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Croeso - A two-day food and drink festival celebrating all things Welsh
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Croeso is a two-day festival celebrating St David’s Day and all things Welsh held in Swansea’s city centre on Saturday 29th February and Sunday 1st March 2020, 11am – 4pm.

This year’s event will feature the best of local Welsh culture including:

Cooking Demonstrations

Saturday 29th February: Portland Street

  • 11am: Nerys Howell, Howel Food Consultancy and author of Wales on a Plate
  • 12noon: Sian Day and Rob Bowen, Channel 4’s My Kitchen Rules semi-finalists
  • 1pm: The Dirty Vegan, Matt Pritchard
  • 2pm: Michelle Evans-Fecci, Great British Bake Off 2019 contestant.
  • 3pm: Imran Nathoo, MasterChef 2019 quarter-finalist

Saturday 29th February: Swansea Market

  • 11:15am: Helen Wilson, Vegan Chef
  • 12:30pm: Nerys Howell, Howel Food Consultancy and author of Wales on a Plate
  • 1:30pm: Sian Day and Rob Bowen, Channel 4’s My Kitchen Rules semi-finalists
  • 2pm: The Dirty Vegan, Matt Pritchard – Q&A Session
  • 3pm: Ragsy

Sunday 1st March: Portland Street

  • 11am: Jack Brown, Marriott Hotel
  • 12pm: Jean-Christophe Novelli
  • 1pm: Katie Davies, BBC’s Best Home Cook 2018 quarter-finalist
  • 2pm: Jean-Christophe Novelli
  • 3pm: Colin Lewis, The Cliff

Live Entertainment – Castle Square Stage

Hosted by Helen Enser Morgan.

 Saturday 29 February

  • 11am: to be announced.
  • 11.30am: Pennard Primary School – Twmpath Welsh folk dancing
  • 12pm: Jermin Productions
  • 12.30pm: Côr Tŷ Tawe
  • 1pm: Ragsy (singer/songwriter)
  • 1.30pm: Mellin Theatre
  • 2pm; Jack Perrett
  • 2.30pm: Welsh Whisperer
  • 3pm: Eady Crawford
  • 3.30pm: to be announced.

Sunday 1 March

  • 11am: ‘Cyw with Elin a Huw’ from S4C
  • 11.30am: Mellin Theatre
  • 12pm: Tomos Newman
  • 12.30pm: Kayleigh Morgan
  • 1pm: Kizzy Crawford
  • 1.30pm: Danceerama
  • 2pm: ‘Cyw with Elin a Huw’ from S4C
  • 2.30pm: Kizzy Crawford
  • 3pm: to be announced.
  • 3.30pm: Welsh Elvis – Wynne Roberts BEM

Family Activities and Walkabout Entertainment – in and around Castle Square

Saturday and Sunday

  • 11am – 4pm: Cwtsh Marquee – lots of fun-filled activities presented in Welsh
  • 11am – 4pm: Free Face Painting
  • 11am – 1pm: Annibendod – Make Your Own Baby Dragon Wings
  • 11am – 12pm: Welsh Icons Graffiti Wall Art Workshop
  • 11.30pm – 12pm: Stilt Walkers
  • 12pm – 3pm: Didi Rugby ‘Have a Try!’
  • 1pm – 1.30pm: Stilt Walkers
  • 11.30pm – 2.30pm: Welsh Icons Graffiti Wall Art Workshop
  • 2pm – 4pm: Annibendod – Make Your Own Clay Sheep and Dragon
  • 3pm – 3.30pm: St David’s Parade (includes the Small World Dragon, Blocco Vale Samba, and Mellin Theatre)

Plenty to enjoy…

Head to Castle Square to hear the wonderful sounds of Welsh music before moving to Portland Street and Oxford Street where you can sample the best of Welsh food, drink, and handcrafted goods. Don’t miss the cooking demonstrations and craft workshops.

Immerse yourself in the Welsh language at the Cwtsh Marquee. With music, poetry, and live entertainment you’ll find plenty of Welsh culture to enjoy at Croeso. Be sure to say ‘Shwmae!’ (Hello!) to the friendly folk of Menter Iaith Abertawe. They’ll be offering a warm Welsh welcome to everyone, and plenty of help for those learning (or considering) Welsh.

Be part of it…

Take advantage of this exciting trading opportunity at the heart of Swansea city centre by visiting www.swansea.gov.uk to find out more and apply online.

If you’re an artist, performer, or community group interested in taking part please contact Emma Thomas, Events Project Officer, on 01792 635422 or email emma.thomas2@swansea.gov.uk.

‘Best Dressed Welsh Themed Shop Window/ Market Stall’

This is your chance to win a month’s free advertising for your business on Swansea’s Big Screen in Castle Square!

Help us give a great big Welsh welcome to visitors of Gŵyl Croeso/ Croeso Event, enter the ‘Best Dressed Welsh Themed Shop Window/ Market Stall’ to be in with a chance of winning this prize worth over £500!

  • The competition commences at 11am on Saturday 29th February 2020 and closes at 4pm on Sunday 1st March 2020. To be in with a chance of winning, upload an image of your shop window or market stall to special.events@swansea.gov.uk between 11am Saturday 29th February and 5pm on Monday 2nd March. No late entries will be accepted.
  • The prize is for your business advert to be displayed on the Big Screen in Castle Square over a period of 5 weeks (artwork to be provided by entrant).
  • Entrants must include the shop/stall name, name, address, email address and telephone number in the same email as the image.
  • *activities within Swansea Market will be on Saturday 29th February only

Click here for full the full competition Terms and Conditions

Funded by…

Funding received from Welsh Government’s Strategic Business Growth Grant Scheme.

 

Croeso Festival is supported by:

Academi Hywel Teifi

Swansea University’s Academi Hywel Teifi is a centre of excellence for studying the Welsh language and its literature, it promotes Welsh-medium teaching and research across the subjects offered by the University and it works to ensure a greater status for the language in all aspects of the university’s life and in south-west Wales. The Academi is home to Learn Welsh – Swansea Bay Region, the Swansea Branch of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and Swansea Valley’s Welsh Centre, Tŷ’r Gwrhyd.

Castell Howell

“We’re thrilled to be a sponsor of the Croeso Swansea 2020 Festival, an event that proudly champions all things Welsh. For over 30 years, we have been dedicated to the supply and promotion of the finest quality food from the Welsh regions and our range is unparalleled in the industry. We’re delighted to be involved in helping to celebrate Wales’ national day and to showcase the rich culture and heritage that our great country has to offer. We wish you all a very happy St David’s Day.”

Learn Welsh – Swansea Bay

LWSBR provides Welsh courses for adults across the region, From Gower to Margam; and from Pontarddulais to Pontardawe (and beyond) – we’ve a long list of classes all at various levels, which means that if you live and work here, you shouldn’t have to travel too far to attend a suitable class.

Swansea BID

Since we were founded in 2006, we have invested more than £6 million in the BID area. As the first BID in Wales, we are proud to have been a trailblazer for subsequent BIDs, leading the way on investment, ideas and results. Being in operation for circa thirteen years we have delivered a huge amount of projects, schemes and services that have made a difference and continue to do so day in day out.

Date
29 Feb - 01 Mar
Venue
Swansea City Centre
Calendar
All events

29 Feb

Croeso

11:00am - 16:00pm

01 Mar

Croeso

11:00am - 16:00pm

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