Other Voices, Ireland’s internationally acclaimed music festival and music television programme, is thrilled to announce that it will travel to Cardigan, Wales this autumn.
On 1st and 2nd November Other Voices makes its way from Dingle on the west coast of Ireland to Cardigan on the west coast of Wales, for a phenomenal weekend of music which celebrates the longstanding cultural and musical ties between these Celtic regions. Over the two-day event Other Voices Cardigan will showcase an incredible line-up of over 30 free musical and cultural events in intimate venues and atmospheric spaces throughout Cardigan, hosted by Huw Stephens and presented in partnership with Theatr Mwldan and Triongl.
“It’s been a long and cherished ambition of Other Voices to collaborate with our Welsh neighbours with whom we share so much, creatively and culturally. Our shared belief is that our collaboration will be of great benefit and advantage to both Dingle and Cardigan, Ireland and Wales,” says Philip King, Founder, Other Voices
St Mary’s Church will become the main venue for Other Voices Cardigan, hosting the headline acts. These performances will be simultaneously broadcast live to screens in and around the town so that the local community and visitors to the town alike can share in the excitement of this exceptional experience.
In addition to St Mary’s Church there will also be a number of Music Trail venues located around the town which will be presenting more than 30 artists.
Admission is free of charge after a one-off registration fee of £5 per person which covers a wristband that enables free entry to Music Trail venues. Wristband holders will be entered into a draw to win prized admission tickets to the performances at St Mary’s Church and tickets will also be allocated via competitions in media and social media, check @OtherVoicesLive for details. Artists performing in Other Voices Cardigan will be announced in the coming weeks.
Registration is now open
Wales’ Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Lord Elis-Thomas said: “This year for the first time, Visit Wales have introduced elements of the Irish language into the Year of Discovery marketing campaign, signifying our long and special relationship as nations. Our connections with Ireland are extremely important – the Republic is our closest European neighbour, one of our most important cultural and economic partners and Other Voices is a splendid addition to what is an already burgeoning calendar of internationally acclaimed festivals in Wales.”
The Consul General of Ireland in Wales, Denise Hanrahan, said:
“We are absolutely delighted that the renowned Other Voices Festival is coming to Wales this year for the first time, and so soon after the re-opening of the Irish Consulate General. Ireland and Wales share a very special bond and relationship which has deep historical roots. Our cultural connections are at the heart of this relationship, and Other Voices Cardigan will provide an ideal showcase and meeting place to further strengthen these vibrant and modern links.”
“We’re thrilled that Other Voices have chosen to add Cardigan to their global family, a town with many similarities to Other Voices original home in Dingle, both culturally vibrant towns on the western edges of their respective countries,” says Dilwyn Davies, CEO of Theatr Mwldan. “It’s an incredible honour and a moving tribute to the wonderful town of Cardigan to have been chosen as the first ever Other Voices location in Wales. It reinforces the sense of Cardigan’s resurgence as a place where art, culture, creativity and environment form the very foundations of our community.”
Other Voices Cardigan is staged with the support and investment of Welsh Government and The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and is produced by South Wind Blows in partnership with Theatr Mwldan and Triongl. The event will be filmed by Triongl for later broadcast on S4C.