A Welsh language music and culture event held as part of a Wrexham-based music festival will return next year.
After a successful pilot earlier this year, Wrexham Council and FOCUS Wales are pleased to announce the return of HWB Cymraeg in 2018.
Based in a tipi on Queen’s Square throughout the three-day FOCUS Wales event, which took place between Thursday, May 11 to Saturday, May 13, HWB Cymraeg held a number of events – including Welsh language workshops, live radio sessions and talks from a number of artists.
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The 2018 leg of the HWB will feature similar events, with some big names to be announced soon.
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, Mudiad Meithrin and Coleg Cambria again on this event.
“This event is a great opportunity to really showcase the Welsh language and culture to the 7000-plus visitors from across the UK and overseas, who attend FOCUS Wales each year.
“We would like to build on the success of this year’s pilot and for 2018 we aim to increase the Welsh language content across the whole festival program.”
“It’s important to have high quality events like this for Welsh speakers in the town and therefore we are working with FOCUS Wales to include top Welsh language artists throughout next year’s festival.
“Always looking for ways to promote importance of Welsh language”
Neal Thompson, one of the organisers of FOCUS Wales, said: “HWB Cymraeg saw great success last year and we were really keen to see it resume as part of the program for FOCUS Wales foe 2018.
“We certainly want to work alongside Wrexham Council to build up on last year’s success and see how much further we can push it this year.”
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protect and Community Safety, said: “We at Wrexham Council are always looking for further ways in which we can promote use of the Welsh language and its cultural importance, and FOCUS Wales certainly provides us with an excellent forum in which to do so.
“I’m very grateful to those at FOCUS Wales for their support in helping us to put the HWB Cymraeg together for next year, and wish the event every success.”
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