Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch officially launched their ‘Hen Linell Bell’ (A Far Old Line) community arts project on 28th March 2017, inviting volunteers to be part of the exciting performances and events in and around Aberystwyth. The festival, which was about bringing communities and groups together to celebrate the culture of Ceredigion, took place from 21 July – 5 August 2017.

Based on the collaboration between local community groups and specialist and professional theatre workers from Wales and overseas, they developed and presented a series of exciting and high-quality, large-scale, open-air performances that were performed in various locations in Aberystwyth and the surrounding area during the busiest tourist summer months.

The totally unique performances, which appeared on Aberystwyth Prom; around the harbour and streets; historical buildings; in shows, fairs and carnivals drew on the county’s characteristics and local stories and reflected the cultural richness of the area.

Appealing to both local people and visitors alike, the exciting, colourful and bilingual performances led to positive experiences of the county’s cultural and linguistic character – both traditional and contemporary.

As well as learning performance skills, Arad Goch trained and mentored members of the community in areas such as promotion, advertising, organising and running creative events.

The theme binding the events together was the local story, “Cantref Gwaelod”, which also linked to the Welsh Government and Visit Wales “experience” themes (“The Year of Legends” in 2017 and “The Year of the Sea” in 2018).



To view more photos/stories from the festival, please visit:

Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch 

Tel: 01970 617998