Pentreffest Noz is a monthly evening of music and dance – currently featuring traditional music and dance from France and Brittany (Breton) with a sprinkling of music and dance from Sweden and other European regions. It is a very friendly event, whether you are a musician, dancer or someone who just wants to listen and watch. No experience is needed and you don’t need to bring a partner as there are always experienced dancers and musicians there and everyone is encouraged and supported during the evening.

Pentreffest Noz usually takes place on the first Friday of each month (except August). The evening starts with separate workshops for dancers and musicians. Each month something new will be taught, with revision of dances and tunes learnt in previous months. Doors open at 19:15, with the workshops starting at 19:30. The bal [dance] starts at 21:00 and goes on until 23:00-ish.

Music Workshop

This is open to musicians of all abilities and any instrument. Learning by ear is encouraged, but notation is provided. Musicians are taught tunes for dancing and they will have an opportunity to play for dances later in the evening. It is an aim to build up a repertoire of music for dancing.

Dance Workshop

Dancers of all abilities are welcome and during the evening there will be many experienced dancers to help beginners. Again, it is an aim to build up a repertoire of dances.  The dances from Brittany do not usually require a partner as they are performed in lines or circles. The dances from other parts of France are usually danced in couples or larger sets. Do not worry if you want to come to the event on your own as there will be others there who will dance with you. Some of the dances we teach are ‘mixers’ so you will get a chance to dance with other people any way.

Evening Bal

After a short break for tea or coffee and biscuits, the evening continues with the bal – dancing to live music. A wide range of dances will be enjoyed during the evening. This part of the evening begins with the House Band – featuring all those who play in the music workshop. These musicians have the chance to play the tunes they have just been taught in the workshop, along with other tunes they have learned in previous Pentreffest workshops. After this, other musicians and groups have the chance to play. There will normally be one advertised group performing, but opportunity is there for others to play as well. Check the calendar each month to see information about Pentreffest Noz and other events.

Dancing at the Bal

From 2015, the normal venue for Pentreffest Noz will be:

St Fagans Villag Hall
Crofft-Y-Genau Road
St Fagans
Cardiff
CF5 6DU

 

From the M4 Eastbound (from Swansea and West Wales)

  • Leave the motorway at junction 33
  • Take the dual carriageway (A4232) towards Cardiff Bay
  • Ignore the St Fagans exit – this will be closed outside of normal Museum opening hours
  • Take the next exit off the dual carriageway
  • Take the first exit at the roundabout
  • Filter left at next set of traffic lights (Michaelston Road)
  • Follow this road into Michaelstone
  • At the next roundabout take the first exit signposted to St Fagans
  • Follow the road down the hill to the railway level crossing
  • Cross the railway and climb up the hill into the village
  • Turn left towards the top of the hill into the village
  • Turn right into the car park behind the Plymouth Arms
  • The Village Hall is at the far end of the car park away from the pub

From the M4 Westbound (from Newport and England)

  • Leave the motorway at junction 29A
  • Follow the A48(M) until it becomes the A48
  • Continue into the 40mph zone (be aware that there is a speed camera here)
  • Continue through 4 sets of traffic lights
  • At the fifth set of lights turn right onto Waungron Road
  • Follow Waungron Road as it turns into St Fagans Road through Fairwater, up the hill and out into the countryside
  • On entering St Fagans turn right into the village - before descendng the hill towards the railway crossing
  • Turn right into the car park behind the Plymouth Arms
  • The Village Hall is at the far end of the car park away from the pub

Location within St Fagans

Set back from the east side of Crofft-Y-Genau Road, the Village Hall is close to the Plymouth Arms Country Pub & Restaurant.