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Four Welsh Festivals Team Up For Virtual Event Gŵyl 2021

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Four Welsh festivals will combine to create Gŵyl 2021.

Festival Of Voice, Focus Wales, Other Voices Cardigan and Aberystwyth Comedy Festival will come together for the free digital event on March 6 and 7, with a message of determination, resilience and hope from the creative scene in Wales.

Featuring music and comedy, performances were recorded and filmed over recent months in line with coronavirus guidelines. The diverse bill includes contributions from Cate Le Bon and Gruff Rhys, Arlo Parks, Neck Deep drummer Dani Rain, Welsh Music Prize winners Adwaith, Irish poet and art rock pioneer Sinead O'Brien, Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Jordan Brookes, Welsh Language Album of the Year winner Ani Glass, Cardiff-based Guinean griot musician N'Famady Kouyate and sketch group Tarot, among many others. Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director of Wales Millennium Centre said:

"Festival of Voice has been the highlight of our calendar since 2016, and last year’s festival was shaping up to be no exception. The exciting and ambitious plans we’d made were dashed by the pandemic, but we’re all delighted to be able to work with such outstanding partners to deliver Gŵyl 2021 in March.

"It brings together the very best of all four festivals, and our shared spirit of curiosity and passion for great performance. We hope it brings a bit of much-needed joy to audiences to blow away the cobwebs."

Neal Thompson of Focus Wales added: "We are delighted that FOCUS Wales has been able to work in partnership with three of Wales; best known festivals to create Gŵyl 2021. After what has been a dark and difficult year for us all, we look forward to a brighter future and to coming together and celebrating Wales; rich and diverse cultural offering, with a programme of outstanding music and comedy."

Gŵyl 2021 will be broadcast on bbc.co.uk/gwyl2021, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, with content available to rewatch for seven days after the event.

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