In 2020, we celebrate the fifth annual Dydd Miwsig Cymru - Welsh Language Music Day, celebrating all forms of Welsh language music. Whatever you're into, there's something for you!
The day - 7 February 2020 - will see a range of gigs held across the country, including in the UNESCO City of Music, Liverpool an iconic music location chosen to signify Wales’ links to the city where many Welsh migrant workers built homes in the famous ‘Welsh streets’, and settled in the 19th century. There will also be some intimate performances in the UK’s smallest house, in Conwy, North Wales.
Another part of the celebration is new music releases - there will singles and albums releases from a number of artists.
Dydd Miwsig Cymru will also exclusively announce the top ten most streamed Welsh language songs of all time, based on Spotify streaming.
Dydd Miswig Cymru - gigs in 2020
Friday 7 February 2020
- Liverpool: In the UNESCO City of Music, three-piece girl band Adwaith will play a free gig outside the city’s iconic Cunard building in the Pier Head from 1pm.
- Conwy: Welsh language singer Casi will be performing in the UK’s smallest house in Conwy, north Wales, available to the public to attend for free from 11.30am until 3.30pm.
- Cardiff: Welsh language acts Al Lewis and HANA2K will be performing several sets each between 11.30 and 15.00 at St David’s 2 shopping centre in Cardiff, available to the public to attend for free.
- Cardiff: Welsh language bands Los Blancos, Melin Melyn, Ynys, Papur Wal and many more performing at Clwb Ifor Bach from 15.30-22.30, free for people 18+ to attend.
- Swansea: Welsh language acts HMS Morris, Cotton Wolf and Rhodri Brooks performing at Cinema & Co in Swansea, free to attend.
- Cardigan – Welsh language act Owen Shiers will be performing at the Old World Theatre.
- M&S Culverhouse Cross – daytime Welsh language music gig in store.
Saturday 8 February 2020
- Wrexham: Six Welsh language acts, including Adwaith, Chroma and Eitha Da, will perform from 4pm – 11pm at the Ty Pawb centre in Wrexham
Can't get to any of the gigs?
BBC Radio Cymru 2 will extend its hours on air on Dydd Miwsig Cymru until 2pm, with specially curated playlists. This will include a ‘Learn Welsh’ playlist curated by Radio Cymru presenter Marc Griffiths, a playlist focusing on female artists curated by Elan Evans from Clwb Ifor Bach and Sŵn Festival, and a ‘100k Artists’ playlist by singer and record label owner Yws Gwynedd.
Fancy getting on the road?
We'd suggest a road trip along The Wales Way, complete with bespoke soundtrack.
Dych chi'n dysgu Cymraeg?
If you don't speak any Welsh or want to improve, here are some key phrases you could start with:
Hello is the easily-remembered ‘helo’ and thank you is simply ‘diolch’. Here are some more simple words and phrases to get you started:
Bore da (Pronounced: Boh-reh dah): Good morning
Prynhawn da (Prin-houn dah): Good afternoon
Nos da (nohs dah): Good night
Croeso i Gymru (Croesoh ee Gum-reeh): Welcome to Wales
Iechyd da! (Yeh-chid dah): Cheers!
Tafarn (Tav-arn): Pub
Diolch (Dee-olch): Thanks
Da iawn (Dah ee-aw-n): Very good