The National Eisteddfod has received official accreditation from an organisation working with festivals and music events to make sure they are accessible and inclusive for deaf and disabled visitors.
Over the past few months, staff have been working to reach the Bronze level of Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, and work is already underway to enable the organisation to reach the Silver level before long.
Inclusivity and accessibility are very important to the Eisteddfod, according to Chief Executive, Elfed Roberts, “We always strive to offer the best service possible to everyone during the year, but especially during festival week. We are pleased to have been recognised for our commitment to improve the experience for our deaf and disabled visitors.
“As a travelling festival often held on agricultural land, we face different challenges every year as every Maes and site are different, and this accreditation is a reflection of the hard work of our team to try our best.
“We were pleased that we were already doing a number of things needed to reach the Bronze level, and that we only needed to refine our work in a number of areas to reach the standard.
“This accreditation has motivated us to continue to develop the services available to our deaf and disabled visitors, and we are now aiming for the Silver level. Working with Attitude is Everything has been useful and interesting, especially as they have so much experience of working with the festival and music industry.
“We’ve looked at what we as a travelling festival should be aiming to offer, and then adapted and developed the advice for our use. They have been very supportive and we encourage other festivals to look at adopting the same system and working towards the levels.
“The Eisteddfod has always prided itself on being a welcoming and inclusive festival; we have worked hard to make sure that families with young children, unfamiliar visitors and non-Welsh speakers feel at home on the Maes as well as our traditional audience. The message is exactly the same to deaf and disabled visitors, there is a very warm welcome at the Eisteddfod in Anglesey this summer and every year.”
For more information on our services for disabled and deaf visitors, go to https://eisteddfod. Wales/Anglesey-2017/access and https://eisteddfod. Wales/disabled-visitors. More information on services at the Anglesey National Eisteddfod and details for disabled parking will be published by June.
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held in Bodedern from 4-12 August. For more information go online.