04 - 27 August

Following the uncertainties of the past 18 months, we are excited to reveal our plans for the Gŵyl Machynlleth Festival 2021.

Whilst a full-scale festival is not possible for us this year, things are looking increasingly positive for the summer months. This means that we will be bringing you a beautiful distillation of our usual programme throughout the month of August.

The Programme

The programme includes the recipient of this year’s Glyndŵr Award, author Mike Parker; Dr Toby Driver delivering the annual Hallstatt Lecture; soloists and former members of Cwmni Theatr Maldwyn: Aled Wyn Davies, Sara Meredydd, and Edryd Williams, and mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly with pianist Julius Drake.

Throughout August you will also find talented young Welsh musicians and local artists performing on market days around the town.

We cannot wait to share the festival programme with you in August!

Tabernacle Events

We are hopeful that it will be possible to welcome audience members into the Tabernacle for the live events taking place there. However, as it stands, it looks possible that due to social distancing, audience numbers will be smaller than we are used to. Tickets will therefore operate on a ballot basis.

From 10am on Monday 12 July, to 4pm on Monday 19 July, you will be able to enter a ballot for tickets via each event page.

Please make sure that you read our Festival FAQ’s before entering.

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Online and Outdoor Events

Tabernacle events will also be broadcast online for those not successful in securing tickets. Tickets for online concerts will be available from Monday 2 August.

Our outdoor performances are ‘pop-up happenings’ also taking place at regular intervals around the town. Advance booking is not required for these, although please note that we may need to manage the number of people gathering to watch these, in line with any social distancing and capacity restrictions that may be in place at the time.

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Festival FAQ's

  • How do I enter a ballot?

You will need to enter a separate ballot for each Tabernacle event that you wish to attend.

You can enter event ballots through the event listing pages.

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  • How will tickets be allocated?

Tickets will not be allocated on first come first served basis. You will have an equal chance of securing tickets whenever in the ballot period you apply. Following the ballot closing date, tickets will be selected at random on a fair basis.

  • When will I hear if I have been successful?

If you have been successful in securing tickets, you will be notified by email by 4pm on Tuesday 27th July.

  • How do I pay for tickets if I am successful?

You will be given details of how you make payment for your tickets when you are notified that you have been successful. You will then have until 4pm on Friday 30 July, to pay for and secure your tickets.

All tickets must be paid for in advance and we are only able to accept card or online payments. No cash payments will be accepted.

  • How do I get my tickets if I am successful?

All tickets will be sent out electronically. It will not be possible for us to issue any paper tickets this year.

  • What if I do not hear from you?

If you do not hear from us by Friday 30 July, you have not been successful in securing tickets. Entry to the ballot unfortunately does not guarantee you tickets.

  • Where can I watch events online if I am not successful?

All our Tabernacle events will be broadcast online the following day at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available from the event pages on the website from Monday 2 August. You will need to purchase a ticket to receive the web link to view the concert.

  • How many tickets can I request in the ballot?

We ask that you only enter the ballot, and attend if you are successful, with members of your household or extended household. You will be able to enter the ballot for between 1 and 6 members of your household or extended household per ballot entry.

  • Can I get a refund once I have paid for my ticket?

Refunds will only be offered this year in the instance of the event being cancelled. We will not be able to offer refunds if you are no longer able to attend.

  • Will there be a bar at events?

The bar will not be open at any of the events this year. We encourage you to bring your own water in a closed bottle. No other food or drink will be allowed in the venue.

  • If I am successful, what Covid checks, and safety measures will be in place at the venue?

We reserve the right to implement Covid checks for those attending Tabernacle events, for example temperature checks or proof of a negative test, if it is deemed necessary for us to at the time of performances.

A range of other measures will also be in place to help keep audiences, performers, and staff safe. These will include:

  • Contact details being taken for track and trace.
  • All audience members and staff being asked to wear facemasks while they are in the venue (and unless they are exempt).
  • Hand sanitiser stations being available throughout the venue.
  • One-way systems being in operation throughout the venue.
  • Full enhanced cleaning regimes being in place with the venue fully cleaned after each performance.
  • Internal doors within the venue being kept open to aid ventilation.
  • Audience members being asked to remain seated at the end of performances until they are directed by a member of staff to leave.

We kindly ask that you engage with all our safety measures to help to keep everybody safe.

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Artistic Directors

The Festival’s Artistic Directors are Julius Drake (International Programme) and Dennis Jones (Welsh Programme) and the Festival is produced by the Tabernacle staff team.

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