Sara Stowe and Chris Brannick's programme weaves together the exotic sounds of tuned and un-tuned percussion and voice. Their music shows the influence on musical culture of history and ritual, which for centuries have echoed to the sounds of voices and percussion.
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You’ve always gone your own way. You look for authentic experiences that are outside the mainstream. You’re inspired by culture and craft. You’re an Artisan.
In which case you’ll want to tick one or two of these off your list.
1. Meet some of the world’s most famous authors and discover the source of their inspiration at the Hay Festival in late May and early June.
2. Be inspired and challenged by world-class contemporary art at the Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown.
3. Get ready for big belly laughs at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival in May, a weekend of top stand-up in the heart of Mid Wales.
4. Visit The Welfare in Ystradgynlais to see the paintings of displaced Polish Jew Josef Herman – or “Joe Bach” as he was known to his miner friends.
5. Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up when the singers of Mid Wales Opera belt out an aria or two at the Hafren Theatre in Newtown.
6. Catch a glimpse of Monty, Britain’s most famous osprey, at the Cors Dyfi nature reserve near Machynlleth.
7. Step inside St Andrew’s parish church in Presteigne to see one of just two pre-Reformation tapestries still hanging in a British church.
8. Be amazed at the riot of kitsch extravagance that is the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture at Berriew, Europe’s only museum dedicated to a living artist.
9. Follow the Art Trail of Open Studios every Spring Bank Holiday in Crickhowell and see our potters, painters and sculptors in their natural habitat.
10. Pitch a tent for the Green Man Festival in August, the ethically-minded alternative to Glastonbury.
The Festival comprises the following three concerts (advance booking for all concerts strongly recommended): www.haymusic.org/
Treat Mum to a fun filled family day out at Cantref - guaranteed to make mum smile.
Fancy a personal tour of a private castle site? Then we have a very special treat for you in 2017! Stapleton Castle occupies a commanding position on the hill overlooking Presteigne. It has no public access, due to the perilous state of the ruins. However for 2015 we are pleased to announce that the owners, Trefor & Margaret Griffiths, are offering guided walks to private parties around the site. Tours last a minimum of one hour and include the site of the 12th century castle, the ruins of the 17th century house, the mill site and a relaxing stroll through the gardens.
The new community exhibition has arrived! Bringing together on show for the first time, some of the real highlights of the local history collection, including Victorian mourning clothes, toys made by German POWs, the oldest Jury ballot box in Europe and much more. Star of the show is an Ethiopian Emperor's shield, which earned two national awards for its conservation in 2015.