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Calon Lan Festival 2020

Calon Lân Festival

A series of events in 2020 to celebrate Calon Lân and its Author, Daniel James

The Welsh Hymn ‘Calon Lân’ is often seen as a second Welsh anthem, a part of Welsh identity and heritage. It can often be heard performed by Welsh choirs and at football and rugby stadiums being sung proudly by thousands of Welsh fans.

The words to Calon Lân (translated literally as ‘Pure Heart’) were penned by Swansea born bard Daniel James, also known by the bardic name ‘Gwyrosydd’

2020 will mark 100 years since the death of Daniel James who died in 1920 and is laid to rest at Mynyddbach Chapel in Swansea. It is also at Mynyddbach Chapel where he was taught and inspired to compose poetry and where the Calon Lân Centre (Charity no. 1155784) is based.

In 2020 The Calon Lân Centre will organise and host a series of events celebrating the life and works of Daniel James as part of a Calon Lân Festival. The festival will also feature a special Summer concert.

The festival will be a celebration of Welsh heritage, music, poetry, Calon Lân and the works of Daniel James and hopes to bring people together by encouraging schools, music venues, musicians and poets to put on their own events and concerts across Wales with the Calon Lân Festival branding. The Calon Lân festival website will be used to promote all of the events.

Calon Lan 2020 Summer Concert

Local Tourism Trade association ‘Tourism Swansea Bay’ who are the organisers of the Swansea Bay Tourism Awards (the largest tourism awards ceremony in Wales) will be organising a special performance day as part of the festival at the Calon Lân Centre in Summer 2020. They will be assisted by the Gower Heritage Centre who regularly organise a variety of music and food events in Gower. The concert will feature performances from choirs, local Welsh musicians, special guests, talks, workshops, local food and drink, and the Daniel James Prize (competition for local schools, musicians and poets).