An unprecedented opportunity arrives in Llandudno this weekend, to see
acclaimed classical guitarist Andrey Lebedev who will be appearing at the
inaugural Hiraeth Festival along with BBC Radio 3 favourite Cass Meurig;
former poet laureate Martin Daws; poets Dr Ian Gregson and John Fraser
Williams; ITV reporter Rob Shelley interviews BBC producer and director of
comic events, Steve Doherty;BBC reporter Chris Dearden interviews veteran journalist Derek Bellis;
Dr Kate North of Cardiff University and Dr ManonCeridwen James, honorary canon of St Asaph Cathedral speak about their
latest books as do local authors Emily Stanford and Emily Barroso.
The festival is the brainchild of Hiraeth Creative Director, Emily Hillman,
director of Hillman Publishing: www.hillmanpublishing.com. Emily is also the
award-winning author, Emily Barroso – www.emilybarroso.com
Emily moved to Llandudno in 2014 with her husband and three children,
locating her business there. Emily is also an events and theatre director at
Fluid Theatre Group with whom she also writes. Her most recent production,
Enslaved, is being shown on the Saturday evening of the festival at Providero
and she will be speaking about her books and on the subject of Hiraeth on
Saturday morning at St Paul’s Craig-Y-Don.
Emily also runs the event Secret Supper Club at St Paul’s Craig-Y-Don with her business partner Karen Macleod
Their next pop up (in a
themed gazebo at St Paul’s) restaurant/club/secret speaker event is in
Emily set up Hiraeth Festival, as she is keen to be part of an innovative arts
community along the coast of North Wales. Her way of working has been to
connect with the creative industries in Llandudno and North Wales in order to
connect with and showcase local talent along with an eclectic mix of artists
from the UK and worldwide.
Emily also hopes to celebrate the language of
Wales and to be reflective of the various communities resident in Wales:
Welsh and English speaking as well as the various languages that are coming
to our communities from abroad. One of Emily’s interns is from Iran.
BBC Radio 3 favourite Cass Meurig
This festival, Dr Manon Ceridwen James, John Spencer Williams and Cass Meurig
are all Welsh first language speakers and performers, though Manon and John
will be using English for this festival, Cass will be performing in Welsh.
The aim of Hiraeth is to be open to all, warm, welcoming and inclusive. As
such, the aim is to keep ticket prices down and to get the local community,
and in particular local arts graduates involved and to hopefully be able to
generate work for them in the future.
Classical Guitarist Andrey Lebedev
Our inaugural festival will welcome local musicians, writers, dramatists,
authors and poets, as well as novices and workshop attendees to a stage that
will be shared by the multi-prize winning classical guitarist Andrey Lebedev;
Professor Ian Gregson whose work has appeared in publications around the
world and Radio 4’s Steve Doherty.
Emily very much appreciates working with like-minded entrepreneurial
women and creating mutually supportive business opportunities. As such, she
is offering two free tickets to the festival for Network She, but hopes to meet
as many entrepreneurial ladies at the event as she can!
Tickets on sale at eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hiraeth-festival-llandudno-tickets-38435001123?aff=eac2
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