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Focus Wales! wXm: 11-13th May

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FOCUS Wales 2017 takes place on the 11th, 12th, and 13th May 2017 A three day music, arts and interactive festival held across multiple venues in Wrexham, North East Wales. Full 3 day wristbands for admission to all FOCUS Wales events are available now at: www.focuswales.com/tickets for £40 each. Tickets allow access to all FOCUS Wales shows and interactive programmes. Full Details Of ALL Shows: www.focuswales.com

Thursday 11th May:

ASTROID BOYS / GEORGIA RUTH / BRYDE / Danielle Lewis

Keynote Speaker: DON LETTS

Friday 12th May:

CABBAGE / JOHN BRAMWELL (I AM KLOOT) / SHAPPI KHORSANDI / GULP / Brython Shag / Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard

Saturday 13th May:

BRITISH SEA POWER / LUCY SPRAGGAN / ISLET / Hywel Pitts / Betsy

+ 100’s more over 3 days of music!​

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FOCUS Wales presents a new and exciting interactive programme for its 7th edition in 2017. The national showcase for music from Wales will offer a two day programme of keynotes and discussions at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Wrexham, North Wales on the 11th and 12th May 2017. Grammy award winner and legendary DJ DON LETTS is announced as a keynote speaker on Thursday 11th May.

Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. His work has been exhibited in The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The N.F.T in London and was honoured at Brooklyn’s BAM festival and The Milan Film festival. In March 2003 he won a Grammy for his documentary ‘Westway To The World’. He came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a d.j at the first punk club ‘The Roxy‘ in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and begun to make his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie‘. Shot on Super-8mm it is the only documentary on the U.K punk scene w/ Sex Pistols-The Clash and many others. He was also a member of the band ‘Big Audio Dynamite’ with The Clash’s Mick Jones. Alongside his many other projects, Don presents the BBC 6 Music show ‘Culture Clash Radio’ every Sunday Night. *Don will be taking part in a Keynote discussion at 4pm on Thursday 11th May, and later that night will be performing a DJ set at the Central Station venue to follow on from headliners Astroid Boys! Don’s DJ set will be from 12:15am.

Also joining the Interactive Conference line-up as speakers are: Achal Dhillon (Killing Moon), Cal McCrae (VICE), Catrin Hopkins & Gethin Williams (Dusky Grey), David Owens (Wales Online), Kaptin Barrett (Boomtown Festival), Patrick Cloherty (Sentric Music), Paul Jones (Rough Trade) Ro Cemm (Line Of Best Fit) & Sarah Casey (Leighton-Pope Organisation) plus many more to be announced!

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New addition to the festival line-up will bring together musicians and artists to celebrate the Welsh language Focus Wales music festival will see the launch of a new event this year to showcase the Welsh language and its music and culture. As part of the FOCUS Wales Festival 2017,  a new event named Hwb Cymraeg (Welsh Hub) will see musicians and artists give an insight into the Welsh language, and how it has informed and moulded their work.

Based in a tipi on Queen’s Square throughout FOCUS Wales, Hwb Cymraeg will include Welsh language workshops, live radio sessions and talks from a number of artists – with some big names to be announced soon. Hwb Cymraeg is being jointly organised by Wrexham County Borough Council. Stephen Jones, Welsh Language Co-ordinator at Wrexham Council, said: “We are extremely excited to be working in partnership with FOCUS Wales, Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam and Coleg Cambria on this event. This will be a great opportunity to really showcase the Welsh language to the 7000-plus visitors from across the UK and overseas, who attend FOCUS Wales each year. We also want to highlight the many opportunities there are in Wrexham for people to learn Welsh, and hope to inspire people to do so. Our timetable is quickly filling up and we look forward to announcing the details shortly.”

Neal Thompson of FOCUS Wales said: “We’re really excited to be presenting this brand new stage at FOCUS Wales, with the support of Wrexham Council and Menter Iaith. The promotion of the Welsh language has always been an integral part of what we’re doing with FOCUS Wales and to be able to offer the opportunity for our visitors, from at home and abroad, to learn about and to speak in Welsh represents a valuable addition to our programme for 2017”.

Rhian Davies, Communications Officer for Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam said: “Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam are delighted to support the Welsh Hwb that will be part of the FOCUS Wales 2017 festival this year. This event compliments and blends excellently with the Fflint and Wrexham Welsh on Tour Month, which is a month of Welsh language. The calendar is heaving with events which will promote the Welsh language across the area in schools, communities, and in the workplace with Welsh speakers, learners and non-Welsh speakers. A number of societies and choirs are opening their doors during the Welsh on Tour month, so that members of the public – especially those with an interest in the Welsh language – may visit and sample the activities. We hope people make the most of this opportunity to socialise, learn and enjoy through the medium of Welsh. From the wide variety of events on offer, it is obvious that the Welsh language is alive and kicking in North East Wales!”

She added: “We are glad to announce that a very special guest will be joining us at the Welsh Hwb in Wrexham on Thursday, May 11 at 4pm – Magi Ann, the star of the highly popular app Magi Ann a’i Ffrindiau. “Families are welcome to join us for Magi Ann’s Party. There will be red jelly and Magi Ann Cakes for all, as well as a song and story session and a chance to meet the likable character herself, who has been helping hundreds of children across Wales learn to read in Welsh.”

For further information on Hwb Cymraeg and the full line-up for this year’s FOCUS Wales Festival, visit www.focuswales.com

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