Gŵyl 2021





6-7 MARCH 2021


Adwaith | Ani Glass | Arlo Parks | BERWYN | Carys Eleri | Cate Le Bon | Gruff Rhys | Catrin Finch | Brett Anderson, Charles Hazlewood and Paraorchestra, featuring special guest Nadine Shah | Charlotte Adigéry | Dani Rain | The Gentle Good | I Wish I Was an Only Child | Jordan Brookes | Juice Menace | Kiri Pritchard-McLean | N’Famady Kouyate | Sinead O’Brien | Sprints | Tarot | Tim Burgess’ Listening Party | Welcome to Spooktown | Plus many more…



Four of Wales’ best-loved festivals – Festival of Voice, FOCUS Wales, Other Voices Cardigan and Aberystwyth Comedy Festival – have joined forces in lockdown to create Gŵyl 2021; a free, online festival packed with unforgettable music and comedy, embracing diversity and dialogue. Captured over recent months in Wales and internationally within Coronavirus guidelines, Gŵyl 2021 will be available across the UK at www.bbc.co.uk/gwyl2021 on the weekend of 6-7 March 2021.


An extraordinary digital gathering for these exceptional times, Gŵyl 2021 shines a light of determination and resilience from the creative scene in Wales. Following almost a year of physical distancing, Gŵyl 2021 marks an emotional moment of unity – of artists and audiences, from Wales and the world. It recognises that our collective voice is a powerful sum of its parts.


In true festival style, Gŵyl 2021 will be a celebration of the established, and a discovery of the eclectic and the emerging, from Wales and further afield. The line-up includes contributions from Cate Le Bon in collaboration with Gruff Rhys, the award-winning Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Tim Burgess’ Listening Party, and Catrin Finch; plus BERWYN (BBC Music Sound of 2021), Carys Eleri (Adelaide Fringe Festival winner), Arlo Parks and Dani Rain, the drumming force behind Neck Deep.


Other highlights include Charlotte Adigéry, post-punk Welsh Music Prize winners Adwaith, Irish poet and art rock pioneer Sinead O’Brien and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Jordan Brookes; Welsh Language Album of the Year winner Ani Glass, Dublin four-piece Sprints, Cardiff-based Guinean griot musician N’Famady Kouyate and sketch group Tarot. Dance company Jukebox Collective have also curated performances from reggae artist Aleighcia Scott, RnB/soul artist Faith, rapper King Khan, singer and rapper Reuel Elijah, spoken word artist Jaffrin Khan and more.


There’s an exclusive, one-off performance by Brett Anderson, Charles Hazlewood and Paraorchestra, featuring special guests Nadine Shah, Adrian Utley & Seb Rochford, plus special episodes of the comedy podcasts Welcome to Spooktown and I Wish I Was an Only Child, featuring guest appearances from some famous faces.


The festival will include content on other platforms, too; FOCUS Wales have programmed a special screening of Eternal Beauty, a new feature film made in Wales and starring David Thewlis and Sally Hawkins, plus a bespoke selection of the best new music from across Canada and Québec, all to be streamed on the Welsh cultural app AM Cymru, 5-10 March 2021. S4C will broadcast exclusive highlights from Other Voices Cardigan at a later date (tbc).


All rehearsals, filming and recording have taken or will take place within local Coronavirus guidelines. All content made in Wales has been created in consultation with Welsh Government.


Content from the festival will be available to view again for seven days on www.bbc.co.uk/gwyl2021 and will be shared across BBC Cymru Wales. The full schedule details will be announced closer to the time via the BBC website.


Despite our original intentions to locate the filming of the Other Voices Cardigan content for Gŵyl 2021 in Cardigan, the situation with the pandemic has made it impossible. Rather than cancel the event entirely, we have managed to organise relocating the filming to the National Museum, Cardiff, under strict Covid safety protocol conditions and we are very grateful for the support of National Museum Wales in helping us to realise this safely.



Other Voices Cardigan is part of the two day Gŵyl 2021 which is presented in partnership by Focus Wales, Little Wander, Triongl, South Wind Blows, Mwldan, Wales Millennium Centre + BBC Cymru Wales.    

Gŵyl 2021 is made possible with funding support from BBC Cymru Wales, S4C, the Department of Tourism, Sport, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, National Museum Cardiff, Arts Council of Wales, Lottery Funded, Welsh Government.