Created by Wales Millennium Centre, Festival of Voice Cardiff is an international arts festival in Wales’ capital city that celebrates the voice in all its forms.

The inaugural 2016 festival was produced to celebrate Wales’ timeless connection with song and the positive effects that singing together can have on peoples’ wellbeing - whether participating, listening or observing. 

With big name acts like Billy Bragg, Laura Marling and Carys Eleri having already wowed guests in the first week; this year's festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best, yet. 

Here we've rounded up five un-missable performances to catch in week two (9th - 15th June):

THE GENTLE GOOD AND THE MAVRON QUARTET & IVAN MOULT (£10)

The Gentle Good is the stage name of Cardiff based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gareth Bonello. Taking influence from the traditional music and folklore of Wales along with a myriad of sources from all over the world, Gareth creates timeless folk music in both English and Welsh.

Best known for his intricate guitar playing and distinctive vocals, Gareth enchants audiences both as a soloist and with more complex live set-ups. Gareth has collaborated with the Mavron Quartet for many years, and they'll take to the stage together for this stunning performance.

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UTOPIA: CURATED BY CHARLOTTE CHURCH (£20)

Utopia brings together a contrasting line-up of voices from world music, cabaret, electronica, synth-pop and folk, all snuggled together as comfortable bedfellows. Do not miss this! 

ionnalee is the new solo project of audiovisual electronic pop phenomenon iamamiwhoami's creator Jonna Lee; Fatoumata Diawara is a poet-chanteuse, huskily perfect-pitch; Le Gateau Chocolat's work extends beyond the world of drag performance to contemporary opera and beyond - a cabaret legend, performing on major stages all over the world from Adelaide to Edinburgh, and Wroclaw to Sydney.  And finally, award-winning Talia Randall is funny, political and moving. 

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CAVE: CAMILLE O'SULLIVAN PERFORMS THE SONGS OF NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS (£20)

Join the world-renowned Irish singer story-teller Camille O’Sullivan as she explores the dark and light of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' music. 

In her dangerous yet fragile theatrical style, Camille embarks on a personal discovery of a man of many guises; violent, beautiful, logical, crazy, devout, troubled and religious.

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MOUTHPIECE (£10)

Mouthpiece is a heart-wrenching and humorous journey into the female psyche. The performance is a virtuosic display of physical ingenuity and vocal orchestration. In the wake of her mother’s death, Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice.

Ranging from tender to merciless, with uncompromising precision, Mouthpiece magnifies a daughter’s contemplation of her mother, and becomes a rigorous investigation of womanhood itself. 

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ENGLISH: NATIONAL THEATRE WALES & QUARANTINE WITH WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE FOR FESTIVAL OF VOICE (£15)

National Theatre Wales’ and Quarantine’s extraordinary new show invites its audience into a conversation about language with performer Jonny Cotsen – a performance built out of a fascination with what happens when we try to talk about how to live together. 

This exuberant A to Z of language and identity - made in Wales, but with a global perspective - pulls pop songs apart, tears grammar to pieces and invites all the languages in the room to be heard. 

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Published -10th June 2018