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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
The two-day festival, with its action-packed programme of entertainment, have-a-go educational activities, talks, workshops, displays and performances, offers the perfect family day out.
A STORYTELLING COURSE LIKE NO OTHER… Storytelling is expanding at Bleddfa and we now have four courses for you to choose from in 2017. More information is available at this website www.bleddfaweekofstorytelling.wordpress.com This is the legendary original Bleddfa Centre storytelling course. A week’s immersion in storytelling for those who want to deepen their experience of telling stories with input from top tutors and facilitators. Led by Michael Harvey and Hazel Bradley with visiting tutors. £375 with an early bird price of £325
The howies Dyfi Enduro is a 55km mass start MTB endurance ride around the Dyfi Forest, Wales. The event usually takes place on the first May Bank Holiday weekend in the town of Machynlleth. http://www.dyfievents.com/events/dyfi-enduro/