Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The raising of the Summer Pole

Gŵyl Ifan is the largest festival of its kind in Wales, attracting 100s of dancers to Cardiff from all over Wales to parade through the the streets and raise the Summer Pole.

Following a summer festival by the Welsh Folk Dance Society in 1976, the idea of holding an annual folk dance festival was discussed and Gŵyl Ifan was born.

The festival has changed over the years in length and location. The first Taplas was held in Cardiff Castle before moving to Caerphilly Castle and City Hall.