Thursday, 28 February 2013

St David's Day Celebrations 2013

St David’s Day Celebrations– 28 February to 2 March 2013

Gwlad Gwlad! Come along and celebrate St David's Day with us!
On Wales’ National day this year show your Welsh spirit, proudly wear that daffodil, wave your Welsh flag with passion and feel the ‘hiraeth’ running through your veins at Cardiff’s annual St David’s Day Celebrations.
From the 28th February – 2nd March, Cardiff Council with some help from our partners St David's Day Committee, Wales Millennium Centre and the Welsh National Opera have put together an exciting and cultural festival in honour of St David and all things Cymraeg!

Just take a look at our events programme below; there really is something for everyone this year.

Event Programme

St David's Day Market, 28th February – 2nd March
With stalls located across the Hayes area of the city centre, you are sure to find a shopper's paradise full of unique crafted Welsh souvenirs and gifts. So if you are looking for a special gift for someone or simply just love shopping, make your way to the Hayes in Cardiff City Centre. The Market will be open from 10am – 5pm and a warm Welsh welcome will be guaranteed.

St David's Day Parade
The biggest event in the festival calendar is The National St David’s Day Parade which makes its way right across the city centre

Join the carnival atmosphere on the 1st March with colourful street dancers, school children and youth groups dressed in Welsh traditional costume and music. The famous Giants of Wales Owain Glyndwr, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Gethin Jenkins and Nessa will also be making a return again this year so look out for these big personalities!

Starting at City Hall at 12.30 pm, the parade will wind its way around the city centre finishing at the Hayes outside St David's Hall at 1.15 pm where the patriotic spirit will continue with a heartfelt rendition of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

Join in the fun and get involved – what better way to spend a Friday lunch break than singing the national anthem with thousands of friends that you don’t know! Everyone is welcome to join the parade, bring your family, your partner, your family or just all your loved ones and make this year’s St David’s Day Parade something to remember.

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay – 1st to 3rd March

As well as the St David’s Day parade on the 1st March in the city centre, our friends in the Iconic Wales Millennium Centre in the heart of Cardiff Bay will be showcasing a free medley of Welsh songs by school children from Rhondda Valley and musical performances from schools in Merthyr Tydfil on the Glanfa stage. Soak up the Welsh musical atmosphere or and enjoy a complimentary mini Welshcake and a coffee. Welsh Rarebit and traditional Welsh dishes are also on the menu at Ffresh Restaurant and Bar, where you can taste some of the finest Welsh cuisine!

Throughout the weekend, you will get a flavour of traditional Welsh entertainment with free performances on the Glanfa stage.including performances of traditional and contemporary folk songs from Pembrokeshire singer songwriter Richard James. For full details of events throughout the St David's Day weekend visit

Get the chance to win a delicious Sunday Lunch for 4 people from a special St David's Day menu at Wales Millennium Centre in the Ffresh Restaurant. You can enter from 18 February – 1 March, so visit for a chance to win. Winners will be contacted on 1 March to book their table.

Street Entertainment – 2nd March
On St Mary’s Street and the Hayes look out for some interesting characters parading around. Enjoy some fantastic Welsh music and street entertainment from 2nd March.

Welsh National Opera - Various dates
Over the weekend the world class Welsh National Opera presents stunning performances of The Cunning Little Vixen on 28th February and Madam Butterfly on 1 to 2 March. For details visit

Get into the St David’s Day Spirit!

There are lots of ways to celebrate and show your support for St David's Day:

• Pin a daffodil or leek to your clothes

• Wear your Welsh rugby or football shirt

• Bake some Welsh cakes and sell them in work or to your neighbours for charity

• Wear the national costume

• Wear a daffodil-face or a leek head!

• Dye your hear red or paint your face

• If you are brave, wear a Welsh kilt to work

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Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus pawb!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Fairtrade Fortnight 2013

Fairtrade Fortnight 2013 – Get Involved!
25th February – 10th March

Volunteering Opportunities and Event Line Up.

Fair trade Fortnight is a time to raise awareness of the need for a fairer way to trade, show support for farmers and producers around the world and celebrate Wales’ commitment as the world’s first Fair Trade Nation.

Fair trade Wales are planning an exciting programme of activities and events across Wales and there are lots of opportunities for you to get involved:

Volunteering: Are you passionate about Fair Trade? Would you like to support a Fair Trade event in your area? Why not join the Fair Trade fun and volunteer with us during Fairtrade Fortnight. You can choose to give an hour, a day or however long you want!

Below you can find a list of upcoming events in your area. Job roles include the following:

Job Roles:
• Help set up stalls
• Man the stall, talk to the public and give out leaflets and free Fair trade food and products
• Direct people to Fair Dos/encourage sales and increase awareness of Fair trade
• Set up samples and keep them stocked
• Take photos

Thursday 28th February 2013
Wales & The World &The World in Wales, Senedd, Cardiff Bay 9am – 5pm
Email stating your availability or ring 07912 496044 for more information.

Saturday 2nd & 9th March
Fairtrade Bike, Cardiff Central library, 9am-12pm
The Fairtrade Bike will be in Cardiff Central Library to sell fair trade coffee, chai, and fruit.

Tuesday 5th March,
Olive Farmers meeting, Beverton Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff University, CF10 3AT, 12 - 2pm,
Meet the Olive Farmers from Palestine with Cardiff University Islamic Society (all welcome)

Tuesday 5th March 2013
Olive Tasting Meet the Producer event, Chapter Arts Centre, 5pm -8pm
Meet the producers at the start of the Fair trade food chain, taste their products and learn about Fair trade!
To get involved, contact Emma Robson, Student Liaison Officer on

Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th March
Global Festival, Treforest campus 4th March, Atrium campus 5th March, 11am-2pm
Celebrate cultural diversity and raise awareness of Fair trade products in the local area at Fair trade Taster Fayres
To get involved contact Emma Robson, Student Liaison Officer, on

25th February – 8th March 2013
Fair trade stalls, Cardiff Students Union, any time you wish
Engage with Cardiff University students, increase the awareness of Fair trade products and give out free food!
To get involved contact Megan David, Welfare and Community Officer, on

Fair Do's will also be open late on 5th March so you can shop until 8pm for your favourite Fair trade delights!

For more information on events happening in your area, visit