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Get Welsh for the weekend to celebrate St David's Day

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

By helen keates

national pride  Chef Anthony Evans during a cooking demonstration at last year's the Get Welsh event taking place at Castle Gardens in Swansea.

national pride Chef Anthony Evans during a cooking demonstration at last year's the Get Welsh event taking place at Castle Gardens in Swansea.

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WALES will runneth over with red for St David's Day next week.

Starting on Friday and running throughout the weekend, traditional Welsh Cawl a Chan events will be taking place in communities and towns and cities are hosting concerts and celebrations.

In Swansea, the celebrations start early with a schools' choir concert at the Brangwyn Hall on Monday.

There will be music from nine school choirs in Saints, Songs and Celebrations.

Then, on St David's Day, Wales's biggest indoor market is hosting its own celebrations. There will be free children's Welsh costume photos at Swansea Market from 10am to 4pm.

Gower College Swansea will continue the festivities with a Welsh production called St David's Day Celebrations at the Grand Theatre.

One of the biggest events is Get Welsh, Food, Drink and Craft Fair in Swansea, which is staged by the South Wales Evening Post, Bid and Swansea Council.

The event is held in Castle Square on Saturday, March 2.

Nick Bradley, cabinet member for regeneration in Swansea Council said: "St David's Day is a special and proud day for all Welsh people and Swansea will be marking this celebration of Wales's patron saint with a range of events across the city.

"Many of these events are free and we hope that our visitors and residents will join in and celebrate with us."

Events will also be held in Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire.

Young pupils in Neath have completed a coupe in managing to get Welsh folk legend Daffydd Iwan to play a mini concert in the school on St David's Day.

The singer and passionate Welsh language campaigner will also hold a short question and answer session when he visits Waunceirch Primary School.

And in Carmarthenshire Tomas Marks, of RDP Mentro, which supports businesses in rural Carmarthenshire which involve 16 to 30-year-olds, has come up with a unique idea to celebrate.

At 4.34pm on Friday March 1, five performers will board a train at Llandovery and perform all the way to Llanelli. in an event called On The Tracks. Mr Marks said: "Six or seven of my clients are performers. I was thinking of an idea to showcase their talents, and came up with this one."

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