​The Rhondda Arts Festival (RAFT) is an annual event aimed at celebrating and showcasing the wide range of creativity and talent that exists throughout all art forms in Rhondda, and to also bring the finest visiting artists to the region. The scope of the festival encompasses music, theatre, dance, literature, painting, photography, sculpture and more!

Rhondda Arts Festival (RAFT) is a registered charity, with a board of trustees that shares a commitment to create a festival that is fun, innovative and inclusive, and encompasses all art forms. Our vision is about partnership working, community involvement, and performing & exhibiting work by people of all ages and abilities.

​The inaugural RAFT festival took place in 2018 and featured performances by Jools HollandLesley Garrett & the Welsh National Opera CompanyOnly Men Aloud and many more! 

RAFT 2019 then featured West End & Broadway star Kerry Ellis, comedian & actor Omid Djaliliand Blackadder & Time Team star Sir Tony RobinsonIn total, RAFT 2019 featured a month long series of over 50 live events, which included our C-RAFT Beer & Gin Festivaloutdoor movie screeningsFREE Arts & C-RAFT Family Fun DayBook TalksExhibitions, Public Art Projects and much, much more!

RAFT 2020 was originally planned to run from Thursday June 4th through to July 4th, with the main “Big Weekend” being held in Treorchy June 25th to 27th. Given the Covid-19 pandemic however, we were forced to cancel the 2020 | 21 season however and regroup for 2022

Join us there! RAFT 2022 will run from June 3rd to July 3rd 2022. Tickets will be available from St David’s Day, March 1st

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We are always keen to hear from performers, venues, volunteers and partners who want to support the arts and the community of the Rhondda, both in the current situation and beyond. To inquire about participating, supporting or to register your interest in RAFT in any form, please email us at

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