Characters from Welsh history brought vividly to life in new children’s festival

Thursday 27 August 2015

Lord Rhys Show at Cilgerran Castle ©Mewn Cymeriad/In Character

Lord Rhys Show at Cilgerran Castle ©Mewn Cymeriad/In Character

Celtic warrior queen Boudicca, Tudor king Henry VII and Welsh prince Owain Glyndŵr are among the characters brought to life in a brand new festival celebrating Wales’ rich heritage - the Children’s Festival of Welsh History.

Up to 5,000 schoolchildren across the country are due to attend the festival, which takes the form of lively, interactive one-man and one-woman shows held throughout September at heritage sites across the country.

The shows will be staged in both English and Welsh and sites include the Owain Glyndŵr Centre, Machynlleth; Rhuddlan, Cardigan, Flint, Kidwelly and Raglan Castles and Bryn Eryr, the newly-built Iron Age Farm at St Fagans National History Museum.

During weekdays the festival will be open to schools, with some performances also open to the public at the weekends.  Full details are available on the festival’s website: www.historyfestival.wales

The Children’s Festival of Welsh History is the idea of Eleri Twynog Davies , founder and director of children’s theatre company ‘Mewn Cymeriad/In Character.’  

The festival is being held in association with Cadw; the National Trust; Amgueddfa Cymru - National Musuem of Wales; National Library of Wales; Owain Glyndŵr Centre; Cardigan Castle; Byd Mary Jones World; Welsh language initiative groups in Flint, Pembrokeshire and Denbigh; Tenby Museum and the Cultural Community unit at Gwynedd County Council.

Eleri Twynog said:

“Welsh history is rich with dynamic, charismatic characters and this festival offers a wonderful opportunity to introduce those characters and more to children via lively shows which will feed the imagination.

“The fact the festival is being held at historic sites linked to each character adds an extra dimension and will allow youngsters further opportunities to learn more about our history.

“I’m very grateful to all the partners who have embraced the idea of a festival so warmly and am delighted so many schools have already signed up to be a part of this inaugural month-long event. I hope, in future, to develop the festival into an annual event so that many more generations of children can learn more about their history and heritage .“

The festival opens with a performance of ‘Henry Tudor – Welsh Hero or Traitor?’ at Cardigan Castle on Friday, 4 September at 10.00am. Children from Cardigan school will be present, and there will be photo and interview opportunities and press and media are welcome to attend.

The full timetable for the Children’s Festival of Welsh History is available at www.historyfestival.wales