Culture in North America
|The North American Festival of Wales in Alexandria, VA
Schedule available in March 2018
Festival details will be added here in the coming months as they are established..
Below is the Rochester NY 2017 Event Schedule
Times on this schedule are
subject to change reflecting current information. Please consult
Booklet included in your registration packet on arrival at NAFOW .
|Scheduling for events is subject
to change. Final times will appear in
NAFOW Program Booklet distributed to NAFOW attendees.
Opening Ceremony ~ Thursday August 30th at 7:00pm,
NAFOW 2017 will officially open by host by Peter DuBois. Peter has served for 25 years as Director of Music/Organist
at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York, where he oversees a large
and active music ministry. From 2000 to
2014 he also served as Assistant Professor of Sacred Music (part-time) at the
Eastman School of Music, and was Director of the Sacred Music Diploma program
there. Since July 2009, he has taken up
the position of host and producer of the nationally syndicated public radio
program, With Heart and Voice, heard
on over 100 stations across the US. (www.withheartandvoice.org). Peter will present a brief history of
Rochester and introduce representatives from Welsh Societies across New York
State. We will also be treated to a performance by some of Rochester’s
world-class musicians, highlighting the sounds of Welsh music.
Required, not covered by a NAFOW Pass
SERA OWEN ~ Folk Singer
A bilingual folk singer-songwriter from North Wales with Polish
heritage, Sera's songs are stories of reality and myth, and her voice can
calm a crowd one minute and have you on your feet the next. Sera
performs live on guitar and piano, often with a small band of slide
guitar, violin and percussion.
She has played many live shows and festivals including a tour of
America, opening for a Mumford & Sons gig in Venue Cymru,
Sidmouth Fringe, Access All Eirias, How the Light Gets In, Focus Wales,
Wakestock and Festival Number 6, and was a finalist in the Song for
Wales (Can i Gymru) TV show. She has recently released 2 EP's -1 in
Welsh, 1 in English- and her first single from the album 'Carry
Me,' which is all about her old beat up 1950s Landrover! Sera's music has been played on airwaves across the UK, with support from BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru,
featuring her as their ‘Artist of the Week’. Her music is featured in the BAFTA Cymru winning film ‘Dancing in Circles.’
||Ticket Required, not covered by
a NAFOW Pass
Attire ~ business
gala evening is co-sponsored
by the North American Wales Foundation
the Welsh North American
Association (WNAA) and will honor the 2017 recipient of
the NAWF Heritage Medallion, Catrin Brace. The featured entertainment will be 2016 National Eisteddfod Blue Riband winner Steffan Lloyd Owen.
PLEASE NOTE: *You
must have your seating preassigned to attend the banquet. Please bring
your banquet ticket, and those in the party you would like to sit with, to the
registration area to
reserve your place. Banquet seating selection
available throughout the hours that the Registration Desk is
on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. [see menu]CATRIN BRACE
was Born in Aberystwyth and grew up in Glamorganshire where she attended Bridgend Girls’ Grammar School and w
on to Bangor University, where she graduated with honors in Welsh.
After doing post-graduate work in French at Poitiers University, she
spent three years in France running an antiques importing business.
When she returned to Wales, she worked for a year at St. Fagan’s Folk
Museum and then became Marketing Officer with the Wales Tourist Board
in Cardiff. Fluent in French, she specialized in the France and Benelux
markets. At the end of 2001, she was offered a job in the Welsh
Development Agency’s office in New York. Then, in 2003, Catrin took a
position with the Welsh Assembly Government, taking on the
responsibility for raising the
profile of Wales in America.
the years, she succeeded with a significant increase in positive media
coverage, creating new and exciting events and promotions like Wales
Week which eventually grew to include New York, Boston,
Washington,Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco; the launch of the
Richard Burton Diaries – an event that reached 300 million people via
the media; the Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village; and,
something for which she will always be remembered: lighting up the
Empire State Building in the Welsh colors on St. David’s Day! After she
moved to New York she represented the Wales Tourist Board, Mid Wales
Development Corporation, Welsh Rarebits Hotels and City Travel in the
North American market, advancing awareness of Wales as a tourist and
business destination and working closely with the British Tourist
Authority and the Welsh Development Agency. She will retire in February
2017 from her current position as Head of Marketing and Public
Relations for the Welsh Government in North America, in the USA and in
Canada. Catrin has worked behind the scenes with WNAA, since the
National Gymanfa Ganu became the National Festival of Wales in 2003,
supplying films each year forthe CINEMA WALES feature at NAFOW.STEFFAN LLOYD OWEN
ass-baritone, is a 21 year old second year student at the RNCM and is from Anglesey, Nort
He attended LlanfairPG Primary School and David Hughes secondary
school. Steffan has competed for
several years at the Urdd a
nd National Eisteddfod, regularly winning
top prizes. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier
Society scholarship for young singers. The annual award, established in
memory of the famous contralto, is presented to a singer entering their
second year of study at a conservatoire and is one of the most
well-known singing competitions in the world.
Steffan will embark on an exciting new project with
Welsh National Opera. WNO, S4C, Rondo Productions and Severn Screen have
commissioned an original Welsh language opera film commemorating 100 years
since the death of Hedd Wyn - the Welsh
language poet who was killed
near Ypres, Belgium, during the Battle of
Passchendaele in World War I. Steffan will play the
Title Role. The
film will be broadcast on S4C, BBC iPlayer and in
cinemas across Wales in summer 2017. The project brings together
Director Marc Evans and Internationally renowned composer Gruff Rhys
Furry Animals) who will write the libretto.
Required, not covered by a NAFOW Pass
JOHN OWEN JONES ~ Soloist
Owen-Jones is a record-breaking West End and Broadway actor and singer.
John is best known for his award-winning performances as Jean Valjean
in Les Miserables and as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. John
remains the youngest actor in West End history to have played Jean
Valjean in Les Miserables (a role he also played on Broadway) and has
performed as the Phantom nearly 2000 times – more than any actor in the
show’s entire West End run. He is currently playing Jean Valjean in Les
Miserables at The Imperial Theatre, New York. John lives in Surrey with
his wife Teresa, a primary school, teacher, and their children Nia and
TORONTO WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIRThe
Grand Concert will feature the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir that
proudly draws on the great Welsh tradition of singing hymns and songs
born of the mountains and valleys of Wales. At the same time it
emphasizes a multicultural context in its broad repertoire which
includes spirituals; operatic arias, Canadian folk songs, Broadway show
tunes and contemporary music. Established in 1995 when its founding
member and first president, Gwyn Roberts, gathered together a group of
like-minded individuals of Welsh heritage, TWMVC sought to kindle the
spirit of traditional Welsh male voice singing in their adopted
country. Many of the current members still lay claim to Welsh
connections, but today TWMVC has members from a variety of ethnic
backgrounds.Hochstien School of Music & Dance
Grand Concert will be performed in the Performance Hall at Rochester’s
Hochstein School of Music and Dance, built in 1890 as the sanctuary of
the former Central Presbyterian Church. It was fully renovated in 1999
to include state-of-the-art acoustics, theatre seating, stage and house
lighting, and Crest Audio System.While retaining the elegant stained
glass windows, sweepin
g balcony, and intimate atmosphere (all of
the 857 seats arranged “in the round” are within 50 feet of the stage),
the award-winning Hall now features a large maple stage, clear
sightlines, and three entrances, two of which are equipped with foyer
ticket booths. The Hochstein School is located about 1
/3 of a mile from
the Hyatt ( .
Shuttle buses will b
e provided for those with restricted mobility
to get there and back from both the Hochstein on Saturday evening, and the Third Presbyterian Church (4 Meigs St, Rochester, NY 14607) for the Gymanfa Ganu on Sunday which is located 1 mile from the Hyatt
. Fee charged, advanced registration required
Admission to Eisteddfod ~
NAFOW 3-Day or Individual Day Pass,
youth under 18 are free
The competitions are in Singing
and Recitation for all ages
and skill levels. Full information on age, entry and
requirements as well as entry fees and prizes for each competition is
available on the Eisteddfod Entry Form All
winners will receive cash prizes
We deeply appreciate the devotion and the generosity of the
individuals and organizations in financing these awards.
Adult Recitation: WNAA Eisteddfod Committee Award.
Winner: $50. Second place: $25. Third place: $15.
Welsh Learner’s Recitation: Vancounver Welsh Society Award.
Winner: $50. Second place: $25. Third place: $15.
English Language Recitation: St. David's Society of Minnesota Award.
Winner: $50. Second place: $25. Third place: $15
Singing Solo Voice Competition (Youth -age 15 and under): Calgary Welsh Society Award
$50. Second place: $25. Third place: $15.
Hymn Singing Competition: The WNAA Past Presidents Award.
Winner: $50 and the opportunity to sing in the Sunday morning service. Second place: $25. Third place: $15.
Solo Voice Competition (Adult - age 16 and over): Seattle Welsh Women's Club Award.
Competitions in singing and rehearsal are on Saturday with an Eisteddfod winners
concert at Saturday 4 pm. Any
about the Eisteddfod and
the competitions should be directed to
Winner $50. Winner may be invited to sing in one Cymanfa Session on Sunday. Second place: $25. Third place: $15.
Solo Voice Semi-Professional:
The David G. Morris Memorial Award Winner.
The David G. Morris Trophy and $3,500 US, specifically for travel to
compete in the 2018 National Eisteddfod of Wales. A report on the Welsh
experience is required. Winner is invited to sing an appropriate piece
in one Cymanfa Session on Sunday. Runner-up: $250.
Sponsored by Siân and Gareth Ioan (Siân is the late David Morris' niece)
Admission ~ NAFOW 3-Day or Individual Day
under 18 are free
"Time and Tide ~ Lady Rhondda and the Lusitania" ~
featuring David Evan Thomas
U-boat of the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania as it returned to
Britain from New York. This tragedy, in which 1200 people died
(including 128 Americans), hastened the entry of the U.S. into World
War I. One of the Welsh survivors, Margaret Mackworth (later Lady
Rhondda), wrote of her experience in a surprisingly frank,
philosophical, and sometimes even humorous way. 2015 was also the year
a commemorative blue plaque was installed in Newport, Wales near the
postbox where in 1913 Mrs. Mackworth, a supporter of women’s suffrage,
tried to set
fire to letters. Incorporating the words of Lady Rhondda herself and
music from this era, composer David Evan Thomas and writer/actor Holly
Windle have collaborated to create a musical and theatrical
retrospective called Time and Tide: Lady Rhondda and the Lusitania.
Other members of the St. David’s Society of Minnesota join them in this
look back at significant events in the life of a Welsh suffragette who
survived a disaster and tried for thirty years to take her father’s
seat in the House of Lords. Windle portrays Lady Rhondda, and from the
piano, Thomas leads a supporting chorus in period music by Welsh and
British composers and popular songs, including “A Hundred Years from
Now,” and “As the Lusitania Went Down.”
DAVID EVAN THOMAS was born in Rochester, New York,
in 1958, studied at Northwestern University, the Eastman School,
and with Dominick Argento at the University of Minnesota. His work has
been commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, honored by the American
Academy of Arts and Letters and published by ECS, Augsburg Fortress and
Admission ~ NAFOW 3-Day or 1-Day Festival Pass
youth under 18 are free
Thursday Workshop: Become a Contributor to the Peoples Collection Wales Archival Website
~ 10:30am -2:30 pm includes lunch. Lead by Gruffydd Jones and Berian Elias, Programme Manager for People’s Collection Wales,
Do you or does your organisation have collections to digitally archive and share and connect with others?
The People’s Collection Wales
website provides an innovative bilingual digital platform where you can
discover, earn and contribute to the story of Wales. The website and online
tools are free to use by individuals, community groups, and heritage
organisations. This workshop will include information on how to use the
People’s Collection Wales website. If you or your
organisation would like to learn how to share items from your collections, request
training, or develop a project, the People’s Collection Wales team
can provide advice.
Do you have a story about
life in Wales, your Welsh ancestors or North American Welsh organisation that
you want to digitally archive and to share with the world? People's Collection Wales is
a bilingual website with innovative tools for exploring, sharing and engaging
with Welsh history and culture. This exciting online project uses the latest technologies
in an easy to use format to share objects and images online which can be
explored by theme, location, date, places and events.
This is not just a showcase
for museum collections - ordinary people's stories and
objects are also key to the success of the project. Learn how you can add your
own objects to the online collections, curate
your own exhibitions, set up groups and map out and share walks in Wales that are
rich with cultural and historical references. You'll see that it's easy to
create collections and stories. On the Historic Maps
section of the site you can peel back time and explore the changing landscapes
The People’s Collection Wales
programme is funded by Welsh Government and managed by the Museums Archives and
Libraries division MALD. The programme is delivered by a federated partnership
between the National Museum Wales, The National Library of Wales and the Royal Commission
on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.
Peoples Collection Wales ~ Overview for Researchers
you were not able to attend the in depth Thursday workshop, this seminar
cover a basic overview of the Peoples Collection Wales and how you can
use it as a tool to search and research Welsh history on a world
wide searchable data base. This simple to learn to use tool lets
you access digital collections of the main heritage
institutions in Wales published alongside items from smaller museums,
archives, libraries, organisations and families such as yours.
R. S. Thomas - Priest and Poet ~ presented by Reverend Barry Morgan
R. S. THOMAS WAS A
PRIEST of the Church in Wales who died in 2000. He was arguably the greatest
Anglo- Welsh poet of his time and his work has been translated into many
languages, so that he is a world-renowned poet. He won many prizes for his
poetry including the Queen’s Gold Medal. He wrote the equivalent of one poem a
fortnight for fifty years, more than 1500 poems in all. He wrote about Wales,
Welsh farmers and the Welsh language, but not far below the surface was his
exploration of what it meant to believe in God. He shirked none of the hard
questions which such a belief entails and so his poetry bears the stamp of his
inner wrestling with God as he strives to make sense of his purposes in the
universe. He believed that there was nothing more important than a person’s
relationship with God. This seminar will look at the main themes of his poetry
– the revelation of God through silence, prayer, nature and Jesus and what he
has to say about the difficulties of any encounter with God. It will also try
to say something about the kind of man Thomas was and his relationship with the
Church in Wales.
In one sense, the
Church in Wales is a young church because it was only disestablished in 1920,
and became a province of the Anglican Communion in its own right only at that
point, separate from the Church of England. However, its roots go back to the
early Celtic Church in the fourth and fifth centuries, long before St Augustine
landed in Kent in 597. This talk will begin by exploring these early Celtic
roots (the Age of the Saints, as it is called). It will look at how the Norman
Conquest changed the governance of the Church and how the Reformation brought a
totally new church into being – the Anglican Church, no longer subject to Rome
but to the King in Parliament. The Welsh Church, at that point, was called The
Church of England in Wales. The seminar will then look at the reasons why
disestablishment happened and the kind of Church that emerged at that point and
how it differs from the Church of England.
History of the Church
in Wales ~ presented
by Reverend Barry Morgan
THE REVEREND BARRY
MORGAN, the Archbishop of Wales since 2003, was born in South Wales. He read
history in London, Theology at Cambridge and trained for the ministry at
Westcott House, Cambridge. He was Bishop of Bangor from 1993-1999, and has been
the Bishop of Llandaff since 1999. Rev. Morgan has published a number of
articles and books, including a study of the work of Welsh poet R. S. Thomas
called Strangely Orthodox. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales,
Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Wales and a Fellow of several other
The Welsh American Eisteddfod & the National Eisteddfod in New York
~ presented by Prof. James P. Cassarino
eisteddfod was first introduced in the United States during the Welsh
immigration of the 1830s. The competitions were usually based on
religious themes such as hymn singing, the reading and recitation of
psalms or biblical texts, and the singing of anthems. In due course,
chief interest of the Welsh-American eisteddfod centered primarily with
music. Despite the ‘Americanization’ of the eisteddfod in America, the
Welsh community worked hard to keep the eisteddfod alive and relevant.
Indeed, several large-scale eisteddfodau called national and
international attention to the Welsh in America, not only for
celebrating its culture and unique musical tradition, but in displaying
their abilities as organizers and promoters. Since its arrival in
America, the Welsh community has established itself as a significant,
historic society. This present study draws on many sources to
illuminate the introduction and production of Welsh musical culture and
traditions in the United States. It should not only attract interest
among music scholars in Wales itself, but also raise the profile of an
under-appreciated ethnic contribution among historians in America.
P. CASSARINO is Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department
at Green Mountain College. He earned his Musicology degree from Bangor
University where his dissertation investigated the Welsh hymn tune
tradition in the United States. In addition to his academic work in
Welsh culture, he has become a popular speaker and gymanfa ganu
conductor to St. David Societies throughout the country.
Patagonian Dreams ~ presented by Michèle Henderson
20th, 2015, Michèle had the unique honour of being the only descendant
to attend the reburial of her own greatgreat-grandmother on the 150th
anniversary of the day of her death. Her seminar, Patagonian Dreams,
tells the story of Robert and Catherine Davies, who were among the
first Welsh settlers to sail to Patagonia aboard the Mimosa in 1865.
Sadly, Catherine died three weeks after arriving, and she was buried
along the coast where the ship had anchored. Since her grave was
unmarked, it was lost for 130 years. When the skeleton of a woman was
discovered in 1995, a scientific investigation was launched to identify
the remains. Research led to the discovery of a female descendant in
Wales who was suitable to provide a DNA sample. In April 2015, Nia
Olwen Ritchie travelled to Argentina, and Catherine Davies was
Michèle would like to thank the Calgary Welsh Society for supporting her participation in NAFOW 2017.
Patagonian Bones ~ companion film to Patagonian Dreams
will be a presentation of “The Patagonian Bones”, a film made by Mr.
Ricardo Preve in 2015. This film is about the 20-year quest to identify
a set of human remains found in Patagonia. These bones turned out to be
remains of Catherine Roberts of Landrillo, Wales, the great-great
grandmother of Michèle Henderson. Catherine was the first Welsh woman
to die in Argentina after the arrival of the Welsh there in 1865. The
circumstantial evidence suggested this, but for confirmation it was
necessary to perform a DNA analysis, and thus locate a descendant of
Ms. Roberts. The film tells the extraordinary story of a 21st century
Welsh woman’s travel to Patagonia to help confirm or deny the identity
of the bones, and of the dogged determination of three Argentine
scientists to unravel this scientific mystery. The film was shot in
Wales and Argentina and is spoken in English, Spanish, and Welsh with
HENDERSON lives in Calgary, Alberta, and has been an elementary teacher
since 1982. She and her husband Craig have two daughters. Michèle
developed an interest in her family history in her teens. She is also
passionate about playing guitar, singing, travelling and learning
Let Paul Robson Sing!
~ presented by Phil Cope
This seminar is an exploration of the life of Paul Robeson and his relationship with Wales.
“Before King dreamed, before Thurgood Marshall petitioned and Sidney
Poitier emoted, before the big breakthroughs in Hollywood and
Washington, before the Jim Crow signs came down and before the Civil
Rights banners went up, before Spike Lee, before Denzel, before Sam
Jackson and Jesse Jackson, there was Paul Robeson.”, Lerone Bennet Jr., 1998.
Paul Robeson’s life is a chronicle of the cultural, social and
political history of the twentieth century. Scholar, athlete, linguist,
singer, actor, orator and activist, he shaped his turbulent times like
few others. His passion for equality, freedom and peace was admired
throughout the world and, in these difficult times, seems now more
relevant than ever. Robeson’s first contact with Wales was during the
winter of 1929 when he heard South Wales miners – who had walked all
the way to London – singing to raise money and to petition the
government for help. From that moment on, his bond with Wales was
fixed, regularly acknowledging his debt to our nation: “There is no place in the world I like more than Wales.”
Dragon's Fire: Wales at the Olympics and Paralympic Games ~ presented by Phil Cope
seminar will celebrate the great achievements of our athletes, and ask
‘Why is our small nation so successful?’, ‘Who is Wales’ greatest
athlete?’, and ‘Should Wales be fielding its own team at the Games?’ As
well as sharing many of his stunning images and tales of Welsh
competitors, Phil will bring with him some priceless objects from our
inspiring history, including Paralympic medals, an Olympic torch, and
one of the mugs given to every child in the Ogmore Valley, made on the
occasion of Lynn Davies’ triumph by Ewenny Pottery. “We are a small nation, but our record of achievement is inspiring. We really do punch well above our weight.”
Lynn Davies CBE, gold medalist, Tokyo 1964.
PHIL COPE is a photographer and writer, with exhibitions and books on
themes as diverse as Welsh sport, Paul Robeson, Aneurin Bevan and the
NHS, Holy Wells, Wales and the Spanish Civil War, Dylan Thomas, and
Haitian vodou. In 2014, he was invited to conduct an American tour on
the Wellsprings of Wales which included seminars, workshops and an
exhibition for NAFOW in Minneapolis. He has written regularly for
Ninnau ever since.
Phil Cope was appointed to lead the Following the Flame Project on
Wales at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, our nation’s major component
of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Following the Flame created and
toured a dozen major exhibitions throughout Wales; created a new
publication and film; commissioned new music and paintings; and devised
an innovative program for schools. In 2013, a second edition of the
Following the Flame publication was commissioned by the Arts Council,
and presented free to every school in Wales. In 2001,
Phil Cope led on the creation of Let Paul Robeson Sing!, a major
touring exhibition, plus five new books and a film (with Paul Robeson
Jr., National Museums & Galleries of Wales and V&A London).
Solve the Mystery of the Welsh Quilt ~ presented by Susan
Susan Jones Graff, from the St. David’s Society of Utica, will have us all
try to “Solve the Mystery of the Missing Welsh Quilts!” Susan’s goal is
to document Welsh quiltsmade in North America using the Quilt Index.
The Holy Grail and the Shadow of Nanteos ~ presented by Jane Blank
of the most important houses in Cardiganshire, Nanteos has attracted people
from around the world. The mansion is rich in legend including the famous
healing cup. With extracts from her novel, set in the 1750s notorious
Cardiganshire lead wars, Jane brings this fascinating house to life.
Fact and Fantasy: Writing a
Historical Novel ~ presented by Jane Blank
there is more than one version of a story, more than one explanation by
historians or researchers. This is the case with the famous Nanteos Cup, said
by some to be the Holy Grail. As a novelist, you have to study all the options
– discarding any that seem ridiculous, but your final duty is to the
~ Her father from Brecon, mother from
the R.S.Thomas village of Eglwysfach near Machynlleth, Jane now lives in
Monmouthshire, teaching Drama and English in a Welsh language secondary school.
She has been published widely as a
poet and written two novels: The Geometry of Love
and including her latest novel The Shadow of
, set in eighteenth century
What can the Welshman Do? Robert Everett, Upstate NY and the Creation os a Welsh Wmerican Abolistionist Movment
~ presented by Dr. Jerry Hunter
Dr. Jerry Hunter will join us again this year to present his continuing research on the Welsh and the American Civil War.
FEW SYMBOLS OF WALES could
be more iconic than the lovespoon, yet this traditional token of love and
passion is surprisingly misunderstood in our modern times. Join
well-known lovespoon carvers Laura Jenkins Gorun and David Western on a journey
through the lovespoon’s rich and exciting history. This seminar will be
packed with an exciting mix of historical information, dispelled myths, antique
and modern spoons you will be able to handle, tools you will see in action and
all the information you need to really know the Welsh lovespoon! Don’t
miss this rare, hands-on opportunity to experience the lovespoon tradition up
DR. JERRY HUNTER, Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio,
USA, Jerry Hunter is a Professor in the School of Welsh, Bangor University and
also Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University. He is an award-winning author and
has published novels for children and adults as well as five academic books,
wining prizes at the National Eisteddfod and Wales Book of the Year.
by Bangor University
Before Stardom: Burton, Hopkins and Sheen ~ presented by Angela V. John.
on her most recent book, The Actors’ Crucible. Port Talbot and the
Making of Burton, Hopkins, Sheen and All the Others, this seminar looks
at the early lives of Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Sheen
in Port Talbot before they became famous. Using personal memories,
interviews and historical research, Angela provides some unexpected
light on their early lives. She asks how and why this South Wales steel
community has generated such a wealth of actors – at least fifty since
the inter-war years – and world-famous superstars. What enabled Burton,
Hopkins and Sheen to have both roots and wings? Is there something in
Sponsored by the British Council
ANGELA V. JOHN, formerly
Professor of History at the University of Greenwich, London, she is an
honorary professor at Swansea University and a vicepresident of Llafur,
the Welsh People’s History Society. Publications include biographies of
Elizabeth Robins, Henry Nevinson and Lady Rhondda. Her twelfth book will be Rocking the Boat.
Welsh Language I & II ~
presented by Hefina Phillips
brings her passion and spirit to teaching you the “language of Heaven”.
teach two levels of the Welsh language-Absolute Beginners
with an emphasis on
speaking on Friday. Next
Steps in Welsh
, which is suitable for those
with some knowledge of the language and want to practice and improve,
Welsh I ~
Instructor Hefina Phillips has named this seminar Absolute Beginners
, and she will emphasize
the structure of the spoken language of Welsh. This level is for anyone who
needs a comfortable learning environment to begin learning Welsh. Welsh I is
taught on Friday morning.
II ~ Next Steps in
is suitable for those with some knowledge of the language and who
want to practice and improve. Welsh II is on Saturday morning. This class will
follow on from “Beginners” and you are encouraged to attend both, but it is not
PHILLIPS was born in the Swansea Valley and Welsh was the only language
spoken in her home in Cwmgiedd. She was educated at Cardiff University’s Welsh
Department and says she was fortunate to have studied under Saunders Lewis. She
has taught at the annual Cymdeithas Madog
Course since moving to North
America as well as being responsible for starting Welsh language classes in the
Toronto area. Hefina feels that to have been born Welsh is the utmost privilege
and she does all she can to share her love of Wales and its beautiful language.
She admits that her other passion is for her grandchildren.
Sponsored by Cymdeithas Madog
Ysgol Gân ~
This is an informal singing
practice session where you will learn some of the hymns we will be singing on
Sunday afternoon and evening. This is your opportunity to hear some Welsh
verses pronounced and to practice your part, whatever it may be, with joyful
abandon. Fun and enlightening.
An Informal Discussion &
for Investors ~ Investing in your Favorite Charities
with David Allen, WNAA Treasurer.
permanent changes in the tax law have major implications for US
taxpayers over the age of 70 who have any kind of retirement account.
Only a very few financial advisors and accountants are alerting their
clients to these changes. Taking advantage of them could benefit both
you and your heirs very significantly. These changes affect everyone
who gives any kind of contributions to charity or who plans on leaving
some of their estate to a charity. It will be worth your while to take
the time to attend this session presented by our Treasurer, David Allen.
DAVID ALLEN, Treasurer
of WNAA, lives in Owego, New York, He
received his PhD from Columbia University and was a Fulbright Scholar
Belgium and a Danforth Graduate Fellow. David is a Professor Emeritus
at City University of New York, where he taught a variety of
courses in economics and
Sponsored by the Welsh North American Association.
Admission ~ Festival 3-Day or
youth under 18 are free
|Friday, Sept. 1, 2017|
12:00 – 1:00 Henry Richard: Yr Apostol Heddwch
1:00 – 1:30 Ditectif
1:30 – 2:00 Coast and Country
2:00 – 3:00 The Green Hollow
3:00 – 3:45 O’r Golan: Cyrraedd Blaenycwm cyn yr Hwyr
3:45 – 4:30 Chalkie Davies: Rock Photographer
|Saturday Sept. 2, 2017|
12:00 – 1:00 The Green Hollow
1:00 – 3:00 Hedd Wyn
3:00 – 3:45 O’r Golan: Cyrraedd Blaenycwm cyn yr Hwyr
3:45 – 4:30 Chalkie Davies: Rock Photographer
Cinema Wales 2017, we are presenting a selection of different genres of
TV programs from the three Welsh broadcasters: BBC Cymru Wales, S4C,
and ITV Cymru Wales. We hope you enjoy our selection and our thanks go
to the broadcasters, producers, and directors for granting us
permission to screen the programs at NAFOW 2017.
Henry Richard: Yr Apostol Heddwch (Henry Richard: the Apostle of Peace). 49 minutes, factual/ history, Welsh with English subtitles.
Henry Richard was born in Tregaron in 1812. Known as “the Apostle of
Peace,” he worked tirelessly to secure peace in the world. He arranged
a series of major peace conferences in European capitals, and,
following the armistice of the Crimean War, he went to Paris to
persuade the authorities discussing the 1856 Treaty of Paris to include
a clause of arbitration, which served as an important precedent leading
to the establishment of the Hague Tribunal in 1899. The program tells
the story of this remarkable Welsh pacifist and asks why Wales has
failed to give proper recognition to its greatest peacemaker. S4C, director Catrin Edwards/Tinopolis.
Y Ditectif (The Detective). factual/crime, 30 minutes, Welsh with English subtitles.
A series looking into real life murders in Wales presented by Mali
Harries (Hinterland). The body of a woman is discovered by a local
farmer in a car in rural Carmarthenshire. Dyfed Powys detectives solve
the mystery. S4C, producer Helen Davies/ITV Cymru Wales.
Coast and Country: Anglesey. 23 minutes, country/nature, English.
Choughs, red squirrels, photography, and paddle-boating are all
featured in this program about nature on and around the Island of
Anglesey. Ynys Mon—as it is known in Welsh—is a beautiful island lying
off the coast of North Wales, a popular holiday destination, and host
to the National Eisteddfod this year. ITV Cymru Wales, producer Susan Ridd.
The Green Hollow – a poem in the voice of Aberfan. 60 minutes, drama/documentary, English.
In a beautiful and moving script by Welsh poet and author Owen Sheers,
a stellar cast of Welsh actors and children pay tribute to the victims
of the Aberfan tragedy of 1966 when 116 children and 28 adults were
killed as coal slurry moved down a mountain and engulfed the local
school. The program was aired in 2016 to commemorate 50 years since the
disaster. The program received a 2017 BAFTA nomination for Best Single
Drama. BBC, producer/director Pip Broughton.
O’r Galon: Cyrraedd Blaenycwm cyn yr Hwyr (Reaching Blaenycwm before Dark). 43 minutes, factual/family history, Welsh with English subtitles.
The program follows three generations of women, Meinir, Lleucu and
Nanon, as they together hike up Cwm Cynllwyd in Merionethshire to learn
more about their family history. In this very beautiful and remote
valley they talk to family members, share family photos, and read from
the memoirs of Meinir’s grandmother “Lis.” With special thanks to the
community of Cwm Cynllwyd. S4C, director Catrin Edwards, producer Meleri Mair, Tangno.
Chalkie Davies: Rock Photographer. 30 minutes, factual/photography, English.
Welsh-born Chalkie Davies—now a resident of New York—joined the “Rock n
Roll Circus” in 1973 after photographing David Bowie’s last night as
Ziggy Stardust. He worked as a staff photographer at the NME (New
Musical Express) from 1975–79 shooting numerous covers and features on
the most important and influential artists from that era, including
Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Ian Dury, Debbie Harry, Paul McCartney, the
Clash, the Ramones, and the Rolling Stones. For 25 years Chalkie’s
collection of rock images remained hidden away until an invitation from
the National Museum of Wales led him to bring them out for a new
generation. This documentary follows Chalkie as he prepares for the
2015 exhibition, revisits his childhood haunts and reflects on an
extraordinary career. BBC Cymru Wales, producer/director Steve Freer.
Hedd Wyn. 123 minutes, feature film, Welsh with English subtitles.
On the 100th year since the battle of Passchendaele in WW1 in 1917, the
screening of Hedd Wyn at NAFOW is a celebration of the short life of
the Welsh poet Ellis Humphrey Evans (bardic name Hedd Wyn), who was
killed in the battle at the age of 30. The cinematography starkly
contrasts the lyrical beauty of the poet’s native Meirionnydd with the
bombed-out horrors of Passchendaele. The poet was posthumously awarded
the ultimate prize for poetry, the Chair, at the 1917 Welsh National
Eisteddfod. S4C, director Paul Turner.
Admission ~ Festival 3-Day or
youth under 18 are free
Children of all ages are welcome and needed for varied children's
programming. Children participating need to be registered
at the NAFOW registration table. All participants must be accompanied
by a parent/grandparent/caretaker.
||Tours are priced individually
and not included in the
Festival Pass, see Registration form for details
1. Thursday Tour: August 31, 2017Erie Canal and George Eastman House
$75.00, Entrance fees and catered lunch are included in the price.
Assemble at 8:45 in the hotel lobby, tour will leave by 9:00am, and
return by 4:00pm.Leaving the Hyatt Regency, you will take a
short bus ride to Pittsford, NY. You will board the Sam Patch for a
private cruise on the Erie Canal, traveling the routes of America’s
early settlers. Cruise aboard the Sam Patch and enjoy a leisurely
adventure navigating one of America’s most famous historic routes. Sam
Patch cruises feature the signature canal experience of traveling
through a century-old canal lock and passing through a beautifully
restored and redeveloped historic canal town. During the cruise, you
will be provided with a historical narrative that focuses on the
construction of the Erie Canal, its impact on the region, and the
relationship between the City of Rochester and the Canal.Once the
cruise is completed, the bus will take you to one of the most
well-known addresses in Rochester, 900 East Ave. the George Eastman
House. A catered lunch will be provided in the Curtis Theater. The
historic mansion and gardens at the George Eastman Museum provide a
glimpse into the life of one of the greatest American innovators and
entertainers in the first decades of the twentieth century. Original
furnishings and artifacts, careful reproductions, and beautifully
restored landscape transport visitors to George Eastman’s time. The
Colonial Revival mansion, built between 1902 and 1905, served as George
Eastman’s primary residence until his death in 1932. You will receive a
private guided tour of the Mansion and have time on your own to explore
the extensive collections in the Eastman Museum.
Tour: September 4, 2017,
Corning Museum of Glass, Rockwell Museum and Keuka Springs Winery
$80. Museum entry fees, a catered lunch and wine tasting included in
the price. Assemble at 8:00 in the hotel lobby, tour will leave by
8:15am. Return by 6pm.
Leaving Rochester, you will drive through
some of the most wonderful rural scenery that upstate New York has to
offer. Upon arrival at the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass, you
will be met by a docent who will take you on a two hour tour of the
vast facility. The museum was founded in 1951 as a gift to the nation
for the Corning Glass Works 100th anniversary. The concept seems so
simple. How much can you say about glass? Actually, quite a lot. Glass
is a versatile, ancient material that is still being explored and
understood by artists, scientists, and historians today. The story of
glass is a story about art, history, culture, technology, science,
craft and design. And we tell that story at The Corning Museum of
Glass. The Corning Museum of Glass cares for and displays the world’s
best collection of art and historical glass. When you visit, you’ll see
more than 3,500 years of history displayed in the Glass Collection
Galleries. Glass is brought to life through live, narrated glassmaking
demonstrations. A catered light lunch will be provided before moving on
to the next stop on the tour, the Rockwell Museum.
Museum is the only Smithsonian Affiliate in Upstate New York. Housed in
the beautifully restored 19th- century Historic Old City Hall in
Corning, The Rockwell lays at the heart of the greater Finger Lakes
fine arts community. The Rockwell Museum tells the story of the
American experience through fine art. The diverse collection includes a
mix of nineteenth-century American paintings, historic bronzes, and
Indian artifacts as well as twentieth-century modernists, illustration
art, and contemporary photography. Featured galleries represent the
works of Andy Warhol, the Taos Society of Artists, and masterworks of
Remington and Russell.
On your return to Rochester, you will travel
through the Finger Lakes Region, stopping at Keuka Springs winery. For
30 years, Keuka Spring has been consistently recognized for excellence.
Their wine list includes wines for every taste, handcrafted from
vineyard to bottle. Enjoy their premium wines while taking in the
panoramic beauty of Keuka Lake. During your visit relax, have fun, and
taste the best New York State has to offer!
Questions? Contact email@example.com
||No NAFOW pass is required to
attend the Sunday Worship service,
all are welcome.
traditional church service in English and Welsh, which
includes the reading of the roll of departed members
and placing of memorial roses in the vases on the altar.
presiding minister at the Sunday Worship Service will be the
Reverend Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales. He read history
in London, Theology at Cambridge and
trained for the ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge. He was Bishop of
Bangor from 1993-1999, and has been the Bishop of Llandaff since 1999.
Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu
Admission ~ Festival 3-Day or
Single-day Pass at the door
under 18 are free
afternoon and evening, join us for song and praise in this traditional
congregational singing of Welsh hymns. Hymns will be sung in both Welsh
and English in this, our 86th annual National Gymanfa Ganu.
to bring your Welsh hymnals. Hymnals will be available for purchase.
Director Dr Haydn James, will serve as conductor for the 86th National
Gymanfa Ganu. This event is included in a Festival Pass or purchase day pass onsite.
note: The Gymanfa Ganu will be held at Third Presbyterian Church 1 mile from the Hyatt Hotel, a restricted mobility shuttle bus between hotel and church will be available Fee charged, advanced registration required
Dr. Haydn James ~ Director of the 86th National
HAYDN JAMES was Musical Director of the London Welsh Male Voice Choir
for 30 years, during which time he performed in most of the UK’s major
concert venues, as well as in numerous countries throughout the world;
he has directed nine massed choir Festivals at London’s Royal Albert
Hall (the ‘1000 Voices’), and at similar events in Cardiff’s Millennium
Centre, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, in which concert some 400
singers shared the stage with soloist Bryn Terfel. For the past
seventeen years, Haydn has been Musical Director for the Welsh Rugby
Union, and has directed the pre-match singing with some of the very
best male, mixed and ladies choirs in the Principality, along with
Military and Brass Bands in front of some 75,000 spectators at more
than 120 rugby internationals in Cardiff, and at similar games in
England, Scotland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Haydn recently worked as musical advisor/conductor with the 2017
British & Irish Lions Rugby Team prior to their tour to New
Zealand, and will again conduct the pre-match singing at the next seven
Welsh international games in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. He is
delighted to take over the baton at short notice for this year’s 86th
Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu - this will be his third appearance, having
previously directed the singing in Vancouver and Florida, as well
conducting five Festivals for the Ontario Welsh Society.
David Enlow ~ Festival Accompanist DAVID ENLOW, hailed for his
"enormous virtuosity" (Stuttgarter Zeitung), "arresting
performances" (The American Organist), and his "gutsy, yet
sensitive" playing (Organ Canada), is a concert organist and church
musician who has performed across the United States, in Canada, and across
England & Europe. Mr. Enlow’s recent recording of the complete major organ
works of César Franck on the Pro Organo label, Pater Seraphicus, has been well
reviewed, notably in the French language press.
Mr. Enlow is Organist and
Choir Master of the Church of the Resurrection in New York, where he directs a
professional choir. He is a member of the organ faculty of The Juilliard School, responsible for the service playing component of the curriculum, and
also Dean of the New York City Chapter, American Guild of Organists.
Admission ~ Festival 3-Day or
youth under 18 are free
Open daily are the TEA ROOM, offering Welsh tea and Welsh
and a chance to socialize with friends new and old, and the MARKETPLACE, vendors from
Wales and across North America selling Welsh and other Celtic items:
jewelry trinkets, music, books, tours, educational
packages and the like. Reserve
a table in the marketplace.
Thursday-Sunday late night INFORMAL
for a traditional sing along or OPEN MIC NIGHT, PUB NIGHT,
participate in the merry making in a casual setting, each following
scheduled evening events.
SAY SOMETHING IN WELSH MEET-UPS
you speak Welsh or want to learn yr hen iaith? Speakers and learners of
all levels of Welsh are welcome to stop by our table and say “sut mae!”
We will also be hosting two informal Welsh chat sessions for learners
and speakers of any level on Friday and Sunday. Say Something in Welsh
is a free online course based entirely on speaking. Created from the
belief that language acquisition is a natural process at which anyone
can succeed, it has no reading or writing components. Rather, through
built-in revision, each lesson builds and expands on the spoken
language skills taught in the previous lessons. Northern and southern
dialect versions available! Use it online or download it to your
favorite device, and make sure to spend time on the friendly forum
where learners can get help and encouragement from eachother: www.saysomethinginwelsh.com.