17 - 20 August, 2017 | Venue Cymru, Llandudno

RawFfest - Youth Arts Festival



On this page you'll find information for groups, about accommodation and FAQs.

Arrangements for groups: 

Designated leaders 

RawFfest is not in loco parentis (that means, in place of a parent) for any of the participants, performers or audience. Group leaders maintain responsibility for their group.

●  Each group needs a designated leader at a ratio of 1:10. So if you are booking 10 or fewer participants, there needs to be one designated leader. If booking 11 to 20 participants, then two designated leaders, and so on.

●  One designated leader can book for the whole group, as long as they have enough other leaders.

●  Designated leaders must be over 21 years. We will liaise with you on safeguarding procedures.

●  There will be one free place for each designated leader who comes with your group. For example, a dance group with 6 performers would need one designated leader So you would have 7 tickets, one of which is free. (It is for your group to decide who receives the free ticket; e.g. it could be the leader or one of the young people.)

●  If you are staying overnight at accommodation arranged by RawFfest, staff must have a current DBS, checked by your organisation. You must supply us with the DBS reference number. 

What if we are a group and we are all aged 18 to 25 years?

If you want to book for the accommodation, you will still need to identify a designated leader who we will liaise with and will take responsibility for the group. However, there will not be a free place, because you are not in loco parentis for younger festival participants.  

What if I am an individual and want to come to the festival?  

You are welcome to buy a full weekend ticket or day tickets. We cannot offer residential places to people under the age of 18 if you are not part of a group.  If you are over 18 and want accommodation, you can buy a weekend ticket with accommodation and basic accommodation will be allocated to you closer to the festival.  Accommodation will normally be a single or bunk bed in a shared single-sex room or dormitory.  If you are travelling with friends please  and let us know who is in your party so that, so far as is possible, you’ll be sharing rooms with people you know.  

Reduced price tickets 

Even though these tickets are great value for money, we know that some young people may still find this expensive. We are grateful that some of our funders have enabled us to offer a limited number of reduced price or free places.  For more information and how to apply, click here.  


Feedback from 2016 shows that staying overnight throughout the festival contributed hugely to their enjoyment.  We are currently in the process of negotiating budget accommodation with hotels and hostels in Llandudno.  We anticipate that the accommodation we will offer will be a single or bunk bed in a shared single-sex room or dormitory. Accommodation will be allocated nearer to the festival.   If you are coming with friends please and let us know who is in your party so that, so far as is possible, you’ll be sharing rooms with people you know.  


We will provide you with lunch and dinner such as baked potatoes with fillings, curry and rice, sandwiches etc. Please tell us about any allergies or dietary needs when you book.  You will need to provide your own breakfast if staying in the accommodation.  


No alcohol is allowed in bedrooms booked through RawFfest. If you are 18 or over, you will be able to purchase alcohol from the bar at the venue, if you have appropriate ID. Please be considerate of the under 18 year olds at the festival. 


You are responsible for all travel costs to come to the festival.  


RawFfest aims to be accessible and welcoming to all and we are committed to making your experience as easy and enjoyable as possible.  Please tell us about any specific access needs (e.g. interpreters, large print etc) when you book. 


Venue Cymru operates a Pay and Display car park at the rear of the building, with designated disabled parking bays to the left of the main entrance. Parking is also available on the Promenade which is also Pay and Display until 4pm, after which it is free of charge.


What age do I have to be?  

14 – 25 years on the 31st August 2017. i.e. born between 31.8.1991 and 31.8.2003 

Can under 14s or adults buy tickets?  

See Family & Friends on the ticket page 

Do I have to be Welsh?  

No.  Any young person aged 14 – 25 years is welcome at the festival 

Do I have to live in Wales?  

No, this festival is not just for young people who live in Wales. 

Do I have to be good at art or performance?  

You don’t have to be “arty” to enjoy RawFfest. There will be things at this festival for young people at every stage of skill and ability. We welcome young people who are interested in organising events, stage management, marketing etc.  

Do I have to pay?  

Yes. You will have to buy a ticket unless you are eligible for a reduced price ticket. 

What are the dates and times of the 2017 festival? 

Thursday evening, 17 August to Sunday afternoon 20 August 2017

Where is the festival?  

Based at the Venue Cymru, Llandudno with activity in other parts of Llandudno. 

How can I stay in touch about this festival and future ones?  

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