31 July 2018

Carnifal y Môr – vibrant community carnival to kick off the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay

Wales’ premier arts and culture festival, the National Eisteddfod, arrives in Cardiff Bay this summer and will run from 3-11 August. As part of the celebrations, Cardiff’s vibrant Butetown Carnival and the Eisteddfod are inviting everyone to come and party on the streets of Cardiff Bay in a carnival to celebrate the energy, strength and diversity of Welsh cultural life in the capital city, across the country and its links across the world.

Performer in purple and red lights on a black background

Performer from the Carnifal y Môr projected film

 by Megan Broadmeadow

Carnifal y Môr (Carnival of the Sea), is part of Wales’ Year of the Sea celebrations, and will take place at 10.30pm on Saturday 4 August in Cardiff Bay. The carnival will process and dance through the Eisteddfod Maes down to the waterside in front of Wales’ national parliament building, the Senedd, where there will be a film by the artist Megan Broadmeadow projected onto colossal waterscreens, with the music composed by Welsh musician and filmmaker Gruff Rhys.

Image of Gruff Rhys and a guitar

Gruff Rhys

 by Turnstile Music

Megan Broadmeadow specialises in creating immersive exhibitions and events, and has been working in Butetown with carnival makers over the past months to create costumes for the event. The water screen film is an artistic collaboration led by Megan with Cardiff University's School of Pharmacy and carnival costume makers from Butetown Carnival, which explores the remarkable biodiversity of the sea life in the waters of Cardiff Bay, and the people who have come to make modern Cardiff.

The waterscreen film and the music will also run on the water in front of the Senedd and Pierhead Building for six further nights during the Eisteddfod from 10.30pm to 11.00pm, ending on Friday 10 August.

Performer from the Carnifal y Môr projected film depicting a rocket

Performer from the Carnifal y Môr projected film

 by Megan Broadmeadow

Carnifal y Môr champions Cardiff’s links with countries across the world, and the Welsh language’s contribution to multilingual, multicultural Cardiff today. It is also a colourful and inclusive celebration of those people who travelled from across the world to create modern Cardiff.

The traditional Butetown Carnival itself will be held at the end of August with a 2-day event starting with the Carnival Parade on Sunday 26 August.