June Festivals in Wales
Think Wales festivals and you may think eisteddfodau or the internationally renowned Hay Festival. But Wales has other, lesser known and equally entertaining musical and literary events that it would be a shame to pass by. Just pick the month of June and here’s a choice of three such events in North, Mid and South Wales.
The Criccieth Festival in North Wales takes place in and around the town and Llanystumdwy from 14 to 22 June. This year’s participants include Edwina Currie delivering the David Lloyd George Memorial Lecture on 19 June, Cor Meibion Maelgwyn male choir on the 20th and Barry Cryer’s Twitter Titters with pianist Colin Sell on the 21st.
In Mid Wales, the classical music festival at Gregynog near Newtown takes War as its theme for 2014. Repertoire will be reunited with the performance spaces for which it was originally written and revivals include music by a group of distinguished Belgian composers who came to live in Mid Wales as refugees in 1914, thanks to Gregynog’s founders Gwendoline and Margaret Davies. Some of the world's finest artists here will include The Brabant Ensemble on 14 June, Yossif Ivanov on the 26th, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on 27 June and The Nash Ensemble on the 28th.
The weekend of 20 to 22 June sees the Dinefwr Festival at Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire. This is a family friendly event with a riveting programme of national and international writers and an array of musical talent, ground-breaking comedy, cinema, cabaret and creative activities and entertainment for children. Expect Charlotte Church, Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, Ade Edmondson & The Bad Shepherd and poets Owen Sheers and Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales.