1. What is it?
To celebrate 20 years of devolution, the National Assembly for Wales is hosting the GWLAD festival – five days of events in Cardiff Bay, followed by three mini-festivals during the Autumn of 2019.
We have worked in partnership with a number of organisations to create events which offer something for everyone: art, music, comedy and sport, as well as thought-provoking lectures and panel discussions on a range of topics including journalism, politics and culture.
2. When is it?
25-29 September 2019
We also have two regional festivals planned for Autumn 2019 – follow our social media channels for details.
3. Where is it?
Events this week will be held in either the Senedd or Pierhead buildings in Cardiff Bay. If you’re not in south Wales don’t worry, we have three mini festivals planned for later in the year across the country. Keep an eye on our social media channels for details.
4. Who is going to be there?
Charlotte Church and Rhys Ifans will be with us to chat about their careers, what inspires them and Welsh devolution.
Journalist Carole Cadwalladr will be talking about breaking the Cambridge Analytica story, while Welsh sporting legends Colin Charvis, Tanni Grey Thompson and Professor Laura McAllister will be discussing how to inspire the next generation of sporting heroes.
5. What’s new?
BBC Question Time will be broadcast from the Senedd for the very first time. Guests from the worlds of politics and media answer topical questions raised by members of the public. Got a question? Apply via the BBC to be part of the audience.
In another first, the Senedd will be hosting a spectacular night of music to celebrate the thriving and varied music scene in Wales.
Come along on 28 September to see Geraint Jarman, Eädyth & Jukebox, Gwilym, Rachel K Collier and Afro Cluster.
6. I don’t like politics – what’s on for me?
How about some comedy?
Little Wander, the team behind the Machynlleth Comedy Festival will be bringing some of our finest Welsh comedians to the Senedd for the first time. Taking to the Senedd stage for the first time will be: Tudur Owen, Lloyd Langford, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Mike Bubbins, Matt Rees and Esyllt Sears.
Or some sport?
If rugby is your thing, come along to the Pierhead where we’ll be showing the Wales v Australia match on a big screen – your early morning journey will even be rewarded with a bacon roll and a cuppa.
You can also celebrate Welsh sporting achievements with Colin Charvis, Tanni Grey Thompson and Professor Laura McAllister as they discuss inspiring the next generation of heroes.
7. What about current affairs?
Join Public Affairs Cymru on 29 September as they look at the rise of fake news and its impact on political reporting. Panellists include Guto Harri – former Director of Communications for Boris Johnson, Ruth Mosalski of Wales Online and James Williams, BBC Political Correspondent.
How will Brexit affect Wales? Assembly Members from across the political spectrum – Jeremy Miles (Welsh Labour), Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru) and Nick Ramsey (Welsh Conservatives) will be discussing Brexit, poverty and automation in Wales.
Cardiff University will be looking at how devolved issues in Wales are covered by mainstream media and broadcasters on 28 September.
Cardiff University’s Dr Justin Lewis will be asking do we need journalists? during his session on reporting and communicating news in the digital age.
8. What else is on?
Art and culture
During September the Senedd is hosting Many Voices, One Nation exhibition, featuring work by Ed Brydon, Luce + Harry, Zillah Bowes, John Poutney, James Hudson and Huw Alden Davies.
Come along on 28 September for an exclusive “in conversation” event with some of the artists as they talk about their influences and inspiration.
Can using a graphic novel format make history more accessible? Our talk about Chartism and the Newport rising looks at new ways to get people engaged with history, 28 September 14.00-15.00.
Aberystwyth University will be looking at the promotion of minority languages and what Wales could learn from the experiences of other nations such as Catalonia, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand.
ITV Wales’ Adrian Masters chairs a discussion looking back at 20 years of devolution in Wales on Wednesday 25 September.
The BBC’s Welsh Affairs Editor and Radio Wales presenter Vaughan Roderick will also be looking at the impact of devolution in Wales during his session as guest speaker, as we host the BBC Cymru Wales annual Patrick Hannan lecture on 27 September.
The Wales Governance Centre will be looking to the future during their session: Devolution: what does Wales think?
The Assembly has always boasted strong female representation, and in 2003 became the first in the world to achieve 50/50 gender balance. Join Chwarae Teg for an inspiring discussion on creating a Senedd equal for all women.
Ahead of Black History Month Wales, join Race Council Cymru for a look at challenges for equality in the Welsh economy. The expert panel includes Chantal Patel, Head of Inter-professional Studies at Swansea University, Sahar Al Faifi of MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development), Professor Parvaiz Ali, former head of Nuclear Medicine at Singleton Hospital, and Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna of Cardiff Business School.
The Institute of Welsh Affairs will be looking at the foundational economy – what is it and what difference can it make to Welsh communities?
9. How much are tickets?
All tickets to GWLAD events are free. They cannot be reissued or sold.
10. What if I don’t have a ticket?
We have a very limited number of extra tickets for popular events which will be made available this week.
A number of events will also be streamed live on Senedd TV and on the National Assembly for Wales’ social media channels.
Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook channels for further details of both tickets and broadcasts.