Caerleon Festival is an event of ten days of performance and participation – drama, literature, poetry, comedy, music, dance, and art.
Performing at the thirteenth Caerleon Festival was Shimai (a Japanese word meaning sisters and the name of the group) a singing duo made up of Rhiannon Griffiths and her sister Angharad. The singing sisters have recently won the Maindee Festival Maindee’s Got Talent contest.
Also performing at the Caerleon Festival was six members of Taiko Mynydd Du. Photographed left to right: Heather Murry, Ursula Frank, David Pugh, Yasmin Friedmann, Kerry Andrews and Carmela Gianfagna.
The following information is taken from their website: Taiko Wales (Black Mountain Taiko, named after the local hills) is an association of experienced practitioners who aim to spread the joy of Taiko drumming throughout Wales.
With an understanding of the cultural roots of Taiko in Japan, they aim to bring this traditional art form into Wales in order to provide joyful, participatory experiences and opportunities to explore the potential benefits to health and well-being that Taiko offers.
Taiko Wales was originally established in 2001. In conjunction with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Taiko was brought to nearly 30 primary schools across Ceredigion. Recent Taiko events include appearances at the Liberty Stadium in Swanse.