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Criccieth Festival

Spectacular array of musical performances plus many other events: 15 June - Jamie Smith's Mabon 16 June - Garden Trail; Music in Criccieth at The Festival Presents: "Bronwen's Big Birthday Bash" 17 June - Garden Trail; Art Show; David Lloyd George Memorial Lecture: "David Lloyd George - Politician As Prophet" - Elfyn Llwyd, Barrister and former MP. 18 June - Art Show; Variety Show; Jazz Night. 19 June - Art Show; Craft Workshops; Welsh Tea with U3A Singing for Fun; Music in Criccieth at The Festival Presents: 'The Trout'. 20 June - Art Show; Flower Festival; Champagne v The World with Morfudd Richards & Sian Lloyd 21 June - Art Show; Flower Festival; Craft Workshops; London Swing Orchestra 22 June - The Moveable Feast Food Show; Art Show; Flower Festival; Fireworks display.

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R S THomas Spirit of Place Festival - 20 - 23.06.19

TIME Thu Jun 20 2019 at 07:30 pm to Sun Jun 23 2019 at 03:00 pm Add to calendar VENUE Aberdaron, United Kingdom CREATED BY Eventbrite Promote Your Event Advertisement RS Thomas Festival 2019 Spirit of Place - RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society Literary and Art Festival. Thursday June 20th EVENT: STATIONS TO THE UNTENANTED CROSS VENUE: St Hywyn's Church TIME: 19:30 - 20:30, Thursday 20th June 2019 COST: £5 PLACES: 20 people A poetry meditation by candlelight, whose roots are in the Easter tradition. Moving over the sacred ground, connecting the words of Thomas’s poems to the iconical features inside the ancient pilgrim place, where he was inspired to write “Here on my knees in the stone church, that is full only of the silent congregations of shadows and the sea’s sound…” Susan Fogarty is a founder and director of the RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society, facilitating RS Thomas events in Aberdaron and elsewhere since 2013. She specialises in reading Thomas’s work: engaging her audience to move through the poetry, in churches and the natural environment. She has written articles for The Church Times, Faith & Freedom and Christians Aware. Since 2015 she has been a Journeying leader, guiding people on walking holidays with a spiritual intent. www.st-hywyn.org/pilgrimage Friday June 21st EVENT: ART EXHIBITION - ‘... his are the echoes we follow' VENUE: St Hywyn's Church, TIME: 11:00 - 12:00, Friday 21st June 2019 COST: Free PLACES: 30 people The title of the exhibition is taken from a short RS Thomas poem ’Via Negativa’. The poem talks of God as the empty silence, ‘the place where we go seeking’. The images are about those places in the poet’s life where he himself went ‘seeking’: the coastline of Holy Island as a boy; Bangor where he was a student; the parishes where he served as a priest; Aberdaron and the Llŷn Peninsula. The medium is charcoal - appropriately, the product of natural wood and fire. Ted Harrison is a writer, was a Radio 4 presenter and BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent and has a PhD in Theology. Ten years ago he made a career change, deciding to work as a visual artist and took an MA in Fine Art. Much of his work since then has been exploring what he calls ‘visual theology’. He uses a wide range of media, including paint, charcoal, etched slate, cut steel sculpture and found objects. Past exhibitions have been held in several cathedrals; Llandaff, St David’s, Gloucester, Norwich and London St Paul’s. His wall-sculptures honouring organ donors can be seen at London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. www.tedharrison.co.uk EVENT: CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: SPIRIT OF THE LAND: POETRY OR PROSE VENUE: Felin Uchaf, Rhoshirwaun. TIME: 11:00 - 16:00, Friday 21st June COST: £55 PLACES: 15 people ‘To know even one field or one land is a lifetime’s experience’. And yet, where we live and to what we are rooted doesn’t always define who we are. In these workshops, we will try and explore what we mean by the rhythm and spirit of the land around us and what inspires our imaginations through writing. As RS Thomas was himself writing about such places like Abercuawg. A chance to write the world anew – whether you are already a writer, poet or one who aspires to write poetry or prose. Aspiration indeed can create marvels! Included in your ticket price is an opportunity for workshop participants, to perform their poetry or read something of their work in the evening at “Bards Around the Fire” in the Celtic Roundhouse, Felin Uchaf. Menna Elfyn is a professor of creative writing & an award winning poet, playwright. She has published fourteen collections of poetry, children’s novels, libretti for UK and US composers as well as plays for television and radio. Her latest collection Bondo Bloodaxe Books was published in 2017 and will be published in Italian in 2019. Her work has been translated into over 20 languages. She has written half a dozen tribute poems to RS Thomas as well as a commissioned libretto ‘Hymn to a Welshman’, with composer Pwyll ap Siôn. The harpist Elinor Bennett performed the work at a premiere in Portmeirion in 2001. Her biography of the Welsh poet Eluned Phillips was published by Gomer and the English translation Absolute Optimist ( Honno) in 2018 . Cennad ( Barddas) a literary memoir was published in March 2018. Professor of Poetry, President of Wales PEN Cymru she has been a columnist with the ‘Western Mail’ since 1994. www.mennaelfyn.co.uk www.felinwales.org EVENT: Minibus Tour - Spirit of Llyn VENUE: Meet at the Porth y Swnt National Trust car park in Aberdaron TIME: 12:30 - 15:00, Friday 21st June 2019 COST: £15 PLACES: 15 people A minibus tour of the landscapes and locations that inspired the poetry of RS Thomas and art of Elsi Eldridge. The tour will leave from the National Trust car park at Porth y Swnt. Parking is free for National Trust members. The tour will be conducted by Peter Hewlett, the treasurer of the RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society and managing director of a walking holiday company based in Aberdaron www.edgeofwaleswalk.co.uk. Visiting the Rectory where Thomas lived when the parish priest; Sarn Plas the cottage to which they retired in 1978; Mynydd Mawr headland with views of Bardsey Island; Llanfaelrhys church where Elsi and Gwydion are buried; with several places in the landscape redolent with images that appear in the poetry. Relevant poems will be read aloud. Only limited walking ability required. Peter is Treasurer of the RS Thomas and ME Eldridge Appreciation Society. He studied History at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, spent his working life as a timber merchant in Nottingham, and now runs a walking holiday and accommodation business in Aberdaron. He has a deep knowledge of the history of Pen Llyn and a lively sense of the way that some of the poetry of RS Thomas relates to local places. EVENT: Walking in his Footsteps. VENUE: Meet at St Hywyn's Church, Aberdaron. TIME: 13:30 - 16:00, Friday 21st June 2019 COST: £10 PLACES: 15 people WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF RS THOMAS. 4 Miles. Starting at St Hywyn’s Church, this is an easy walk over uneven paths along the river, that RS would have taken to the old vicarage. We will stop along the way for the reading of his poetry. The quiet road back to Aberdaron affords extensive views. Sturdy footwear essential. Susan Fogarty is a founder and director of the RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society, facilitating RS Thomas events in Aberdaron and elsewhere since 2013. She specialises in reading Thomas’s work: engaging her audience to move through the poetry, in churches and the natural environment. She has written articles for The Church Times, Faith & Freedom and Christians Aware. Since 2015 she has been a Journeying leader, guiding people on walking holidays with a spiritual intent. www.st-hywyn.org/pilgrimage EVENT: Bards Around The Fire. VENUE: Felin Uchaf, Rhoshirwaun LL53 8HS TIME: 19:30 - 21:00, Friday 21st June 2019 COST: £7 PLACES: 40 people Entertained by Menna Elfyn reading her poetry, with the writers from the creative writing workshop and young harpist Ffion Wood in the Celtic Roundhouse at Felin Uchaf www.felinwales.org. Participants in the Creative Writing workshop, receive free admission to this event. Saturday June 22nd EVENT: Rowan Williams, Sandra Anstey and The Board of the RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society, presentations and conversations VENUE: Crud y Werin School TIME: 10:30 - 17:00, Saturday 22nd June 2019 COST: £25 for the day PLACES: 100 people 10.30 - 12.30 Dr Rowan Williams will speak within the theme of the festival, followed by conversation 14:00 - 15:30 Sandra Anstey : Revisiting RS Thomas: Poetry, Prose & Conversaton 16:00 - 17:00 Meet The Board of the RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society to talk about the festival and your ideas for the future. Open to everyone. FROM OUR PATRON: DR ROWAN WILLIAMS : SPIRIT OF PLACE 10:30 - 12:00 The festival is delighted to welcome back Dr Williams as our patron and speaker from 2017. ‘Spirit of Place’ the theme for this year’s festival, suggested by Menna Elfyn, will no doubt provide a suitable springboard from which Dr Williams will launch his thoughts. Rowan Williams former Archbishop of Canterbury, is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. A distinguished theologian, author, churchman, Welshman and poet, highlights of his career are: Doctor of Divinity degree, Oxford; Fellow and Dean of Clare College, Cambridge; Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, Oxford; Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales. In his book The Poems of Rowan Williams (2002), his tribute to the memory of R. S. Thomas titled “Deathship” opens with lines that capture RS in retirement, living in a cottage overlooking the sea: “The last years, words from a window / smoothing the sea, / the iron back and forth / to probe the fugitive wrinkles SANDRA ANSTEY: RS THOMAS: POETRY, PROSE & CONVERSATIONS 14:00 - 15:30 Sandra first contacted RS Thomas when she was an undergraduate student. She visited him in Aberdaron and in Y Rhiw, interviewed him during her doctoral studies and corresponded with him for many years. Her talk will include reference to unpublished material. Sandra Anstey studied English Literature at Reading University and then moved to the University of Wales, Swansea, where she completed her PhD study on the writings of RS Thomas. She taught English and was reviews editor of Poetry Wales (1980-1990). In 1989 she began work in examinations and assessment. She has edited a number of publications, including Critical Writings on RS Thomas (Seren), RS Thomas: Selected Prose (Seren), William Wordsworth: Selected Poems (Oxford University Press) and Selected Poems and Letters of Keats (Heinemann). She is currently Chair of the Contemporary Art Society for Wales. MEET THE BOARD: RS THOMAS & ME ELDRIDGE SOCIETY 16:00 - 17:00 Open to non-members to speak about the festival and present your ideas for the future. EVENT: Members' Dinner Buffet & Wine, RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society VENUE: Porth y Swnt, National Trust Visitor Centre TIME: 18:30 - 19:30, Saturday 22nd June 2019 COST: £10 PLACES: 30 society members only Join the speakers, board and other members of the Society in a relaxed and interesting setting. EVENT: Spirit of Aberdaron Concert Côr Meibion Carnguwch with Menna Elfyn VENUE: St Hywyn's Church TIME: 20:00 - 21:30, Saturday 22nd June 2019 COST: £8 PLACES: 120 people A truly Welsh cultural evening : The concert will include a repertoire of Welsh songs written about the people, landscape and events of Aberdaron along with poetry in Welsh written and performed by Menna Elfyn. Côr Meibion Carnguwch was formed in October 2016 under the direction of Ann ‘Hafod’ Williams, who has performed and competed in the National Eisteddfod over many years. The choir is unique in the area as it has drawn young men from all around the Llŷn Peninsula. Sunday 23rd June EVENT: Eucharist Service with Revd Barry Morgan preaching VENUE: St Hywyn's Church TIME: 10:00 - 11:00, Sunday 23rd June 2019 COST: Free PLACES: 125 people Revd Morgan will preside at the bilingual service, with his sermon address in English. Barry Morgan is the former Archbishop of Wales and a Patron of the RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society. He published “Strangely Orthodox: RS Thomas and his Poetry of Faith” in 2006. It was after RS Thomas had retired, living in Sarn Plas, when they met for the first time, when Revd Morgan was Archdeacon and later the Bishop of Bangor. In retirement he spends more time as an international speaker on Thomas’s life and poetry. EVENT: Meet the Artist, Ted Harrison VENUE: St Hywyn's Church TIME: 11:30 - 12:30, Sunday 23rd June 2019 COST: Free PLACES: 30 people An opportunity for conversation with Ted Harrison about his art inspired by Thomas’ life and poetry. EVENT: WORD:Five Poems by Thomas & John's Gospel set to choral music VENUE: St Maelrhys Church, Llanfaelrhys. TIME: 13:30 - 15:00, Sunday 23rd June 2019 COST: £5 PLACES: 50 people WORD seeks to re-interpret for our postmodern times St. John’s extraordinary ‘Prologue’ (John 1.1-14) . Into a precis are woven lines by R.S. Thomas, whose adamantine poetry perfectly complements the evangelist’s stringent prose, both of which have been brilliantly fused together by the sensitivity, intelligence, and integrity of Francis Pott’s music. A recording of WORD, sung by Commotio of Cambridge, will be played. Revd Nick Fisher who commissioned the work will talk about how it came into being. www.francispott.co.uk Nick Fisher is a Church of England rector serving in five parishes in the Cotswolds. The holder of doctorates in English literature and theology, he has written extensively on the poetry of the Restoration poet Rochester. His study of Bishop Symon Patrick (1626-1707) is being published this autumn.

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Annette Bryn Parry & Tristan Evans Concert - 22.06.19

Music concert Details to be announced

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Blas y Mor - 22.06.19

Get involved with all things coastal during an afternoon at Porthdinllaen. Enjoy local seafood, art, music, paddle boarding and children's activities.

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Childrens Pizza Making Workshop - 22.06.19

Learn to be a great pizza maker as well as a great pizza eater. Our chefs will teach you how - so bring willing hands & a big appetite! The most well-designed pizza will be featured on the restaurant's specials board for the rest of the evening!

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Living Seas Wales Volunteer taster session - 22.06.19

Come and learn about the Pwllheli shore and what it takes to volunteer with our Living Seas Wales project Contact Dawn Thomas

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Open Garden Crowrach Isaf - 22 & 23.06.19

2 acre plot incl 1 acre fenced against rabbits, developed from 2000, incl island beds, windbreak hedges, vegetable garden, wild flower area and wide range of geraniums, shrubs and herbaceous perennials. Views over Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia. Refreshments: Cream teas. Refreshments in aid of TENOVUS. Admission: Adult: £4.00 Child: Free

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The Moveable Feast, Criccieth - 22.06.19

The Movable Feast North Wales – Food Slam, Live Music, the BEST way to spend a Saturday with friends and family! The Movable Feast North Wales – Think Food Festival and so much more…be prepared to be entertained, dazzled and amazed at the best that North Wales has to offer. Food, drink, local crafts stalls and some fabulous live music. Come and join us for the biggest ever celebration of North Wales food and drink. Fun for all the family, eat, drink, live music and entertainment – enjoy a feast of an Saturday. BACK FOR 2019! More stalls, some great new veggie and vegan options, local produce, local breweries, local distilleries, local craft stalls and great local live music. This is an event for all the family, including your 4 legged friends who are very welcome as long as they are kept on a lead.

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Welsh Youth & Junior Sailing Champs-22 & 23.06.19

The Welsh Youth and Junior Championships is the RYA Cymru Wales premier youth and junior championship and is hosted in the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Event Centre in Pwllheli on 22nd & 23rd June 2019. The event provides competitive racing for RYA Pathway classes within two main-fleet courses and an inshore regatta fleet which provides coached racing for those less experienced. The event is open to any U19 competitor and all fleets will have a Open and Welsh Championship so sailors from inside Wales or elsewhere are more than welcome. RYA Cymru Wales squad coaches will be supporting the main fleet and RYA Cymru Wales club coaches will be delivering training and coaching the regatta fleet. The event will feature multiple classes including Optimists, Topper and Lasers and more...

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Summer Solstice Retreat Day - 23.06.19

The solstice has long been celebrated as the start of summer and the most bountiful of seasons. Midsummer. The half-way point of the year. A great opportunity to check in with ourselves: How are you doing? How are you feeling? Are you even aware of what’s going on internally? Join us as we mark this moment in time by S L O W I N G D O W N and offering the chance to reconnect with your true self. Yoga, mindful movement, crystal sound alchemy and ceremonial cacao. All to help you connect more deeply with your true self.

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Abersoch Triathlon - 29.06.19

OLYMPIC DISTANCE 1,500m Swim | 40km Bike | 10K Run Boasting one hell of a course the Olympic Distance Abersoch Triathlon offers the sort of challenges triathletes thrive on. Professional race support, great medals, great prize fund, big crowds and a superb atmosphere. Enter early as it sells out in advance! PRINT DISTANCE 750m Swim | 20km Bike | 5km Run This race offers a fantastic challenge in a stunning location & one you will relish whether you’re an elite athlete or just starting out in the Triathlon world! The atmosphere both during the race & afterwards plays a big part in the events success. Great prizes & an outstanding course, expect a fantastic race all round. Enter early as this race has sold out well in advance previously

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Greater Butterfly-orchid Count - 29.06.19

Join us for this local wildlife spectacle and aid conservation efforts at this lovely upland wildflower meadow. Bring lunch if staying all day. Please car-share as parking is limited! Contact Rob Booth

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Music And Tales From Ancient Wales - 29 & 30.06.19

Here are the Welsh Bagpipes music! Music and Tales from ancient Wales with Geraint Wyn Roberts and Owen Davies. Come and listen to Bagpipes and Charango music and listen to stories from the past. Prices Adult - £5.80 Family - £16.80* Member - Am ddim/Free Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free Student and children under 16 - £3.50 Senior Citizen - £4.60 *Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

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Open Garden Pen Y Bryn - 29 & 30 .06.19

A ¾ acre garden with eclectic mix of wildlife & lily ponds, gravel gardens, mixed borders, small orchard, dell & bog garden, new potager garden & fountain, interlaced with meandering gravel paths & brick steps to accommodate the gentle slope. Mature shrubs & trees create secluded, intimate seating areas to enjoy the tranquillity & glimpses of distant views to the coast, Garn Fadryn & Garn Boduan.

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Open Garden Trefaes - 29 & 30.06.19

The garden is on three levels, the bottom level has a lawn with borders, an apple tree and a large display of container pots set on slate chippings and flagstones and a rockery. The centre has a pond, a raised vegetable bed and an island bed. The top has a lawn surrounded by herbaceous borders with trees and shrubs. There is a courtyard garden to walk through with ornamental trees, a water feature, various containers and collection of succulents before entering the main garden through a gate in the wall, up two steps. There is a privet hedge along the far side and the top and a low boundary wall with the cottage garden below. Paths of slate and slate chippings wind through with gentle slope to reach two steps and handrail to access the top level. The layout includes both a rose and a herb bed. Light refreshments. Refreshments in aid of ME Association. Admission: Adult: £3.00 Child: Free

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Pen Llyn Ultra Marathons - 29.06.19

50 miles, 75 miles and 100 miles in 24 hours, these are the challenges posed by the third Pen Llŷn Ultra Marathon. The races start and finish at the beach next to Abererch Sands Caravan Park near Pwllheli, with checkpoints / aid stations along the scenic route. Tucked away beyond Snowdonia’s craggiest peaks with the Irish Sea on one side and Cardigan Bay on the other, the Llŷn Peninsula has a distinctive, unspoiled character that’s all its own. Its sunny southern coast draws walkers, wakeboarders, and dinghy-sailors There are several islands dotted around the peninsula, with the famous ancient pilgrimage site of Bardsey Island, at its tip and can be seen in all its beauty during the race. The islands and coastline of Llŷn are a haven for wildlife and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Seals and dolphins are common sites around the peninsula. All of this makes a perfect backdrop for the Pen Llŷn Ultra.

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Street Party/Parti ar u Pafin

Diwrnod cymdeithasol o sdondinau crefftau a bwyd, bandiau byw, gweithgareddau i'r plant ar Stryd Fawr, Nefyn- Food and craft stalls, live music and children's activities at Nefyn High Street. Mewn cydweithrediad a/ in co-operation with Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig -Prosiect Strydoedd Unigol/ Unique Streets project

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The Moveable Feast, Porthmadog - 13.07.19

The Movable Feast North Wales – Food Slam, Live Music, the BEST way to spend a Saturday with friends and family! The Movable Feast North Wales – Think Food Festival and so much more…be prepared to be entertained, dazzled and amazed at the best that North Wales has to offer. Food, drink, local crafts stalls and some fabulous live music. Come and join us for the biggest ever celebration of North Wales food and drink. Fun for all the family, eat, drink, live music and entertainment – enjoy a feast of an Saturday. BACK FOR 2019! More stalls, some great new veggie and vegan options, local produce, local breweries, local distilleries, local craft stalls and great local live music. This is an event for all the family, including your 4 legged friends who are very welcome as long as they are kept on a lead.

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50 Things To Do Plas Yn Rhiw - 24.07.19

Explore the woodland and orchard whilst having a go ticking of some of your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ activities at Plas yn Rhiw this summer.

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Dreaming The Night Field - 27.07.19

Adverse Camber are delighted to bring the spellbinding storytelling and music performance, Dreaming the Night Field: a legend of Wales to the very place where this show's journey began - Felin Uchaf. You can watch a short film about how we made the show here: https://youtu.be/OUF3CBNZ8Po This performance features English storytelling and both English and Welsh song! Tickets available on the door. Immerse yourself in glorious living landscapes and the brilliant night sky to discover a world that’s bristling with life, filled with animals, people and constellations caught between creation and destruction. Audience Feedback: “It was brilliant, magical, I loved it!” “Everyone should go and see it!” Gwydion, nephew to the King, a magician and master storyteller, provokes a war between North and South Wales and unleashes a chaos of consequences. Blodeuwedd, an intoxicatingly beautiful woman conjured from flowers, is torn between desire and duty, with fateful results. Honour, justice, magic and transformation collide in a story as relevant today as it ever was, where people seek to spin, manipulate and control, and nature reveals its deep power. By turns, thrilling, funny, powerful and poetic, this spellbinding new performance vividly evokes the ancient Celtic legend of the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion. Dreaming the Night Field features one of Wales’ most engaging storytellers alongside exquisitely haunting live music. English and Welsh are artfully woven together to make these ancient voices and living landscapes come alive in an exhilarating performance. “The highlight of the festival... a well-deserved standing ovation.” Wales Arts Review Suitable for ages 12+ The performance contains themes of an adult nature which some may find upsetting, if you would like to know more, please get in touch with either Adverse Camber or the venue.

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