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ST DAVID: A BRIEF HISTORY
St David was the greatest figure in the 6th century Welsh Age of Saints, founder of scores of religious communities, and the only native-born patron saint of the countries of Britain and Ireland.
Most of what we know about St David was written by the 11th century scholar Rhygyfarch. He tells us that St David was born in Pembrokeshire around the year 500, the grandson of Ceredig ap Cunedda, king of Ceredigion. He became a renowned preacher, founding monastic settlements and churches in Wales, Brittany and England – including, possibly, the abbey at Glastonbury.
He’s said to have made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem where he became an archbishop, and established a strict religious community in what is now St Davids in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. He was famed for his pious austerity – he lived on leeks and water, apparently – and his ability to perform miracles. Once, while preaching at Llandewi Brefi, he caused the ground to rise up beneath his feet so that everyone could hear his sermon.
St David died on 1 March – St David’s Day – in 589. He was canonised by Pope Callixtus in the 12th century, and we have celebrated St David’s Day ever since.
A TASTE OF WALES
CELEBRATE WALES ON SCREEN
Visit Cardiff have put together a list of the top 12 binge-worthy TV shows and marvellous movies which have used Cardiff, the capital city of Wales as a filming location. Sit back, relax, and celebrate St. David's Day from the comfort of your home by celebrating Wales on screen.
CELEBRATING CREATIVES OF THE CAPITAL - VIRTUAL ART EXHIBITION
This St. David’s Day, FOR Cardiff, Cardiff’s Business Improvement District will be showcasing Cardiff’s young creative talent in a big virtual art exhibition across their social media channels.
The creative industry was one of the hardest hit sectors during the pandemic and one that depends on venues being open and audiences to survive. For young creatives aged 18-25, it’s been even harder. Getting their foot in the door and getting their name known in the industry is vital step in their career, but for many, this has been put on hold.
FOR Cardiff believe that culture is what makes Cardiff and so it’s important to support the young creative community and its budding talent to make sure it can continue to be a cultural hotspot for years to come.
Working closely with Creative Cardiff, FOR Cardiff commissioned 10 young artists to tell their story of Cardiff through contemporary dance, song, illustration, textiles and more.
The online art exhibition aims to celebrate the diversity within Wales and shine a light on Cardiff’s incredible young creatives on Wales ‘Welshest Day’. Throughout February, FOR Cardiff will be posting updates on the young creators before revealing the final pieces along with the artists’ Cardiff story on March 1st.
Join FOR Cardiff in ‘Celebrating Creatives of the Capital’ this St David’s Day by following them on social media and visiting their event page.
CELEBRATE WELSH MUSIC
You can't be celebrating Dydd Gwyl Dewi without popping on some Welsh anthems! Wales is known around the world as the land of song, but did you know that Cardiff was recently declared the UK’s first music city?
‘THIS IS WALES’ – ST DAVID’S DAY DIGITAL FESTIVAL
Over the St David’s Day weekend, Visit Wales will be running their biggest ever digital event across their social media channels, amplifying Wales to the world.
The curated 72 hour event will include an eclectic mix of content, stories and live performances. All showcasing the good things we’re doing as nation — for each other, for our communities, for our land, and for our world. It will bring together the many events planned under one banner. There will be something to inspire everyone.
‘MUSIC, POEMS & PINTS’ VIRTUAL EVENT
Sit back and enjoy a light-hearted and unique evening of live Welsh entertainment.
Well-known Welsh songs such as Men of Harlech will bring a smile to your face, as will the poems of Max Boyce, Harri Webb and plenty of Welsh banter! Take part in the Limerick competition and win a fabulous prize. There’s no need to worry about social distancing, the entertainment all happens in the comfort and safety of your own home.
FAMILY FRIENDLY ST DAVID’S DAY ONLINE ACTIVITIES
Over the course of three days (27 Feb – 1 March) National Museums and Galleries of Wales have a toe-tapping, anthem singing, craft making, and mind-blowing weekend of activities planned for all the family to help you celebrate St David’s day from home – wherever in the world that might be.
Let S4C’s Tudur Philips guide your steps in a toe-tapping clog workshop, learn our National Anthem with help from Delyth Jenkins, enjoy a live music performance by Welsh songstress, Bronwen Lewis, and so much more!