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AGAN TAVAS present BEWNANS MERYASEK the Cambourne play
Friday 17 May @ 19:30 - 21:40£6
AGAN TAVAS (Our Language) is a society which exists to promote the Cornish language and is represented on the Cornish Language Partnership. It was formed in 1987 to promote the use of Cornish as a spoken language in the Cornish revival (Cornish: Dasserghyans Kernowek). At that time only those observed to be using the language fluently could become members by invitation. In 1990 Agan Tavas was reformed by its members into an open society with the aim of ensuring continued support for the Unified form of revived Cornish first put forward in 1929 by Robert Morton Nance.
BEWNANS MERYASEK is a classic Cornish drama. Dated 1504.
This verse play is part of the corpus of historical Cornish literature. It will be performed in Cornish and English.
After an interval there will be songs in Cornish from TIR HA TAVAS
Formed in February 2013, Tir ha Tavas, which means “land and language” in the Cornish language Kernewek, is Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, and Dave Brotherton, Ilewydh Porthia, both bards of Gorsedh Kernow, musicians and singer-songwriters based in St Ives, West Cornwall.
Delia and Dave are familiar figures on the traditional Cornish and Celtic folk scene and originally formed Bagas Porthia and St Ives Guisers for traditional events such St Ives Feast Day, St Pirans Day and during Christmastide, but they wanted to write and perform more of their own original material including songs in Kernewek. Their songs combine a sense of fun, wistfulness and the indefinable “hireth”, reflecting their take on modern Cornish life.