It is with our absolute pleasure that we can announce that celebrated Welsh Actor and political activist Michael Sheen will be officially opening this year’s Merthyr Rising Festival on Friday 25th May.
The Merthyr Rising team are thrilled to be able to make this announcement which will take place on the festival’s main stage at Penderyn Square. He will be stepping away from his busy schedule to publicly speak and open the festival’s activities with the raising of the Red Flag in memory of the 1831 Merthyr Rising.
Best known as a BAFTA award winning actor, Sheen decided to scale back his acting workload to focus on certain political issues in the South Wales area and became a political activist from his hometown of Port Talbot; covering a wide array of issues that affect the people not just in South Wales but nationwide too.
Merthyr Rising 2018 is set to be the biggest festival yet and features a weekend of live music, culture and political talks as a celebration of working class resistance in 1831.