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Thank you to all our friends, ticket holders and soon to be ticket holders for waiting so patiently the last year.

We are working towards the festival taking place this summer at our new festival home, Dinefwr, from 2-4 July.

If you are a current ticket holder – an email update was sent to all bookers at 4pm on Friday 18 June. The letter / email contains key information about your arrival. All attenders will need to complete the COVID-19 Declaration Form before entering the festival site. You can download the form here in PDF or WORD / Welsh and English.


Gwybodaeth bwysig wrth i chi gyrraedd Gŵyl Beyond the Border 2-4 Gorffennaf PDF

COVID-19-Visitor-Declaration-Form ENGLISH WORD


Ffurflen-Datganiad-–-COVID-19 PDF

Ffurflen Datganiad – COVID-19 WORD

Festival Map

Festival Timetable 2-4 July 2021

While we are seeing restrictions reduce here in Wales, safety and wellbeing for our audience, artists and staff is paramount. We want to enjoy coming together and sharing stories in a way that is safe and within COVID restrictions here in Wales. While we are able to proceed now, we may have to change our event at the very last minute depending on the situation with Covid here in Wales. In Wales are restrictions slightly differ to the rest of the UK and we are working with our partners, staff, Welsh Government Events, Carmarthenshire Council and many other people all working hard to try and bring this event together.

We are taking guidance from the UK and Welsh Government and listening to Public Health Wales on what we will be able to do at the festival site.

We want to be clear on what we are able to do at the festival this year. If BtB goes ahead in July, in these extraordinary circumstances, it will be one of a handful of cultural events taking place in the early part of 2021, and you will be part of a limited number of people to experience a live event.

We want you to help us, and help create a space which we can all come together safely too. After a turbulent year it will be a joy to escape to an open space full of stories.

You will be part of an exceptional and unique experience that will be talked about for years to come.

We will be keeping you posted as soon as we hear anymore updates from the Welsh Government over the next few weeks. Thank you for being so patient and supportive of what we do.

We are taking guidance from the UK and Welsh Government Guidance on Performing and Participation activities and advice from Public Health Wales regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus. We will continue to monitor the situation regularly and update our communications. Please continue to check our social channels and website for information.



What To Expect

We are doing everything possible to prepare and plan for camping at the festival in July.

We are really fortunate that our new home has acres of rolling fields and historic woodlands, which means that we can spread out, using up lots of space, in interesting and creative ways to create a safe and enjoyable festival and campsite area.

Our 2021 festival will be full of all the magical and escapism hallmarks audiences know and love as part of BtB, immersing you in the beautiful scenery and landmarks of Dinefwr.

We will make sure what we deliver is safe and complies with the recommended COVID distance guidelines. For 2021 we have limited the number of on-site camping and Campervan/Caravan tickets available.





We can now tell you more about what to expect from our programme. We have programmed 50+ artists across the weekend at NT Dinefwr.

Our theme of ‘Reimagining, Reawakening’ inspired us to bring many of the UK’s finest storytellers and musicians together with international guests appearing digitally – Ivan Coyote, Marta Singh and Tamar Ilana from Canada – plus music from Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, Will Pound, Cynefin and Don Kipper, with stories from Hugh Lupton, Daniel Morden, Cath Little, Tamar Eluned Williams, Ben Haggarty, Michael Harvey, David Ambrose, TUUP, Guto Dafis, The Devil’s Violin, Peter Stevenson, Ailsa Mair Hughes, Fiona Collins and Amy Douglas.

Special highlights will include a new commissioned Storytelling Adventure ‘Stars and their Consolations’ by award-winning Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden with composer Sarah Lianne Lewis, including an outdoor version looking up at the night sky. There will be Storytelling Experiments by Tim Ralphs and Tamar Eluned Williams offering invigorating new approaches to stories and ballads. New Directions is an opportunity to hear solo pieces from artists at BTB for the first time including Sarah Liisa Wilkinson, Phil Okwedy and Saul Jaffe and fresh New Voices Chandrika Joshi, Kestrel Morton and Ceri Phillips, share the fruits of their recent mentoring with BtB.

Outdoor Storytelling journeys offer atmospheric pathways into woodlands, animated by stories embedded in the landscape and evocative artworks, plus we’ve a rich programme of story walks inspired by Dinefwr’s history and natural beauty, with Lisa Schneidau, Malcolm Green, Ceri Phillips and others. Citrus Arts bring their Covid safe circus skills and lantern making, and the Tiny Tales tent shares stories for under 8s, and there’s still more to be announced!

UPDATED 1 April 2021

Camping and Weekend Tickets have now come off sale.

We will be releasing a limited number of day tickets from 12 April 2021.

The day tickets allow you access to all the programme at the festival site without staying overnight on site camping area.

We have also updated our Terms and Conditions so if you need to Cancel your booking for whatever reason, you can, up until the day before the festival. If you do cancel your ticket you will lose only your 6% Admin Fee.

We want to ensure when we bring the live festival to NT Dinefwr in 2021 that it is safe and comfortable for all our audiences, artists and everyone working on the festival. We will need to bring in extra facilities and safety elements which has meant that ticket prices have had to go up from 31 December 2020.

If we do sell out, please make sure you add your name to our Box Office waiting list. As you can imagine some customers may decide they are unable to come to the event or we can increase capacity nearer the time depending on Welsh Government Guidelines. If you add your name to the waiting list we can update as soon as we know more tickets are available.

We are monitoring closely the Welsh Government guidelines about size of festivals over the next few months as we lead up to the festival date. If we are permitted to increase capacity this would be for day ticket holders only and this might be a short notice.

If you bought your tickets for the 2020 Festival through Brown Paper Tickets your tickets have automatically transferred to 2021 unless you have requested a refund last year. You don’t need to do anything to transfer these tickets as we have done this already.

If you would like to book over the phone in advance, please contact Taliesin Arts Centre Box Office on 01792 60 20 60 (Opening Hours are 1pm-5pm Monday to Friday UK GMT) or go to

We know some of our audiences and artists won’t be able to travel. We can still be a part of our event…online. We are creating a Virtual Festival from 26 June to 10 July. The programme will include a mix of ticketed live and pre-recorded events.


We are working with NT Dinefwr to continue to be able to provide an accessible experience for all on site. Full details of the festival sites accessibility can be located on the Accessibility webpage

Over the forthcoming months we will be preparing to put safety measures on site and training staff. We will put in the following to help keep you safe (These will be updated regularly):

• Our staff and volunteers will have received health and safety training in relation to COVID-19.
• Visitor safety guidelines will be updated regularly on the BtB website and information will be sent out to bookers a month before the event.
• We will also have Safety Guidelines on the festival and camping site
• Social distancing measures
• Hand sanitising stations for visitors and staff.
• Increased hygiene regime and number of toilets / showers on site.
• We will be managing visitor numbers in line with public health and safety guidelines.
• Some areas of Dinefwr will be temporarily closed where social distancing cannot be implemented. We will update you on these areas nearer the time.

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit.

If you are showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you’ve been in contact with anyone who has the virus in the previous 14 days leading up to the event, we request that you don’t attend, as you may be turned away to reduce risks to other visitors and our staff.

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