Great news for live music fans!

Two popular North Wales culture hubs have announced that they will be working together during 2019.

Llangollen International Eisteddfod and Tŷ Pawb in Wrexham will be teaming up for a series of special live performances that will aim to celebrate the best of our local arts and culture scene.

The first of these special performances will take place at Tŷ Pawb’s first birthday celebration – Dydd Llun 2 on Easter Monday April 22.


The perfect match

Llangollen International Eisteddfod has been delighting music lovers for over 70 years.

Every July thousands of people flock to the beautiful Welsh town on the River Dee to see acts from all over the world performing at the iconic Eisteddfod Pavillion.

Famous names who have appeared at the festival in years gone by have included Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Nigel Kennedy, Elaine Paige, Michael Ball and Pavarotti.

Wrexham’s very own Tŷ Pawb is already making its mark on the national culture scene, despite only being open a year.

As well as showing exhibitions featuring Tuner Prize winning artists such as Grayson Perry and Damien Hirst, Tŷ Pawb has also been the venue for all sorts of popular music events, including the weekly lunchtime concert series which regularly attracts large audiences and features local performers such as BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist, Elias Ackerley.

Its also one of the main venues for the internationally acclaimed Focus Wales festival.

Special performances planned

Tŷ Pawb’s Creative Director, Jo Marsh, said: “We are very excited to be working with such a prestigious and highly regarded festival.

“Llangollen International Eisteddfod is one of the biggest events on North Wales’ cultural calendar.

“The partnership will mean that selected acts performing at the Eisteddfod will be able to come here to Tŷ Pawb for our local audiences to enjoy.

“We’ll also be sending acts from Wrexham to perform in Llangollen during Eisteddfod week.

“We have plans for some other collaborative events to take place throughout 2019 which we’ll be announcing very soon.

“The partnership gives us a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the flourishing arts and culture scene we have in this region of North Wales and encourage new audiences to come and get involved.”

Llangollen Eisteddfod’s Music Director, Edward-Rhys Harry, said: “Llangollen Eisteddfod has its roots in the local community and we are delighted to be working with Tŷ Pawb to be bringing the message of the Eisteddfod into the heart of Wrexham, and in return providing opportunities for local artists to perform at the Eisteddfod and showcase their talents alongside the rest of the world”

“Fantastic news for our local arts scene”

Cllr Hugh Jones said: “Llangollen International Eisteddfod and Tŷ Pawb both play key roles in celebrating Welsh culture and attracting visitors to North Wales so this partnership is very exciting news for our local arts and music scene.

“I wish both teams every success and hope as many people as possible will go out and enjoy the performances that are being planned as part of this collaboration.”

Dates for your diary

  • The first partnership event will take place at Tŷ Pawb’s first birthday celebration – Dydd Llun 2 on Easter Monday April 22. Llangollen International Eisteddfod will be presenting two acts to perform on the day – Elan Catrin Parry and Wrexham One Love Choir. Click here to find out more.
  • Llangollen International Eisteddfod takes place from Monday, 1 July  – Sunday, 7 July – tickets are on sale now! Find out more about the Eisteddfod here.
  • The Fratellis and The Coral are among the headline acts for this year’s Llanfest – an all-day festival style concert which takes place on the Saturday of Eisteddfod week, July 7. Find out more about Llanfest here.

Main photo (left to right): Morgan Thomas (Tŷ Pawb Events Manager), Jo Marsh (Tŷ Pawb Creative Director), Edward-Rhys Harry (Llangollen Eisteddfod Music Director), Elise Jackson (Llangollen Eisteddfod Community Engagement Officer)

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