Did you ever think that people would consider the River Taff in the same way they think of the Wye or the Severn? Probably not. And neither did the majority of the population in Wales – until now.

On Sunday 21st June between 11.00hrs and 14.00hrs at the Pierhead in Cardiff Bay we will be launching The Living Taff project, which is a celebration of the river from its source in the Brecon Beacons National Park to its mouth in Cardiff. This is a project that we will be developing over an unlimited period of time – this is definitely not the Year of the Taff, Dr. Paul Barrett whose idea this is and who created and organised a number of major events when he worked with the Wales Tourist Board and community events like The Pontcanna Weekend and the Charles Rolls Centenary, knows from research and experience that events should be sustainable and should involve the local communities.  

The launch has been kindly sponsored by David Melding AM, Deputy Presiding Officer at the National Assembly for Wales.

At the launch we will be highlighting some existing and new projects like River Sonics, Wild Swimming’s Big Jump, Glamorganshire Canal, Sounding the Way (Audio walks), Taffs Well (the only thermal spring in Wales), Friends of Bute Park, the Cardiff Rivers Group, Greener Grangetown, Pontypridd Lido plus Jazz on the Taff (jazz in unusual venues along the river) and Laff on the Taff (stand-up). There are many iconic buildings along the course of the river, breathtaking history and famous people who were born here. We want to ensure that the Living Taff doesn’t mean a Welshman who hasn’t died, but a river that is beautiful, iconic and exciting.

We hope you are able to attend our event to discuss our idea and shared ambitions. Please contact us if you would like to discuss these aims, but are unable to attend the event. We are planning two more launch events; in Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd.