Laugharne Weekend

The Laugharne Weekend is an annual literary and arts festival in West Wales.

The Laugharne Weekend Festival
GenreLiterary festival
Location(s)Laugharne, Wales
Years active2007-present

The festival is held in the spring in the town of Laugharne. Dylan Thomas described it as a "timeless, mild, beguiling island of a town."

The festival is deliberately small-scale. The size of the town - which itself is very small - ensures that the festival will not grow beyond certain bounds. Its location means that festival visitors and townspeople rub shoulders with the artists and performers.

According to the festival's co-founders, Richard Thomas and the Cardiff writer John Williams, "The point is that it's a festival that involves the locality."[1]

The festival directors have also said: "I'd sooner start another festival than let it grow too big."[1]

The Laugharne Weekend concentrates on literature and music, drawing largely from writers and musicians from Wales or who have a connection with Wales. Previous headline performers have included Patti Smith, Ray Davies of the Kinks, Mick Jones of The Clash, the actor Michael Sheen, the writer Caitlin Moran, the poet John Cooper Clarke, the comedians Harry Hill and Alexei Sayle, the painter Peter Blake etc.

All events take place in Laugharne's clubs, churches and halls; tiny and intimate venues which entail the close proximity of audience and performers. The principal venues used are the Millennium Hall, the Congregational Church and the Rugby Club

The Laugharne Weekend's music director is Richard James, formerly of the Welsh band Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.


  1. ^ a b A whole lotta Laugharne, The Guardian, 7 April 2010.

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