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Gwanwyn is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age.

Gwanwyn means spring in Welsh, and celebrates older age as a time of opportunity for renewal, growth and creativity. Our aim is to offer opportunities for greater participation by older people in the arts, whether visual arts, drama, storytelling, music, literature, photography, dance or film.

Gwanwyn Arts Festival is back celebrating its 10th birthday

This May, people aged 50 and over across Wales will be exploring their creative side as part of Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn Festival. The festival, now in its tenth year, celebrates older age as a time for creative growth and renewal. Gwanwyn provides opportunities for older people to take part in the arts – from painting, photography, music, drama or storytelling to literature, dance, film and much more! Since it began in 2007, the festival now attracts over 10,000 people, taking part in over 500 events all across Wales.

We’re throwing 10 birthday parties at venues across Wales, starting with Shenanigrans at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on May 4. The celebrations continue at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff (May 7), Pontardawe Arts Centre (May 9 to 14), Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon (May 17), Torch Theatr Milford Haven (May 19), Theatr Felinfach in Lampeter (May 25), Aberystwyth Arts Centre (May 24), Park and Dare Theatre, Treorchy (May 27), and finally at Caernarfon's Galeri (June 1 and 2). There will workshops, films, performances, drop in sessions, with tea and birthday cake to share!

The rest of the programme ranges from patchwork in Treherbert, sculpture workshops in Llandrindod Wells, solar powered mobile movie theatre in the Gower. There’s photography in Carmarthen, ceramics in Denbigh, bookbinding in Cardigan, ‘Sax for fun’ workshops in Barry – and that’s just for starters.

There are 100s of events taking place so for the full programme please go to or call 02920 431 540 to find out more about Gwanwyn events happening in your local area

Head to the Gwanwyn website to find out more about the festival, our projects and how you can get involved. Or keep up with the latest news and events on Facebook and Twitter

Gwanwyn operates a Community Grant Scheme to assist organisations that wish to participate in the festival.
2016 is Gwanwyn’s 10th birthday so we are looking for projects and events that will help us celebrate this important milestone!
You can find out more information by downloading our Application Pack and Application Form.

We also have special projects like cARTrefu and In Your Mind’s Eye, which promote the participation of older people in the arts throughout the year.

Further information


The March editions of our newsletter is available to download below.

You can download other guides and factsheets from our list of publications

For more information: Contact our Gwanwyn team 029 2043 1555