Final acts join FOV 2018 programme!

LUMP - a new collaboration between three-time Mercury-nominated songwriter Laura Marling and producer Mike Lindsay is one of the last headline acts to be added to our 11-day international arts festival.

Also joining Patti Smith, Gruff Rhys, Susanne Sundfør and Elvis Costello we have some new additions to our programme including Ibibio Sound Machine, a night of classic Welsh Rock Opera, a joy-fuelled evening curated by Charlotte Church, plus Breakin’ The Bay Presents, an incredible 6-act bill of hip hop delights.

Exclusive curated nights

Charlotte Church returns to Festival of Voice with Utopia on 16 June, a joy-fuelled evening at Wales Millennium Centre featuring a selection of innovative international artists to perform including Sweden’s ethereal audio-visual electronic artist iamamiwhoami, captivating Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, multi-talented cabaret, drag and performance artist Le Gateau Chocolat and the distinctive spoken word, comedy and theatre artist Talia Randall. All hand-picked by Charlotte Church herself. 

Remember Welsh Rock Operas in the 1970’s? Great, you’re in for a treat. Epilog at the New Theatre is an evening celebrating the incredible songs of the Welsh language rock operas of the 70s and 80s and a chance to re-live a unique golden era in Welsh pop history.

Wales Millennium Centre’s long-running annual hip hop festival Breakin’ The Bay present an incredible 6-act bill including First Word Records’ Children of Zeus plus Reykjavíkurdætur, a 10-woman-strong rap collective from Iceland. Rappers Chester P, Ty (with full band), NonameDisciple and DJ AAA Badboy.

Breakin’ the Rules is a new event produced and presented entirely by young people involved in Wales Millennium Centre’s Tooling Up skills programme. The event takes place at Clwb Ifor Bach, headlined by Three Wise Men. 

Talks programme

Held at Jacob’s Market in the centre of Cardiff and in partnership with The Open University in Wales, the programme includes Women & War: An Un-Silencing with Gentle/Radical, charting a century of war and the continued unfolding of women’s struggles and resistance against the backdrop of imperial terrains. Plus Tell Your Own Story, a free two-hour talk and workshop for writers and the writer-curious, encouraging people to find their own creative voice.

Festival hub

This year we have a festival hub outside the Wales Millennium Centre bringing you 11 days of food, drink and frolics. It will also be the home to Refugee Food Stories, a pop-up food truck offering in partnership with Oasis Cardiff, an organisation that aims to help Refugees and Asylum Seekers to integrate into their local community; a series of free but ticketed events bringing together performers from Wales and Rajasthan against an atmospheric backdrop of film within a 360-degree dome.

Get involved

If heading to see a show isn’t enough FoV-ness for you, there's more to get stuck into. Identify as a woman? Join #Processions, a mass artwork marking the centenary of women’s right to vote; become a Gig Buddy and give someone with learning disabilities the chance to experience one of our gigs; or we have lots of exciting volunteer roles up for grabs. 

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