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Gŵyl Fach y Fro Returns to Barry Island: A Celebration of Welsh Arts and Culture

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Barry Island is once again abuzz with excitement as Gŵyl Fach y Fro, the beloved Welsh arts and culture festival, prepares to make its triumphant return on Saturday 18 May 2024. This vibrant event, organized by Menter Iaith Bro Morgannwg, promises a day filled with music, creativity, and community spirit—all in the beautiful Welsh language.

What to Expect:

  • Live Performances: From a stage for primary schools including choirs to renowned bands like Fleur De Lys, Lowri Evans, Sage Todz & Parisa Fouladi, Wigwam and Gwcci. Also a fantastic new stage showcasing folk artists such as Bethan Nia, Brigyn and Lo-Fi Jones, everyone gets a stage at Gŵyl Fach y Fro. The festival celebrates the rich tapestry of Welsh talent, ensuring that both emerging artists and established names shine.
  • Cultural Immersion: All entertainment is presented in Cymraeg, allowing festival-goers to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Welsh language. Whether you’re a fluent speaker or just curious, this is an opportunity to celebrate Wales’ linguistic heritage with fantastic hula-hoop workshops with The Sparklettes and contemporary dance performances, with a new show Mari Ha! from dancer / choreographer Osian Meilir. This year’s festival will also showcase a newly commissioned anthem celebrating the best of the Vale of Glamorgan, with a very special performance by a massed choir and dance group.
  • Food, Crafts, and Fun: Explore craft stalls, savor delicious food, and engage in family-friendly activities. Gŵyl Fach y Fro is more than a music festival—it’s a celebration of Welsh culture in all its forms.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday May 18, 2024
Time: 11:00am to 8:00pm
Location: Barry Island Promenade

Get Involved:

  • Volunteer: Want to be part of the magic? Volunteer opportunities are available.


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  • Twitter: @gwylfachyfro
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Heulyn Rees, Chief Executive of Menter Bro Morgannwg noted, ‘The festival is delighted to have received support from Cardiff and Vale College, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Barry Town Council, The National Lottery, the Welsh Arts Council and Welsh Government. Their support is essential in bringing this fantastic festival into life’.