It feels like a lifetime since we hosted our 2020 festival in the Temple of Peace last February. At the time, as Storm Denis raged outside, none of us knew what we would face in the coming months. Now we are looking ahead to the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival 2021 which we are delighted to announce will take place online from Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 April 2021.
The festival team are currently working on another fantastic programme showcasing both new and established voices and featuring some of the world’s best poets and artists.
Like many festivals, we have had to adapt to a new virtual world. Our 2021 programme will be entirely digital and to make it accessible for everyone, all of our main events (excluding workshops) will be free.
Festival Director Amy Wack says she is “Really looking forward to this poetry-packed celebration in April 2021!” We hope you are too!
Following our incredibly successful third festival, we are delighted to share that we have funding to continue for another three years thanks to financial support from the Rhys Davies Trust.
The Rhys Davies Trust was established in 1991 with funds provided by Lewis Davies, the brother of the author. It seeks to foster Welsh writing in English, especially in the valleys of South Wales, and in the genres in which Rhys Davies wrote.
The Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival is one of five new Welsh-based client partners taken on by the Trust. Collectively these organisations provide a dynamic and innovative series of creative initiatives designed to celebrate the past of Wales’ long tradition of literary achievement through the medium of English and build towards its future.
Alongside the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival, the new Rhys Davies Trust Client Partners are: Parthian Books, DylanED, the educational arm of the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize, the South Wales Miners’ Library, and Literature Wales.
The creation of Rhys Davies Trust Client Partners represents the culmination of the Trust’s work over the past three decades. The work of Rhys Davies as well as his influence and interests will live on.
What this means for us
The Trust’s support will enable us to continue to present some of the best poetry in the world from a range of international poets bringing back to the capital a literary experience of a kind not seen since the Commonwealth Poetry Festival of 1965. Festival Director Amy Wack will take poetry lovers to places they have not been before. The festival will also include the new annual Meic Stephens Lecture on poetry begun in 2020 with a lecture on the career of renowned Welsh poet and documentary maker John Ormond. The 2021 Festival will also take poets into Cardiff schools as part of a programme of increased educational activity.
“We are incredibly grateful to the trust for supporting the festival and its growth over the next few years. We are excited to begin planning for 2021 and look forward to continuing to bring fantastic authors, and their poetry, to Cardiff from all over Wales, the UK and beyond.” – Amy Wack, Festival Director
Thank you to everyone who came and joined us for our 2020 festival. We had an amazing weekend and hope that you did to. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates about future festivals and you can now sign-up to our brand new dedicated festival mailing list as well!
If you’re not quite ready to forget this year’s festival then you can now relive it through our 2020 Gallery. We’re incredibly grateful to our Festival Photographer Abeer Ameer for documenting the weekend for us.
“What a weekend! I feel blessed and dazzled by the contributions of the poets, artists, musicians, team Seren, our fearless volunteers, Oasis Catering, and the staff in the gorgeous venue, the Temple of Peace in Cardiff. What shall we do in 2021?!”