With less than fifty days to go until the start of the Cardiff National Eisteddfod on Friday evening 3 August, and organisers have today revealed the programmes for a number of centres across the Maes.
This year’s Eisteddfod is an urban and experimental festival, and the Maes is a combination of permanent buildings such as the Wales Millennium Centre and the Senedd, coupled with the Eisteddfod’s own attractive temporary structures, such as Tŷ Gwerin and Caffi Maes B.
With over 1,150 individual events and activities over an eight day period, organisers are confident that there’s something for everyone in the programme. Elen Elis, Organiser and Artistic Director, says, “There are more activities than ever before this year, and the chance to experiment with a wide range of locations has enabled us to be ambitious in our approach. We hope that this will appeal to our regular Eisteddfod visitors as well as a new audience coming to the festival for the first time in Cardiff Bay.
“One of the most exciting things about the Eisteddfod is that the programme is different every year as we travel around Wales. For example this year, a number off our activities have a Cardiff theme. The first Saturday on the open air stage is a celebration of the Cardiff music scene, with plenty of local young bands performing, with a set by the Crumblowers at the end of the day. We also have various sessions on the history of Cardiff during the week and lots of local artists performing on our various stages.
“We’ve already announced details of another new strand this year, Mas ar y Maes, the partnership between the LGBT community, Stonewall Cymru and the Eisteddfod, and the response to this announcement has been excellent, so we’re all looking forward to these sessions during the week.
“Encore is another new strand, and this is a series of classically themed musical activities. From performances by young students studying at the university to lectures and discussions on composers and performers from Wales, this is an important and wonderful addition to the Eisteddfod programme.
“There are some truly interesting sessions here and we’ll be publishing more information over the next few weeks. We are very grateful to the Gwendoline and Mary Davies Trust for their support enabling us to create and deliver this programme in the Norwegian Church and it’s great to work with Tŷ Cerdd on this project.
“As we’re in Cardiff Bay, it would be a real shame not to take advantage of the interesting and varied landscape and history around us, so we’ve organised a number of guided tours during the week. Dylan Foster Evans will lead some of the tours looking at Cardiff’s history, while Sioned Webb and Mair Tomos Ifans will be taking us on a tour exploring legends around the Bay. There’s a few theatrical tours as well and plenty of other activities, without forgetting our popular guided tours around the Maes – the perfect introduction to the Eisteddfod.
“Popular centres like the Pentref Drama, Pentref Llên, Dance, Y Lle Celf, Science and Technology and so on will be dotted around the Bay, and these programmes are also available. There’ll be more information available in the Official Programme, available before long. The programme can be pre-ordered online now, www.eisteddfod.wales.”
The Cardiff National Eisteddfod is held in Cardiff Bay from 3-11 August. For more information go online.