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Matthew backs Welsh language celebration

Matthew backs Welsh language celebration

Matthew Rhys

Hollywood actor Matthew Rhys is among a host of well-known Welsh faces supporting Tafwyl, a week-long celebration of the Welsh language, held as part of this year’s Cardiff Festival.


Matthew joins TV hosts Alex Jones, Angharad Mair and Gethin Jones, rugby star Jamie Roberts, Radio One’s Huw Stephens and fellow actors Iwan Rheon and Steffan Rhodri in backing Tafwyl, which kicks off with a major free event at Cardiff Castle on 23 June.


Over 8,000 people are expected at Tafwyl at Cardiff Castle, which will offer activities for the whole family, from live music and entertainment to cookery demonstrations with top chef Bryn Williams, sport with the Football Association of Wales and Urdd, drama, literature, arts and crafts.


Legendary Welsh folk singer Meic Stevens, North Wales surf rock outfit Y Niwl and singer songwriter Greta Isaac are just some of the artists who’ll be performing on two live music stages during the day.


There’ll be dance and drumming with the South Wales Intercultural Community (SWICA), as well as art and craft sessions with Craft in the Bay and the National Museum of Wales and drama and film workshops hosted by Chapter, Sherman Cymru and Wales Millennium Centre.

Hundreds of schoolchildren from Cardiff’s Welsh-medium primary schools will take to the stage, while other attractions include circus skills sessions with NoFit State Circus, a Surf Simulator and Bungee Run, refreshment stalls selling Welsh foods and two bars.

There will be sessions for Welsh language learners and S4C will be filming the event for its Digwyddiadau Haf series which looks at Wales’ summer festivals, with BBC Radio Cymru also broadcasting live from the Castle.

During 23-29 June, a range of other Tafwyl events will take place across the city, from comedy and music to history and arts, all with the aim of raising the profile of the Welsh language in Cardiff.

Siân Lewis, Chief Officer of Menter Caerdydd, which is organising Tafwyl, says, “Tafwyl is going to be bigger and better than ever before this year and we’re all looking forward to working with a host of new partners to kick-off the celebration with an exciting free event at Cardiff Castle.”

Brothers and Sisters star Matthew Rhys, a past pupil of Cardiff’s Ysgol Melin Gruffudd and Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf, adds, “As a youngster growing up in Cardiff, my main interests were performing and the arts and it’s great to see Tafwyl working with Chapter, Sherman Cymru, the Urdd and others to give people a taste of the Welsh language arts activities available for all ages in Cardiff.

“I’m also delighted that Tafwyl is being held as part of the Cardiff Festival this year – and where better than Cardiff Castle to kick-off a celebration of the Welsh language in Cardiff. Good luck to Menter Caerdydd and Tafwyl with all the preparations.”

Please go to the Tafwyl website – – to see full details on Tafwyl and to watch video messages from Matthew and the other stars. Follow Tafwyl on Facebook: Gŵyl Tafwyl and Twitter: @Tafwyl.

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