The Laugharne Weekend – 7th/10th April 2017

The Laugharne Weekend is an annual literary and arts festival in West Wales.

The festival is held in the spring in the town of LaugharneDylan Thomas, Laugharne’s most famous inhabitant, described it as a “timeless, mild, beguiling island of a town.”

The festival is deliberately small-scale. The size of the town – which itself is very small – ensures that the festival will not grow beyond certain bounds. Its location means that festival visitors and townspeople rub shoulders with the artists and performers.

According to the festival’s co-founders, Richard Thomas and the Cardiff writer John Williams, “The point is that it’s a festival that involves the locality.”

The festival directors have also said: “I’d sooner start another festival than let it grow too big.”laugharne weekend

The Laugharne Weekend concentrates on literature and music, drawing largely from writers and musicians from Wales or who have a connection with Wales. Previous headline performers have included Patti SmithRay Davies of the KinksMick Jones of The Clash, the actor Michael Sheen, the writer Caitlin Moran, the poet John Cooper Clarke, the comedians Harry Hill and Alexei Sayle, the painter PeterBlake etc.

All events take place in Laugharne’s clubs, churches and halls, tiny and intimate venues which entail the close proximity of audience and performers.The principal venues used are the Millennium Hall, the Congregational Church and the Rugby Club

The Laugharne Weekend’s music director is Richard James, formerly of the Welsh band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.

The invited artists represent an eclectic selection of Welsh and ‘Outsider’ icons from the literary and musical spheres. This year, they include Tony Robinson, Irvine Welsh, Alexie Sayle, Sofia Hagen, Roger McGough, Jeremy Hardy, Baby Queens, Pauline Black, Stuart Maconie.

If only out of curiosity, you really should pass through Llareggub over the weekend. This festival has built up a huge allegiance and following from all over the UK and beyond. And it’s on our doorstep.

 

 

by Chris Osborne

Chris Osborne has run the family's Fourcroft Hotel for the last 23 years, previously having gone off to London where he became a partner in one of the then largest property consultants. He is a founding Director of Pembrokeshire Tourism, Chair of the Tenby Sea Swimming Association, organisers of the annual Boxing Day and Caldey Swims and chair of the team that organises the annual Tenby Blues Festival.

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