Social Programme and Accompanying Persons

Welcome Reception

Wednesday 11th July

We will be holding our Welcome Reception in the Main Hall of the National Museum Cardiff, the flagship building of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, a network of seven museums across Wales. The Main Hall was officially opened in 1927, and features an 85 foot dome featuring original pink glass at its centre, allowing a lovely hued light to flood the entire space.

Attendance at this is included in the registration fee.


  • Tour of Cardiff University’s Special Collections & Archives and tour of the Temple of Peace and Health – max. 40 attendees
  • St Fagans National Museum of History – max. 90 attendees
  • National Museum Cardiff – max. 20 attendees
  • Visit to Cardiff Central Library Hub and Cardiff Story Museum – max 20 attendees
  • Cardiff Castle – max. 25 attendees
  • Bute Park walk/talk – min 15 and max 25 attendees
  • Guided tour of Cathays Cemetery and Cathays Heritage Library – max 15 attendees
  • Walking tour of Cardiff – max 25 attendees
  • Bike ride – max. 15 attendees
  • Slow Walking and Poetry – max. 20 attendees

All visits will happen between 9:30-12:00 on Thursday 12th June. Please register here and select one social event to attend when you register. Further details will be sent closer to the conference about the social event you have selected.

More information on the tours and visits

More information on Slow Walking and Poetry Visit

Memoria Group Performance

Please register for your free place at the performance via EventBrite.

More information on the Memoria Group Performance can be found here.

Gala Dinner

Thursday 12th July

The magnificent Edwardian City Hall is the focal point of the Civic Centre, and the host for our Gala Dinner. City Hall opened in 1904, and is dominated by a 194 foot high clock tower and a dome surmounted by a Welsh dragon. A portico leads into the main foyer and reception. Grand staircases either side, with ornate bronze balustrades, lead to the reception rooms above. On one staircase is a memorial to Captain Robert Scott and his courageous companions, who sailed from Cardiff on the Terra Nova, on their ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1910.

The Gala Dinner will include live music and dancing performed and led by Pentreffest.

Pentreffest is an organisation that runs European traditional music events. It’s dance-based, so we teach a lot of the traditional social dances that were danced in Northern Europe. It’s a social event; people can come along, chat and dance with their friends.  Unlike a barn dance where you have a caller and there’s all this interruption to the evening, people know what they’re doing so they just get up and dance.

The artists tend to be people we’ve met from visiting other festivals, so we attend many festivals in Brittany, France and Sweden as well as other events within the UK. In actual fact, our community within the UK is very extended, and we have people who come to the festival from Kent, East Anglia, from the north of England, and as far away as Edinburgh. We’ve even had people attend from California because of a particular artist they wanted to see.     

The artists this year are a trio from Belgium who have been previously, and who we always love to see. We also have a new duo from Brittany coming, a singer and an accordionist. The singer is from a traditional background; she’s learnt her songs and everything from her father, so she’s part of a living tradition. We will have dance teachers from Switzerland, music from Sweden, and a whole range of workshops.

Accompanying Persons – click the images to find out how to register!

Accompanying personsGala Dinner