How often is a whole nation invited to take part in a carnival?
Well, it may be common in Caribbean countries, and now it’s happening here! An invitation is being made to the people of Wales to join together in a carnival.
The National Eisteddfod arrives in Cardiff this August, and as part of the celebrations, Cardiff’s vibrant Butetown Carnival and the Eisteddfod are inviting communities and organisations from all over Wales to come and party on the streets of Cardiff Bay in a carnival to celebrate the energy, strength and diversity of Welsh cultural life in the capital city, across the country and its links across the world.
Carnifal y Môr takes place at 22:30 on the evening of Saturday 4 August in Cardiff Bay. The night begins with a community carnival, led by Butetown Carnival, that celebrates diversity in Welsh life and the arrival of the Eisteddfod in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.
It will process and dance through the Eisteddfod Maes down to the waterside in front of Wales’ national parliament building, the Senedd where there will be a film by the artist Megan Broadmeadow projected onto colossal waterscreens with a contribution by Welsh musician and filmmaker Gruff Rhys.
The water screen film is an artistic collaboration led by Megan Broadmeadow with Cardiff University's School of Pharmacy and carnival costume makers from Butetown carnival. They are exploring the remarkable biodiversity of the sea life in the waters of Cardiff Bay and people who have come to make modern Cardiff.
Carnifal y Môr champions Cardiff’s links with countries across the world, and the Welsh language’s contribution to multilingual, multicultural Cardiff today. It celebrates those people who have travelled from the four corners of the world to create Cardiff.
Communities, groups, organisations and individuals are welcome to take part. Come and celebrate who you are and the things you love about living in Wales.
This project has received funding via the Visit Wales Tourism Product Innovation Fund (TPIF) to celebrate the Year of the Sea.