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Tafwyl 2016 in Cardiff Castle
Tafwyl 2016 in Cardiff Castle
GenreMusic and cultural festival
Location(s)Cardiff, Wales
Years active12 years
InauguratedJuly 2006 (2006-07)
Most recent30 June 2018 (2018-06-30) – 1 July 2018 (2018-07-01)
Next event2019 (2019)
Attendance38,000 (2017)
Organised byMenter Caerdydd

The Tafwyl festival is an annual Welsh-language festival which takes place in Cardiff, Wales. It culminates with a two day open air festival, normally held in Cardiff Castle.


The event was set up in 2006 and initially took place on a small scale outside the Mochyn Du pub near the city centre.[1] Since 2012 it has been held at Cardiff Castle[1] or in Bute Park,[2] though in July 2017 it took place in Llandaff Fields in Pontcanna.[3][4] It forms part of a series of summer festivals entitled Cardiff Festivals.

Tafwyl is now split into two events: Tafwyl Fair, the main event at the weekend, and Tafwyl Week, a 7 day fringe festival the week before.[5] The main weekend event includes bars (selling amongst other things the specially brewed beer 'Cwrw Tafwyl') and street food outlets. The organisers describe Tafwyl Week as featuring "Welsh culture at its very finest".[5]

The main festival is free to enter and in 2017 saw 38,000 visitors with a peak of over 8,000 in the grounds at any one time, compared to Cardiff Castle's maximum capacity of 5,000.[6] In 2014 Tafwyl attracted 18,717 people.[7]

Bands and performers appearing at the festival have included Bryn Fôn, Candelas, Elin Fflur, Geraint Jarman, Y Niwl, Meic Stevens, Sŵnami and Yws Gwynedd.


  1. ^ a b "Tafwyl festival celebrations in Cardiff Castle on S4C", S4C, 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.tafwyl.org/en/cefndir
  3. ^ "Cyhoeddi'r artistiaid fydd yn perfformio yn Tafwyl 2017", BBC Cymru Fyw, 23 March 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  4. ^ Nathan Bevan (10 February 2017). "Welsh music festival Tafwyl is back at a brand new location". Wales Online. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b Rachel Mainwaring (20 June 2017). "Everything you need to know about Cardiff's Tafwyl Festival 2017". Wales Online. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  6. ^ http://tafwyl.org/en/amazing-weekend-at-llandaff-fields/
  7. ^ http://www.mentercaerdydd.org/files//gwerthusiad-tafwyl-english-2014-2-web.pdf

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