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Bangor students celebrate St David's Day

Bangor Students' Union and UMCB (Bangor's Welsh SU) are hosting a week of events to celebrate St David's Day - Welsh Week!


For the second year running the Unions will be holding events to include students, University staff and the people of Bangor and the local area starting on the 28th of February and continuing throughout the week to Sunday the 6th of March.


Once again the week will start with a St David's Day Show to celebrate Wales' culture. A show full of singing and music by the University's talented Welsh students begins at 7pm in the University's Powis Hall (in theUniversity’s Main Arts Building). Tickets for the event will be sold at Siop Viv on Bangor's High Street or on the door for £4 (£2.50 for concessions).


In the evening of St David's Day itself  the students present a more modern Wales with a night full of games and a Welsh band at 7pm in the  Tafarn y Glôb in Upper Bangor.


Wednesday evening looks forward towards the future of our language and culture with a talk on the future of S4C with Menna Machreth from Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (the Welsh Language Society) at 6.30pm in the John Morris Jones Halls Common Room on the Ffriddoedd site.


Thursday sees a more modern tradition continuing for Bangor's Welsh speakers with a Clwb Cymru night full of Welsh language music at 10pm, in Hendre Hall. Tickets will be available on the door for £4 or £3 in St David's Day themed fancy dress. Free buses will be running from Bangor.


Bar Uno will once again host Llywelyn's Lunches, run by Cymdeithas Llywelyn, the Welsh Learners' Society. Learners can practice their Welsh during their lunch break between 12.30 a 14.30 on Friday.

On Friday evening, the Pontio programme invite you to a night of Welsh medium comedy and music, with beer and a traditional Welsh dinner to celebrate St David’s Day, in the company of Dewi Pws and the Sesh Bach with Ryland Teifi, Delyth Wyn and their mad friends, singing traditional Welsh folk songs as they should be sung! Also supporting are two comedians, new to the Welsh comedy scene, Eirlys Bellin now living in London, and Elidir Jones a local lad from Bangor. Starting at 7.30pm in Powis hall tickets will be available online or on the door for £12.

The week ends  on Sunday the 6th with a traditional Twmpath (Welsh folk-dance) at 2pm in Powis Hall, a brilliant opportunity to dance and have fun whilst getting a taste of Welsh culture. Tickets available from Siop Viv or on the door for £4 (£2.50 for concessions).


Sharyn Williams, Vice-President Welsh Affairs and Community of Bangor Students' Union said:

"This is an opportunity for Welsh people to celebrate our language and our heritage, and a chance for the thousands of students and members of the public who come to Wales to get a taste of the language and culture that makes Wales different to the rest of the UK. During the week the Unions and Pontio will show the work that it does for the language and Wales to the public, students, and University staff. Welsh Week will be a fantastic opportunity to spread the message that the Welsh language is alive through music and comedy, and to demonstrate our strong culture through the Twmpath and the St David’s Day Show."


Mair Rowlands, President of UMCB said:

"Welsh Week will promote the Welsh language and culture amongst the people of Bangor and is an opportunity to enjoy our Welsh identity. With St David's Day and a referendum on the future of our country taking place during this week this is a fantastic opportunity to look at what makes Wales unique and to discuss these things as we move ahead."

Publication date: 22 February 2011