Culture in North America
| |The North American Festival of Wales Schedule
*Times on this schedule are subject to change reflecting current information. Please consult
the Program Booklet included your registration packet on arrival at NAFOW .
|WED August 27|
| 5:00pm - 8:00pm|| On-site Registration Desk Opens|
|THU August 28|
~ Twin City Highlights
8:00am - 12:00pm
Registration / Banquet table assignment
| 12:00pm - 3:00pm|| Tea
Registration / Banquet table assignment
- 5:30pm|| Pre-Dinner Social Hour|
Pre-Concert Dinner ~ (menus)
Concert ~ Tramor
Scheduling for events are subject to change. Final times will appear in
the NAFOW Program Booklet distributed to NAFOW registrants.
|Opening Concert |
Tramor is the new Welsh-American acoustic project of John Good, formally of Oceans Apart, and Harpist
extraordinaire John Piggott. Guest Billy Parker joins them at this year’s
NAFOW. They bring the subtly different flavor of traditional Welsh music
to the contemporary stage. Visit the website...
|Grand Banquet || |
ning is co-sponsored by the National Welsh American Foundation
the Welsh North American Association
will honor the 2014
the NWAF Heritage Medallion
. Presentation following dinner with entertainment by 2013 National Eisteddfod Blue Riband winner Joshua Owen Mills. Buisness casual attire. view menu
JOSHUA OWEN MILLS
From Neath, South Wales, is recognized as one of
Wales’ most promising young tenors. A Samling Scholar, with a degree from the
Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he continues his studies on the
Guildhall Opera Course. Joshua has enjoyed success at numerous UK competitions, and he is the
only competitor in National Eisteddfod history to win both the Towyn Roberts
Scholarship and the Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize the same year.
PLEASE NOTE: *You
must have your seating preassigned to attend the banquet, please bring
your banquet ticket and those in the party you woul like to sit with to
reserve your place.
Banquet seating selection will be
avialible throughout the hours that the Registraiton Desk is open
on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
|Grand Concert |
Only Men Aloud
Only Men Aloud was formed in 2000. Under the direction of Tim Rhys Evans MBE, the group's repertoire is varied
and eclectic, from Welsh folksongs and hymns to musicals and opera, from
barbershop and swing to pop.
The choir won The BBC’s Last Choir
Standing in the summer of 2008, has released several award winning albums and
were asked to perform as part of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. In
2013 the group has undergone a regeneration with a fresh line-up and a
new, more individual style but with the same popular appeal that has wowed fans
across the United Kingdom.
|Eisteddfod Competition |
2014 Eisteddfod Entry Form will be availible February 1, 2014We encourage you to enter the competition and show off your
talents at the NAFOW 2014 Eisteddfod competitions!
The competitions are in Singing
(three competitions - Hymn Singing; Solo Voice, Solo Voice Semi-Professional); Recitation (one competition each for
Youth and Adult groups). Full information on age, entry and
requirements as well as entry fees and prizes for each competition is
available on the Eisteddfod Entry Form.
All winners will receive cash prizes
and certificates. Some competitions award a trophy to the first place
as well. We deeply appreciate the devotion and the generosity of the
individuals and organizations in financing these awards.
The Eisteddfod Committee Award
* Solo youth Recitation under 18: Anonymous Donor
* Welsh Learners Recitation: Ontario Welsh Festival Award
Competition: The WNAA Past Presidents’ Award
* Solo Voice
Competition: Pacific Northwest Welsh Societies Award
* Solo Voice
Semi-Professional: The David G. Morris Memorial Award
Competitions in singing and
recitation are Friday and Saturday at the NAFOW, an Eisteddfod winners concert is held Saturday at 4:00pm .
Print Eisteddfod entry form or request one by contacting IHQ@thewnaa.org, any questions
about the Eisteddfod and
the competitions should be directed to
|Theatre Production |
Under Milk Wood ~ directed by Bill KimesThe production is being presented
by William Kimes, Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts at Hamline University, St.
Paul. A humourous account depicting one
full day in a small Welsh harbour town, brings bo NAFOWth the artist and
his art to life. Thomas' "play for voices" will be performed twice Saturday during the
NAFOW. This presentation of Under Milk
Wood is dedicated to the poet’s late daughter, Aeronwy Thomas-Ellis, a friend
of the Kimes family. It commemorates her life and work, as it recognizes her
father’s centenary year.
Issues of Welsh Identity in Contemporay Wales ~ presented
by Tecwyn Vaughan Jones
This presentation will give an
overview of issues which pertain to Wales as a country/nation, its culture and
identity…in the British, Celtic and European theatre. What is Welsh identity in
the contemporary world? How do Welsh people see their identity and how do
others see it. How would we delineate
identity and is that important? These are some of the important questions for
all Welsh people as the tsunami of globalization continues.
Revival of Welsh Folk Customs as Ethnic Markers ~ presented
by Tecwyn Vaughan Jones. All over Wales and beyond we
see traditional seasonal customs flourishing that were once confined to
specific areas in Wales. Is there a pattern here? Are some folk customs
becoming ethnic markers of identity? These traditional customs are being
adapted to the needs and expectations of 21st century communities, a
necessary characteristic for these to flourish.
TECWYN VAUGHAN JONES hails from the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. He
graduated from Bangor University in Sociology and later proceeded to complete
an MA in Folklore. He worked as a research officer at the National Museum of
Wales. In 2000 Tecwyn was appointed to
his current post as Resident Director of the Central College Iowa Study Abroad
Programme at Bangor University.
The Dragon and the Eagle
by Colin Thomas
Telling the story
of Wales and America in a fresh innovative way is a tall order. But that is
what Colin Thomas set out to achieve in Y Ddraig a’r Eryr/The Dragon and the
. It is an interactive ebook, which vividly combines video, music,
maps and text. He overcame the problems
of creating Wales’s very first bi-lingual enhanced ebook and its English
language version will be launched at this year’s NAFOW in Minneapolis.
Putting Welsh history on Television
by Colin Thomas
The producer/director of the U.K. Channel 4 series The Dragon has
, will cover the whole of Welsh history and he
will compare the
approach of that series – thirteen confrontations between a pair of historians
with totally different attitudes to the past – with that of the BBC’s more
consensual approach in its series The Story of Wales
COLIN THOMAS, a producer and writer for screen,
was born and brought up in Wales. He read English and Political
Institutions and after graduation became a production trainee with the BBC. He
has produced and directed documentary, drama and animation for the BBC before
resigning in 1978 over the censorship of programmes he had directed in Northern
Ireland. Since then he has worked freelance. His writing includes
screenplay adaptations of short stories by Welsh authors, television dramas and
numerous documentary and drama/documentary scripts.
St. Johns Bible ~ presented by Tim Ternes This seminar will take participants through the fascinating story of
The Saint John’s Bible through video, reproductions and rich visual
images, Guests will learn about the processes, tools, methods and materials
behind the making of The Saint John’s Bible, as well as explore
several artworks through guided imagery discussions.
TIM TERNES is the Director of The Saint John’s Bible at the
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, Minnesota. His role
as director has him working directly with the artistic team for the project,
facilitating planning and exhibitions for the original pages and reproductions,
as well as curating and caring for the original folios of the Bible.
If Scotland Leaves the UK, What Happens to Wales
by Dafydd WigleyThe Welsh Language - Another Crisis?
~ presented by Dafydd Wigley
THE RT. HON. THE LORD WIGLEY OF CAERNARFON, hails from Bontnewydd, Caernarfon Dafydd served as Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Caernarfon
from 1974 until 2001, and as an Assembly Member for Caernarfon
from 1999 until 2003. He was leader of the Plaid Cymru party from 1991 to 2000.
Dafydd continues to serve Wales in full
time politics as a member of the UK’s Second chamber of Parliament, the House
of Lords, to which he was appointed, as Baron Wigley of Caernarfon, in 2011.
A Musical Journey thruogh Life
by Elinor Bennet
Elinor Bennett reads her own translation of
excerpts from “Tannau Tynion” - her
autobiography, published in 2011. Looking back at Elinor’s life evokes
memories of key events in Welsh life, both public and private – and a way of
life that has disappeared. Married to
Dafydd Wigley, she was always in the public eye and faced tragedy when the
couple’s eldest sons were diagnosed with a fatal illness. Music is the great
force in Elinor’s life. Interludes of
harp music and songs from Wales will highlight her readings.
In the Words of Mered and Phyllis
~ presented by Elinor Bennet
ELINOR BENNET OBE is a
highly-acclaimed international harpist, and is passionate about the traditional
music, language and culture of Wales.
Elinor’s music is a fusion of many facets
of Welsh music, ranging from the early music of Ap Huw, Triple harp music of
John Parry, and nineteenth century arrangements by John Thomas, to new original
works by contemporary composers, singing folk songs to her own harp
accompaniment and the unique Welsh art of penillion singing.
Holy Wells of Wales
~ presented by Suzanne Iuppa and Phil Cope
You will take a photographic and poetic journey of the
sacred springs and the holy wells around Wales, utilizing a wide range of
myths, poems and high-definition projected images. This seminar will be of
relevance to anyone interested in Welsh mythology, folk tales and history, as
well as ecology, poetry, photography, and the development of faiths and spirituality.
SUZANNE IUPPA is a poet,
community worker and film-maker based in North Wales. Her book, On Track: Poems from Welsh Pilgrimage
was the subject of a North American reading tour in 2013. The poems were
inspired by her journey in 2012 for the Welsh Cultural Olympiad, which saw her
walk 200 miles across the landscape of South and West Wales, following ancient
pilgrim routes, into historic and sacred St. Davids.
PHIL COPE is a Welsh photographer, writer, teacher, and
exhibition and book designer. In October, 2008, the National Library of Wales
purchased Phil’s collection of holy well photographs for the nation. Permanent
exhibitions of his work can be seen at the Horniman Museum London; the William
Wilberforce Museum Hull; Rhondda Heritage Park; the World Museum and the
International Slavery Muse-um, both in Liverpool; and the Cardiff Bus and Train
|Additional Daytime Activies|
| Screening: An Armchair Tour of Welsh History in Minnesota|
Walking Tour of Minneapolis
& Next Steps in
Welsh ~ presented by Hefina Phillips. Sponsor: Cymdeithas Madog|
Hefina Phillips is back to
bring her passion and spirit to teaching you the “language of Heaven”. She will
teach two levels of the Welsh language-“Absolute Beginners” with an emphasis on
speaking on Friday. “Next Steps in Welsh”, which is suitable for those
with some knowledge of the language and want to practice and improve, is on
HEFINA PHILLIPS was born in the Swansea Valley
and Welsh was the only language spoken in her home. She was educated at Cardiff
University’s Welsh Department and says she was fortunate to have studied under
Saunders Lewis. Hefina feels that to have been born Welsh is the utmost
privilege and she does all she can to share her love of Wales and its beautiful
Ysgol Gān ~ directed by Meirwyn Walters, accompanist Karen Wojahn
Lead by conductor Meirwyn Walters, an
informal practice session where you will learn some hymns we'll sing at
the Gymanfa on Sunday. This is your oppertunity to hear some
Welsh verses pronounced and to practice your
part, whatever it maybe with joyful abandon. Fun and enlightening.
has served as an accompanist for the annual Minnesota Welsh Hymn Festivals
since the 1970's and was organist for the 1998 Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu in
Minneapolis. She is the Worship & Music Coordinator and organist for
the American Lutheran Church in her southwestern Minnesota town of Windom.
She also plays the harp for special events.
Welsh Folk Dancing
(Twmpath Dawns) ~ presented by Siān Frick
Twmpath Dawns is sure to please dancers and non-dancers alik
e. Siān Frick, a certified and celebrated Welsh Folk Dance teacher, will le
ad the dan
ces and will keep things
moving happily along. All
ges are welc
Siān Frick is a British national of mainly Welsh parentage. From
1984-1991 she attended Cymdeithas Ddawns Werin Cymru (Welsh Folk Dance
Society) workshops in Wales to learn the spirited but light-footed Welsh
dances, earning her Cymdeithas Instructor’s Certificate in 1986.
An Informal Discussion & Coffee: Taxbreaks for Investors ~ Investing in your Favorite
Charities ~ with David Allen, WNAA Treasurer
An informal discussion about ways investors can improve
os, get tax breaks
and support their favorite charities.
If you own stocks, bonds or mutual
funds you will find this seminar
of WNAA, lives in Owego, New York, He
received his PhD from Columbia University and was a Fulbright Scholar to
Belgium and a Danforth Graduate Fellow. David is a Professor Emeritus at City University of New York, where he taught a variety of courses in economics and
|Cinema Wales ||Full Schedule yet to be determined |
(Motherland) Kate Roberts ~ 2012, 30 minutes, biography,
Welsh w/ English subtitles. From the S4C series in which Ffion Hague traces the lives of women
who have left their mark on Welsh history. This installment in the
series presents a profile of Kate Roberts, the author of numerous novels and books of short stories including Traed Mewn Cyffion and Te yn y Grug. Examing her
efforts to ensure publishing house Gwasg Gee continued after the death of her husband Morris T. Williams in 1946.
through permission by S4C and Tinopolis
Murray the Hump: 2012, 50
minutes in two parts, documentary. Welsh w/ English subtitlesA look at the life and career of Llewellyn Morris Humphreys, aka Murray the Hump, not your usual Chicago mobster. The son of poor immigrants, he was drawn into this violent world. Tough and cleaver he was known among
mobsters for his intelligence and diplomacy, Al Capone admired him
for using his gun only as a last resort and made him his second in
command. Dafydd Wigley, a third cousin of Humphreys' appears in
this retelling of Murray The Hump's rise through the world of
Used through permission by Telemona and S4C
Children's Activities are open to children and youth of all ages. Children
participating must be accompanied be an adult
1. Twin City Highlights - The
tour begins with a visit to the Guthrie Theater, which overlooks
historic St. Anthony Falls- where water power fueled first the lumber,
then the flour milling industry. Other downtown attractions include the
Skyway system and the Nicollet Mall with the IDS Tower’s “Crystal
Court,” the Dakota Jazz Club and Orchestra Hall; the Hennepin Avenue
Entertainment District; the Twins Baseball Stadium and the Warehouse
We’ll drive south and east from downtown, passing the
Walker Modern Art Museum and our Sculpture Garden. Next we’ll pass
through some lovely residential neighborhoods to the Chain-of-Lakes
area, with stops at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, the Japanese Peace
Gardens and the Rose Garden. Then we’ll continue along Minnehaha Creek
to Minnehaha Falls, made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Song
of Hiawatha.” A catered picnic lunch will be served at Minnehaha Falls.
lunch, you’ll experience panoramic views of historic Fort Snelling,
hear the story of present-day transportation on the Mississippi River;
enjoy the best of St. Paul, including Rice Park, the State Capitol, the
Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Paul and historic Summit Avenue; then
proceed back to Minneapolis via the campus of the University of
Meet in lobby 9:15 am, lunch included. 6 hr tour.
2. Arboretum and Lake Minnetonka Lunch Cruise -
bus will depart for a 20-mile drive to the University of Minnesota’s
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
features 1,137 acres of natural areas, public gardens and thousands of
plant labels designed to inspire ideas for visitors' own backyards.
With specialty gardens, demonstration areas, and more than 5,000 plant
species and varieties, the Arboretum has become one of the premier
horticultural field laboratories and public display areas in the
country. In 2012, the Arboretum was granted full status into the Center
for Plant Conservation as a representative Upper Midwest garden. There
will be a guided tour as well as time for individual exploration.
Following a visit to the Arboretum, the bus will take you to Lake Minnetonka where
will board a private charter for a premier luncheon cruise. You will be
able to enjoy the perfect fusion of spectacular scenery and attentive
award-winning service aboard the Avanti, one of Al and Alma's wonderful
Lake Minnetonka Fleet. Enjoy your lunch and a 2-hour cruise while
taking in a 360 degree view of Lake Minnetonka's incredible shoreline,
islands, and homes.Meet in lobby 9:15 am, lunch included, 6 hr 15 min tour.
Questions? Contact email@example.com
|Sunday Worship Service|
REV. NEAL LLOYD will lead a
traditional church service in Welsh
and English, which
includes the reading of the roll of departed members
and placing of memorial roses in the vases on the altar. No NAFOW pass is required to attend the Sunday Worship service, All are welcome.
|83nd Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu |
afternoon and evening, join us for song and praise in this traditional celebration
congregational singing of Welsh hymns. Hymns will be sung in both Welsh
and English in this, our 82nd annual National Gymanfa Ganu. Don’t forget
to bring your Welsh hymnals. Hymnals will be available for purchase.
MEIWYN IOAN WALTERS ESQ. will serve as conductor for the 83rd National Gymanfa Ganu and Ysgol Gan. As a nationally-known conductor, he has traveled extensively across the U.S. conducting cymanfoedd. He was received enthusiastically as conductor
of the Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu in 1999 in Minneapolis and in 2004 in
Buffalo. Mr. Walters was raised a “Welshman in
America” born in Boston, and learning Welsh as his first language. In conducting, he follows the footsteps of
his father, the late Dr. Gwyn Walters.
JENSEN the festival accompanist, will serve as accompanist
Gymanfa, the Eisteddfod practice, competition and concert as well
as the Sunday service. Steve had his first regular church job at the
age of 13. He studied at Lawrence Conservatory of Music
in Appleton, WI and continued his organ study at Carthage College in
WI. The first cymanfa ganu he played for was in 1977 in Fort Atkinson, WI. He then played the following year at the
National Gymanfa Ganu in Minneapolis in 1978.
Since then Steve has played for many local and state cymanfoedd.
Thursday-Sunday late night INFORMAL SINGING
for a traditional sing along or OPEN MIC NIGHT, PUB NIGHT, and
participate in the merry making in a casual setting, each following
scheduled evening events.
are the TEA ROOM, offering Welsh tea and Welsh cakes
and a chance to socialize with friends new and old, and the MARKETPLACE, vendors from
Wales and across North America selling Welsh and other Celtic items: clothing,
jewelry trinkets, music, books, tours, educational packages and the like. Reserve a table in the marketplace.