The National Eisteddfod has published next week’s AmGen programme
The project started at the beginning of the week, aiming 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 programmes 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 grateful to everyone who has been part of AmGen this week. We’ve had an excellent week, and the sessions have been both varied and fascinating.
"We've had a wonderful mix of activities - from brand new poems by Guto Dafydd and Myrddin ap Dafydd in our Cerddi AmGen ein Prifeirdd strand, to an excellent lecture by Dylan Foster Evans on the history of the Cardiff eisteddfodau, and from a scientific experiment in Professor Andrew Evans’ garden to a session on how to dry hair with stylist Denise Allen. We’ve had a great week, and we hope everyone else has enjoyed it.
“The aim is to help to fill the gap left when we had to postpone this year's National Eisteddfod, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a very different year, but we were determined that the Eisteddfod should be creating new and exciting cultural content in a new and different way.
“And it seems to be working so far. We’re delighted that many people have downloaded Zoom especially to watch AmGen sessions, and we’ve also added to our followers on Twitter and facebook over the last few days as people realise that we’ve got excellent content available across all platforms. And from today, AM will start showing the week’s session on their platform, and we’re excited with this development.
"Many have also been actively watching back, with all the sessions available on our website in one easy place, www.eisteddfod.wales/amgen. But of course, not everyone loves computers, and we are proud of the relationship we have with the more traditional press and media, reaching Welsh homes without people having to go online.
"Of course, next week is Eisteddfod-T week and we’re wishing the Urdd every success with this remarkable project. So we have stepped back a bit, as we know there will be many of our fans keen to watch Eisteddfod-T, and we have asked two of the Urdd's top winners, Anni Llŷn and Iestyn Tyne, to create new poems for Monday and Friday.
"Amongst the other activities, Mererid Hopwood and Mari George will discuss Yr Awen Drwy Storïau in the Sesiwn y Gweisg on Monday night, and then on Tuesday, Peredur Lynch will re-deliver his iconic lecture, The Best and Worst Eisteddfod Awdl (Ode). If you joined the cynghanedd class on Wednesday, you won’t want to miss the second workshop this week. And remember, you can download the slides from last week as well as watch the session again online. And there are plenty of other activities of all kinds, with the programme now available on our website and through social media.
“Hopefully we've managed to offer something for everyone, 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 go to www.eisteddfod.wales/amgen.