Daniel Owen Festival

Daniel Owen Festival 2017 – had something for everyone

Daniel Owen, the most prominent Victorian novelist in the Welsh language, left a rich legacy for the annual Daniel Owen Festival in Mold to explore this year. He used his personal experiences of Mold, where he lived all his life, in his stories.

The week-long Festival was a heady mix of live performances, music and dance, academic lectures, heritage walks, a writing award for young people, the launch of a new book, and a children’s treasure hunt, amongst others. Some events were held in Welsh, others in English and many were bilingual.

Kevin Matthias, chairman of the Festival organisers said, “We are very pleased with how the Festival has gone this year. There has been something for everyone to enjoy; Daniel Owen has been in the spot light, and the number of people attending the week-long events has increased. I would like to thank our volunteers, partner organisations and sponsors for their generous help and support”.

The Mayor of Mold, Bob Gaffey, laying a wreath on the grave of Daniel Owen in Mold Cemetery

Heather Williams, Kevin Matthias and Helen Mrowiec with some of the '100 Flintshire objects'

Festival annual lecture; Hugh Brightwell from sponsors Cymdeithas Wil Bryan; lecturer Gareth Miles; and Nia Jones, Festival secretary

Taking part in the Snip Snap Scissor Hunt at Mold Museum and in shop windows on Earl Road and High Street are Gwen; Poppy; Sally; Mari and Elen.

Gareth Thomas and Andrea Mearns of the Festival organising team at ‘Apples and Dance’, with the apple scratter used to make pomace ready for pressing the apples into juice.

Clerical Error and Wolfgate Border Morris entertain the crowd with traditional Morris dancing at ‘Apples and Dance’ in Daniel Owen Square.

Lecture on education in Victorian Wales at the time of Daniel Owen – Diane Johnson, chair of Mold and District Civic Society; lecturer Gareth Vaughan Williams; and Kevin Matthias chair of the Festival organisers.

History of Coed Nercwys walk with Walkabout Flintshire

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