It’s what we’ve done for centuries and continue to do even today.
Our folk heritage is based on the Storyteller’s talents over the centuries, and this kept our literature alive, with stories passed from generation to generation, developing and evolving over the years as the Welsh ‘Cyfarwydd’ (storyteller) travelled across Wales looking for an audience to entertain.
The National Eisteddfod’s famous Tŷ Gwerin is teaming up with Beyond the Border – Wales’ International Storytelling Festival to bring a brand new concept to your screens and digital tablets in March - the Stomp Stori – a storytelling extravaganza, where you, the audience, get to choose the worthy winner at the end of a hard-fought competition!
We’re bringing some of Wales’ top storytelling talent together for this unique Welsh language event on Thursday 11 March at 20:00, and both organisations hope this is the first of many joint storytelling events and activities.
Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Betsan Moses said, “We’re delighted to be working with Beyond the Border on the very first Stomp Stori, which combines the traditional Welsh Stomp with the ancient art of storytelling to create a brand new concept, which is sure to appeal to the Eisteddfod audience.
“We can only imagine the storytelling evenings our poets and writers would’ve held when coming together at the early Eisteddfodau centuries ago, and I’m looking forward to seeing a 21st century slant on this at the Stomp Stori in a few weeks’ time.”
Beyond the Border’s Artistic Director, Naomi Wilds said, “There's a wealth of contemporary storytelling flourishing across the length and breadth of Wales right now, with new and diverse voices emerging in the Welsh language.
"We're thrilled to join forces with Eisteddfod, to nurture these artists, bring audiences together and celebrate shared cultural riches in a fun and friendly event. We're excited about the potential for more collaborations in digital and physical form for the future."