Eisteddfod announces first AmGen programme

15 May 2020

The National Eisteddfod today announced the programme for the the first week of their brand new project, AmGen

The aim is to give everyone a taste of the festival over the coming weeks and months.

With at least one activity a day across a number of different platforms, the Eisteddfod is also working closely with programmess such as Heno and Prynhawn Da, as well as newspapers such as Yr Herald Cymraeg and the papurau bro, to reach as many people as possible.

Eisteddfod Chief Executive Betsan Moses said, "We are delighted to announce our first programme today. The response to the announcement at the beginning of the week has been fantastic, and so many people have contacted us with ideas or to get involved.

We will launch on Monday afternoon with the first session of Cerddi AmGen ein Prifeirdd, with a video of a new poem by Guto Dafydd, which is about going for walks during the current restrictions. The poem will appear on the Eisteddfod’s facebook and Twitter platforms, and will then be shown on Heno, for all to enjoy,

"Marged Tudur and Mari Emlyn will discuss Mari’s new book, Wal, on Monday evening, with Dylan Foster Evans presenting the inaugral Darlith yr Wythnos AmGen lecture on Tuesday night, looking at stories from past Eisteddfodau in Cardiff.  On Wednesday, we launch our cynghanedd course, or those who know the basics and want to move on to the next level, with Emyr Davies, before sitting back and enjoying the Llwyfan y Maes Listening Party on Twitter, when we listen to Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog's Dyddiau Du, Dyddiau Gwyn album together.

"If you’re worried about your hair during lockdown, tune in to facebook on Thursday afternoon for a session on hairdressing.  This session is particularly suitable for learners, before enjoying some songs by Sorela at the Tŷ Gwerin o Bell session, and best of Gig y Pafiliwn.

"Science takes centre stage on Friday morning, as Professor Andrew Evans introduces the first in his Arbrawf yn yr Ardd series, and then we can enjoy another brand new poem in the series, Cerddi AmGen ein Prifeirdd, when Myrddin ap Dafydd celebrates a new generation in the family.

“It’s quiz night on Maes B o Bell on Saturday night, with their Darllediad Argyfwng Maes B, and on Sunday it's the children's turn to take over at the Pentref Plant AmGen session, when we enjoy a cooking challenge with Bedwyr and Magw.  The week ends with the Eisteddfod choir coming together - on video - for the first time in weeks, to rehearse.

“Hopefully we've managed to offer something for everyone in the first programme, and we hope the weekly programme contains the same eclectic mix as a visit to the Maes.  The programme will vary from week to week, and it will be published every Friday."

For more information on the project, go to www.eisteddfod.wales/amgen.

PDF icon AmGen programme 18 May
AmGen's first programme