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Festival of Voice is Cardiff’s international arts festival, bringing artists and audiences together over four days of incredible live music, thought-provoking performance and inspirational talks.


"Festival of Voice is much more than a music festival; it’s an exploration of what the voice can do and how important it is to have one. Grab your wristbands now and join us in October – it promises to be an unforgettable long weekend."

Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director

The festival has become an annual event and introduced wristbands for 2020 - allowing festival goers to discover several performance spaces in Wales Millennium Centre and Portland House - located within a few minutes’ walk of each other.

With weekend and day passes available as well as free public performances, everyone can join in this celebration of the voice and everything that it can do.

Since the festival began in 2016, it's showcased some of the world’s most recognisable voices from across the musical spectrum including: Patti Smith, Van Morrison, Femi Kuti, Laura Marling, Candi Staton, Elvis Costello, Hugh Masekela, Rufus Wainwright, Fatoumata Diawara, John Grant and Angélique Kidjo.

At the heart of the festival are one-off collaborations that merge voices and genres.

In 2016, audiences were treated to a unique evening that saw The Velvet Underground’s John Cale share the stage with Charlotte Church and actor Michael Sheen.

And in 2018, Gruff Rhys premiered his album Babelsberg on the Wales Millennium Centre stage accompanied by the 72-piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Sadly, Festival of Voice did not take place in 2020. It was a difficult decision but one that we had to take, due to the uncertainty around hosting music events during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In 2021 we joined forces with three other festivals to put on a digital event called Gŵyl 2021 from 6 - 7 March 2021 with unforgettable music, comedy and conversation – filmed in locations across Wales and beyond and broadcast online by BBC Wales.

Together with FOCUS WalesOther Voices Cardigan and Aberystwyth Comedy Festival, we assembled some of today’s most urgent and exciting voices, from inside Wales and beyond.

Festival of Voice will hopefully return for autumn 2021 and we're delighted to announce that Cate Le Bon is confirmed as our guest curator. Keep an eye on our social channels for more artist updates and news.