The Swansea International Festival expands its programme to present over 35 events in 16 days. From the baroque music of the celebrated La Serenissima to Mal Pope’s risqué comedy sequel Cappuccino Girls II, and from Ballet Cymru’s romantic Romeo and Juliet to Sinfonia Cymru’s very own Night at the Museum when they perform amongst the collections at Swansea Museum Collections Centre.
Large scale classical orchestras have always been the backbone of the Festival, and this year there are two. Russia’s outstanding Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra perform the exciting finale of the Festival and Wales’s own orchestral jewel in the crown, BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform a concert in remembrance of Aberfan’s tragic disaster 50 years ago with a new commission from Welsh composer Joseph Davies with text by Dr Rowan Williams, and a Family Concert full of laughter and fun.
There are toe-tapping events with We Banjo 3 and the Unique Komedy Ukulele Orchestra and you can dance the night away while supporting Maggie’s Cancer Care when the Buck Clayton Legacy Band return to the Brangwyn Hall this year by popular demand.
Dance comes to the festival with Ballet Cymru’s beautiful interpretation of Romeo and Juliet and Aakash Odedra Dance whose narrative style blends contemporary, Kathak and Bharat Natyam dance.
Visual art comes to the Festival with exhibitions from Carys Evans at Taliesin Arts Centre, Jason & Becky at the Mission Gallery and with Catrin Saran James’ curation an exhibition featuring a group of artists from across South Wales at Galerie Simpson.
The Festival has an exciting new venue this year, with the opening of the Great Hall on Swansea’s University Bay Campus, which hosts concerts by Joseph Nolan, the Nidum Ensemble, the Brodsky Quartet and pianist Clare Hammond with oboist James Turnbull. The beautiful auditorium is sure to make attending a concert there an event to remember.