| St David’s Day Poster Pic: Festival Site
||The Los Angeles St. David’s Day Festival will be taking place on March 3rd in 2014 at the Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles. They tell us that the National Day of Wales celebrates Welsh and Welsh American culture through live performance, workshops, children’s education, language classes and vendor marketplace. Our goal is to raise awareness about Welsh and Welsh American identity and encourage continued growth between the United States and Wales.
The festival is to celebrate Welsh and Welsh American identity and expression. In doing so, it fosters positive self-esteem and creativity for the benefit of the greater community. The public will be encouraged to participate in classes and attend performances in the Welsh tradition. Welsh Americans will benefit from learning about their culture through ongoing workshops and activities.
Location, location, location!
2013 Los Angeles St. David’s Day Festival – National Day of Wales
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant, Los Angeles – Diwrnod Cenedlaethol Cymru
March 3, 2013
Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Inside the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre there will be a special ticketed St. David’s Day Grand Concert beginning at 1:30pm with a Druid blessing, followed by a screening of the rare 1962 short film ‘Dylan Thomas’ starring Richard Burton. After this the Welsh Choir of Southern California (Côr Cymraeg De Califfornia) will take the stage, and then a special performance by Paul Child, and in her debut North American appearance – Welsh soprano and harpist Siobhan Owen!
We are all excited by the return of Paul Child to Hollywood. Among his many achievements, Child is Wales biggest independent selling artist, the ‘Official Voice of Welsh Rugby’, and recently sang at the half time show of the final match of the Wales Rugby Grand Slam. Interesting to note, each time he’s sung before a match, Wales has registered a victory.
Siobhan Owen was born in North Wales to a Welsh father and Irish mother, and moved to Australia when she was 2 years old. A classically trained singer from the age of 9, Siobhan also turns her haunting soprano voice and gentle harp playing to a repertoire of traditional Celtic songs. She has received prestigious awards for both her classical and Celtic singing and is a popular performer at festivals, concerts, recitals etc around Australia.
Outside the Grand Concert beginning at 10am visitors will be delighted in a free Celtic Marketplace, authentic Welsh food, languages classes by Swansea based instructor Jason Shepherd of the Learn Welsh Podcast, workshops, Welsh Corgi lecture, Kids Crafts at the Odgen Nash Children’s Area, and the LA Eisteddfod featuring poetry, storytelling, readings and performance at the Harold Lloyd Outdoor Stage. Also we will be promoting artists from both Wales and the US in a special book release party on Welsh Nursery Rhymes collected and translated by Llanelli born author Peter Anthony Freeman and published by A Raven Above Press.
The last Welsh festival in LA brought over 2,000 attendees with famous celebrities including Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson and Henry Thomas (star of Legends of the Fall and ET). There is really no better place to celebrate the history and accomplishments of Welsh-Americans then at Barnsdall Art Park. Designed by Welsh-American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the park is nestled atop a shaded hill and away from the city bustle, with a clear view of the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park (named for Welsh philanthropist Griffith J. Griffith) and near the infamous Gower Street to the west (known for the golden age of cinema and Welsh-American stars like Glenn Ford and Myrna Loy).
Learn Welsh Podcast
|Swansea based Jason Shepherd of the Learn Welsh Podcast returns to Los Angeles to teach free beginner Welsh classes at the 2013 St. David’s Day Festival – National Day of Wales on March 3, 2013!Jason Shepherd creates and hosts The Learn Welsh Podcast, a fortnightly audio podcast that teaches people the Welsh Language. The Podcast’s website is for the listeners (as well as any other Welsh learners), to come together and share their learning experiences.
Jason Shepherd for Learn Welsh Podcast Pic: Festival Site
The site also focuses on history and culture of Wales and to practice writing and speaking in Welsh with other learners. Jason is also an accomplished author and artist that enjoys painting the Gower Peninsula and other scenic Welsh areas. Jason Shepherd is the owner and operator of Choir of Giants Press, a small press focused on Welsh and other Celtic related books.
For more information about The Learn Welsh Podcast goto: http://www.learnwelshnow.com/
For tickets and more information goto: http://www.aravenabovepress.com/
or contact Lorin Morgan-Richards (Festival Executive Director)
at lorinmorg at aol.com
Tentative Schedule (may be subject to change)
Harold LLoyd Outdoor Stage
10:00am – Reading by R. Merlin of Ariel & Electra
11:00am – Aedan MacDonnell performs
12:00pm – Joe Praml reads Dylan Thomas and other Welsh favorites
1:00pm – Segni Pembroke Welsh Corgi lecture
-visitors invited to Grand Concert
Harriet Beecher Stowe Classroom
10:00am – Learn Welsh Podcast Welsh language pt.1
11:00am – Peter Anthony Freeman reads from the book on Welsh Nursery Rhymes (Hwiangerddi Cymraeg)
12:00am – Learn Welsh Podcast Welsh language pt.2
1:00pm – Peter Paddon workshop
-visitors invited to Grand Concert
Grand Concert in the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
1:30pm Druid Blessing
1:45pm Screening of Dylan Thomas (1962) directed by Jack Howells and starring Richard Burton
2:15pm The Welsh Choir of Southern California (Côr Cymraeg De Califfornia)
3:00pm Performance by Paul Child
4:00pm Performance by Siobhan Owen
Ogden Nash Children’s Learning Area
Create your own Daffodil or Leek with artist Rochelle Shelly Rosenkild
& Welsh Choir chorister Caroline will facilitate Ysgol Eisteddfod (School Eisteddfod) to help the youth activate and develop their vocal talents in the arts of poetry, song, comedy and storytelling and their artistic and craft skills! If you weren’t born of Welsh heritage you’ll leave being The Cymry-Mabwysiad (Welsh by adoption).
There will also be a presentation of artwork from Wales and US in the limited edition artist book on Welsh Nursery Rhymes published by A Raven Above Press – collected and commentary by Peter Anthony Freeman and artwork by: Judy Adamson, Gaabriel Becket, Adrien Burke, John Charles, Kerry Evans, Nichola Hope, Sarah Hope, Rhys Jones, Robert Karr, Brian Kenny, Xavier Lopez Jr., Jo Mazelis, Anthony Richards, Lorin Morgan-Richards, Siobhan Owen, David Richardson, Grasiela Rodriguez, Rochelle Shelly Rosenkild, Jason Shepherd, Danny Walden, Michele Witchipoo, Kimberly Wlassak, and more!
Official Major Sponsors include A Raven Above Press, National Welsh-American Foundation, Tom LaBonge 4th District Councilmember
Community Sponsors include Cambrian Heritage Society Madison WI, AmeriCymru, The Welsh Baker, Learn Welsh Podcast, Ninnau & Y Drych, The Celtic Arts Center, Brian Kenny (Dark Corner of the Abyss), Music Wales, Highland Sun, Eugene Hayden, Queens Favor, Red Dragon Management, Choir of Giants Press.
Friend Sponsors include Jude Johnson, Peter Anthony Freeman, The Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, Pan Pipes Magickal Marketplace, Emily Fromm, The National Library of Wales, Celtic Myth Podshow, JOMO – Joanne Morrison. — with Brian Kenny, Welsh Choir, Siobhan Owen, Jason Shepherd, Paul Child and Joe Carbone.
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