You’re in luck if you’ve grabbed one of our holiday homes for sale, Ruthin is just down the road from this year’s Llanfest and it looks set to be a cracker! LLanfest 2017 looks set to be the best ever as they gear up to celebrate the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod ‘s 70th anniversary with Sir Bryn Terfel being recently named as one of the headline acts along with the Manic Street Preachers.
The six-day musical extravaganza from July 3rd to July 9th at the Royal International Pavilion is a celebration of world-wide music which is set to bring in over 50,000 visitors from all corners of the globe. The newly appointed Sir Bryn Terfel will be joined by the Welsh National Opera for this one off performance of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ which is sure to delight and entertain the crowd.Other acts set to perform are Grammy award winning jazz, soul and gospel singer Gregory Porter, Voice of the Future 2015 winner Meinir Wyn, The Overtones and many more.
Music Director of the festival Eilir Griffiths had this to say of the summer spectacular: “We couldn’t be more excited about the 2017 concert schedule. For the last 70 years, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has brought people from across the globe together in the passionate celebration of music, dance, culture and diversity, exemplifying our values of peace and unity. This year’s festival will be a celebration of our history and values but also of our future, as we embrace artists and genres that many may consider not ‘traditional’ to the International Eisteddfod,” adding the event will “span genres and generations, crossing the boundaries of age, culture and creed”.
The event was the brainchild of Harold Tudor, who in 1947 thought up the idea of gathering to help lift the spirits and bring the culture back after the area and people was trying to heal from the wounds of WW2 and during the summer of 1947 the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod was born, where it has flourished every year since.
The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod President Terry Waite CBE touched on the festivals spirit and popularity: “Every year since the end of World War II, musicians and artists have gathered together from every corner of the globe to compete and to entertain.
“What makes this Eisteddfod unique is that it is all done to promote peace and harmony using the language of music.
“I have often said that music has the capacity to breath harmony into the soul and today this troubled world needs harmony more than ever it did. “My great hope for this anniversary year is that the celebration may encourage us all to continue to bring harmony and peace in a divided world.”
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