Daniel Owen Festival 

returns for a Seventh Year!


Something for everybody

October 2016 sees an exciting week of literature, music, spoken word, live performances and arts returning to Mold and the surrounding area for the seventh time. The Daniel Owen Festival celebrates the life and work of the town’s most famous son – the Victorian novelist who rose from poverty to national popularity and fame in his own lifetime. His statue stands outside Mold Library in Daniel Owen Square.


The 2016 Festival programme runs from Saturday 15 to Saturday 22 October. Highlights of the event include an entertaining evening with our up-and-coming young writers, at the Theatr Clwyd award-giving ceremony for the Daniel Owen new writing competition. Professional actors will present the shortlisted pieces at a public performance at Theatr Clwyd on Monday 17 October at 7pm, free tickets are available from the box office.


The Daniel Owen Festival week begins with a rousing drumming parade from award-winning Cambria Band, which starts at Daniel Owen’s statue at 1pm on Saturday 15 October. This will be followed at 1.30pm by a fun creative art event for all the family at Mold Library, with artist Eleri Jones.


The same evening there will be a gala charity concert with two of Mold’s most talented choral singing groups, both of which have charmed audiences throughout the country. Ysgol Maes Garmon’s choir – fresh from their success at the opening of the Urdd Eisteddfod at Flint – is joined by Parti’r Siswrn who are firm favourites with their beautifully performed eclectic repertoire. The concert, at Bethesda Chapel, Mold, at 7pm is in aid of local charity SHARE (Supporting Homeless, Assisting Refugees Everywhere).


The 2016 annual Daniel Owen Festival Lecture will be given by actress, presenter and writer, Manon Eames. She is taking as her theme the insightful words on Daniel Owen’s statue ‘Nid i’r doeth a’r deallus’…(It’s not for the wise and intelligent that I wrote….).


The Festival also includes a talk by renowned art historian Peter Lord, who specialises in the study of the visual culture in Wales. Peter’s topical subject is ‘The place of Richard Wilson in the history of landscape painting’. Richard Wilson is the famous 18th century landscape artist who is buried in St Mary’s churchyard in Mold.


Guided walks this year highlight places in Mold associated with Daniel Owen, including the history of the landscape of Nercwys Mountain and the history and ecology of the fascinating area of Loggerheads. This was the location for much of the action in Daniel Owen’s novel Enoc Huws based on lead mining and the characters that surrounded the industry.


Many events are free of charge, although some will have a nominal fee. Tickets can be booked at Mold Library, or by telephoning 01352 754791.


Kevin Matthias, one of the small Festival organising group, said, “The full programme has something for everyone, for all ages and interests. Some events are in Welsh, and others are in English or bi-lingual. It’s an ideal opportunity for people to enjoy what is unique to the area, its culture, language, and heritage. Many of the people taking part are from the local area. I hope locals and visitors alike will get together and enjoy a range of activities which will celebrate some of the best that north east Wales can offer.”


The Festival is organised by a group of volunteers which includes representatives from key organisations promoting literature, the arts, heritage and the Welsh language in Flintshire; Bethesda Chapel, Cittaslow Mold, Clwb C Ciwb, Flintshire County Council Arts Culture and Events, Menter Iaith Sir y Fflint, Mold and District Civic Society, Mold Library and Museum, and Theatr Clwyd. New members are always welcome to join.


Sponsors include Cymdeithas Wil Bryan, Keene and Kelly Solicitors, Literature Wales, Menter Iaith Sir y Fflint, Mold Town Council, Synthite and Theatr Clwyd.

For details of the Daniel Owen Festival programme visit www.danielowenfestival.com or Facebook or follow twitter @DanielOwen1836