Apples and Dance – Daniel Owen Festival 2017

Bringing Molds’ traditions to life at the Daniel Owen Festival 2017

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Daniel Owen Festival in Mold. The life and achievements of Daniel Owen, the outstanding Welsh language novelist of the 19th century, will be celebrated during a lively week-long festival from 14 to 20 October.

The opening event brings to life Victorian Mold with a unique combination of traditional dancing and apples on Saturday 14 October in Daniel Owen Square and inside the Daniel Owen Centre from 11am to 4.30pm.

Visitors will be able to watch glorious traditional Morris dancing with renowned local sides, Dawnswyr Delyn and Clerical Errors, joined by a new group formed especially for the Daniel Owen Festival’s Apples and Dance event called Tegeingl Tanglers. Tegeingl being the old name for the lands of this region. Sides from outside the shire have also been invited to dance on the Daniel Owen Square performance area, in what promises to be a visual feast of dance.

Alongside the dance will be another tradition from the area – apple pressing to make juice and all things appley. This stems from the former widespread orchards in the region, which were an important food supply in Daniel Owen’s time. It is hoped that by highlighting the tradition of apple pressing it will encourage the local community to use the many apples from trees still growing in Flintshire. At the Apples and Dance event people are invited to bring their own apples to be pressed into juice, instead of the fruits going to waste.

We will be promoting apple dishes, heritage varieties of apple trees and how they fit into the local environment as well as demonstrating the process of juicing using a cider press. Experts on heritage orchards from North Wales Wildlife Trust and members of local growing group, FlintShare, will be on hand to give advice and demonstrate apple pressing and other techniques.

There’s time to join one of the dance sides and learn the dances ready for the performances during the Daniel Owen Festival. For more details please contact Gareth and Bev Thomas on 07544 895981 or the Festival web site  www.danielowenfestival.com

Top row: Janet Wainwright (FlintShare); Kevin Matthias (chair Daniel Owen Festival); Nia Jones (sec Daniel Owen Festival); bottom row: John Harradine (FlintShare); Rachael Webber (Tegeingl Tanglers); Bev Thomas (Dawnswyr Delyn); Gareth Thomas (Daniel Owen Festival); Iwan Edwards (North Wales Wildlife Trust).

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