distinctive style keeps things simple yet creative with a firm focus on natural flavours.
- Cavavan – This psychedelic 70s caravan has been lovingly converted into a pop up bar selling Cava, Prosecco and Champagne.
Tafwyl has come top in Cardiff’s Best Festival category at the recent Cardiff Music Awards!
In the same category as the Eradication Festival, The Future Is Female, Hub Festival and Sŵn Festival – Tafwyl won thanks to a public vote.
Huge thanks to everyone who has supported the festival by voting, and a huge congratulations to all the other nominees and winners. Cardiff’s music scene is certainly buzzing at the moment!
Cardiff Music Awards was set up to celebrate the city’s dynamism by rewarding the achievements and successes of organisations and individuals who have helped enhance Cardiff’s unique and vibrant music scene.
Tafwyl will be returning to Cardiff Castle on 30 June and 1 July after a holiday at Llandaf Fields last year.