FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2014: 4th - 13th JULY
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  Sir Colin  



The Caerleon Festival Continues

Just when you think things couldn't get any better they often do - so it is with the Festival, the Twelfth!

A packed programme commences with our Farmers Market at the end of June and climaxes with the "Big Free" in mid-July. There will be drama, music, comedy, literature on the lawn, performance poetry and art in abundance. 

The Common, Town Hall, Priory Hotel, Celtic Manor, Hanbury Quay, Bell Inn, St. Cadoc's Church, Amphitheatre and Festival Field are our venues.  The Festival Field now leased by the Festival is being transformed by volunteers from rough pasture to wildflower meadow.  

The Festival theme this year is “poppies, butterflies and bees"  and will commemorate the sacrifice of the Great War and celebrate nature's power of renewal. 

On Thursday, 25th April the flag of Owain Glyndwr was raised above the Hanbury Tower to herald the Twelfth Annual Caerleon Festival and mark the raising of “Sir Colin”, the “Shining Knight”, to the top of the tower.  “Colin” was created for the Festival by Belgian sculptor Thierry Lauwers in 2006 when he discreetly took up residence.  Now standing proudly defiant for all to see he is announcing that this summer - Caerleon is the place to be! 

This year’s festival programme is jam-packed with events in June and July.
In June there is a drama production of ‘Treasure Island’ at the Wheatsheaf in Llanhennock on Sunday the 1st, and our Farmers’ Market on The Common on Sunday the 29th.
In July the main festival begins -
Saturday the 5th and Sunday 6th July is the “Literary Weekend” on the lawn of the Priory Hotel with:

  • Literature On the Lawn (Tickets Here) with authors including Beth Reekles, George Peterken and the runner up to the Samuel Johnson Prize -  Dave Goulson;
  • The All Wales Comic Verse Competition (Tickets Here) with prizes for poems – there is still time to enter – see elsewhere on the website.

Whilst in the Town Hall there is the acclaimed one man show – ‘A Right Little Houdini’ featuring Daniel Llewellyn-Williams (Tickets Here).

On the Sunday afternoon the Festival Service in St Cadoc’s Church ensures a great start to the festivities and in the Festival week that follows there are two further events in the Church -

  • On Wednesday the 9th The Morriston Orpheus Choir with soloist Iona Jones  - a must (Tickets Here), and
  • On Thursday the 10th – Poet Roger McGough CBE wll be in performance, and in person, as part of his ‘As Far as I Know’ tour (Tickets Here).

We welcome the Allegra Ladies Choir and Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ to the Amphitheatre on the Friday (Tickets Here), which then leads on to

The Big Free Weekend of music, dance, performance, arts and crafts on The Hanbury Quayside, the Festival Field and over the river at the Bell Inn.   There are dozens of performers booked to entertain you all weekend and a special sculpture is being created by local artists.  

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Tim Davidson - Chairman

Oh, by the by - we've recently updated our Festival Archive to include some detail about many of our guests, and performers we've enjoyed over the years - why not visit The Music Archive or The Word Archive to find out more?

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