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Families invited to take part in new Welsh Language Festival

Polly March

Thought our sodden summer and the festival season were over? Well think again.

This weekend a new venture is taking place at the gorgeous Willow Globe, a living willow theatre near Llanwrthwl in Radnorshire.

Gŵyl Hwyr Haf 2012 is a Welsh language family festival, organised by Menter Brycheiniog a Maesyfed, a Welsh language initiative that promotes the use of the language within the communities of Brecon and Radnor.

The free event will feature performances by young solo performers from the Welsh language rock scene, including Cardiff reggae/pop singer Catrin Herbert, Llandrindod Wells-based Jess Hall's new project The Jess Hall Band and the Radnorshire based singer Gareth Phillips.

There will also be storytelling and craft sessions with Nia Llywelyn, an appearance by popular children's character Dewin on the Mudiad Meithrin stall and a nature trail in the grounds of Penlanole as well as a raffle in aid of the Welsh nursery group Arch yr Enfys in Rhayader.

Menter Brycheiniog a Maesyfed co-coordinator Euros Richards told me: "We've been waiting a while for summer without much success.

"As the good folk of Radnorshire are optimists by nature, we decided to organise Gŵyl Hwyr Haf 2012 to bring the summer to a close in style.

"Gŵyl Hwyr Haf 2012 aims to introduce contemporary Welsh language culture to Radnorshire and to give an opportunity for people to meet up and socialise in a Welsh speaking environment.

"We hope that Gŵyl Hwyr Haf 2012 will create a sense of pride and encourage people to speak Welsh."

The event takes place from 2-5pm and is totally free of charge.

The Willow Globe is a scaled down, living version of the Globe in London, and is a third of its size in diameter.

The founders say: "The willow has been carefully woven into an organic and spiritual theatre, starkly sculptural in spring, which is almost completely absorbed by its lush, green surroundings in summer months.

"This secret, magical and intimate space, with a rough thrust stage, is totally unique – we believe it is one of the largest willow constructions in the country and probably the only one in use as a theatre in the world."

For further information contact the Willow Globe on 01597 811 487 or email and

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