Swansea International Festival

Swansea International Festival Welcomes Young Festival-goers

Swansea International Festival, which has been part of the South West Wales arts scene for well over 60 years, has over 33 events spread over 17 days this autumn – and this year there are some lovely children and family events.

This new adaptation of the Lewis Carroll poem, The Hunting of the Snark on 12 October, is a tale of adventure, bravery and above all family – all set on an island where a little bit of silliness never goes amiss.

A ragbag band of explorers, some interesting creatures and a boy who overcomes adversity to find his father – and maybe a Snark! – is a musical creation perfect for the young and the young at heart.  The Hunting Of The Snark is a complete delight and ideal for those from 3yrs old.

For those a little older (5yrs and above) there can be no better introduction to classical music than BBC National Orchestra of Wales Family Concert.  Join members of the orchestra at 2.45pm on 7 October, when the youngsters can try out various instruments from the orchestra before taking  your seats at 3.00pm for a whistle-stop tour of popular classics and music from TV and film

All little girls (along with their Mum’s and Grandma’s) love the ballet, and Wales’ award-winning Ballet Cymru will perform their new production of The Light Princess, with an original score by Welsh harpist (and former harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales), Catrin Finch.

The Light Princess is an enchanting ballet which draws inspiration from Sleeping Beauty, telling the story of a princess afflicted by a constant weightlessness, unable to get  her feet on the ground until she finds a love that brings her down to earth.    Featuring ground breaking video projections and stunningly vibrant costumes The Light Princess, on 14 October, will transport you to a world of laughter, beauty and wonder.

If you have a budding percussionist in the family, then they will undoubtedly be begging to go along and hear the brilliant young percussionist Joby Burgess perform in the evening of 7 October.  For his adrenalin-fuelled Powerplant concert, he uses an aluminium harp, a typewriter, a giant steel sheet, an Angolan shepherding instrument, electronics and video – and a young choir – along with such musical athleticism that it will astound you!

This year Swansea International Festival is giving primary school children their very own Festival to enjoy on Sunday afternoon 15 October!

All Swansea Primary schools have been invited to enter the Festival by sending Swansea Music Unit a recording or video (performances can include instrumental ensembles, choirs and musical theatre groups) with the event giving children the opportunity to showcase the excellent music-making that takes place in Swansea’s schools.

From the entries, ten will be chosen to perform on the magnificent Brangwyn Hall stage as part of the Swansea International Festival where 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded by a secret celebrity guest of honour.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales – Family Concert