Festival Launch

Festival Launch

Celebrate the return of LLAWN, now in its third year. Sample some of the festival’s excellent, eclectic offerings, meet friends and welcome the festival artists to Llandudno.


  • Who: Owain McGilvary and Yan White
  • Where: The Studio, 23 Augusta Street
  • When: Friday 18.00

A chance to view the work of Owain McGilvary and Yan White.


  • Who: Shani Rhys James
  • Where: MOSTYN, 12 Vaughan Street
  • When: Friday 18.00

Shani Rhys James’ solitary automaton taps repetitively in a stark setting as two Edwardian clad dancers interact and improvise with the mechanical device.


  • Who: Martin Daws, Guillermo Weickert and Maria Cabeza de Vaca
  • Where: MOSTYN, 12 Vaughan Street
  • When: Friday 19.00

Martin Daws, performance poet, premieres a new bilingual poem relating to LLAWN03 theme revisit /reveal, followed by, Dancers Guillermo Weickert and Maria Cabeza de Vaca who respond to Shani Rhys James’ Automaton

Haus of Helfa

  • Who: Various Artists
  • Where: 26 Augusta Street
  • When: Friday 19.45

Wander around this reclaimed building and see the diverse group of artists who will be showing work and producing site specific installations on the themes of revisit | reveal | reverb.


  • Where: Tudno Castle Hotel, Garage
  • When: Friday. There will be 2 admissions, at 21.00 and 21.15

An immersive experience in a blacked-out garage with live music, thick smoke and coloured projections. Please wear overalls provided.

Haus of Helfa

  • Who: Diva Divina
  • Where: 26 Augusta Street
  • When: Friday 22.00

Diva Divina de Campo will entertain guests in style

 Guillermo Weickert, For Mountain , Sand & Sea , National Theatre Wales / Marc Rees, image: Warren Orchard’ 

Martin Daws

Martin Daws is an outstanding performance poet whose live sets blend free musicality and innovative lyricism in a unique improvised theatre. In recognition of his exceptional work as a poetry activist Martin Daws was announced in April 2013 as Young People’s Laureate for Wales. Currently very active in this role, Martin works across Wales to engage and inspire young people to empower themselves through their creativity. As Young People’s Laureate Martin also represents Wales internationally; creating partnerships and sharing skills with other socially engaged poetry organisations and practitioners around the world.

At the LLAWN03 launch in MOSTYN Martin will premiere a new bilingual poem ( he is currently learning Welsh ) that melds the two languages and relates to the festival’s theme Revisit / Reveal.

Download the poem [PDF]:

Repeat Reveal (the presence of absence) | Martin Daws