LLAWN (Welsh for ‘full’) Festival returns on 23-25th September with a weekend full of colourful, local and international arts around the theme of ‘Hide / Seek’. There will be the chance to make music with local slate, enter a hot air balloon inside a gallery, make robots from e-waste, take ‘The Trip’ of a lifetime, create music installations with bouncy balls, watch dancers emerge vertically in trees, play games and watch magical puppetry with a twist and that’s just the tip of the multicoloured lollipop of LLAWN.

Performances range from a moment to many minutes, so dip in, explore, join in, dance around, seek, sing, make, be inspired and become a part of the colourful creativity of LLAWN04.

LLAWN is a free multi-arts festival which takes over Llandudno for one weekend each September. It has grown and developed over the past three years to become a fixed date in the autumn calendar, which provides a creative focus for arts organisations, artists and audiences across north Wales, and a rich experience for audiences who enjoy dipping in and out of a busy mix of outdoor performance, dance, games, visual art, music, sound art, film and installation. This year, under the direction of a new creative team, led by arts producer and Swn Festival co-founder, John Rostron and creative producer and digital storyteller Lisa Heledd Jones, the Festival aims to build on the success and creativity of previous events, whilst engaging more people with the creativity and exploration of art and place.

“We’re building on the strong foundations Marc Rees and his team have established. They rooted LLAWN in the cultural story of Llandudno by finding innovative ways to collaboratively explore the town’s history, and express it with innovation and great creativity. Lisa and I have brought our experience of music, comedy and film to the already eclectic mix. This is a festival made possible
through partnership working, and it wouldn’t happen without our partners: MOSTYN, Venue Cymru, Migrations, CaLL, The Royal Cambrian Academy and TAPE. Together we’re looking forward to providing a kaleidoscope of imaginative and engaging free participation events throughout the weekend that will animate the many nooks and crannies of the town, filling it with colour and creativity.” – John Roston speaking about this year’s festival.

Llawn04, Arts and Creative Adventures

There are some brilliant activities happening over the days that Llawn04 is taking place including a Robot Wrekshop with Paul Granjon, the Wrekshop will be taking place Sat 24th and Sun 25th Sep, from 10.30am-6.00pm at 10 Vaughan Street.

Llawn robot-wrekshop

From , 11.00am -5.00pm both Sat 24th and Sun 25th Sep on The Promenade you can pop along and experience The Trip, a fair stall that invites the spectator to make a solo, unforgettable and unique ‘Trip’. Each person’s experience is different. It will entrance and delight, move you, shake you up, stir your emotions, but who knows what really happens….only you, as participants are sworn to secrecy.

The Assembly of Animals, which will be held at Llandudno Town Hall, is a performed sculpture, which combines puppets, objects and scientific demonstrations. Children and adults alike are invited to witness the inner workings of a laboratory as it searches for life in material. A series of red curtains are drawn to reveal an intricate sequence of operations bringing to life a fragile universe of animals within animals.

Llawn 04 tim-spooner-assembly-of-animals

Electromechanical Lithophone with Jay Harrison, the Electromechanical Lithophone is an installation by artist Jay Harrison that invites the audience to step inside an immersive percussion instrument and experience it from within. The installation comprises of 24 tone bars crafted from North Wales Green Slate, the bars are arranged in a large circle and mounted on modules that enable electromechanical autonomous musical performance.


The audience will also get a chance to play the Electromechanical Lithophone from 9.00am-5.30pm Sat 24 Sep and 11.00am-4.30pm Sun 25 Sep in the Victoria Centre.

The Sonic Balloon is a fun, interactive musical installation incorporating music technology, multi-instrumental composition, five three-foot helium balloons, and three buckets of bouncy balls. You are invited to take over the orchestra and conduct a miniature symphony of brass, strings, drums, piano, electric guitars and a choir. Simply take some rubber bouncy balls, bounce them off the floor and try to hit a giant helium balloon to bring in a section of the ‘orchestra’.


If you fancy a go conducting The Sonic Balloon then pop on by the Victoria Centre, 10.00am-5.00pm on Sat 24th Sept and 11.00am-4.30pm on Sun 25th Sep.

Llawn 04 and the Cinema On The Prom: The Goonies

Saturday’s outdoor screening of The Goonies on the Promenade is also (mostly) free. Whilst there’s lots of deckchairs available if you decide to rock up on the night, we’ve also put a few deckchairs at the front on sale in advance for £3 a seat. By booking, you get a reserved deck chair, a guaranteed blanket of ours to borrow, and chair service if you want to buy some drinks and pizza.


Play Games on the (L)Lawn on the North Western Gardens, anytime between 10.30am and 4.00pm both Sat 24th and Sun 25th Sep. This is your chance enjoy Games on the (L)Lawn which is brought to you by the team at Scrabble Sunday, they’ll have bags and bags of scrabble tiles, scrabble racks and boards, pencils and paper for scoring and scrabble dictionaries to dissolve any arguments. And there’ll be plenty of other games to play if words ain’t your thing. Play with your family, play with your friends, pop along and make new mates. We’ve been told there are blankets and boards and all you need.

There is so much happening during Llawn this year, so pop along and enjoy all the fun at Llandudno, North Wales.

LLAWN04 is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Conwy County Borough Council, Llandudno Town Council and Mostyn Estates The festival runs over the weekend of 23 – 25th September at a variety of locations across Llandudno. For further information and details of the full programme please visit the Festival website.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham