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Dyddiad erthygl: 19 Gorffennaf 2012

Tafwyl 2012 (Datganiad Echo)


Free Welsh language fun at Cardiff Castle


Cardiff’s Welsh language festival Tafwyl, which is being held as part of the Cardiff Festival for the first time this year, also kicks off in a new venue – Cardiff Castle – with a major free event on 23 June.


Over 8,000 people are expected at Tafwyl at Cardiff Castle, which will offer activities for the whole family, from live music and entertainment to sport with the Cardiff Devils and Cardiff Blues.


There’ll be dance and drumming with the South Wales Intercultural Community (SWICA), as well as art and craft sessions with Craft in the Bay and the National Museum of Wales and drama and film workshops hosted by Chapter, Sherman Cymru and Wales Millennium Centre.

Legendary Welsh folk singer Meic Stevens, North Wales surf rock outfit Y Niwl and singer songwriter Greta Isaac will also be among the artists performing on two live music stages during the day.


Hundreds of schoolchildren from Cardiff’s Welsh-medium primary schools will take to the stage, while other attractions include circus skills sessions with NoFit State Circus, a Surf Simulator and Bungee Run, refreshment stalls selling Welsh foods and two bars.

There will be sessions for Welsh language learners and S4C will be filming the event for its Digwyddiadau Haf series which looks at Wales’ summer festivals, with BBC Radio Cymru also broadcasting from the Castle.

During 23-29 June, a range of other Tafwyl events will take place across the city, from comedy and music to history and arts, all with the aim of raising the profile of the Welsh language in Cardiff.

A host of celebrities are backing Tafwyl, including Hollywood actor Matthew Rhys, TV hosts Alex Jones, Angharad Mair and Gethin Jones, rugby star Jamie Roberts, Radio One’s Huw Stephens and Gavin and Stacey actor Steffan Rhodri.


Brothers and Sisters star Matthew Rhys, a past pupil of Cardiff’s Ysgol Melin Gruffudd and Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf, said, “As a youngster growing up in Cardiff, my main interests were performing and the arts and it’s great to see Tafwyl working with Chapter, Sherman Cymru, the Urdd and others to give people a taste of the Welsh language arts activities available for all ages in Cardiff.

“I’m also delighted that Tafwyl is being held as part of the Cardiff Festival this year – and where better than Cardiff Castle to kick-off a celebration of the Welsh language in Cardiff. Good luck to Menter Caerdydd and Tafwyl with all the preparations.”

Siân Lewis, Chief Officer of Menter Caerdydd, which is organising Tafwyl, added, “Tafwyl was previously held in the grounds of the Mochyn Du pub in Pontcanna, but our new venue, Cardiff Castle, means we can put on a much bigger event.

“We’re all looking forward to working with a host of new partners to kick-off the celebrations with an exciting free event at the Castle.”

Please go to the Tafwyl website – – to see full details on Tafwyl and to watch video messages from Matthew and the other stars. Follow Tafwyl on Facebook: Gŵyl Tafwyl and Twitter: @Tafwyl.


Tafwyl Fast Facts

  • Tafwyl is a combination of the words Taff and festival in Welsh: Taf + gŵyl.
  • Tafwyl is organised by Welsh language initiative Menter Caerdydd.
  • Tafwyl is sponsored by the Cardiff Festival, Welsh Government, Arts Council for Wales and Big Lottery Fund.
  • This is the seventhTafwyl to take place, and the first time for it to be held as part of the Cardiff Festival. It is also the first time for Tafwyl to be held at Cardiff Castle.
  • Cardiff Festival 2012 is Strawberry - Jam packed with events to suit everyone’s taste. A fusion of artistic, sporting and cultural events spread across the city during the summer months. From food festivals to family picnics; musicals to melas; sailing to street theatre. Squeeze the most out of your summer and just pick your own event! For more information on the Cardiff Festival visit


For further press information please contact:
Hannah Thomas
07810 794853