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North American Festival of Wales

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 14:50 UK time, Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Now, we normally feature news on arts events and festivals throughout Wales that we think you might enjoy visiting. However, this blog post draws your attention to a celebration of all things Welsh a bit further from the green, green grass of home - in Portland, Oregon, to be precise.

The North American Festival of Wales begins on Thursday 2 September and runs over four days.

Seminars, folk dancing, and an Eisteddfod competition are all on the line-up, and visitors will have the chance to learn to speak and sing in Welsh. Part of the festival entitled Cinema Wales gives a sample of contemporary Welsh films and programming, with Patagonia - the latest film by Welsh director Marc Evans that stars Matthew Rhys and Nia Roberts - set to be screened.

The festival begins with an opening concert featuring harpist Bronn Journey and soprano Katherine Journey, while on Friday the annual National Welsh-American Foundation Award banquet is set to feature soloist baritone Glynn Morris, who hails from Abergwyngregyn near Bangor.

Saturday's Grand Concert will star Côr Godre'r Aran, a male voice choir based in Llanuwchllyn in Penllyn, near Bala, while Sunday will conclude with the 79th Annual Gymanfa Ganu in which Welsh hymns will be sung in the afternoon and evening.

If you're in the US reading this and are planning on attending the festival, do get in touch! And if you're on Welsh turf, why not visit the website or Facebook page to find out more?

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  • Comment number 1.

    Da iawn, good to see the Welsh are still flying the flag proudly in the USA.

  • Comment number 2.

    I'll be there! I currently live in Bellingham, WA (USA), near the Canadian border, and will be taking the train from here to Portland next week for the Festival.

    This will be my first NAFOW event. Unfortunately, I don't speak Welsh, but I desperately want to learn, and hope to travel to Wales within the next couple of years (my family originated in the Porthmadog area, and came to the US in the mid-1800s).

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Lana, thanks for getting in touch.

    I hope you have a great time at the festival, and get to sample a little of the Welsh language while you're there. Let us know how you got on when you return home!


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