For many of us, Ify Iwobi is the standard bearer for original music in Swansea. Her debut album Illuminate was one of the most refreshing and accomplished releases of 2019. So what’s the plan for 2020?

On Monday May 18th Ify will share her talent with her home city in a live performance at the Grand Theatre.

Ify will tell us her story, in music, words and dance. The children of Ysgol Gymraeg Bryn Y Mor, St Joseph’s Cathedral School and Llanrhidian Primary will join her on stage to give voice to the journey of a gifted young woman who discovered her talent and vocation at the age of seven, overcame the obstacles that life put in front of her and matured into the musician and composer who is helping make Swansea a cultural hot spot for the 2020s.

The Illuminate Show will be a celebration of one person’s creativity, of her talent for channelling her life experience into something beautiful and engaging, and of her ability to bring people together.

Musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will help tell Ify’s story, along with the Crossing Borders dancers. Star billing goes to Anais the Storyteller, a young lady who is following in Ify’s footsteps and finding her creative voice.

Swansea dwellers of all ages and backgrounds are uniting to participate in this show and to enjoy it. They recognise Ify as the authentic voice of the city. She isn’t just sharing her music with us; she’s sending a love letter to the community that helped make her the artist she is today. And today you might say she’s sending a Valentine to Swansea. We should all send her one in return.

Tickets for The Illuminate Show are on sale here, at the click of a button. It’s going to be a great night and you’re going to want to be there.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Ify, and thank you for the music.

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