Swansea International Festival at Swansea

South Wales, Swansea, SA1 3QG, Wales

Set up after World War II, at the same time as Edinburgh Festival, Swansea International Festival is one of the major festival events in Wales. It is well established, respected and has a loyal core audience. It also has a clear purpose: a formal, annual opportunity to celebrate the town and its people. Two years ago we brought in a dynamic new Artistic Director, changed the name from the Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts to reflect the new ambitions and, after a period of transition, we feel the Festival is now ready to position itself at the core of the cultural scene in Swansea. Our ambition is to build on the strong foundations and extend its appeal to a wider audience and become part of the fabric of Swansea life. The Festival wants to engage with more of the population of Swansea Bay with relevant, inspiring, diverse content and become the biggest urban festival on the Welsh calendar.

2017 highlights

Relaunch of The Swansea Fringe from Fri 29 September to Sun 1 October bringing High Street alive with comedy, bands, poetry and performance.
Music at Morriston – a mini music festival at Morriston Hospital, taking music into the community.
More opportunities for young people: primary schools music festival; BBC National Orchestra of Wales family concert; Primary schools music festival.
On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra performing their only concert in Wales.
Dunvant and Morriston RFC male voice choirs join forces to raise the Brangwyn Hall roof.
Local soprano superstar Elin Manahan Thomas performs the world premiere of a new Swansea song cycle.

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