Daniel Owen Square Launch and time capsule

October 2015 sees an exciting week of literature, music, spoken word, live performances and arts returning to Mold and the surrounding area for the sixth year. The Daniel Owen Festival celebrates the life and work of the town’s most famous son. Daniel Owen was a Victorian novelist who rose from poverty to national popularity and fame in his own lifetime. The Festival programme runs from Saturday 17 to Friday 23 October.


Launch and Time Capsule Event 

As part of the Festival there will be a celebration of the redeveloped Daniel Owen Square, with an historic Launch and Time Capsule Event in the Square on Thursday 22 October from 10.30am to 11.30am. All are welcome to join in, and enjoy the live entertainment and refreshments before the capsule is buried next to the statue, for future generations to unearth.


Apprentices from Airbus made the time capsule using a cylindrical titanium tube from the fuel system off an A380 aircraft. It will be filled with items to show future generations what life is currently like in Mold. What would you like the Time Capsule to contain? If you have something that you would like to donate please get in touch with Mold Library.


Nia Jones, Mold Community Librarian and one of the Daniel Owen Festival organisers said, “We’ve started to receive interesting objects to place inside the Time Capsule. As it’s only 150mm (six inches) in diameter bulky objects won’t fit, but there’s plenty of space for small objects as the capsule is nearly a metre long. Items will be displayed in Mold Library and a selection made during the Festival. We’re making community history, which will give future generations a fascinating insight into Mold today.”


The Daniel Owen Festival runs from Saturday 17 to Friday 23 October with events held at places associated with the author in Mold and the surrounding area. 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 events are free and some have a nominal charge.

The full programme and Festival tickets are available from Mold Library 01352 754791. Visit us on Facebook or follow twitter @DanielOwen1836 or www.danielowenfestival.com


The Daniel Owen Square redevelopment project has been part-funded by Flintshire County Council, the European Regional Development Fund and the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.


Caption pic 1: Holding the titanium time capsule in Daniel Owen Square, Mold, are left to right Gwenno Jones, FCC Arts, Culture and Events Manager; Nia Jones, Mold Community Librarian and Daniel Owen Festival; and Alison Brett, FCC Regeneration Project Officer; with Kevin Matthias, Daniel Owen Festival; and Dave Hill, Mold Town Manager.  




Editors please contact Kevin Matthias on 01352 754903 or Nia Jones on 01352 754791 for further details about the Daniel Owen Festival.


For information about the Daniel Owen Square redevelopment project please contact Alison Brett on 01352 702012.