The line-up for Cardiff’s Welsh arts and culture festival – Tafwyl – has been announced, as the event moves to a temporary home in Llandaff Fields for the first time.
Geraint Jarman, The Gentle Good, Alys Williams, Kizzy Crawford, Meic Stevens, Y Niwl, Heather Jones, Candelas and Yws Gwynedd are just some of the many fantastic Welsh artists performing at the event, which takes place on the 1st and 2nd of July 2017.
Yws Gwynedd said: “Celebrating the Welsh language in our capital city is something that we should do more often. Tafwyl is a cracking way of doing just that. We can’t wait to come down to Cardiff to join in with the celebrations in July!”
This year there will be a stage dedicated to supporting new and young talent at Tafwyl – Yurt T. Acts confirmed for this third stage include Chroma, Hyll and Eady Crawford, younger sister of Kizzy Crawford.
On Saturday afternoon, the ‘Big Fish Little Fish’ Family Rave will be at the event for the first time, entertaining kids and their parents with DJs, big balloons, face painting and bubbles.
On Saturday and Sunday evening, Gareth Potter and Mark Lugg from Ty Gwydr will be resurrecting their legendary club night – REU. REU25! promises to be a celebration of Welsh electro music, with a mix of live music and DJs.
On Sunday, Trac and Cwpwrdd Nansi will come together to curate an afternoon of folk music. The crew will be coordinating unique sessions, bringing together talented musicians for a programme of contemporary and fun performances.
Huw Stephens said: “Tafwyl brings so many great artists together each year. This year’s line-up demonstrates how eclectic and interesting the scene is at the moment. Yurt T will be a great addition – bringing fresh new talent to a new audience. I can’t wait for Tafwyl 2017!”
Here’s the full list of artist performing at Tafwyl 2017: Yws Gwynedd • Geraint Jarman • Bryn Fôn • Y Niwl • Candelas • HMS Morris • Alys Williams • Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog • Cpt Smith • Meic Stevens • The Gentle Good • Omaloma • Brython Shag • Aled Rheon • Geraint Lovgreen A’r Enw Da • Cadno • Ani Glass • Plu • Kizzy Crawford • Heather Jones • Iwan Huws • ARGRPH • Welsh Whisperer • Brigyn • Alun Tan Lan • Danielle Lewis • Hyll • Bethany Celyn • Eady Crawford • Mellt • Mabli Tudur • Cwpwrdd Nansi • Brigyn • Big Fish Little Fish • Y Gerddorfa Ukulele • REU25 •DJ Elan Evans • DJ Gareth Potter • Syr Carl Morris • Dilys • Ian Cottrell
Tafwyl’s acoustic stage is sponsored by Clwb Ifor Bach and Yurt T is sponsored by Cardiff and Vale College.
In addition to great music, Tafwyl will be bringing some of the biggest names in Welsh arts, culture and sport to the event. There will also be a street food zone and an area for children. Further details will be announced in the run up to the festival.
Entry to Tafwyl is free and everyone is welcome – whether they speak Welsh or not. Tafwyl is a great event for Welsh learners and those who want to sample their first taste of Welsh language and culture.
As usual, the Tafwyl Fringe will be held across the city before the weekend of the event – in museums, libraries, cafes and arts centres – between the 24th of June and the 2nd of July.
Cardiff University has extended its support of the Tafwyl Festival by signing an agreement to remain as main sponsor for the next three years. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan said: “The Tafwyl Festival is a natural partner for Cardiff University to engage with and we are pleased to continue our support. We have an important part to play in the social and cultural, as well as educational life of our capital city and Tafwyl provides the perfect platform for this.”
Over the years Tafwyl has grown from a small fete to a two day event at the castle with an audience of over 36,500 people attending last year. It’s an unique and special event for the capital city, that’s a proud celebration of all things Welsh. The main beauty of Tafwyl is that it is a free event, making it a hugely accessible event for everyone; being a Welsh speaker, or a total newbie to the language and culture.
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