The Dinefwr Literature Festival has been named Best Small Event at the National Tourism Awards for Wales. The winners were announced at a glittering award ceremony held at the Vale Resort in Hensol on Wednesday 25 March.
The Festival made a welcome return to Dinefwr Park and Castle in Carmarthenshire in June 2014 following its debut outing in 2012. Thousands of festival goers flocked through the gates to enjoy a diverse programme of events featuring, national and international writers; critically acclaimed musicians; cutting-edge comedy; award-winning poets; inspirational children’s and young adult novelists; guided history and nature walks to Dinefwr Castle; and a wealth of emerging English and Welsh literary talent.
The Dinefwr Literature Festival is organised by Literature Wales in partnership with National Trust, Cadw and University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The 2014 festival received Arts Council of Wales Lottery funding.
The Chief Executive of Literature Wales and Director of the Dinefwr Literature Festival, Lleucu Siencyn, said. “We are delighted to accept this prestigious award on behalf of all of the partners and supporters who helped to make the second Dinefwr Literature Festival such a roaring success. Dinefwr is an important new festival for Wales in its diversity and the fact that it celebrates Welsh and English-language literature in all its forms.”
The Dinefwr Literature Festival fought off stiff competition to receive the Gold Award in the Best Event (Small) category. The Silver Award was presented to Welshpool Airshow & Transport Festival and the Bronze Award to Isle of Fire.
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, said: “The National Tourism Awards are the Oscars of the tourism industry and pay tribute to those who are committed and passionate about their businesses, tourism and Wales. The quality of what we have to offer here in Wales goes from strength to strength and the Awards are an opportunity for us all to celebrate the industry and to showcase the outstanding quality of our vibrant tourism sector. I’d like to congratulate the winners and wish you the very best for a successful season ahead.”
The awards, which are run by Visit Wales in commercial partnership with Quadrant Media & Communications, recognise the best in Welsh tourism. The full list of winners for the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2015 can be viewed here: www.ntawales.com/english/categories/