Washington DC - Aug 30-Sept 3
The North American Festival of Wales returns to Washington DC this Labor Day weekend. The festival offers seminars, film, live music and theater - showcasing Welsh culture, sport, and technology - past, present, and future. The tradition began in 1929 when over 4,000 people gathered at Niagara Falls for the first National Gymanfa Ganu. It became the largest gathering of the Welsh, descendants, and friends of Wales in North America. While the gymanfa and Welsh singing tradition remain at the heart of the weekend, in 2002 the National Gymanfa Ganu became the North American Festival of Wales, reflecting the many aspects of Welsh culture. The festival is held in a different location each year, in either the U.S. or Canada, and celebrated over the shared Labor Day weekend. Prepare yourself for four full days of song, merriment, and camaraderie with old and new friends, celebrating the life, heritage, and culture of Wales in Washington, D.C.
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MUSIC: Eschoir, Y Trio.
THEATRE: Grav (one-man play starring Gareth John Bale, Torch Theatre)
SEMINARS: Hefina Phillips, Dr. Jerry Hunter, Margaret West, Cefyn Burgess, Aran Jones, Mal Pope, Prof. Kenneth Morgan, Lord Chief Justice Thomas, Dr. Terri Lynn Simpson, Betty Belanus, Menna Elfyn, Moch Pryderi, Bill Keene, Gareth Morgan, Dr. Robert Huw Griffiths,
North America Wales Foundation awards banquet w/entertainment by the Welsh National Eisteddfod winner.
87th NATIONAL GYMANFA GANU with director Eilir Owen-Griffith and festival accompanist David Enlow.
TOURS. Thursday #1 Reflections on a more personal Washington DC (SOLD OUT). Thursday #2 Fredericksburg and the Welsh in the Civil War. Monday #3 Pope-Leighey House, Mount Vernon & Cruise on the Potomac.
Check NAFOW for full schedule and registration details.
Meets first Saturday of every month 10:30am - Noon at Teaism at Penn Quarter, 400 8th St, NW., Washington D.C. Nearest Metro station Archives-Navy Memorial (about a block away).
Welsh speakers of all levels of ability are warmly welcome, as is anyone who wants just to sit and listen. Buy your food and drink upstairs, and then find us downstairs. Whoever gets there first will grab two tables.
If Hiraeth has a meaning to you because you are Welsh or of Welsh heritage, or have an interest in Wales, why not join us?
Membership is free and open to anyone who shares our love of Welsh culture and social gatherings. We get together to enjoy sport, music, film, art, literature, history, language, food, song...and lively political debate...with the St. David's Day banquet still a highlight of our year. Our events are mostly free, or priced to cover costs. So, we are dependent on the generous support of our individual members, friends of Wales, and corporate sponsors to help maintain and build our activities. Your help and support is both necessary and greatly appreciated.
Bronze Patron: $100
Silver Patron: $175
Gold Patron: $250