Wales@EFEx 2018

EFEx delegates! Come and meet trac at the Trade Fair at Stand 22 on Level 2

Danny KilBride and Blanche Rowen will be there to help you find your way around the folk scene in Wales.

Have a listen to our Spotify playlist which features ten of the best folk acts in Wales, some of which will be showcasing at EFEx 2018. The playlist includes tracks by 9Bach, Alaw, Gwyneth Glyn, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, The Gentle Good, Delyth & Angharad, Jamie Smith’s MABON, Robin Huw Bowen, Lleuwen, Gwilym Bowen Rhys and Elfen.

What is EFEx?

English Folk Expo is a three-day showcase festival and international folk music trade fair, featuring talent from England plus an annual ‘international partner’. It attracts bookers, festivals, arts centres, folk clubs, agents and promoters from all over the UK, Europe and Canada (and elsewhere), and is held in Manchester from 18th-21st October 2018.

With support from the Arts Council of Wales, 2018 will see a focus on Welsh music at the sixth edition of EFEx. Announcing the partnership, Eluned Haf, Head of Wales Arts International at Arts Council of Wales said: “I’m delighted that Wales will be the Partnership Nation for English Folk Expo next year and we congratulate the success the event has had over the past five years. It’s a great chance for Welsh artists to grow their careers both globally and in a key market on our doorstep and for us to develop the cross-border network with English festivals, presenters and musicians. EFEx has grown to be a great industry event that complements the work we have been supporting through the Cerdd Cymru Music Wales brand in partnership with trac and Theatr Mwldan.”

The event’s primary aim is to help English artists secure live performance opportunities across the world but it also provides one exclusive partnership with another nation each year. Previous partner nations have included Prince Edward Island in Canada (2017), Flanders (2016) and Denmark (2015). An independent survey of the event by the hub concluded that EFEx generated over £2 million of spend on artist bookings by delegates from each event.

EFEx showcases over forty artists across three days, providing a packed schedule including networking events, a trade fair, label showcases and receptions for an invited delegation of 180 UK and international festival and venue programmers, agents, media, press and industry decision makers, as well as a public audience, under the banner of the Manchester Folk Festival.

Wales at EFEx 2018 is a partnership between Wales Arts International, trac and Theatr Mwldan under the Cerdd Cymru Music Wales brand, funded by Arts Council of Wales.

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