Cardiff’s Festival Of Voice returns for 2018

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Gruff Rhys and BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Gruff Rhys (right) will be performing with BBC National Orchestra of Wales

The Welsh capital’s international biennial arts festival announces headliners, including Patti Smith, Gruff Rhys, Billy Bragg, Nadine Shah and Passenger

Cardiff’s international arts festival, Festival Of Voice, returns this year for its second instalment. Encouraging a spirit of discovery, the festival will include one-off events, collaborations, community participation projects and features voices from music and the arts, both locally and internationally.

The first wave of announcements includes an intimate evening with legendary American musician, poet and activist Patti Smith in the St John’s Church, Canton. The following day, Patti takes to the main stage at Wales Millennium Centre for An Evening with Patti Smith, also featuring Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan.

The Festival Of Voice will host the world premiere of Gruff Rhys performing with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, who celebrate their 90th birthday this year. Other headline artists appearing at Wales Millennium Centre are Ivor Novello award-winning singer-songwriter, Passenger, plus Nadine Shah opens for Billy Bragg on the first night of the festival with a special Voices of Protest evening.

“This first announcement is just a snippet of what’s to come. We’re stoked that Patti Smith will be joining us with her words and music in a small intimate show,” comments the event’s Executive Producer, Sarah Dennehy. “I hope the festival brings a burst of energy that will help raise the profile of Cardiff as an international arts and music city.”

The Festival of Voice will take place between 7-17 June 2018 at multiple venues across Cardiff. For updates and further information, visit

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