36,500 visitors enjoyed Tafwyl this year with record breaking numbers walking through Cardiff Castles gates over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday 2-3 July) to enjoy Wales’ largest community festival. It’s been confirmed that the festival will return in 2017 in a new location for one year only before returning to the Castle gardens in 2018.
Tafwyl’s second day, Sunday July 3, saw more visitors than ever with the wealth of entertainment attracting 15,500 to the site, on top of the 20,000 who attended on Saturday and the 1000 who enjoyed Tafwyl’s fringe events throughout the week.
In the festival’s official opening, Tafwyl’s organisers, Menter Caerdydd, announced that the festival will return in 2017 in a different location due to Cardiff hosting the Champions League final. The Leader of City of Cardiff Council, Cllr. Phil Bale confirmed the council’s continued support towards the festival in its new location next year and its return to the castle in 2018.
Sian Lewis, Chief Executive of Menter Caerdydd says:
“It was a fantastic weekend once again this year and it was lovely to be able to welcome so many people to celebrate Welsh culture with us. Due to another event at Cardiff Castle in 2017 Tafwyl will be held at a new location for one year only with the location to be announced in the new year. We’re looking forward to hosting the festival in a new location and we hope we can attract as many visitors to enjoy the family friendly festival again.”
Among the festival’s highlights were a performance by 90s girl band, Eden’s, cooking sessions with the head chef of Michelin star restaurant, Odettes, Bryn Williams, and rock band Candelas leading the crowd in a rendition of the Euros anthem ‘Rhedeg i Paris’.
This year the festival introduced its new ambassador who will join Huw Stephens, Matthew Rhys, Alex Jones and Rhys Patchell who have all supported Tafwyl as ambassadors for years. This was ex-drummer of rock band Flaming Lips, Kliph Scurlock’s first Tafwyl experience since moving to Wales from Kansas, USA to enjoy Welsh music and learn the language. He says:
“Tafwyl is great and has such a fantastic atmosphere – so welcoming and with so much going on. I’ve listened to loads of good music – some bands I’ve already heard and like but a lot of new bands too. And the food is great!”
Celebrating its tenth birthday, the festival continues to grow with visitors coming from all over Wales and the world to enjoy Welsh arts and culture – from fluent Welsh speakers, learners and those tasting the language for the first time.
You can view photos of Tafwyl 2016 here.