Gwenno and Maffia star at Gŵyl Cefni ’19

Iolo Penri

Llangefni is gearing up for one of the town’s biggest events of the year – Gŵyl Cefni.

Maffia Mr Huws and Fleur de Lys will headline this year’s Gig Parti at the Bull Hotel on Saturday 8th June.

Gwenno will also make a special appearance at a new event being held as part of the North Wales Women’s Festival. Gŵyl Cefni, which is now in its 19th year, includes four days of live music, entertainment and fun activities around town.

Organisers say there’ll be free entry for the gig in the Bull car park, made possible by funding from Cronfa’r Degwm, Anglesey Council and Menter Iaith Môn.

The line-up includes ‘supergroup’ Blodau Papur, who released their new single ‘Yma’ last week, and record-breaking Llanrug brothers Alffa, alongside old favourites Mojo and Meinir Gwilym.

There’s also an emphasis on young talent, including singer-songwriters Jac Elis Roberts and Sophie Jayne, local bands Aerobig and Howling Black, the samba and makaton band from Canolfan Addysg y Bont, Theatr Ieuenctid Môn, and members of the Aelwyd yr Ynys group, fresh from the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay.

A big screen will also be set up to allow the crowds – and performers – to cheer on Wales when they face Croatia in their Euro 2020 qualifier in Osijek (2pm kick off)

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Friday 7th June will see a special evening at Theatr Fach Llangefni to launch Gŵyl y Ferch Môn.

Gwenno will take time out from touring for a headline performance, featuring tracks from her widely acclaimed albums, Y Dydd Olaf and Le Kov, which was partially recorded on Anglesey.

There’ll also be a live set from Caernarfon singer-songwriter Eve Goodman, a talk on the work of artist Edrica Huws, and the launch of an appeal to encourage local female artists to showcase their work at an open exhibition at Oriel Môn. Tickets for the event are £10.

The festivities kick off on Wednesday 5th June with a Welsh quiz night at The Railway Inn at 8pm, hosted by Dilwyn Griffiths – entry is just £1.

The following afternoon, there’ll be a Sinema Atgofion screening of classic Welsh cartoons including Wil Cwac Cwac and SuperTed from 4-6pm at Theatr Fach Llangefni. There’ll be a limited number of free tickets.

And on the day of the big gig, Saturday will start with a family fun morning featuring S4C Cyw characters such as Ben Dant a Cadi, SuperTed, Sali Mali and Peppa Pig, alongside Anglesey’s own Selog. 400 wristbands for free entry are available in advance from Cwpwrdd Cornel on the High Street.

Aside the main attractions, there’ll also be a Llywelyn Fawr show, ukulele workshops with Bocsŵn and a bouncy castle.

Iolo Penri

Nia Wyn Thomas, lead officer of Menter Iaith Môn, said: ”It is amazing that this special festival continues as one of the highlights of the Welsh calendar on the island – nineteen years of celebrating and supporting Welsh music, which is a tribute to the love of volunteers as well as financial support.”

”The programme, as always, includes something for everyone, from young families, the youth of Wales to the loyal headbangers of the Welsh music scene. With a fantastic line-up, a party buzz to the festival, and a fun Welsh atmosphere, we hope that people from near and far will join in the celebrations at Llangefni.”

”This is a long-time favourite event with locals but I’d also like to make a special appeal for people to promote this festival to those who are not so familiar with Welsh events and to learners, since through music, in a buzzing atmosphere of celebration, is one of the best ways to enjoy the Welsh scene.”

For more information about Gŵyl Cefni, visit the Facebook page or contact Menter Iaith Môn on 01248 725700 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, follow Menter Iaith Môn on Twitter.

Gŵyl Cefni is organised with support from Menter Iaith Môn, Oriel Môn, MônFM and Isle of Anglesey County Council.

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