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The North American Festival of Wales in Alexandria, VA
Schedule available in March 2018
Festival details will be added here in the coming months as they are established..

Below is the Rochester NY 2017 Event Schedule
 Wednesday  |  Thursday   |  Friday   |  Saturday   |  Sunday  |  Monday
Times on this schedule are subject to change reflecting current information. Please consult
Program Booklet included in your registration packet on arrival at NAFOW .
WED August 30

     5:00pm  -   8:00pm On-site Registration Desk Opens
THU August 31
    8:30am  -    4:30pm   Tour 1 ~  Erie Canal and George Eastman House
    8:30am  -  12:00pm   Registration Desk & Banquet Table Assignment Open
  10:30am  -    2:30pm  Workshop: The Peoples Collection Wales includes lunch
  12:00pm  -    5:00pm   Marketplace
  12:00pm  -    5:00pm   Tea Room
    1:00pm  -    5:30pm   Registration Desk & Banquet Table Assignment Open
    3:00pm  -    7:00pm   Eisteddfod Rehearsals by prior arrangement
    5:00pm  -    6:15pm   Pre-Concert Dinner ~ [menu]
    7:00pm  -    7:45pm  Opening Ceremony
    8:00pm  -   10:00pm   Opening Concert ~  Sera Owen
  10:00pm  -   12:00am   Informal Singing
FRI September 1
    8:30am  -  12:00pm   Registration Desk & Banquet Table Assignment Open

  9:00am  -    5:00pm


  9:00am  -    5:00pm

Tea Room

  9:00am  -  10:30am

Affiliated Welsh Organizations’ Meeting 

  9:00am  -  10:00am

Seminar: History of the Church in Wales

    9:00am  -  10:00am   Seminar:  The Welsh American Eisteddfod & the Nat'l Eisteddfod Established in NY State 
    9:00am  -  10:00am  Seminar: Patagonian Dreams 
  10:00am  -   10:30am   Coffee Talk: Investments and Legacies 
  10:30am  -  11:30am   Seminar: Documentary Film ~ Patagonian Bones
  10:30am  -   11:30am   Theater:  Tide and Time 
  10:30am  -   12:00am  Seminar:  Welsh Language I 
  12:00pm  -    1:00pm  Seminar:  People's Collection Wales
  12:00pm  -    1:00pm  Seminar:  Let Paul Robeson Sing!
  12:00pm   -   5:00pm  Cinema Wales: TBD
    1:00pm  -    6:00pm   Registration Desk & Banquet Table Assignment Open
    1:30pm  -    2:30pm   Seminar: R S Thomas
    1:30pm  -    2:30pm   Seminar: The Shadow of Nanteos 
    1:30pm  -    3:00pm  Seminar : Ysgol Gân (Hymn Singing Class)  
    2:30pm  -    3:30pm  Seminar: What Can a Welshman Do? 
    2:30pm  -    3:30pm  Seminar: Before Stardom: Burton, Hopkins and Sheen 
    3:30pm  -    4:30pm  Seminar:  Dragon's Fire: Wales at the Olympic and Paralympic Games 
    5:00pm  -    6:00pm   Meeting: PA Group ~ TBD  
    5:00pm  -    6:00pm   Say Something in Welsh meetup?

  6:00pm  -    7:00pm

Pre-Banquet Social Hour

  7:00pm  -  10:00pm

NAWF Gala Awards Banquet ~ honouring Catrin Brace and  featured soloist Steffan Lloyd Owen
 *Attire is business casual, reserved seating is necessary   [menu]

10:00pm -   12:00am

Informal Singing

10:00pm -   12:00am

Nosen lawen ~ hosted by Sera Owen

SAT September 2
    8:30am -   9:30am  WNAA Annual General Meeting
    9:00am  - 12:00pm   Registration Desk Open
    9:00am  -   5:00pm   Marketplace
    9:00am  -   5:00pm   Tea Room
    9:30am -   10:30pm   Seminar:   Let Paul Robeson Sing!
    9:30am -   10:30pm  Seminar:  Patagonian Dreams
  10:30am -   11:30pm  Seminar: Documentary Film ~ Patagonian Bones
  10:00am -   11:30pm  Seminar:  Welsh Language  II 
  10:00am -   11:30pm  Eisteddfod Competitions ~ Recitation
  10:30am  -  11:30pm   Theater: Tide and Time
  11:30am  -    3:00pm  Eisteddfod  Competition ~ Voice
  12:00am -    1:00pm  Seminar: History of the Church in Wales
  12:00pm -    1:00pm   Seminar:  People's Collection Wales
  12:00pm -    1:00pm   Seminar:  The Shadow of Nanteos
  12:00pm  -   5:00pm  Cinema Wales:  TBD
    1:00am  -   3:00pm  NAWF Meeting
    1:00pm  -   4:30pm   Registration Desk Open
    1:00pm  -   4:00pm   Children’s Activities 
    1:30pm  -   2:30pm  Seminar: Dragon's Fire: Wales at the Olympic and Paralympic Games
    1:30pm  -   2:30pm   Seminar:  What Can a Welshman Do? 
    2:00pm  -   3:00pm  Eisteddfod  Competition Solo Voice Semi-Professional for the David Morris Prize
    3:00pm  -   4:00pm   Seminar: Before Stardom: Burton, Hopkins & Sheen
    3:00pm  -   4:00pm   Seminar:  Solve the Mystery of the Missing Welsh Quilt
    3:00pm  -   4:00pm  Seminar:  The Welsh American Eisteddfod & the Nat'l Eisteddfod Established in NY State
    4:00pm  -   5:00pm   Eisteddfod Winners’ Concert
    4:30pm  -   5:30pm  Ninnau Reception
    5:30pm  -   7:00pm   Pre-Concert Dinner ~   [menu]
    7:30pm  - 10:00pm   Grand Concert ~ with  John Owen Jones and Toronto Male Voice Choir, at Hochstein School of Music
   10:00pm  - 12:00am   Informal Singing
   10:00pm  - 12:00am   Pub Night: M.C. ~ 
SUN September 3
    9:00am  -  1:00pm   Marketplace
    9:00am  -  1:00pm   Tea Room
  10:30am -  11:30pm   Worship Service, in English & Welsh 
  12:00pm -   1:00pm  Say Something in Welsh Meet-up
    1:00pm  -  2:00pm  Registration Desk Tickets ~ at Third Presbyterian Church
    1:00pm -  Shuttle Buses to the Third Presbyterian Church will begin loading
    2:00pm  -  4:30pm   Gymanfa Ganu: Afternoon Session ~ held at Third Presbyterian Church
        ~ directed by Dr. Haydn James, accompanist David Enlow
    4:30pm  -  6:00pm

  Sunday Intersession Meal ~ [menu]

    7:00pm  -  9:00pm   Gymanfa Ganu: Evening Session ~ held at Third Presbyterian Church
       ~ directed by Dr. Haydn James, accompanist David Enlow
    9:00pm  -  9:30pm   Closing Ceremony
  10:00pm -  12:00am   Informal Singing
MON September 4

    8:00am  -  5:30pm   Tour 2 ~ Corning Museum of Glass, Rockwell Museum and Keuka Springs Winery

Scheduling for events is subject to change. Final times will appear in
the NAFOW Program Booklet distributed to NAFOW attendees.
Opening Ceremony

Peter Dubois

NAFOW Opening Ceremony ~ Thursday August 30th at 7:00pm,  NAFOW 2017 will officially open by host by Peter DuBois. Peter has served for 25 years as Director of Music/Organist at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York, where he oversees a large and active music ministry.  From 2000 to 2014 he also served as Assistant Professor of Sacred Music (part-time) at the Eastman School of Music, and was Director of the Sacred Music Diploma program there.  Since July 2009, he has taken up the position of host and producer of the nationally syndicated public radio program, With Heart and Voice, heard on over 100 stations across the US. (www.withheartandvoice.org).   Peter will present a brief history of Rochester and introduce representatives from Welsh Societies across New York State. We will also be treated to a performance by some of Rochester’s world-class musicians, highlighting the sounds of Welsh music.


Opening Concert  Ticket Required, not covered by a NAFOW Pass
SERA OWEN ~ Folk Singer

A bilingual folk singer-songwriter from North Wales with Polish heritage, Sera's songs are stories of reality and myth, and her voice can calm a crowd one minute and have you on your feet the next. Sera performs live on guitar and piano, often with a small band of slide guitar, violin and percussion.  She has played many live shows and festivals including a tour of America, opening for a Mumford & Sons gig in Venue Cymru,  Sidmouth Fringe, Access All Eirias, How the Light Gets In, Focus Wales, Wakestock and Festival Number 6, and was a finalist in the Song for Wales (Can i Gymru) TV show. She has recently released 2 EP's -1 in Welsh, 1 in English- and her first single from the album 'Carry Me,' which is all about her old beat up 1950s Landrover! Sera's music has been played on airwaves across the UK, with support from BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru,  featuring her as their ‘Artist of the Week’. Her music is featured in the BAFTA Cymru winning film ‘Dancing in Circles.’
Grand Banquet  Ticket Required, not covered by a NAFOW Pass
 Attire ~ business casual
North America Wales Foundation

This gala
evening is co-sponsored by the North American Wales Foundation (NAWF) and the Welsh North American Association (WNAA) and will honor the 2017 recipient of the NAWF Heritage Medallion, Catrin Brace. The featured entertainment will be 2016 National Eisteddfod Blue Riband winner Steffan Lloyd Owen 

PLEASE NOTE:  *You must have your seating preassigned to attend the banquet. Please bring your banquet ticket, and those in the party you would like to sit with, to the registration area to reserve your place.  Banquet seating selection will be available throughout the hours that the Registration Desk is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. [see menu]

CATRIN BRACE was Born in Aberystwyth and grew up in Glamorganshire where she attended Bridgend Girls’ Grammar School and wCatrin Braceent on to Bangor University, where she graduated with honors in Welsh. After doing post-graduate work in French at Poitiers University, she spent three years in France running an antiques importing business. When she returned to Wales, she worked for a year at St. Fagan’s Folk Museum and then became Marketing Officer with the Wales Tourist Board in Cardiff. Fluent in French, she specialized in the France and Benelux markets. At the end of 2001, she was offered a job in the Welsh Development Agency’s office in New York. Then, in 2003, Catrin took a position with the Welsh Assembly Government, taking on the responsibility for raising the profile of Wales in America.

Over the years, she succeeded with a significant increase in positive media coverage, creating new and exciting events and promotions like Wales Week which eventually grew to include New York, Boston, Washington,Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco; the launch of the Richard Burton Diaries – an event that reached 300 million people via the media; the Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village; and, something for which she will always be remembered: lighting up the Empire State Building in the Welsh colors on St. David’s Day! After she moved to New York she represented the Wales Tourist Board, Mid Wales Development Corporation, Welsh Rarebits Hotels and City Travel in the North American market, advancing awareness of Wales as a tourist and business destination and working closely with the British Tourist Authority and the Welsh Development Agency. She will retire in February 2017 from her current position as Head of Marketing and Public Relations for the Welsh Government in North America, in the USA and in Canada. Catrin has worked behind the scenes with WNAA, since the National Gymanfa Ganu became the National Festival of Wales in 2003, supplying films each year forthe CINEMA WALES feature at NAFOW.

SteffanSTEFFAN LLOYD OWEN bass-baritone,  is a 21 year old second year student at the RNCM and is from Anglesey, North Wales. He attended LlanfairPG Primary School and David Hughes secondary school. Steffan has competed for several years at the Urdd and National Eisteddfod, regularly winning top prizes. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Society scholarship for young singers. The annual award, established in memory of the famous contralto, is presented to a singer entering their second year of study at a conservatoire and is one of the most well-known singing competitions in the world.

Steffan will embark on an exciting new project with Welsh National Opera. WNO, S4C, Rondo Productions and Severn Screen have commissioned an original Welsh language opera film commemorating 100 years since the death of Hedd Wyn - the Welsh language poet who was killed near Ypres, Belgium, during the Battle of Passchendaele in World War I. Steffan will play the Title Role. The film will be broadcast on S4C, BBC iPlayer and in 20 cinemas across Wales in summer 2017. The project brings together International Director Marc Evans and Internationally renowned composer Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) who will write the libretto.
Grand Concert   Ticket Required, not covered by a NAFOW Pass 

John Owen Jones

John Owen-Jones is a record-breaking West End and Broadway actor and singer. John is best known for his award-winning performances as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. John remains the youngest actor in West End history to have played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables (a role he also played on Broadway) and has performed as the Phantom nearly 2000 times – more than any actor in the show’s entire West End run. He is currently playing Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at The Imperial Theatre, New York. John lives in Surrey with his wife Teresa, a primary school, teacher, and their children Nia and Owen.

The  Grand Concert will feature the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir that proudly draws on the great Welsh tradition of singing hymns and songs born of the mountains and valleys of Wales. At the same time it emphasizes a multicultural context in its broad repertoire which includes spirituals; operatic arias, Canadian folk songs, Broadway show tunes and contemporary music. Established in 1995 when its founding member and first president, Gwyn Roberts, gathered together a group of like-minded individuals of Welsh heritage, TWMVC sought to kindle the spirit of traditional Welsh male voice singing in their adopted country. Many of the current members still lay claim to Welsh connections, but today TWMVC has members from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

Hochstien School of Music & Dance
 The Grand Concert will be performed in the Performance Hall at Rochester’s Hochstein School of Music and Dance, built in 1890 as the sanctuary of the former Central Presbyterian Church. It was fully renovated in 1999 to include state-of-the-art acoustics, theatre seating, stage and house lighting, and Crest Audio System.While retaining the elegant stained glass windows,  sweeping balcony, and intimate atmosphere (all of the 857 seats arranged “in the round” are within 50 feet of the stage), the award-winning Hall now features a large maple stage, clear sightlines, and three entrances, two of which are equipped with foyer ticket booths. The Hochstein School is located about 1/3 of a mile from the Hyatt (50 N. Plymouth Ave. • Rochester, NY 14614).

Shuttle buses will be provided for those with  restricted mobility to get there and back from both the Hochstein on Saturday evening, and the Third Presbyterian Church (4 Meigs St, Rochester, NY 14607) for the Gymanfa Ganu on Sunday which is located 1 mile from the Hyatt. Fee charged, advanced registration required.

Eisteddfod Competition Audience Admission to Eisteddfod ~ 
NAFOW 3-Day or 
Individual Day Pass,  youth under 18 are free

Eisteddfod2016What is an  Eisteddfod?

 2017 Eisteddfod Entry Form
We encourage you to enter the competition and show off
your talents at the NAFOW 2017 Eisteddfod competitions!

The competitions are in Singing and Recitation for all ages and skill levels.  Full information on age, entry and performance requirements as well as entry fees and prizes for each competition is available on the Eisteddfod Entry Form All winners will receive cash prizes and certificates.  

We deeply appreciate the devotion and the generosity of the following individuals and organizations in financing these awards.

Adult Recitation: WNAA Eisteddfod Committee Award.
Winner: $50. Second place: $25. Third place: $15.
Welsh Learner’s Recitation: Vancounver Welsh Society Award.
Winner: $50. Second place: $25. Third place: $15.

English Language Recitation: St. David's Society of Minnesota Award.
Winner: $50. Second place: $25. Third place: $15

Singing Solo Voice Competition (Youth -age 15 and under): Calgary Welsh Society Award
Winner: $50. Second place: $25. Third place: $15.

Hymn Singing Competition: The WNAA Past Presidents Award. 
Winner: $50 and the opportunity to sing in the Sunday morning service. Second place: $25. Third place: $15.
Solo Voice Competition (Adult - age 16 and over): Seattle Welsh Women's Club Award.
Winner $50.  Winner may be invited to sing in one Cymanfa Session on Sunday.  Second place: $25. Third place: $15. recitation

Solo Voice Semi-Professional: The David G. Morris Memorial Award Winner.
The David G. Morris Trophy and $3,500 US, specifically for travel to compete in the 2018 National Eisteddfod of Wales. A report on the Welsh experience is required. Winner is invited to sing an appropriate piece in one Cymanfa Session on Sunday. Runner-up: $250.
Sponsored by Siân and Gareth Ioan (Siân is the late David Morris' niece)

Competitions in singing and rehearsal are on Saturday with an Eisteddfod  winners concert at Saturday 4 pm.  Any questions about the Eisteddfod and the competitions should be directed to  eisteddfod@nafow.org
Admission ~ NAFOW 3-Day or  Individual Day  Pass
youth under 18 are free 

"Time and Tide ~ Lady Rhondda and the Lusitania" ~ featuring David Evan Thomas
German U-boat of the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania as it returned to Britain from New York. This tragedy, in which 1200 people died (including 128 Americans), hastened the entry of the U.S. into World War I. One of the Welsh survivors, Margaret Mackworth (later Lady Rhondda), wrote of her experience in a surprisingly frank, philosophical, and sometimes even humorous way. 2015 was also the year a commemorative blue plaque was installed in Newport, Wales near the postbox where in 1913 Mrs. Mackworth, a supporter of women’s suffrage, tried to set fire to letters. Incorporating the words of Lady Rhondda herself and music from this era, composer David Evan Thomas and writer/actor Holly Windle have collaborated to create a musical and theatrical retrospective called Time and Tide: Lady Rhondda and the Lusitania. Other members of the St. David’s Society of Minnesota join them in this look back at significant DE Thomasevents in the life of a Welsh suffragette who survived a disaster and tried for thirty years to take her father’s seat in the House of Lords. Windle portrays Lady Rhondda, and from the piano, Thomas leads a supporting chorus in period music by Welsh and British composers and popular songs, including “A Hundred Years from Now,” and “As the Lusitania Went Down.”

DAVID EVAN THOMAS was born in Rochester, New York, in 1958,  studied at Northwestern University, the Eastman School, and with Dominick Argento at the University of Minnesota. His work has been commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and published by ECS, Augsburg Fortress and MorningStar.

Admission ~ NAFOW 3-Day or 1-Day Festival Pass
youth under 18 are free

Thursday Workshop: Become a Contributor to the Peoples Collection Wales Archival Website

~ 10:30am -2:30 pm includes lunch. Lead by Gruffydd Jones and Berian Elias, Programme Manager for People’s Collection Wales,

Do you or does your organisation have collections to digitally archive and share and connect with others? 

The People’s Collection Wales website provides an innovative bilingual digital platform where you can discover, earn and contribute to the story of Wales. The website and online tools are free to use by individuals, community groups, and heritage organisations. This workshop will include information on how to use the People’s Collection Wales website. If you or your organisation would like to learn how to share items from your collections, request training, or develop a project, the People’s Collection Wales team can provide advice.

Do you have a story about life in Wales, your Welsh ancestors or North American Welsh organisation that you want to digitally archive and to share with the world?  People's Collection Wales is a bilingual website with innovative tools for exploring, sharing and engaging with Welsh history and culture. This exciting online project uses the latest technologies in an easy to use format to share objects and images online which can be explored by theme, location, date, places and events.

This is not just a showcase for museum collections - ordinary people's stories and objects are also key to the success of the project. Learn how you can add your own objects to the online collections, curate your own exhibitions, set up groups and map out and share walks in Wales that are rich with cultural and historical references. You'll see that it's easy to create collections and stories. On the Historic Maps section of the site you can peel back time and explore the changing landscapes of Wales.

The People’s Collection Wales programme is funded by Welsh Government and managed by the Museums Archives and Libraries division MALD. The programme is delivered by a federated partnership between the National Museum Wales, The National Library of Wales and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

Peoples Collection Wales ~ Overview for Researchers

If you were not able to attend the in depth Thursday workshop, this seminar cover a basic overview of the Peoples Collection Wales and how you can use it as a tool to search and research Welsh history on a world wide searchable data base.  This simple to learn to use tool lets you access digital collections of the main heritage institutions in Wales published alongside items from smaller museums, archives, libraries, organisations and families such as yours. 

R. S. Thomas - Priest and Poet ~ presented by Reverend Barry Morgan
R. S. THOMAS WAS A PRIEST of the Church in Wales who died in 2000. He was arguably the greatest Anglo- Welsh poet of his time and his work has been translated into many languages, so that he is a world-renowned poet. He won many prizes for his poetry including the Queen’s Gold Medal. He wrote the equivalent of one poem a fortnight for fifty years, more than 1500 poems in all. He wrote about Wales, Welsh farmers and the Welsh language, but not far below the surface was his exploration of what it meant to believe in God. He shirked none of the hard questions which such a belief entails and so his poetry bears the stamp of his inner wrestling with God as he strives to make sense of his purposes in the universe. He believed that there was nothing more important than a person’s relationship with God. This seminar will look at the main themes of his poetry – the revelation of God through silence, prayer, nature and Jesus and what he has to say about the difficulties of any encounter with God. It will also try to say something about the kind of man Thomas was and his relationship with the Church in Wales. 

 History of the Church in Wales ~  presented by  Reverend Barry Morgan

In one sense, the Church in Wales is a young church because it was only disestablished in 1920, and became a province of the Anglican Communion in its own right only at that point, separate from the Church of England. However, its roots go back to the early Celtic Church in the fourth and fifth centuries, long before St Augustine landed in Kent in 597. This talk will begin by exploring these early Celtic roots (the Age of the Saints, as it is called). It will look at how the Norman Conquest changed the governance of the Church and how the Reformation brought a totally new church into being – the Anglican Church, no longer subject to Rome but to the King in Parliament. The Welsh Church, at that point, was called The Church of England in Wales. The seminar will then look at the reasons why disestablishment happened and the kind of Church that emerged at that point and how it differs from the Church of England.

Archbishop MorganTHE REVEREND BARRY MORGAN, the Archbishop of Wales since 2003, was born in South Wales. He read history in London, Theology at Cambridge and trained for the ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge. He was Bishop of Bangor from 1993-1999, and has been the Bishop of Llandaff since 1999. Rev. Morgan has published a number of articles and books, including a study of the work of Welsh poet R. S. Thomas called Strangely Orthodox. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Wales and a Fellow of several other Welsh universities. 

The Welsh American Eisteddfod & the National Eisteddfod in New York
presented by Prof. James P. Cassarino
The eisteddfod was first introduced in the United States during the Welsh immigration of the 1830s. The competitions were usually based on religious themes such as hymn singing, the reading and recitation of psalms or biblical texts, and the singing of anthems. In due course,
the chief interest of the Welsh-American eisteddfod centered primarily with music. Despite the ‘Americanization’ of the eisteddfod in America, the Welsh community worked hard to keep the eisteddfod alive and relevant. Indeed, several large-scale eisteddfodau called national and international attention to the Welsh in America, not only for celebrating its culture and unique musical tradition, but in displaying their abilities as organizers and promoters. Since its arrival in America, the Welsh community has established itself as a significant, historic society. This present study draws on many sources to illuminate the introduction and production of Welsh Cassarinomusical culture and traditions in the United States. It should not only attract interest among music scholars in Wales itself, but also raise the profile of an under-appreciated ethnic contribution among historians in America.

JAMES P. CASSARINO is Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Green Mountain College. He earned his Musicology degree from Bangor University where his dissertation investigated the Welsh hymn tune tradition in the United States. In addition to his academic work in Welsh culture, he has become a popular speaker and gymanfa ganu conductor to St. David Societies throughout the country.

Patagonian Dreams
~ presented by Michèle Henderson
On August 20th, 2015, Michèle had the unique honour of being the only descendant to attend the reburial of her own greatgreat-grandmother on the 150th anniversary of the day of her death. Her seminar, Patagonian Dreams, tells the story of Robert and Catherine Davies, who were among the first Welsh settlers to sail to Patagonia aboard the Mimosa in 1865. Sadly, Catherine died three weeks after arriving, and she was buried along the coast where the ship had anchored. Since her grave was unmarked, it was lost for 130 years. When the skeleton of a woman was discovered in 1995, a scientific investigation was launched to identify the remains. Research led to the discovery of a female descendant in Wales who was suitable to provide a DNA sample. In April 2015, Nia Olwen Ritchie travelled to Argentina, and Catherine Davies was positively identified.
Michèle would like to thank the Calgary Welsh Society for supporting her participation in NAFOW 2017.

Patagonian Bones
~ companion film to Patagonian Dreams
There will be a presentation of “The Patagonian Bones”, a film made by Mr. Ricardo Preve in 2015. This film is about the 20-year quest to identify a set of human remains found in Patagonia. These bones turned out to be remains of Catherine Roberts of Landrillo, Wales, the gM Hendersonreat-great grandmother of Michèle Henderson. Catherine was the first Welsh woman to die in Argentina after the arrival of the Welsh there in 1865. The circumstantial evidence suggested this, but for confirmation it was necessary to perform a DNA analysis, and thus locate a descendant of Ms. Roberts. The film tells the extraordinary story of a 21st century Welsh woman’s travel to Patagonia to help confirm or deny the identity of the bones, and of the dogged determination of three Argentine scientists to unravel this scientific mystery. The film was shot in Wales and Argentina and is spoken in English, Spanish, and Welsh with English subtitles.

MICHÈLE HENDERSON lives in Calgary, Alberta, and has been an elementary teacher since 1982. She and her husband Craig have two daughters. Michèle developed an interest in her family history in her teens. She is also passionate about playing guitar, singing, travelling and learning languages.

Let Paul Robson Sing!
~  presented by Phil Cope
This seminar is an exploration of the life of Paul Robeson and his relationship with Wales. “Before King dreamed, before Thurgood Marshall petitioned and Sidney Poitier emoted, before the big breakthroughs in Hollywood and Washington, before the Jim Crow signs came down and before the Civil Rights banners went up, before Spike Lee, before Denzel, before Sam Jackson and Jesse Jackson, there was Paul Robeson.”, Lerone Bennet Jr., 1998. Paul Robeson’s life is a chronicle of the cultural, social and political history of the twentieth century. Scholar, athlete, linguist, singer, actor, orator and activist, he shaped his turbulent times like few others. His passion for equality, freedom and peace was admired throughout the world and, in these difficult times, seems now more relevant than ever. Robeson’s first contact with Wales was during the winter of 1929 when he heard South Wales miners – who had walked all the way to London – singing to raise money and to petition the government for help. From that moment on, his bond with Wales was fixed, regularly acknowledging his debt to our nation: “There is no place in the world I like more than Wales.”

Dragon's Fire: Wales at the Olympics and Paralympic Games ~ presented by Phil Cope
This seminar will celebrate the great achievements of our athletes, and ask ‘Why is our small nation so successful?’, ‘Who is Wales’ greatest athlete?’, and ‘Should Wales be fielding its own team at the Games?’ As well as sharing many of his stunning images and tales of Welsh competitors, Phil will bring with him some priceless objects from our inspiring history, including Paralympic medals, an Olympic torch, and one of the mugs given to every child in the Ogmore Valley, made on the occasion of Lynn Davies’ triumph by Ewenny Pottery. “We are a small nation, but our record of achievement is inspiring. We really do punch well above our weight.” Lynn Davies CBE, gold medalist, Tokyo 1964.

PHIL COPE is a photographer and writer, with exhibitions and books on themes as diverse as Welsh sport, Paul Robeson, P CopeAneurin Bevan and the NHS, Holy Wells, Wales and the Spanish Civil War, Dylan Thomas, and Haitian vodou. In 2014, he was invited to conduct an American tour on the Wellsprings of Wales which included seminars, workshops and an exhibition for NAFOW in Minneapolis. He has written regularly for Ninnau ever since.
Phil Cope was appointed to lead the Following the Flame Project on Wales at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, our nation’s major component of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Following the Flame created and toured a dozen major exhibitions throughout Wales; created a new publication and film; commissioned new music and paintings; and devised an innovative program for schools. In 2013, a second edition of the Following the Flame publication was commissioned by the Arts Council, and presented free to every school in Wales. In 2001, Phil Cope led on the creation of Let Paul Robeson Sing!, a major touring exhibition, plus five new books and a film (with Paul Robeson Jr., National Museums & Galleries of Wales and V&A London).

SJ Graff
Solve the Mystery of the Welsh Quilt ~ presented by Susan Jones Graff

Susan Jones Graff, from the St. David’s Society of Utica, will have us all try to “Solve the Mystery of the Missing Welsh Quilts!” Susan’s goal is to document Welsh quiltsmade in North America using the Quilt Index.

The Holy Grail and the Shadow of Nanteos ~ presented by Jane BlankJane Blank
As one of the most important houses in Cardiganshire, Nanteos has attracted people from around the world. The mansion is rich in legend including the famous healing cup. With extracts from her novel, set in the 1750s notorious Cardiganshire lead wars, Jane brings this fascinating house to life.

Fact and Fantasy: Writing a Historical Novel ~ presented by Jane Blank
Sometimes there is more than one version of a story, more than one explanation by historians or researchers. This is the case with the famous Nanteos Cup, said by some to be the Holy Grail. As a novelist, you have to study all the options – discarding any that seem ridiculous, but your final duty is to the story. 

JANE BLANK ~ Her father from Brecon, mother from the R.S.Thomas village of Eglwysfach near Machynlleth, Jane now lives in Monmouthshire, teaching Drama and English in a Welsh language secondary school.
She has been published widely as a poet and written two novels: The Geometry of Love and including her latest novel The Shadow of Nanteos, set in eighteenth century Cardiganshire.

What can the Welshman Do? Robert Everett, Upstate NY and the Creation os a Welsh Wmerican Abolistionist Movment
~ presented by Dr. Jerry Hunter

Dr. Jerry Hunter will join us again this year to present his continuing research on the Welsh and the American Civil War.

FEW SYMBOLS OF WALES could be more iconic than the lovespoon, yet this traditional token of love and passion is surprisingly misunderstood in our modern times.  Join well-known lovespoon carvers Laura Jenkins Gorun and David Western on a journey through the lovespoon’s rich and exciting history.  This seminar will be packed with an exciting mix of historical information, dispelled myths, antique and modern spoons you will be able to handle, tools you will see in action and all the information you need to really know the Welsh lovespoon!  Don’t miss this rare, hands-on opportunity to experience the lovespoon tradition up close!

J Hunter

DR. JERRY HUNTER, Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, Jerry Hunter is a Professor in the School of Welsh, Bangor University and also Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University. He is an award-winning author and has published novels for children and adults as well as five academic books, wining prizes at the National Eisteddfod and Wales Book of the Year.  

Sponsored by Bangor University 

Before Stardom: Burton, Hopkins and Sheen
presented by Angela V. John.Angela John
Drawing on her most recent book, The Actors’ Crucible. Port Talbot and the Making of Burton, Hopkins, Sheen and All the Others, this seminar looks at the early lives of Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Sheen in Port Talbot before they became famous. Using personal memories, interviews and historical research, Angela provides some unexpected light on their early lives. She asks how and why this South Wales steel community has generated such a wealth of actors – at least fifty since the inter-war years – and world-famous superstars. What enabled Burton, Hopkins and Sheen to have both roots and wings? Is there something in the water?
Sponsored by the British Council

ANGELA V. JOHN,  formerly Professor of History at the University of Greenwich, London, she is an honorary professor at Swansea University and a vicepresident of Llafur, the Welsh People’s History Society. Publications include biographies of Charlotte Guest,
Elizabeth Robins, Henry Nevinson and Lady Rhondda. Her twelfth book will be Rocking the Boat.

Welsh Language I & II
~ presented by Hefina Phillips
Hefina Phillips  brings her passion and spirit to teaching you the “language of Heaven”. She will teach two levels of the Welsh language-Absolute Beginners with an emphasis on speaking on Friday. Next Steps in Welsh, which is suitable for those with some knowledge of the language and want to practice and improve, is on Saturday.

Welsh I ~ Instructor Hefina Phillips has named this seminar Absolute Beginners, and she will emphasize the structure of the spoken language of Welsh. This level is for anyone who needs a comfortable learning environment to begin learning Welsh. Welsh I is taught on Friday morning.

 Welsh II  ~ Next Steps in Welsh is suitable for those with some knowledge of the language and who want to practice and improve. Welsh II is on Saturday morning. This class will follow on from “Beginners” and you are encouraged to attend both, but it is not a requirement.

Hefina Phillips
HEFINA PHILLIPS was born in the Swansea Valley and Welsh was the only language spoken in her home in Cwmgiedd. She was educated at Cardiff University’s Welsh Department and says she was fortunate to have studied under Saunders Lewis. She has taught at the annual Cymdeithas Madog Course since moving to North America as well as being responsible for starting Welsh language classes in the Toronto area. Hefina feels that to have been born Welsh is the utmost privilege and she does all she can to share her love of Wales and its beautiful language. She admits that her other passion is for her grandchildren.
Sponsored by Cymdeithas Madog

Ysgol Gân  
This is an informal singing practice session where you will learn some of the hymns we will be singing on Sunday afternoon and evening. This is your opportunity to hear some Welsh verses pronounced and to practice your part, whatever it may be, with joyful abandon. Fun and enlightening. 

An Informal Discussion & Coffee:
  Taxbreaks for Investors ~ Investing in your Favorite Charities
~ with David Allen, WNAA Treasurer. 
Daid Allen
Significant permanent changes in the tax law have major implications for US taxpayers over the age of 70 who have any kind of retirement account. Only a very few financial advisors and accountants are alerting their clients to these changes. Taking advantage of them could benefit both you and your heirs very significantly. These changes affect everyone who gives any kind of contributions to charity or who plans on leaving some of their estate to a charity. It will be worth your while to take the time to attend this session presented by our Treasurer, David Allen.

DAVID ALLEN, Treasurer of WNAA, lives in Owego, New York, He received his PhD from Columbia University and was a Fulbright Scholar to Belgium and a Danforth Graduate Fellow. David is a Professor Emeritus at City University of New York, where he taught a variety of courses in economics and American government.
Sponsored by the Welsh North American Association.

Cinema Wales
Admission ~ Festival 3-Day or Single-day Pass
youth under 18 are free 
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 Henry Richard: Yr Apostol Heddwch
  1:00 – 1:30 Ditectif
  1:30 – 2:00 Coast and Country
  2:00 – 3:00 The Green Hollow
  3:00 – 3:45 O’r Golan: Cyrraedd Blaenycwm cyn yr Hwyr
  3:45 – 4:30 Chalkie Davies: Rock Photographer
Saturday Sept. 2, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 The Green Hollow
  1:00 – 3:00 Hedd Wyn
  3:00 – 3:45 O’r Golan: Cyrraedd Blaenycwm cyn yr Hwyr
  3:45 – 4:30 Chalkie Davies: Rock Photographer

For Cinema Wales 2017, we are presenting a selection of different genres of TV programs from the three Welsh broadcasters: BBC Cymru Wales, S4C, and ITV Cymru Wales. We hope you enjoy our selection and our thanks go to the broadcasters, producers, and directors for granting us permission to screen the programs at NAFOW 2017.

Henry Richard: Yr Apostol Heddwch (Henry Richard: the Apostle of Peace). 49 minutes, factual/ history, Welsh with English subtitles. Henry Richard was born in Tregaron in 1812. Known as “the Apostle of Peace,” he worked tirelessly to secure peace in the world. He arranged a series of major peace conferences in European capitals, and, following the armistice of the Crimean War, he went to Paris to persuade the authorities discussing the 1856 Treaty of Paris to include a clause of arbitration, which served as an important precedent leading to the establishment of the Hague Tribunal in 1899. The program tells the story of this remarkable Welsh pacifist and asks why Wales has failed to give proper recognition to its greatest peacemaker. S4C, director Catrin Edwards/Tinopolis.

Y Ditectif (The Detective). factual/crime, 30 minutes, Welsh with English subtitles. A series looking into real life murders in Wales presented by Mali Harries (Hinterland). The body of a woman is discovered by a local farmer in a car in rural Carmarthenshire. Dyfed Powys detectives solve the mystery. S4C, producer Helen Davies/ITV Cymru Wales.

Coast and Country: Anglesey. 23 minutes, country/nature, English. Choughs, red squirrels, photography, and paddle-boating are all featured in this program about nature on and around the Island of Anglesey. Ynys Mon—as it is known in Welsh—is a beautiful island lying off the coast of North Wales, a popular holiday destination, and host to the National Eisteddfod this year. ITV Cymru Wales, producer Susan Ridd.

The Green Hollow – a poem in the voice of Aberfan. 60 minutes, drama/documentary, English. In a beautiful and moving script by Welsh poet and author Owen Sheers, a stellar cast of Welsh actors and children pay tribute to the victims of the Aberfan tragedy of 1966 when 116 children and 28 adults were killed as coal slurry moved down a mountain and engulfed the local school. The program was aired in 2016 to commemorate 50 years since the disaster. The program received a 2017 BAFTA nomination for Best Single Drama. BBC, producer/director Pip Broughton.

O’r Galon: Cyrraedd Blaenycwm cyn yr Hwyr (Reaching Blaenycwm before Dark). 43 minutes, factual/family history, Welsh with English subtitles. The program follows three generations of women, Meinir, Lleucu and Nanon, as they together hike up Cwm Cynllwyd in Merionethshire to learn more about their family history. In this very beautiful and remote valley they talk to family members, share family photos, and read from the memoirs of Meinir’s grandmother “Lis.” With special thanks to the community of Cwm Cynllwyd. S4C, director Catrin Edwards, producer Meleri Mair, Tangno.

Chalkie Davies: Rock Photographer. 30 minutes, factual/photography, English. Welsh-born Chalkie Davies—now a resident of New York—joined the “Rock n Roll Circus” in 1973 after photographing David Bowie’s last night as Ziggy Stardust. He worked as a staff photographer at the NME (New Musical Express) from 1975–79 shooting numerous covers and features on the most important and influential artists from that era, including Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Ian Dury, Debbie Harry, Paul McCartney, the Clash, the Ramones, and the Rolling Stones. For 25 years Chalkie’s collection of rock images remained hidden away until an invitation from the National Museum of Wales led him to bring them out for a new generation. This documentary follows Chalkie as he prepares for the 2015 exhibition, revisits his childhood haunts and reflects on an extraordinary career.  BBC Cymru Wales, producer/director Steve Freer.

Hedd Wyn. 123 minutes, feature film, Welsh with English subtitles. On the 100th year since the battle of Passchendaele in WW1 in 1917, the screening of Hedd Wyn at NAFOW is a celebration of the short life of the Welsh poet Ellis Humphrey Evans (bardic name Hedd Wyn), who was killed in the battle at the age of 30. The cinematography starkly contrasts the lyrical beauty of the poet’s native Meirionnydd with the bombed-out horrors of Passchendaele. The poet was posthumously awarded the ultimate prize for poetry, the Chair, at the 1917 Welsh National Eisteddfod. S4C, director Paul Turner.

Children's Activities
Admission ~ Festival 3-Day or Single-day Pass
youth under 18 are free 
Children of all ages are welcome and needed for varied children's programming. Children participating need to be registered at the NAFOW registration table. All participants must be accompanied by a parent/grandparent/caretaker.

Tours  Tours are priced individually and not included in the
Festival Pass, see Registration form for details

Thursday Tour: August 31, 2017
Erie Canal and George Eastman House

Price: $75.00, Entrance fees and catered lunch are included in the price. Assemble at 8:45 in the hotel lobby, tour will leave by 9:00am, and return by 4:00pm.

Leaving the Hyatt Regency, you will take a short bus ride to Pittsford, NY. You will board the Sam Patch for a private cruise on the Erie Canal, traveling the routes of America’s early settlers. Cruise aboard the Sam Patch and enjoy a leisurely adventure navigating one of America’s most famous historic routes. Sam Patch cruises feature the signature canal experience of traveling through a century-old canal lock and passing through a beautifully restored and redeveloped historic canal town. During the cruise, you will be provided with a historical narrative that focuses on the construction of the Erie Canal, its impact on the region, and the relationship between the City of Rochester and the Canal.
Once the cruise is completed, the bus will take you to one of the most well-known addresses in Rochester, 900 East Ave. the George Eastman House. A catered lunch will be provided in the Curtis Theater. The historic mansion and gardens at the George Eastman Museum provide a glimpse into the life of one of the greatest American innovators and entertainers in the first decades of the twentieth century. Original furnishings and artifacts, careful reproductions, and beautifully restored landscape transport visitors to George Eastman’s time. The Colonial Revival mansion, built between 1902 and 1905, served as George Eastman’s primary residence until his death in 1932. You will receive a private guided tour of the Mansion and have time on your own to explore the extensive collections in the Eastman Museum.

2. Monday Tour: September 4, 2017,
Corning Museum of Glass, Rockwell Museum and Keuka Springs Winery

Price: $80. Museum entry fees, a catered lunch and wine tasting included in the price. Assemble at 8:00 in the hotel lobby, tour will leave by 8:15am. Return by 6pm.

Leaving Rochester, you will drive through some of the most wonderful rural scenery that upstate New York has to offer. Upon arrival at the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass, you will be met by a docent who will take you on a two hour tour of the vast facility. The museum was founded in 1951 as a gift to the nation for the Corning Glass Works 100th anniversary. The concept seems so simple. How much can you say about glass? Actually, quite a lot. Glass is a versatile, ancient material that is still being explored and understood by artists, scientists, and historians today. The story of glass is a story about art, history, culture, technology, science, craft and design. And we tell that story at The Corning Museum of Glass. The Corning Museum of Glass cares for and displays the world’s best collection of art and historical glass. When you visit, you’ll see more than 3,500 years of history displayed in the Glass Collection Galleries. Glass is brought to life through live, narrated glassmaking demonstrations. A catered light lunch will be provided before moving on to the next stop on the tour, the Rockwell Museum.
The Rockwell Museum is the only Smithsonian Affiliate in Upstate New York. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th- century Historic Old City Hall in Corning, The Rockwell lays at the heart of the greater Finger Lakes fine arts community. The Rockwell Museum tells the story of the American experience through fine art. The diverse collection includes a mix of nineteenth-century American paintings, historic bronzes, and Indian artifacts as well as twentieth-century modernists, illustration art, and contemporary photography. Featured galleries represent the works of Andy Warhol, the Taos Society of Artists, and masterworks of Remington and Russell.
On your return to Rochester, you will travel through the Finger Lakes Region, stopping at Keuka Springs winery. For 30 years, Keuka Spring has been consistently recognized for excellence. Their wine list includes wines for every taste, handcrafted from vineyard to bottle. Enjoy their premium wines while taking in the panoramic beauty of Keuka Lake. During your visit relax, have fun, and taste the best New York State has to offer!

Questions? Contact tour@nafow.org

Sunday Worship Service No NAFOW pass is required to attend the Sunday Worship service,
 all are welcome

memorial ceremonyA traditional church service in English and Welsh, which includes the reading of the roll of departed members and placing of memorial roses in the vases on the altar.  
Archbishop Morgan
The presiding minister at the Sunday Worship Service will be the  Reverend Barry Morgan,  Archbishop of Wales. He read history in London, Theology at Cambridge and trained for the ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge. He was Bishop of Bangor from 1993-1999, and has been the Bishop of Llandaff since 1999.

86th Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu 
Admission ~ Festival 3-Day or Single-day Pass at the door
youth under 18 are free 
Sunday afternoon and evening, join us for song and praise in this traditional celebration of congregational singing of Welsh hymns. Hymns 
will be sung in both Welsh and English in this, our 86th annual National Gymanfa Ganu. Don’t forget to bring your Welsh hymnals. Hymnals will be available for purchase.   Director Dr Haydn James, will serve as conductor for the 86th National Gymanfa Ganu. This event  is included in a Festival Pass or purchase day pass onsite.
Please note: The Gymanfa Ganu will be held at Third Presbyterian Church 1 mile from the Hyatt Hotel,  a restricted mobility shuttle bus between hotel and church will be available Fee charged, advanced registration required

Haydn James
Dr. Haydn James ~ Director of the 86th National Gymanfa Ganu
DR HAYDN JAMES was Musical Director of the London Welsh Male Voice Choir for 30 years, during which time he performed in most of the UK’s major concert venues, as well as in numerous countries throughout the world; he has directed nine massed choir Festivals at London’s Royal Albert Hall (the ‘1000 Voices’), and at similar events in Cardiff’s Millennium Centre, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, in which concert some 400 singers shared the stage with soloist Bryn Terfel. For the past seventeen years, Haydn has been Musical Director for the Welsh Rugby Union, and has directed the pre-match singing with some of the very best male, mixed and ladies choirs in the Principality, along with Military and Brass Bands in front of some 75,000 spectators at more than 120 rugby internationals in Cardiff, and at similar games in England, Scotland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Haydn recently worked as musical advisor/conductor with the 2017 British & Irish Lions Rugby Team prior to their tour to New Zealand, and will again conduct the pre-match singing at the next seven Welsh international games in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. He is delighted to take over the baton at short notice for this year’s 86th Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu - this will be his third appearance, having previously directed the singing in Vancouver and Florida, as well conducting five Festivals for the Ontario Welsh Society.

D Enlow
David Enlow
~  Festival Accompanist
DAVID ENLOW, hailed for his "enormous virtuosity" (Stuttgarter Zeitung), "arresting performances" (The American Organist), and his "gutsy, yet sensitive" playing (Organ Canada), is a concert organist and church musician who has performed across the United States, in Canada, and across England & Europe. Mr. Enlow’s recent recording of the complete major organ works of César Franck on the Pro Organo label, Pater Seraphicus, has been well reviewed, notably in the French language press.

Mr. Enlow is Organist and Choir Master of the Church of the Resurrection in New York, where he directs a professional choir. He is a member of the organ faculty of The Juilliard School, responsible for the service playing component of the curriculum, and also Dean of the New York City Chapter, American Guild of Organists.


Additional Highlights...
Admission ~ Festival 3-Day or Single-day Pass
youth under 18 are free 
love spoons
Open daily are the TEA ROOM, offering Welsh tea and Welsh cakes and a chance to socialize with friends new and old, and the MARKETPLACE, vendors from Wales and across North America selling Welsh and other Celtic items: clothing, jewelry trinkets, music, books, tours, educational packages and the like. Reserve a table in the marketplace.



Thursday-Sunday late night INFORMAL SINGING for a traditional sing along or OPEN MIC NIGHT, PUB NIGHT,  and participate in the merry making in a casual setting, each following scheduled evening events.

Do you speak Welsh or want to learn yr hen iaith? Speakers and learners of all levels of Welsh are welcome to stop by our table and say “sut mae!” We will also be hosting two informal Welsh chat sessions for learners and speakers of any level on Friday and Sunday. Say Something in Welsh is a free online course based entirely on speaking. Created from the belief that language acquisition is a natural process at which anyone can succeed, it has no reading or writing components. Rather, through built-in revision, each lesson builds and expands on the spoken language skills taught in the previous lessons. Northern and southern dialect versions available! Use it online or download it to your favorite device, and make sure to spend time on the friendly forum where learners can get help and encouragement from eachother: www.saysomethinginwelsh.com.

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