2014 so far

A quick update on what we've been getting up to this year


CDWC had a very successful performance at Eisteddfod Sir Gar, dancing on the Tŷ Gwerin stage and the outdoor exhibition stage in the blazing sunshine. Hoards of delighted visitors enjoyed a comprehensive repertoire of welsh folk dancing treats.


In July we again travelled to the National Botanical Gardens of Wales to participate in a Day of Dance, alongside other teams from Wales and beyond. This is now becoming a regular event on our annual calendar. Our thanks to Bobbie and Dafydd Jones for organising another successful day.


The highpoint of the CDWC year is our annual festival Gŵyl Ifan which was held on the weekend of 13-15 June. Events such as the Friday night twmpath, procession through Cardiff on Saturday and a grand banquet in the evening contributed to delightful weekend of dance. This was further enhanced by our visiting guest team, Volkstanzgruppe Frommern from near Stuttgart, whose magnificent dancing enthralled spectators. Further information and pictures are available on the Gŵyl Ifan website www.gwylifan.org.


In May we travelled to Villard de Lans, a small town in the breathtakingly beautiful and mountainous Vercors region of France. The town is a skiing resort, and there was still snow underfoot. We were invited to attend a festival by our friends in La Piccoline, the local traditional dancing group. We received a wonderful welcome, staying with host families and eating and drinking the local specialities.

Whilst there were managed to do a spot of sightseeing visiting the nearby prehistoric caves, and the memorial to the French Resistance whose HQ was located nearby. We performed in the picturesque town square during the day, and took part in formal concert in the evening attended by the enthusiastic public. There was no entrance fee to the concert, guests were asked to bring a cake or pie instead!