Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas was one of the prominent guest speakers at the Festival of Voice launch at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre in March.
Speaking of the Festival of Voice Lord Elis-Thomas said
“It’s wonderful to see home- grown, ‘Made in Wales’ events flourish, which is why the Welsh Government is proud to support events like Festival of Voice – and see them grow.
“They showcase Wales as a vibrant, dynamic and outward looking nation. Festival of Voice builds on the unique heritage of Wales as the ‘land of song’ while also focusing on nurturing future talent. This is a very exciting time for Music in Wales – and an opportunity to celebrate.”
Following the event, Andy Howells spoke with Lord Elis-Thomas about the festival and his own artistic inspirations.
Your career has been in culture for a good number of years?
I used to teach drama, I’ve been involved in a good number of things including the Eisteddfod. I’ve never been a good performer myself, but I’ve tried to teach other people how to perform.
What’s it like to see such an event as The Festival of Voice come to fruition?
I think its brilliant, I’ve always wanted Wales to celebrate our particular background and tradition of bilingualism in all our cultures and I’ve always want to see that internationally. I think that is what we are developing now. attracting people worldwide who are impressed by how we carry on.
What triggered off your passion for the arts and culture?
I was brought up into it but mainly the literature rather than the music. I’ve always had a passion for following music but never been able to play an instrument sufficiently good quality to play it in public.
If you could play an instrument for a day what would it be?
I wish I had learned to play the classical harp properly. Then I could play Dafydd y garreg wen!
- For tickets and further information of The Festival of Voice , visit festivalofvoice.wales or call 029 2063 6464.