Digesting the best of South Wales culture in the month ahead
IIIIIIT’S festival season! And first up (wrth grws) we have the Eisteddfod! Whether you speak Welsh or not, this is a cultural highlight that should not be missed – well, should at least be experienced once. This year’s takes place in the Vale of Glamorgan’s Llandow airfield from Sat 4-Sat 11 and is expected to pull in over 150,000 visitors. With over 300 stalls and 6000 participants, it’s a pleasant and patriotic day out with friends and family.
Brecon Fringe Festival, will also be offering up a feast of music, dance, comedy, and “alternative performances”. Brecon Jazz Festival runs concurrently (from Fri 10-Sun 12) with Dionne Warwick headlining (woo!) alongside Roy Ayers. The annual headbanging convention that is Merthyr Rock will be meeting on the weekend of Sat 31-1 Sept. Status Quo (!) will be to-ing and quo-ing in Swansea on Sat 25 at Tawe Fest, and my personal fave, the Green Man Festival, will be serving up all sorts of sumptious delights, from Van Morrison to Mogwai, Dexys to Feist, as well as the usual plethora of comedy, literature, dance, music and more (including the burning of the Green Man himself – double woo!).
Drama Association Wales will be holding an RSC summer school in Cardiff from Sun 12-Sat 18 for all you aspiring thesps out there. For those of us who prefer being the fourth wall, the acclaimed Globe Theatre will be bringing their production of Hamlet to St Donats Arts Centre on Sun 26. an outdoor performance, you are recommended to please BYOS (Bring Your Own Seating)!
In lit-world, there is more learning available at Cardiff Central Library on Fri 10, where you can study with Tessa Hadley on how to write the perfect short story. The Imperial Hotel in Merthyr will hold its monthly open mic, with special guest David Lloyd this time round.
And, finally, there are a few art events going on, with yet more learning (summer seems to be the time!) at Cardiff School of Art & Design, in the form of a letterpress printmaking course on Sat 11, and the continuation of the 56 Group Wales exhibition at the BayArt Gallery in the ‘Diff.
But mostly, this month, it’s about shaking your tail feather, so my personal recommendation to you is the Cardiff Carnival Ball at the Coal Exchange on Sat 4. With Brazilian drum, African dance, drinks and a DJ, it looks to be a goody.
So, have fun, my little buzzards, and I will see you next time!