Cardiff is preparing for Tafwyl 2018, a creative festival which celebrates Welsh arts and culture in Cardiff Castle.

Tafwyl was set up in 2006 by Menter Caerdydd, a charity which has encouraged use of the Welsh language in the city for 20 years, and began in the pub Y Mochyn Du with just over 1000 visitors. Tafwyl grew year-on-year and welcomed 38,000 visitors in 2017.

Cardiff Castle will be filled with creative activity from Saturday, 30 June to Sunday, 1 July. Ahead of the main festival, during Tafwyl Week, 33 events will take place over eight days starting on Saturday, 23 June. 

The events before Tafwyl celebrate creativity of all kinds, including indie pop band Sŵnami’s only summer gig at Clwb Ifor Bach. At the beginning of the week, there’s a chance to enjoy Gŵyl Gerallt – a variety of literature events with Barddas. The Old Library will also be hosting Tony Charles’ new art collection celebrating Welsh pop stars from the 60s and 70s.

A launch party for Bragdy’r Beirdd’s collection of poetry will take place on Wednesday (29 June). To celebrate, there will be poems and songs in the company of Aron Pritchard, Anni Llŷn, Casia Wiliam, Catrin Dafydd, Gwennan Evans, Gruffudd Owen, Llŷr Gwyn Lewis, Osian Rhys Jones and more.

Tafwyl was recently named ‘Cardiff’s Best Festival’ at the Cardiff Music Awards and exciting performances are expected from bands such as Band Pres Llareggub, Chroma, Eden, Omaloma, Adwaith, Candelas, Alys Williams and Lleuwen.

 

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The cosy Literature Tent (Y Lolfa Lên) will celebrate Welsh literature with talks from authors and poets such as Aneurin Karadog, Tudur Hallam and Grug Muse. A special edition of BBC Radio Cymru’s Y Talwrn will also be recorded live from the tent.

An area for teenagers, Yurt T, will host performances from young Welsh bands Serol Serol, Wigwam, Bethany Celyn, Eady Crawford and Los Blancos.

The festival organisers said: “With 42 bands playing across four stages – this is one of the summer’s most exciting line-ups. As well as the music, there’s a full programme showcasing the best of Welsh arts, culture and sport – bringing everyone together for a weekend of fun!”

Entry to Tafwyl is free, and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy music, literature, poetry and arts over the weekend. A full programme of events is available here.

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