Food, drink and clothing brands collaborate with Festival of Voice

Four of Wales’ finest international food, drink and clothing brands have collaborated with Festival of Voice to create unique products for the biennial arts festival, taking place in Cardiff 7-17 June 2018. 

Halen Mon, NomNom Chocolate, Howie’s clothing and Glamorgan Brewing Company have each created a bespoke product that celebrates Welsh culture and is inspired by the voice. As official partners of the festival, the proceeds from the sale of these products, which are available from the Festival of Voice pop up shop at Wales Millennium Centre and from the brands own online stores, will be donated to help create inspirational and life-changing experiences for young people in Wales. 

Anglesey sea salt connoisseurs, Halen Mon, whose products are used by many of the top Michelin star restaurants across the globe and distributed by the finest delicatessens and food halls, have created the ‘Saltwater Swish’. This saltwater gargle solution evokes a traditional, generations-old method of soothing and nourishing the voice while harnessing the Welsh landscape and coastline. 

Halen Mon also features as a key ingredient in a mouth-watering chocolate creation brought to life for the festival by another of Wales’ leading artisan brands, NomNom. The innovative and entrepreneurial Llanboidy chocolate makers have created a bespoke bar of 45% Vietnam Cocoa Milk Chocolate with Halen Môn Oak Smoked Anglesey Sea Salt and will generously donate 100 Festival of Voice themed bars (as well as provide all the design and printing of the products.) 

Howie’s, the sustainable Camarthenshire active clothing company has collaborated with both the Festival and in-demand mid-century inspired artist Dry British, aka Steve Millington, to create a new T shirt design inspired by the voice. Howies believes in making higher quality, lower impact products for our sports and day-to-day lives, with ethical manufacturing practices using recyclable, organic materials. 

Following the success of Tiger Bay Welsh Pale Ale, festival organisers have again collaborated with the popular Glamorgan Brewing Company to create the Festival of Voice Welsh Cider. This delicious cider is produced by Celtic Marshes, a hundred-year-old cider and hop farm in the Welsh Marches. Proceeds from the sale of these products will go towards projects such as Radio Platfform, a youth-led radio station based at Wales Millennium Centre. This innovative digital project enables young people to develop their broadcasting skills as well as an opportunity to express themselves and represent their communities. The team will be reporting daily from Festival of Voice this June - follow the action via @radioplatfform

A team of young people from Radio Platfform have also been developing their event management skills by producing and presenting the Breakin’ the Rules event at Clwb Ifor Bach on Friday 15 June as part of Festival of Voice, with support from local promoter and MC, Tumi Williams of Afro Cluster. 

Find out more about Festival of Voice’s creative learning projects at: https://festivalofvoice.wales/creative-learning 

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