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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Warm Welsh Welcome in Los Angeles

“We’ll keep a welcome in the hillside, we’ll keep a welcome in the glen” sing the Welsh ... and there will be a warm Welsh welcome awaiting you at the Los Angeles St. David’s Day Festival - National Day of Wales on March 3 at the Barnsdall Art Park. 

Presented by A Raven Above Press, the March celebration begins at 2pm with a Druid blessing, followed by a screening of the rare 1962 short film 'Dylan Thomas' starring Richard Burton. After this there will be a performance by the Welsh Choir of Southern California, Paul Child (from Cardiff), and in her debut North American appearance – Welsh soprano and harpist Siobhan Owen.

Outside the concert from 10am to 6pm visitors will be delighted in a free Celtic Marketplace, Welsh food, languages classes by Swansea instructor Jason Shepherd, workshops, Welsh Corgi lecture, Kids Crafts, and the LA Eisteddfod featuring poetry, storytelling, readings and performance. 

A Raven Above Press will be promoting artists from both Wales and the US in a special book release party on Welsh nursery rhymes written by Llanelli born author Peter Anthony Freeman and including works by Nathan Wyburn (Abergavenny) and Anthony Richards (Ammanford), among others

There is really no better place to celebrate the history and accomplishments of Welsh-Americans than at Barnsdall Art Park. Designed by Welsh-American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the park is nestled atop a shaded hill and away from the city bustle, with a clear view of the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park (named for Welsh philanthropist Griffith J. Griffith).
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