The Daniel Owen Festival is here again!

Mold’s prestigious week-long literature and arts festival, the Daniel Owen Festival, begins on Saturday 14 October with a record number of events to enjoy. The Festival celebrates the life and work of the town’s most famous son – the Welsh-language novelist Daniel Owen whose statue stands in Daniel Owen Square.


Daniel Owen Festival chairman, Kevin Matthias said, “We are all excited about this year’s festival, which introduces award winning writers and historians to Mold in a programme offering something for everyone, from literature and the spoken word to dance and great performance pieces.

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.”


The Festival begins on Saturday 14 October with ‘Apples and Dance’ a celebration of life in Victorian Mold. In Daniel Owen Square traditional Morris dancing from 1 to 4pm promises to be a visual feast of dance. Alongside the dance will be another local tradition – apple pressing. If you have apples, then bring them along from 11am to 4.30pm and press them into delicious juice. Inside the Daniel Owen Centre there will be children’s activities and experts on hand with advice on all things appley!


On Sunday ‘Snip Snip Scissor Hunt’ is a treasure hunt with a difference. The clues relate to Daniel Owen’s trade as a tailor. Starting at his statue at 2pm, this bilingual activity around Mold High Street, is suitable for children and their families.


The prestigious Daniel Owen Festival lecture, on Monday, will be given by award winning author, Gareth Miles. His thought-provoking theme is ‘A oedd Daniel Owen yn farcsydd?’ (Was Daniel Owen a Marxist?)  The lecture is in Welsh with simultaneous translation into English – sponsored by Cymdeithas Wil Bryan and Literature Wales.


Throughout the week there are guided walks at places in Mold and the fantastic surrounding area associated with Daniel Owen, including Nercwys Mountain, Pantymwyn and Gwernaffield. These are organised by The Friends of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, and Walkabout Flintshire.


Many events are free of charge, although some have a nominal fee. Tickets can be booked at Mold Town Council, or by phoning 01352 758532.


Full programme details or from Mold Library 01352 754791. Take a look and join in! Croeso cynnes i bawb, everyone is welcome