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Women In Tune celebrated in style at this year's 6th annual music festival for women and girls, which took place at Llanfair Clydogau (near Lampeter) last week.

Festival goers were treated to an innovative programme, which included a Local WIT welcome cabaret, a Welsh/Asian fusion project, the Disability Arts Cabaret, and an exciting Teen and Girls area. With workshops for both accomplished musicians and absolute beginners, the festival had a real 'something for everyone' feel. In the evenings women were wowed by the outstanding performances given by professional women artists, bands, and musicians.

Artists performing in the Welsh/Asian extravaganza included Megan Lloyd of India Dance Wales, Stacey Blythe, (accordion), Lynne Denman, (Welsh song), Sioned Richards, (clog dance), Kiran Surdhar, (dhol drum) and Anna Georgina Chitty, (harp).

The participants themselves were a diverse collection of women and girls, from all walks of life. Women came from all over Wales, and the UK came to enjoy the unique, friendly and supportive atmosphere that is key to WIT's success . Some women even travelled from further a field to enjoy the only all-women's music Festival in the UK; from Ireland, Holland, Germany, and the US. One woman even came to West Wales from Japan after hearing about WIT 2002 from a friend, who had recommended the festival to her.

Funded by the Arts Council of Wales, the WDA, and supported by the Volunteering in Wales Fund via WCVA, WIT Festival gave women and girls the opportunity to be inspired and empowered through music.

Additional funding from the Lloyds TSB Foundation funded further improvements to disability access facilities and services, which included a Disability Arts Cabaret, and workshops, that the organisers were particularly pleased to be presenting during the European Year of Disabled People.

Artists performing in the Disability Arts Cabaret were compered by Julie McNamara of the London Disability Arts Forum, and included Siwsann George, Welsh singer-songwriter, and Maggie Hampton, from Arts Disability Wales, who both gave workshops. Maggie's workshop in 'signed song' was so popular in fact, that it led to some 30 participants performing 3 signed songs (including 'Moon River') on stage in the Big Top at Monday night's Open Stage. Deaf, and hearing women alike were treated to signed performances every night, and many have, as a result, been inspired to go home and find out about local courses in British Sign Language.

WIT also hosted Zia, from Carmarthen, who performed on the opening night as part of the Local WIT Welcome cabaret, and who are the first Teen band ever to perform on the main stage at the Festival. They were adored by the audience, and said it was one of the best gigs they had ever played. Other local artists included Biddy Wells, singer-songwriter, who performed her own original songs with backing vocals from her daughter Seren, and friends, Fleah and Miranda. Miranda's own band MirCat also performed a set loosely described as having a world/jazz feel.

To find out more about Women In Tune, please visit their website at: www.womenintune.org.uk
For information about WIT's OCN accredited training courses in DJ skills and Live PA call 01558 650390.


Next DJ course starts on Sept 13th at the Community Education Centre in Carmarthen.
Next Live PA course, also at the Comm Ed Ctre starts on Nov 29th.
Women in Tune  
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: www.womenintune.org.uk
Miranda Betts
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