Coronavirus: COVID-19

17 March 2020

The safety of our volunteers, supporters, visitors, competitors, artists and staff is paramount to us, and we need to work with everyone to support our communities during these difficult times.

The situation facing the National Eisteddfod, like so many other events across Wales, is changing daily, and we are currently reviewing and developing our plans for the benefit of all.  We continue to monitor developments along with the latest guidance and advice from the Welsh Government, our key partners and Public Health Wales.

We will keep everyone updated through our newsletter, website, social media and press and media regularly with any news or announcements. You should ensure that you are registered to receive our newsletter, and this can be done through the website, www.eisteddfod.wales.

We are grateful to everyone for their continued support.

The information below is correct as of Tuesday 17 March 2020.

Ceredigion National Eisteddfod

We are monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis and in daily contact with the Welsh Government and our key partners. At the moment, we hope to hold the Ceredigion National Eisteddfod in Tregaron from 1-8 August, and staff are continuing to work hard to make this happen.

In the event of a change to these plans, we will liaise directly with stallholders, caravanners, contractors, stakeholders and all our volunteer teams locally, and inform everyone else through the channels outlined above.

The message above is relevant for those who have booked a caravan plot, a stall and those who have purchased tickets for Maes B.

Community Activities

A large number of local activities have been organised in the Eisteddfod’s name across Ceredigion and Llŷn and Eifionydd over the coming weeks. With the UK Government encouraging people to start avoiding social contact, we feel that fundraising activities should be put on hold at this time.

We hope that the campaign will be able to resume soon, but for the time being, it is important that we take note of the advice given by medical experts.

At this time, it is important that we focus any social contact on helping each other, and we are sure that many of our grassroots supporters will actively support and offer help to those who are more vulnerable within our society.

We are calling on you all to take care during what will be a difficult time and hope that we can get back to community work very soon.

Committee Meetings

Eisteddfod committee meetings are currently postponed. We will contact each committee to confirm this, and look at alternative ways to keep in touch.

If you are a member of a committee and need information, please contact the committee chair or officer at the Eisteddfod Office who administers your committee.

Composition Competitions

The closing date for composition competitions for the Ceredigion National Eisteddfod is 1 April. Late applications will not be accepted, so please ensure that your entries reach the Eisteddfod Office in Mold by this date. The Learner of the Year competition closes on 31 March.

Stage Competitions

1 May is the current deadline for stage competitions. We will monitor and assess the situation and provide information to our competitors and potential competitors as the situation develops over the coming weeks.

We encourage large groups / choirs to follow the advice of the Government and medical experts. We are aware that brass bands have received advice from the Brass Band Association encouraging them to cancel all rehearsals at this time, and we believe that all choirs and groups considering competing this year should follow the same advice.

This advice does not apply to individuals intending to or considering competing.

Eisteddfod Choir

The Eisteddfod Choir and the Gymanfa Ganu Choir will not be rehearsing at this time. This decision has been taken following advice from the UK Government and medical experts.

We will be contacting the choir directly about this and will be communicating regularly with members over the coming weeks as the situation develops.

Contacting the Eisteddfod Office

The Eisteddfod is encouraging all its staff to work from home from Tuesday, 17 March. Our staff will be unable to travel to face-to-face meetings for the next few weeks, and we make full use of video conferencing, using systems such as Zoom, Skype and facetime.

Please contact us by email in the first instance, and email gwyb@eisteddfod.org.uk if you are unsure who to contact.

Staff will continue to work normal hours during this time, and will be happy to help and advise you on any work related issue.

 

 

 

Please refer all press and media enquiries to Gwenllïan Carr, Head of Communications, gwenllian@eisteddfod.org.uk / 07825 241 149.