22 Jun Thousands turn out for Tafwyl at Cardiff Castle as people q…
Thousands of people have turned out today for Tafwyl – Cardiff’s annual festival of Welsh language, arts and culture.
This morning there was a parade through the city to celebrate 70 years of Welsh medium education in Cardiff.
Organisers Iolo Walters and Alwyn Evans, said: “The aim is to celebrate the incredible growth there has been in Cardiff’s Welsh-medium schools.”
“The parade is also an opportunity to show the parents of Cardiff that Welsh-medium education is available for their children in every corner of the city, whatever the language of the home is.”
The organisers said they were both among a handful of the earliest pupils in Welsh-medium education.
Council leader, Cllr Huw Thomas, addressed the many pupils, teachers and parents taking part in the parade.
The procession, which included representatives from all of Cardiff’s Welsh medium schools, made its way down Queen Street and finished at Cardiff Castle, where the main festival is taking place.
Those taking part enjoyed a sunny day, with temperatures reaching 21C in the Welsh capital.
The parade, which lasted for about an hour, finished with a welcome from the Minister for the Welsh language, Eluned Morgan AM.
Cardiff Castle reached capacity by mid-afternoon and there were queues to get into the festival.
Kirsten Harries, from Cardiff and Vale College, described the turnout as “fantastic” and said the event was “packed”.
More than 40,000 people attended the event in 2018, compared to around 1,000 in its early days at Y Mochyn Du pub.
The festival was established by the charity Menter Caerdydd in 2006 to celebrate the use of the Welsh language in Cardiff.
The family-friendly festival involves music, literature, drama, comedy, art, sports, food and drink. A week-long fringe ends in the main event at Cardiff Castle.
Entry is free and open to both Welsh-speakers and non-Welsh-speakers.