Cardiff’s international arts festival will take place at Wales Millennium Centre from 26 to 30 October.
The festival at Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff Bay celebrates regional arts and music. Featuring mainly Welsh musicians, the programme kicks off with the Welsh Music Prize ceremony which will take place on 26 October. Among the nominated artists are Manic Street Preachers, Cate Le Bon and Gwenno.
Fittingly, Llais is headlined by John Cale who will perform with Sinfonia Cymru and special guests House Gospel Choir, Gruff Rhys, Cate Le Bon and James Dean Bradfield. The show will be followed by another special event – a collaboration between Suede’s frontman Brett Anderson, artistic director of the Paraorchestra project Charles Hazlewood and Cornish artist Gwenno. Together they will do the Death Songbook performance which will see the aforementioned artists interpreting songs by Echo and the Bunnymen, Skeeter Davis, Japan, David Bowie/Jacques Brel, and Suede.
This year’s edition of Llais will host a Welsh premiere of the Riot Days performance by Russian protest collective Pussy Riot. The show is based on the book of the same name written by Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina. The memoir details Alyokhina’s experience as a member of the collective and various actions initiated by Pussy Riot.
Apart from the official programme, the festival offers various free events. The visitors will be able to explore the genius loci at excursions, talks and thematic exhibition Cardiff Music History: City of Sound.
More information about the event is on the official page of Wales Millenium Centre.