Hundreds of people came to Cardiff yesterday (24 June) to celebrate the National Eisteddfod’s visit to the city in little over a year.
With a colourful ceremony on the lawn outside City Hall and a procession of hundreds through the city and the civic centre, this was the first chance to see part of the festival coming to the capital next year.
The highlight of the day was the Proclamation ceremony, with Chair of the local Executive Committee, Ashok Ahir, presenting Archdruid, Geraint Llifon, with the first copy of the List of Competitions.
Ashok said, “Thanks to everyone who came to support the Eisteddfod and the local team in the city centre. It was great to see so many people forming part of the procession and getting involved during the day. The Proclamation is the highlight of the work already done across the city over the past year, raising awareness and funds for the festival’s visit.
“We now have a year to tell everyone about our plans, the ambitious ideas we have for the festival itself, and to encourage people from all over Wales and beyond to join us. Nowadays, the Eisteddfod is widely considered as one of the big festivals, and the Proclamation was a chance to show one of its traditions to everyone.
“But this was only one element of an increasingly diverse festival. There’s much more to today’s Eisteddfod, with over a thousand activities, events and performances, celebrating all genres of culture and the language, to an increasingly young audience. The Eisteddfod is a festival which is evolving and developing, and the team here in Cardiff are excited to be part of this development and will do everything we can to make next year’s Cardiff Eisteddfod one of the best yet.”
Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Elfed Roberts added, “There’s a vibrancy among the Cardiff team, and they’ve managed to bring together people from different generations to work together in a special way. This is the Eisteddfod’s first visit to Cardiff to ten years , and this decade has been one of the most important periods in the Eisteddfod’s history.
“We’ve seen the festival evolve during the past decade, and I believe we’ve seen the Eisteddfod become increasingly relevant to young people, the opportunity to celebrate their culture and their identity, but without losing the traditions which appeal and attract the older visitors. I hope the energy and enthusiasm we’ve seen across the city continues over the next year and far into the future.
“Our thanks to everyone who has worked tirelessly in Cardiff over the past year, and to Cardiff Council for all their support. There’s plenty of work still to do in organising the Eisteddfod in the Bay, but I’m very confident that Ashok and the team will be able to persuade the people of Cardiff, Wales and further afield to join us at the beginning of August next year.”
The Cardiff national Eisteddfod is held in the Bay from 3-11 August next year. For more information go online, www.eisteddfod.wales.
The List of Competitions is also available to buy online or in all good bookshops.