07 April 2017
New addition to festival line-up will bring together musicians and artists to celebrate the Welsh language
A top North Wales music festival will see the launch of a new event this year to showcase the Welsh language and its music and culture.
As part of the FOCUS Wales Festival 2017, which takes place in Wrexham from May 11 to May 13, a new event named Hwb Cymraeg (Welsh Hub) will see musicians and artists give an insight into the Welsh language, and how it has informed and moulded their work.
Based in a tipi on Queen’s Square throughout FOCUS Wales, Hwb Cymraeg will include Welsh language workshops, live radio sessions and talks from a number of artists – with some big names to be announced soon.
Hwb Cymraeg is being jointly organised by Wrexham County Borough Council, FOCUS Wales, Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam and Coleg Cambria.
Stephen Jones, Welsh Language Co-ordinator at Wrexham Council, said: “We are extremely excited to be working in partnership with FOCUS Wales, Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam and Coleg Cambria on this event.
“This will be a great opportunity to really showcase the Welsh language to the 7000-plus visitors from across the UK and overseas, who attend FOCUS Wales each year.
“We also want to highlight the many opportunities there are in Wrexham for people to learn Welsh, and hope to inspire people to do so.
“Our timetable is quickly filling up and we look forward to announcing the details shortly.”
Neal Thompson of FOCUS Wales said: "We're really excited to be presenting this brand new stage at FOCUS Wales, with the support of Wrexham Council and Menter Iaith.
“The promotion of the Welsh language has always been an integral part of what we're doing with FOCUS Wales and to be able to offer the opportunity for our visitors, from at home and abroad, to learn about and to speak in Welsh represents a valuable addition to our programme for 2017".
Rhian Davies, Communications Officer for Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam said: “Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam are delighted to support the Welsh Hwb that will be part of the FOCUS Wales 2017 festival this year.
“This event compliments and blends excellently with the Fflint and Wrexham Welsh on Tour Month, which is a month of Welsh language.
“The calendar is heaving with events which will promote the Welsh language across the area in schools, communities, and in the workplace with Welsh speakers, learners and non-Welsh speakers.
“A number of societies and choirs are opening their doors during the Welsh on Tour month, so that members of the public – especially those with an interest in the Welsh language - may visit and sample the activities.
“We hope people make the most of this opportunity to socialise, learn and enjoy through the medium of Welsh.
“From the wide variety of events on offer, it is obvious that the Welsh language is alive and kicking in North East Wales!”
She added: “We are glad to announce that a very special guest will be joining us at the Welsh Hwb in Wrexham on Thursday, May 11 at 4pm - Magi Ann, the star of the highly popular app Magi Ann a’i Ffrindiau.
“Families are welcome to join us for Magi Ann’s Party. There will be red jelly and Magi Ann Cakes for all, as well as a song and story session and a chance to meet the likable character herself, who has been helping hundreds of children across Wales learn to read in Welsh.”
For further information on Hwb Cymraeg and the full line-up for this year’s FOCUS Wales Festival, visit www.focuswales.com