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City St. David’s day celebrations a big success

Swansea’s Croeso festival brought fresh colour and song to the city to help celebrate St David’s Day.

The celebrations – which took place from February 29 to March 3 – included live music, cookery demonstrations and family entertainment.

The festival also saw a wide range of venues take part. It helped attract hundreds of extra visitors to the city centre.

Cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “Croeso helped to ignite Welsh culture; families and thousands of others who appreciate music and food loved it!”

The festival launched on Thursday with a free music event in the Swansea Arena foyer. It was a forerunner to the Cân i Gymru 2024 event in the arena the following night.

Thursday also saw the Brangwyn Hall host the BBC National Orchestra of Wales St David’s Day Stravaganza, featuring music by Welsh composers Karl Jenkins and William Mathias.

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Free-entry city centre Croeso activities over the four days included cooking demonstrations from renowned chefs. TV celebrity Rustie Lee cooked up storm with a Welsh twist and Tom Surgey crafted cocktails in a festival marquee in Portland Street.

The weekend’s other activities featured shows for children, plus walkabout acts, characters and crafts.

Swansea Market, the Quadrant and the National Waterfront Museum are among those who joined in the celebrations.

There were live music acts and a Nightworks programme of gigs at Tŷ Tawe, The Bunkhouse and Elysium.

Croeso’s city centre activity was delivered by Swansea Council in association with First Cymru Buses Ltd and supported by Food and Drink Wales.

First Cymru’s Aled Williams said: “We were thrilled to sponsor this vibrant celebration of Welsh culture in Swansea.”

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