Bangor celebrates St. David's Day 2020: Second year of events confirmed
17 – 29 February 2020
After last year’s success Bangor’s main organisations have come together once again to arrange a series of events and activities to celebrate Wales’s patron saint, St. David.
Arranged in collaboration between Pontio, Menter Iaith Bangor, UMCB, Penrhyn Castle, Storiel, Learn Welsh North West Wales and Bangor University, Bangor celebrates St. David’s Day 2020 includesawide range of activities in locations across the city and a special parade along the High Street on Saturday 29th February.
John Wyn Jones, Menter Iaith Bangor Chair said:
“We had a good response to the day last year, with families parading to Welsh music along Bangor streets with colourful St. David, Wales and Llywelyn the Great flags flying in the wind.”
“So this year once again, with the city celebration going from strength to strength, we invite residents and visitors to come and enjoy and promote our unique Welsh culture and identity.”
Amongst these there will be something for everyone’s taste including musical events, astronomy, cinema, cabaret, arts and crafts, a Welsh learner’s quiz, lectures and a theatre workshop along with a window dressing competition for High Street and Upper Bangor businesses.
Also, for the first time this year 2 brand new competitions will be held. Firstly a St David’s Cup will be presented to the best represented school, youth or sports club in the parade and customers will decide Bangor’s best Welsh eatery. Also at the end of the parade in Storiel there’ll be a special performance of the fantastic family show ‘The Language journey’ by Bangor’s own, the actor, Llion Williams.
Llion said, “It thrills me to see Bangor celebrating one of Wales’ most important holidays, and it’s a special privilege for me to lead the parade through my hometown. Many people don’t realise that Bangor is Wales’ most Welsh speaking city in terms of percentages and we can take pride in that and indeed in its multilingualism by celebrating St. David and his message. So I urge the Bangor ayes, like me, and visitors to do the little things and come and enjoy the festival during the last two weeks of February.
Osian Gwynn, Pontio’s Arts Director said, “I’m delighted that Pontio is part of ‘Bangor celebrates St. David’s Day’ again this year. The Welsh language is central to our vision as an organisation and we are very proud of being able to work in conjunction with all the partners. It promises to be 2 full days of fun and excitement around our patron saint’s day, and I hope the celebration and partnership working continues for years to come”
Activities will begin on 17 and carry on until 29 February.
Go to individual organisation’s websites for further information.