Edmonton Heritage Festival

Every year on the first weekend in August, Edmonton holds its annual Heritage Festival at Hawrelak Park in Edmonton’s beautiful river valley. Over forty pavilions display Edmonton’s diverse cultural background and the event attracts over 30,000 visitors each year. Since its inception more than thirty years ago the Welsh have had a pavilion there promoting the Welsh heritage, and have several times received awards for the best pavilion.

Inside the pavilion there are displays about Wales and its culture.  You can see demonstrations of spinning and weaving and hear Welsh music from a singer and a Celtic harpist. Our food area sells traditional Welsh foods including Welsh Cakes, Teisen Lap, Bara Brith and Leek soup and our tea  maybe the best in the Park!

Outside the tent, you can be entertained by a local musical group Gallowglass and watch the Knights of Northern Realm perform feats of bravery.

 

All this is achieved by the hard work of volunteers from the St. David’s Welsh Society under the direction of a very active member, John Isitt, who has co-ordinated this event for nearly 30 years. Volunteer help is never turned away so if you are prepared to help please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gallowglass

Love Spoon Carving

Celtic Harp

 

Celtic Harp and Spinning

More Facts

Saints:  St. David (c. 500-c. 589), a Welsh bishop, teacher, and preacher, is the patron saint of Wales.

St. Dwynwen (6th century) is the Welsh patron saint of lovers.

Harp: The harp is the national instrument of Wales. Harps have been played in Wales since at least the 11th century.

Immigration

Attracted by the opportunities, many Welsh immigrants settle in Alberta. Coal miners found work in the mines in the Coal Branch in the mountains while others came to the Edmonton mines. Farmers found workable land in Wood River, near Ponoka, Alberta.

Edmonton Girls' School

The Llanarthney School for Girls was established by Gladys Maddock (d. 1939), a graduate of Oxford, in Edmonton's Oliver neighbourhood in 1914. Gladys who was of Welsh descent named the school for a village in southern Wales. (http://www.rewedmonton.ca/content_view2?CONTENT_ID=515)

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