The Owain Glyndwr
was set up by The Sleeping Giant
Foundation in 2005 as a way of celebrating the talent
of people living in the Swansea valley, increasing tourism and economy
and as a way of educating and highlighting our history and culture.
We chose Owain Glyndwr to represent our Festival as he was Wales'
greatest Prince who still inspires people to this day. He knew that
Wales held creative, artistic, musical, forward thinking people
as we do today.
Crafts and Art
gives an opportunity for local musicians, crafts people and artists
to promote themselves and their products in a positive and encouraging
environment. We welcome local bands and budding musicians to either
have a spot at the festival or join in one of the many music jam
sessions. Although we promote Welsh traditional music, it is not
exclusively this that you hear at the Festival. We've had everything
from rock to folk to gypsy jazz, but we do stress that the music
has to be able to stand on its own acoustically.
local crafts people and artists to book a stall and sell, even if
it is someone's first venture into selling their goods, as we keep
stall prices to a minimum. To this end we do not offer stalls to
big traders or those who buy their goods in bulk from abroad. You
can be certain of finding unique gifts made locally when you browse
at the craft fair.
Stories and History
We are all aware that the Swansea valley and surrounding area is
a rich source of traditional tales including many from the Mabinogion.
Storytelling is a big part of the Festival where these tales are
brought to life and others devised.
of our area, and especially the medieval years when Owain Glyndwr
ruled, is seldom taught. History is brought to life at the Festival
with our medieval camp where people can learn about the Welsh longbow,
what it was like on campaign, how knights fought on horseback and
what it was really like to live in those days.
The Festival is held in the grounds of the Ancient Briton Pub in
Ynyswen, Swansea Valley which is a member of CAMRA and won their
award in 2007. A real ale bar is on site for those who wish to sample
Wales' finest and locally produced hot and cold food is served all
day and into the night.
ensure that this Festival is available to our local community we
heavily subsidise the running of it by applying for funding and
from donations. We charge minimal entry fee and do not charge for
children. Once inside parents know that their children will be safe
and be entertained and educated in a friendly atmosphere.
Camping is available, though we've been led to believe that a shower
and loo block is on the way.