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The arts in Mid Wales go on for 365 days a year, anywhere and everywhere. That’s the unpredictable nature of inspiration. But we realise this isn’t always helpful when you’re planning a break.

 

So every now and again we get everybody together – authors, artists, composers, musicians, potters, sculptors, weavers, you name it – and we hold a festival. That way you’ll know exactly when and where to find us.

 

You might have heard of some of these big events. The Hay Festival in June, for example, which has been called “the most important literary festival in the Western world”. Not by us (modesty forbids) but by the New York Times.

 

August’s Brecon Jazz Festival has been a date in the diaries of cool cats everywhere for 30 years. And the Green Man Festival at Crickhowell has gone global as an ethically-minded alternative to Glastonbury.

 

You might also be familiar with the Gregynog Festival near Newtown. Then again you might not. It was, after all, voted in the “top five best-kept secrets among festivals worldwide” by Gramophone magazine.

 

It’s been attracting world-class musicians since the days when Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst and Britten weren’t just on the programme – they were in the audience.

Festivals My Way

 

“We’ve achieved something quite special – we've created somewhere where comics actually want to play, to come and spend time.”

Henry Widdicombe, Director of Machynlleth Comedy Festival