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Cultural events and festivals

The Hay Festival 

The world’s most famous literary and arts festival. When Bill Clinton came to town he called it ‘the Woodstock of the mind’. Past programme events and performances crossed literature with cabaret, cinema, circus, comedy, environment, film, music, politics, science, screenwriting and visual arts. Children's Festival Hay Fever runs alongside the Hay Festival every year. 

Urdd National Eisteddfod

Europe's largest youth arts festival, attracting over 14,000 competitors and 100,000 visitors, celebrates talent in dance, song, drama and science. 

How the Light Gets in 2018

Philosophy and music festival. 

Beyond the Border – the Wales International Story Telling Festival 

An international festival celebrating oral tradition and bringing together storytellers, poets and musicians from around the world. Beyond The Border International Storytelling Festival is the largest event of its type in the UK. 

Artes Mundi

Held in Wales every two years and one of the largest visual art prizes in the world. The international prize celebrates and recognises artists across the globe. 

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

The International Eisteddfod, pictured above, has performers from more than 50 countries travelling to north Wales to take part in the competition. Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa, Lesley Garrett, Dennis O’Neil, James Galway and Montserrat Caballe are among the stars that have performed at the festival. 

Dylan Thomas Festival

The Dylan Thomas Festival in Swansea, talks, performances, exhibitions, readings and music with a Dylan Thomas theme. The festival takes place each year In October / November at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea.

National Eisteddfod of Wales

The Eisteddfod is a cultural, artistic festival; one of the largest festivals in Europe alternating between south and north Wales, attracting over 170,000 visitors, and 7,000 competitors. Although competition based, it is a plethora of different arts events - singing, literature, dance, theatre, rock music, and exhibitions. All events and competitions on the Eisteddfod festival site are through the medium of Welsh but translation facilities are readily available. 

The Machynlleth Festival

Each year in August the Machynlleth Festival takes place: a week of splendid music making by eminent performers.

Hearth Festival

Gladstone’s Library Hearth Festival is held in February and November each year. The festival provides the opportunity to improve your writing, find out how to publish your novel, get hints and tips and find inspiration.

Festival of Voice

The Festival of Voice Cardiff is an international arts festival which aims to celebrates the voice in all its forms. The inaugural 2016 festival, was created to celebrate Wales’ famous connection with song and to celebrate the positive effects of singing. The Wales Millennium Centre also has a creative learning programme, to inspire new talent.



Gladfest is a writing festival that brings together writers and readers in the historic setting of Gladstone’s Library. It features talks by internationally renowned and award-winning authors, creative writing workshops and events for young people as well as a craft fair and a bookshop.

Tenby Arts Festival 

This seaside event includes classic orchestral performances and jazz, Welsh choirs and soloists, sand sculptures and sambas and an increasingly strong participation of writers and performing poets. 

Cardiff Children's Literature Festival

Features exciting events to choose for toddlers through to teens.

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