STATEMENT IN THE WELSH ASSEMBLY BY JANE BRYANT, OUR NEW PRESIDENT
Stephen Lyons put this
on FaceBook today:
will be happy to hear that our President made a 90 second statement in
the Welsh Assembly today....
"The Tredegar House Folk
Festival is among the highlights in Newport’s cultural calendar.
Originally held on May Day, this weekend the three-day festival is
celebrating its 30th anniversary. During that time, hundreds of
musicians, singers and dancers have gathered in Newport from all over
the world. More than ever, this year’s event will be a real celebration
of the power of music to bring people together. There’s something
special about combining Welsh cultural heritage with the traditions and
histories of countries from all corners of the globe.
As well as visiting
groups, recent winners of the BBC Radio Wales folk awards are among the
line-up. There will be ceilidhs, workshops, dance and music sessions and
it is always fantastic to see people of all ages embracing such a
variety of performance styles. There is always something new and
different to enjoy.
I’m proud to have been
asked to take up the role of President of the Folk Festival, succeeding
Paul Flynn who was an unwavering supporter.
Stephen Lyons and the
organisers have again planned a fantastic programme. As ever, their
commitment and hard work has created a real showcase of our rich
culture. Together with many volunteer stewards, their dedication ensures
visitors keep coming back year after year.
Excitement is building
for this special anniversary year and I look forward to seeing how the
festival will continue to grow over the next thirty years."