Brecon's big weekend: Zulus, rock and all that jazz

By Twm Owen in Local People

Brecon is gearing up for its biggest weekend of the year with the annual Jazz and Fringe Festivals - and a Zulu invasion.

Concerts and events will be staged at venues across the town over the weekend with the Jazz Festival having also secured a number of road closures to bring music back to the streets.

A stage has also been erected in the Bulwark with the Jazz Festival presenting live bands on the Brecon Brewery Bulwark stage from Friday afternoon right through to Sunday to celebrate the event’s 34th year.

Road closures will be in force from midday on Friday and won’t re-open until 8am on Monday.

The whole High street will be closed off from The Bulwark along to The Struet, St. Mary’s Street, Church Lane, Castle Street, George Street and Lions Street up until Lions Yard.

Glamorgan Street, Wheat Street and the downhill of Ship Street will remain open for flow of traffic around Brecon.

Dyfed-Powys Police are advising people not to park in the town centre from Friday morning as any vehicles parked in the area from midday will be moved along.

A Frazz Parade - bringing together the Jazz and Fringe festivals - is also being staged on Saturday, leaving the Cathedral shortly after 1.30pm. The parade will feature a samba band as it makes its way to the Bulwark

Coinciding with the Jazz Festival are a number of events in Brecon to mark the 135th anniversary of the Zulu King Cetshwayo’s visit to the UK to request he be restored to his country’s throne.

More than 100 Zulus from South Africa will visit Brecon to commemorate all the soldiers and warriors who served at the battle of Rorke’s Drift in the Anglo-Zulu wars.

Brecon’s Theatr Brycheiniog is presenting the family festival which will include a parade, outdoor stage, workshops and performances at the theatre’s main stage.

South African hip hop stars Trevor Sinke, Lusaso Ngcobo and Mthoko Mkhathini who have formed the jazz/hip hop supergroup Dream Team are also appearing at the theatre on Saturday night as part of a two hour performance featuring Zulu dance and spoken word poetry.

The theatre will also host, from Wednesday, August 23 to Friday, August 25, King Cetshwayo: The Musical.

For more information on events taking place in Brecon this weekend see this week’s Brecon & Radnor Express - on sale now.