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Introducing our free programme

With just over a month to go until Llais 2022, we’re very excited to announce our free programme of events happening all weekend. From inspirational talks and exhibitions, to live music and activities for young people, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Friday 28 October

The 8 men that make up Afrocluster stand together in a graffitied alleyway.
Afro Cluster, performing at Race Council Cymru's Black History Month takeover

On Friday night we kick off our free music programme from 5.30pm on the Glanfa stage with an evening curated by Race Council Cymru in celebration of Black History Month featuring talented Black artists making waves in the Welsh music scene. Hear music from Cardiff hip hop collective Afro Cluster, Swansea-born pianist and singer-songwriter Ify Iwobi, Cardiff hip hop/psych band Baby Queens, R&B singer-songwriter Anwar Siziba and Dabs Calypso Trio who’ll be playing songs from across the Caribbean.

Saturday 30 October

Starting from 11am on our Glanfa stage, grab a cuppa from Caffi and enjoy a series of talk on a range of subjects including the recent Cardiff youth-led project Sunset Walks, the fight for independent music venues, and hear from a panel introducing some of the inspirational women working in Welsh music today.

Aleghcia is a young black woman who is wearing a lime green shirt dress. She has long braided hair and has a massive smile on her face.
Aleighcia Scott, one of the Badass Women of Welsh Music panellists.

Later in the day from 5.30pm, PRITT, Nia Wyn, Eadyth x Izzy and Miss Faithee, some of the most exciting emerging artists in R&B and modern soul will be performing live on the Glanfa stage for an ENAID // SOUL takeover.

For the first time at Llais, we’ll be hosting Life Hack, a free event for young people aged 14-25 to get hands-on experience from creative professionals working here in Wales. Whilst you’re here, check out the Creative Learning exhibition at our pop-up Scratch Studio (formerly Ffresh) where you can see artwork and films created by participants of our Creative Voice courses.

Sunday 30 October

A boy on stage in silhouette with a red light behind him.
Youth Theatre members will be performing as part of the Creative Voice showcase.

Kicking off the final day of Llais, talented young participants from our Creative Voice courses will be bringing two hours of entertainment on the Glanfa stage  with dancing, singing and performance excerpts devised and crafted by our Youth Theatre members.

Our series of talks continues with a panel discussion about the history of soundsystems as well as a discussion about making music with activism at its heart. Following the talk, panellist Kara Jackson (former U.S. National Youth Poet Laureate) will perform.

Kara Jackson is a black woman who is wearing a bright orange long sleeved top.
Music and Activism panellist Kara Jackson will also be performing.

Late afternoon on the Glanfa stage, hear music from Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, a duo that use their music and performances to highlight one of the most beautiful and rare languages on the planet; the Noongar language of the southern corner of Western Australia.

Finally, we’ll be finishing up our free programme with a takeover from one of Wales’ most notorious record labels Recordiau Noddfa. They’ve invited three of their artists, 3 Hwr Doeth, Crinc and Pasta Hull to perform alongside HMS Morris and Melin Melyn for what is sure to be an evening of psychedelic madness. Don’t miss it.

A black and white photo of three men performing with microphones. Two are wearing masks.
3 Hwr Doeth will perform as part of the Recordiau Noddfa label takeover.

Open all festival long, don’t forget to check out the Cardiff Music History: City of Sound and South Wales Rap Photography exhibitions in the foyer and No Place Like (Flat) Holm at Bocs, a free film installation about Flat Holm Island.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our festival site like no other.

Llais takes place from 26 – 30 October at Wales Millennium Centre. Individual event tickets are on sale now.