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Barry Arts Festival Returns For 2021


Barry Arts Festival has announced that they will be running a series of small arts events during the second half of 2021, as Covid restrictions are relaxed. 

This year's shortened programme includes a talk later this month from Head of CADW, Gwilym Hughes, a September weekend of cello and piano recitals and ends with a gig in October from all-female bluegrass band, Midnight Skyracer. 

Launching this year's line-up, Festival Committee member, Dot Connell, said: 

"Due to Covid, we've had to put on smaller events this year, with more limited seats, but we hope that everybody who can attend enjoys the series of performances. 

"We start this year with the Head of CADW, Gwilym Hughes, talking about 'My Career is in Ruins!', and his experiences as an archaeologist in Italy, Zimbabwe and in his current role in charge of Wales' historical environment. 

"That takes place in the Barry Library Courtyard on Thursday, 22nd July at 3pm (indoors if wet). 

"We are also pleased to welcome high-quality chamber music over the first weekend in September. 


"In a rare opportunity to hear chamber music in Barry, two award-winning artists, Ben Tarlton (Cello) and Robin Green (piano), will play on the evening of Friday 3rd September, with a performance from pianist Thomas Graff on Saturday night, with a programme of Russian music that offers melody and lyricism, pathos and drama! 

"We bring this year's events to an end with a performance from all-female bluegrass band, Midnight Skyracer, the only British band to be nominated in the International Bluegrass Music Awards, despite only being formed in 2017. 

"As always, we would like to thank everybody who attends our events and those who have kept the arts flag flying in the challenging circumstances of the past year and a half. 

"In particular, our thanks go to our sponsors, Barry Town Council, Newydd Housing Association and Tŷ Cerdd, whose support helps to make the events possible." 

For information on tickets for events, please contact Dot Connell on 07982 319456 or online, here.

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