Cardiff National Eisteddfod Honorary Presidents Announced

19 June 2017

The Eisteddfod is delighted to announce the names of those who have been invited to serve as Honorary Presidents at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod next year.

The seven are well known to people across the city and further afield, and have been invited because of their contribution to the cultural life of the area and to the Welsh language locally:

Huw Llywelyn Davies: A well-known broadcaster, who presented from the Eisteddfod for many years as well as working as a rugby commentator.  He served as the Chair of the Executive Committee in Cardiff, 2008, and he is president of the Pentyrch Rugby Club and a member of Côr Meibion Taf and Hen Nodiant.

Anthony Evans: An artist who has recorded aspects of Welsh landscapes, and has exhibited his work at Y Lle Celf a number of times and across the whole of Wales.  He is one of the founders of AWEN, a group promoting the arts through the medium of Welsh in the Whitchurch area.

Gill Griffiths: Gill is a former President of Merched y Wawr and Learners’ Officer with the National Eisteddfod.  She has contributed greatly to the language and culture of Wales at grassroots level.

Dai and Gill James: Dai and Gill are well-known for their tireless work to promote Welsh cultural events in Cardiff, and are both members of the Cwmni Dawns Werin Caerdydd who organise Gŵyl Ifan activities in the capital.

Rhun Jones: A former teacher at Ysgol Melin Gruffydd, and a member of the Menter Iaith Caerdydd Management Board.  Rhun is also the treasurer at Minny Street Chapel and a member of the Hen Nodiant Choir, and has contributed greatly to the cultural life of Cardiff.

Gwawr Owen: A well-known adjudicator, musician and commentator, Gwawr was responsible for creating the Côr Cymru competition, a contest which has helped to reinvigorate the choral world in Wales.  She also founded Côr Caerdydd 25 years ago, and the choir has competed regularly as well as organised a number of concerts to raise funds for the Eisteddfod over the years. 

Elfed Roberts, Eisteddfod Chief Executive, said, “It’s important to recognise the contribution of key individuals to culture and the language locally.  These are people who work tirelessly all the time, whether an Eisteddfod is being held or not.  They help to support, sustain and develop culture in our capital city.

“It gives us great pleasure to announce the names of next year’s Honorary Presidents, and a chance to thank them for their commitment, their work and their enthusiasm over the years.  We look forward to working together over the next year as the Eisteddfod approaches.”

The Cardiff National Eisteddfod is held in the Bay from 3-11 August 2018.  For more information go online,