The Swansea Festival 2014, October 4th-18th, will be a double celebration. Special events marking the Centenary of Dylan Thomas are included as major contributions to the year-long Dylan Thomas 100 Festival, supported by the Welsh Government, and the opening concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra will mark the relaunch of the Brangwyn Hall following its restoration. The programme will include Welsh National Opera, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra plus a range of arts at venues across the City.
2014 is a great year for Swansea to be making the most of its cultural events, with the eyes of the world on the city due to the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas; we have a fantastic opportunity to make our mark on the international cultural circuit. With Dylan Thomas very much in our minds, I would like to dedicate this year’s Festival to him and the legacy and impact that his work has given the city.
I would also like to extend the dedication to my predecessor, Huw Tregelles Williams, who has given over ten years service to the Festival, bringing us all a wonderful array of concerts, orchestras and events that have helped enliven the city and make the Festival what it is today. We owe him a great deal of gratitude and I’m sure we will all enjoy his final year’s programme.
As we look to the future, I hope that we can continue to celebrate and develop the work and legacies that both Dylan Thomas and Huw Tregelles Williams have given us and ensure that the Swansea Festival stands as a centre piece of the city’s cultural programme for many years to come.
Chairman - Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts