Organisers of the Abergavenny Eisteddfod as keen to attract some of the competitors who came to the town for last year’s National Eisteddfod to return to take part in the town Eisteddfod next month.
The Abergavenny Eisteddfod’s adult competitions are held in the Borough Theatre, Abergavenny from 19:30-22:30, on Saturday evening 17 June.
The Abergavenny Eisteddfod boasts an important place in Welsh cultural history, and between 1834 and 1853, 10 eisteddfodau were held in the town, organised by Cymreigyddion Y Fenni, a society which continues to meet regularly today. These eisteddfodau were supported by Lady Llanover, who was so influential in the promotion of Wales’ folk traditions and whose contribution was celebrated during last year’s National Eisteddfod.
The Abergavenny Eisteddfod was revived in 2002, and this year, following the National Eisteddfod in the town, organisers hope to attract more competitors than ever to take part.
Frank Olding, Chair of last year’s Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod said, “Hosting the National Eisteddfod last year was a fantastic experience for the whole county, and we have seen such an interest in the language since then. The news items on the call for Welsh lessons locally have shown the whole of Wales the effect the festival had on our area, and we very much hope to build on this success in the future.
“We are very keen to use the fact that the Eisteddfod was held here to strengthen and encourage new followers to our own festival here in the town. And we’re looking for the support of competitors from all over Wales, so if you know of anyone who would like to return to the area, remember to mention the Abergavenny Eisteddfod!”
Details available to download from the website, www.abergavennyeisteddfod.co.uk or from the bottom of this page.