Huw Stephens named as 2018 Eisteddfod Honorary President

23 May 2018

Today, the National Eisteddfod announced that the Cardiff National Eisteddfod Honorary President is presenter and DJ, Huw Stephens. 

He will speak from the Pavilion stage in the Donald Gordon Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre at the festival held in Cardiff Bay from 3-11 August.

Originally from Cardiff, Huw joined Radio 1 aged 17, because of his passion for new music, which has continued over the past twenty years.

Today, he is one of Radio 1’s main presenters, and presents a popular weekly show on Radio Cymru, a Breakfast Show on Radio Cymru 2, and is often seen on television here in Wales and from the Glastonbury on BBC2.  He also presents on the BBC World Service.

He has travelled to and broadcasted from Venezuela, Patagonia, Barcelona, Iceland and the USA.  He set up the Sŵn Festival in Cardiff and the Welsh Music Prize.

Huw is a great supported of the Eisteddfod and is proud that he has attended every year since he was born, and also performs at Maes B annually.  This year sees hem present the Pavilion Gig for the third year running.

Accepting the honour, Huw said, “It’s a great honour to be chosen as the Festival President.  Cardiff is my home and remains a central part of my life, and Welsh culture is such an important part of who I am.  I’m really looking forward to a fantastic week in our capital city.”

Huw follows a number of prominent Welsh people as the Eisteddfod’s Honorary President, including historian Elin Jones, scientist Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas, judge Nic Parry, and the the Wales football team’s Assistant Manager, Osian Roberts.

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