Cardiff to host Wales’ first Independence Festival
Cardiff will host Wales’ first festival exploring how Wales could be an independent nation, it was announced today.
The festival will take place at three venues on Womanby Street on Saturday, September 16th. Tickets are on sale now.
Indyfest will explore the theme of independence through poetry, song, drama, workshops and talks, as well as comedy from ‘Stand Up for Wales’, headlined by Steffan Evans, with MC Sarah Breese.
There will also be a number of book launches including Catrin Dafydd’s Gwales, and Yes Cymru’s recently released sell-out publication Independence in Your Pocket.
Sandy Clubb, Chair of Yes Caerdydd, said that the movement had been planning for a festival of Independence for some time.
“We’re very excited,” she said. “Not only do we have a fantastic line-up of artists, bands and speakers, but the whole festival has a really creative playful feel to it which is making it great fun to be part of.
“Our biggest challenge has been fitting in everybody who wants to perform!”
The event will include performances from The Barry Horns, Cian Ciaran, Baby Queens, Martin Carr, Eädyth, Aled Rheon, Los Blancos, DJ Elan, ARGRPH, Garin Fitter, Cadno, and Adwaith.
Yes Caernarfon have also announced that they will be organising a festival under the #indyfest banner on the same day.
‘Build the nation’
The festival will be a collaboration between Yes Caerdydd and Barefoot Rascals Day, who had already planned a festival on 16 September to celebrate Wales’ “rebellious spirit”.
At the heart of the festival is ‘Gadael Tir’, a show that tells the story of land rights and protest in Wales.
Huw Angle, from Barefoot Rascal Day and one of the festival’s lead organisers, said: “I saw Gadael Tir last year, during their first tour of the show, and was inspired to shape the festival around it.
“Through music and other performances, it uncovers the fascinating history of the common folk who strove to build the nation from the ground up.
“It’s a celebration of their independent and rebellious spirit and Gadael Tir captures that beautifully.”