2017 is the year of myths and legends in Wales…
This year explores history, culture, heritage and mythology in Wales, a destination famous for its folklore.
Numerous events are organised all year long, to reveal the mysteries of the places, symbols and caracters which made Welsh history.
01 Jan to 31 Dec 2017, visit Visit Wales for more details.
World musics, theatre, musicals, symphonic concerts, children’s shows, colourful parades, activities… Cardiff welcomes all summer long one of the largest festivals in the UK.
This event has several key moments: Castle Open Air Theatre, Everyman Summer Theatre Festival, Food and Drink in Cardiff Bay, Welsh Prom in St David’s Hall, Multicultural Mela Cardiff Bay, Grease The Musical at Wales Millenium, picnic at the Castle, dance show at the New Theatre, medieval fest at the castle, harbour festival in the bay, LGBT Mardi gras at Coopers Field…
Most event are free. 14 may – 28 Aug 2017. Visit Cardiff Festival for details.
International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen
The International Eisteddfod is the most famous, if not the most prestigious. This Welsh festival of dance, musics and costumes takes place every year in Llangollen and attracts minstrels and singers from over 50 countries! During this eistefffod, everything is in Welsh and Welsh only. Don’t worry, there are translations available.
03 – 09 July 2017; visit Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod for details.
The Big Cheese in Caerphilly
Caerphilly, north of Cardiff, and its castle, are the scene for numerous historical re-enactments as open air street theatre: musical shows, folkloric dances, falconer shows, fire eaters and troubadours liven up the city just like in ancient times.
28 – 30 July 2017; visit Your Caerphilly for details.
National Eisteddfod on Anglesey
The Royal National Eisteddfod (Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Brenhinol Cymru) is the largest festival of its kind in Europe.
The Welsh are storytellers, poets, singers, actors. Tradition dates back to druid times, and Queen Elisabeth I put the eisteddfodau in place to make celebrations more “official” and organised. For this one, head to Castle Meadows in Abergavenny.
02 – 12 Aug 2017; visit National Eisteddfod of Wales for details.
Jazz Festival in Brecon
The streets of Brecon swing to the sound of jazz. The event attracts several dozens of thousands of adepts. The cultural agenda boasts over 100 events. Among the stars, Van Morrison and Buddy Guy have attended.
12 – 14 Aug; visit Brecon Jazz for details
Green Man Festival in Crickhowell
The Green Man Festival which takes place in Glanusk Park, is an original event with an ecologist and anticonsumerist spirit, specialised in folk and alternative music. It has built its international reputation and won the price for best mid-sized festival.
In Einsteins Garden, several installations take place such as live music, live theatre, games, workshops, walks and educational and scientific experiments.
17 – 20 Aug 2017, visit Green Man Festival for details.