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Hands-on fun at festival

17 June 2019

Tafwyl stand

Cardiff University will host a series of hands-on activities to showcase its research and teaching at the city’s annual Welsh language arts and culture festival, Tafwyl.

Our partnership with Tafwyl is part of our ‘civic mission’ commitment to support and promote Welsh language and culture.

Tafwyl was established by the charity Menter Caerdydd in 2006 to celebrate the use of the Welsh language in Cardiff.

The festival is now a major event in the city attracting more than 40,000 people in 2018.

This year’s main Tafwyl programme takes place at Cardiff Castle from the evening of Friday 21 June to Sunday 23 June and is a lively mix of music, literature, drama, comedy, art, sports, food and drink.

Our marquee, open on Saturday and Sunday until 17:00, will highlight our research in a fun and engaging way including:

  • Learning about meteorites and their consequences for life on earth (Sat at 12:00)
  • Investigating the impact of plastic pollution on the environment (Sat and Sun 13:30)
  • Creating your own marvellous medicines (15:00 on Sat)
  • Discovering why we are monitoring dead otters and wildlife roadkill (12:00 on Sun)
  • Trying your hand at DIY surgery (15:00 on Sun)

Visitors will also be able to find out information about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

In addition Dr Jonathan Morris from our School of Welsh will be giving advice on second language learning methods in the Welsh learners’ tent at 14:15 on the Sunday.

We are a key partner of Tafwyl and Professor Damian Walford Davies, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, will represent the University at the opening ceremony.

Entry to Tafwyl is free and open to all - Welsh speaker, learner or otherwise.

Our support of Tafwyl builds on our strong relationship with major Welsh cultural festivals such as the National Eisteddfod and the Urdd National Eisteddfod.

We will once again have a significant presence at this year’s National Eisteddfod, which is held in Llanrwst in Conwy county from 3-10 August.

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