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Celtic Festival of Wales

Event - Cwlwm Celtaidd, Wales' Interceltic Festival
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 27 February - 1 March 2015

Website

It's almost that time of year again when the seaside resort of Porthcawl reverberates to the sound of some great Celtic music.  It's time for the annual Cwlwm Celtaidd, Wales' Interceltic Festival.

Singers, dancers and musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, the Isle of Man and of course Wales descend on the seaside resort of Porthcawl and its Grand Pavilion for three days of concerts, performances and sessions. 

Although the pavilion is the base for the weekend's festivities, the whole town gets into the Celtic spirit with events happening throughout the resort.

To find out more, including which artisits are appearing and the programme for the weekend, please visit the website.

The Big One

Big CheeseEvent - The Big Cheese
Location - Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly
Date - 25th to 27th July 2014
For more information please visit the website

Now, if there's two things that Caerphilly is famous for, it's cheese and the castle.  It is fitting then that their Big Cheese Festival takes place in the fields surrounding the giant fort.

An extravaganza of family entertainment, the Big Cheese is one of Wales' must see attractions which attracts up to 80,000 people from all over the country.

Where else can you hear the whack of sword on shield, see birds of prey soar majestically in the sky and smell and taste the finest local produce?  There's also a packed entertainment programme including musical entertainment, craft stalls, activity marquee and a traditional funfair.

And the best bit...it's free

The Mash Up

Event - Bridgend Mash Up 2014
Location - Bridgend Town Centre

Date - 17 May 2014
Further Details - www.thebridgendmash.com

The Mash Up essentially mixes (or "mashes") traditional athletics in the streets with contemporary urban street culture.  There are some things that you would expect in a town centre (such as skateboarding, parkour, street dance and even BMX) and there are other things that you would not - pole vaulting, high jump competitions, street sprinting.

'The Mash' is a collision between the contemporary and the traditional, between watching and doing. It's urban, it's sporty and different.

Take a look at what happened in previous a Mash Up


Jazz on the Sands

jazz_poster_s3Event: Jazz on the Sands
Location: Porthcawl
Date: 11-13 April 2014
Website

Brecon Jazz Festival is probably the best known Jazz Festival in Wales but did you know that the seaside town of Porthcawl has a festival of it's own, and it's coming up next month.

The Porthcawl Jazz Festival takes place from 11-13 April and features some well known names from the world of jazz including the Big Chris Barber Band, Davide Logiri and digby Fairweather

It all kicks off on the Friday night with a performance from the Rhondda Symphony Pops Orchestra at the town's Grand Pavilion.  Numerous events will take place at a variety of locations throughout the weekend as well as the headline acts at the Pavilion every evening.

Where better to be than by the seaside relaxing and enjoying some top quality Jazz.

Cwlwm Celtaidd - Porthcawl Interceltic Festival

Event - Interceltic Festival
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 7 - 9 March 2014

Website

It's almost that time of year again when the seaside resort of Porthcawl reverberates to the sound of some great Celtic music.  It's time for the annual Porthcawl Interceltic Festival.

Singers, dancers and musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, the Isle of Man and of course Wales descend on the town's Grand Pavilion for three days of concerts, performances and sessions. 

Although the pavilion is the base for the weekend's festivities, the whole town gets into the Celtic spirit with events happening throughout the resort.

Big Cheese

Big CheeseEvent - The Big Cheese
Location - Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly
Date - 26th to 28th July 2013

Where can you hear the whack of sword on shield, see birds of prey soar majestically in the sky and smell and taste the finest local produce? At the Big Cheese in Caerphilly, that's where.

Set in the shadows of Caerphilly Castle, the Big Cheese festival could not have a finer backdrop. Plus during the festival entrance to the castle is free.

Now in its sixteenth year the Big Cheese is bigger and even better than ever with over 80,000 people expected to take in the medieval atmosphere in 2013.

With living history re-enactment camps, displays, live music, traditional funfair, folk-dancing, falconry, food tents and so much more the Big Cheese is a fantastic day out for all the family.

For more information go to the website

Celtic Fun

Event - Interceltic Festival
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 1 - 3 March 2013

Website

It's almost that time of year again when the seaside resort of Porthcawl reverberates to the sound of some great Celtic music.  It's time for the annual Porthcawl Interceltic Festival.

Singers, dancers and musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, the Isle of Man and of course Wales descend on the town's Grand Pavilion for three days of concerts, performances and sessions. 

Although the pavilion is the base for the weekend's festivities, the whole town gets into the Celtic spirit with events happening throughout the resort.  The highlight being the Parade of the Celts - a colourful procession through the town's streets by the festival's participants, many in their National Dress.  The parade heralds the start of the proceedings which then continue all weekend.

Feel the Sŵn

swn picEvent - Sŵn Festival
Location - Cardiff
Date - 18 - 21 October 2012
Website

Cardiff's Sŵn Festical returns this year. Growing in stature each year, the festival is spread over 17 of Cardiff's premier pubs, clubs and live music venues, each one offering something a little bit different.

Sŵn means noise in Welsh and the festival is all about promoting new, up and coming music from Wales and giving them the chance to shine.

Visit www.swnfest.com for more details on the line up, venues and tickets.

All shook up!

Event - Porthcawl Elvis Festival
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 28 - 30 September 2012
Website


On the face of it Porthcawl seems to be a typical British seaside resort.  Just 30 minutes from Cardiff, the town has everything you would expect - sandy beaches, a fairground, seafront Grand Pavilion and of course fish and chip shops.

Every September, the otherwise tranquil town comes alive as the unlikely venue for one of the world's biggest and best Elvis Presley festivals.

The Porthcawl Elvis Festival sees the town swamped with fans, lookalikes and tribute acts all enjoying the atmosphere and the various concerts and events throughout the area.

The festival is centred on the historic Grand Pavilion, a traditional sea front theatre which is host to the main concerts but the whole town gets in on the act with various events happening throughout the resort all weekend.

The highlight of the weekend is the big Elvies award ceremony where the best Elvis impersonators are rewarded for their work.

Merthyr Rocks

Event - Merthyr Rock
Location - Cyfarthfa Park
Date - 31 August - 2 September 2012
Website

Historic Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil will be the venue for the second Merthyr Rock festival.  Held over the August bank holiday weekend, the festival attracts top rock bands from all over the country to play in a huge tented arena in the castle's grounds.

Bands already confirmed for this year's festival include Razorlight, Kids in Glass Houses, Deaf Havana, Saves the Day, Yashin and Arcane Roots.  More top acts will be announced over the coming weeks.