Photograph of revellers at The Edge Festival, Solva, 2017

Illuminating the Arts.

The Edge Festival, Solva.

Anyone who doesn’t know and love West Wales might be forgiven for thinking that not much happens so far out west – how wrong they would be. Pembrokeshire is alive with the arts all year round and one of the fastest growing summer events is The Edge Festival, Solva.

This evolved as a result of the enthusiasm and excitement of the villagers’ involvement in the 2004 filming of Under Milk Wood starring Rhys Ifans, Charlotte Church, and many other great stars. However, for locals, seeing themselves as extras was the main highlight.

A group of Solva people came up with the idea of keeping the momentum going with a local festival of the arts and The Edge was born. This three-day event held in August encompasses arts and music, food, sport, literature, and film.

I’m afraid you have just missed the 2017 festival, but it is never too early to get involved in the planning, preparation, and fundraising for next year – get in touch here.

As well as many local Pembrokeshire musicians and groups, the main musical acts this year were Andy Fairweather Low, Superskas and Fell Out Boy (Local musicians pictured include Singer / Songwriter, Lucy Jones and The Saint City Jazz Band from St Davids).Welsh writers held workshops and readings while there were many craft activities to keep all ages entertained despite the somewhat damp weather this year.

Food in abundance was on sale from some of Pembrokeshire’s best producers and a well-stocked bar proved very popular.

Swim to the edge.

Guided walks were also on offer and, of course, the main sporting drama was the open water swimming races: a 0.8-mile swim to Black Rock or the more challenging 2.5-mile route around the island of Green Scar – one of the toughest in Wales.

Photographs available – request details here.

Ieuan Morris - Ianto Mor Photography
Ieuan Morris – Ianto Mor Photography – all images


Suzanne Ashworth of West Wales Web and Pembrokeshire Life Online
Words  by Suzanne Ashworth

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