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Dafydd Iwan

FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN DAFYDD'S CALENDAR:-

 

DAFYDD IWAN'S 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Not only will I be celebrating 50 years of singing, but I will also be spreading the word about CRONFA WILLIAM SALESBURY - the Fund established to support the work of COLEG CYMRAEG CENEDLAETHOL with scholarships to enable more students to study through the medium of the Welsh language.

FFFollowing the memorable concert at the National Eisteddfod, I will be on tour this autumn with the Band and special guests. FULL DETAILS ON THE SAIN WEB-PAGE: www.sainwales.com

SEPTEMBER

21. PONTYBEREM: with Gwenda Owen and Geinor**

22. SOAR CENTRE, Merthyr Tudful, with Jamie Bevan **

29. NANT-Y-FFIN MOTEL, Llandysilio with Lowri Evans

OCTOBER

5. NEUADD DWYFOR, PWLLHELI with Gwenan Gibbard and Meinir Gwilym

19. WESTON STUDIO, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff ** with Heather Jones and Grug

20. MACHYNLLETH LEISURE CENTRE with Cor Gore Glas

27. EMLYN ARMS, NEWCASTLE EMLYN with AR LOG

NOVEMBER

2. LLETY PARC, ABERYSTWYTH** with Lisa Healy

3. PLAS ISA, CORWEN with Gwenan Gibbard

9. SAITH SEREN Centre, WREXHAM with Gwenan Gibbard

10. LONDON WELSH CENTRE, Gray's Inn Road

17. VENUE CYMRU, LLANDUDNO with Elin Fflur, the Three Welsh Tenors, Lucy Kelly & Cor Rhuthun

23. THEATR FELIN-FACH with AR LOG

** there will be an afternoon gig for young children at these venues

THE 219 TRACK (on 12 CDs) BOX-SET BY DAFYDD IWAN IS NOW AVAILABLE - for only £29.99. Full details on www.sainwales.com. Comprehensive notes in Welsh and English.

 

Dafydd addressing the Gaza rally in Cardiff

 

DAFYDD IN BELFAST IN SUPPORT OF THE CAMPAIGN FOR AN IRISH LANGUAGE ACT

JILL EVANS MEP and Dafydd at the 2010 Aberystwyth Conference at the beginning of Jill's term of office as Plaid Cymru President

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FAMILY ALBUM:

My first grandsons! Louis Llywelyn Iwan and Morgan John Iwan were born on March 15th, 2009 to Jo and Telor.

AND THE THIRD GRANDSON: EBAN DAFYDD, with his father Llion when he received his Ph.D. in July, 2010

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dafydd iwan websites:

www.dafyddiwan.com

www.sainwales.com

www.taigwynedd.co.uk

www.plaidcymru.org

e-mails:

dafyddiwan@cymru1.net

dafydd@sainwales.com

phone:

01286.676004 (home)

01286.831.111 (work)

07984.202922 (mobile)

PLAID CYMRU'S HEADQUARTERS IN CARDIFF: TY GWYNFOR, MARINE CHAMBERS, ANSON COURT, ATLANTIC WHARF, CARDIFF. CF10 4AL / 029 20 472272.

DAFYDD IWAN
THE PRACTICAL IDEALIST
Throughout his life, Dafydd Iwan has sought practical answers to the problems facing Wales.

=He was convinced from an early age of the need for self-government for Wales. He joined Plaid at 14, and he was elected as the first Chairman of Plaid's Youth Section in 1962.

=He saw that his compatriots often chose academic courses at the expense of vocational ones, so he studied architecture, graduating at Cardiff in 1968.

=In the 60s, the Welsh language had no official status in its own land, and he campaigned with the Welsh Language Society, becoming one of its most effective leaders.

=In the early 70s, the increase in holiday homes threatened the viability of rural communities. He founded an independent housing charity which still provides for the homeless.

=He saw that the new technology had to be introduced into the world of Welsh entertainment, and he founded SAIN which is now Wales' leading recording company, employing 30 people.

=He was one of the small band of people who helped Dr. Carl Clowes realise his dream of saving the village of Porth-y-Nant and creating the Nant Gwrtheyrn Language Centre.

=He was a member of the team who helped R. Gwynn Davies set up one of Europe's most innovative and pioneering centres for people with learning disabilities, Antur Waunfawr.

= His work with Sain and Gwynn has ensured that hundreds of Welsh composers and musicians are being properly paid and acknowledged for their work.

=Seeing so many local properties and businesses being bought up by companies from outside the local economy, he founded with others the company Arianrhod which buys properties to let to local businesses.

=He knew that Welsh had to be a vehicle for contemporary entertainment. He has led by example, encouraging hundreds of singers and performers to realise their potential.