The excitement and anticipation surrounding the 2020 National Eisteddfod has been evident for months across Ceredigion and there is now an opportunity to celebrate a milestone within a few weeks with the official Proclamation.
Along with the main Proclamation Ceremony are a variety of activities over a two week period including a new music festival, the traditional Cymanfa Ganu, a special auction of promises and a social Sunday lunch.
The Proclamation Ceremony itself will be held in Cardigan on Saturday, 29 June, a town with historical links to the Eisteddfod and it is timely that the proclamation coincides with one of our most prominent cultural festivals, namely Gŵyl Fawr Aberteifi.
In keeping with tradition, a mid-morning parade will be held, including representatives of local organisations, societies and schools across the County as well as the Gorsedd of the Bards, to welcome the Eisteddfod to the area, and to introduce the area to the Eisteddfod. After the colorful parade through the town, the morning’s pinnacle will be the Proclamation Ceremony itself held at 11.00 on the playing fields of Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to see one of the colorful ceremonies of the Gorsedd.
Historically, the Eisteddfod's intention to visit an area must be proclaimed at least a year and a day in advance. In addition, this is when the Syllabus of Competitions (Rhestr Testunau), the list of competitions and information for anyone wishing to enter next year, is published.
The new Archdruid, Myrddin ap Dafydd, will be preside over the Ceremony, with the Chair of the local Executive Committee, Elin Jones, presenting the first copy of the Syllabus to him. Once the copy is shared, the information is publicly available and the publication goes on sale in shops across Wales.
A number of activities will be held over a fortnight to raise awareness of the Eisteddfod's visit to Ceredigion, the first time in nearly three decades.
Soar Chapel, Lampeter, will host the Cymanfa Ganu (Singing Festival) on Thursday, 27 June, and at events in Ciliau Aeron and Pontrhydfendigaid, two of our most prominent musicians, Meic Stevens and Tecwyn Ifan will entertain audiences, while in Aberystwyth a new music festival will take place with Candelas and Gwilym amongst the artists. Full details of all community events can be found on the Eisteddfod website www.eisteddfod.wales.
The Chair of the local Executive, Elin Jones, said, “Since the public meeting in Aberaeron the enthusiasm has been infectious across the County with the appeal committees eager to reach our financial target of over £300,000 and we have already passed the £100,000 milestone. The proclamation celebrations will be a further opportunity to raise awareness of the festival next year, and give the rest of Wales a taste of the warm welcome they can expect here in Ceredigion.”
Cllr. Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council said, “Welcoming the Eisteddfod to Ceredigion is a privilege and a pleasure. It will be important for us not only in terms of the economy, like many events held here, but it will also be vital in terms of culture, education and the Welsh language. I look forward to joining the residents of the County and taking the opportunity to be part of this important national event.”
According to Betsan Moses, the Eisteddfod's Chief Executive, the Proclamation is an opportunity to give a further boost to the local efforts, “There is no doubt that there is a huge excitement about the Eisteddfod's visit to Ceredigion in 2020, and the many activities that have already taken place across the County is clear evidence of this. Our hope with the Proclamation celebrations is that it will help and encourage local people to continue to work with the same passion and enthusiasm for the next twelve months - and I have no doubt that the Cardis will do just that! ”
The Ceredigion National Eisteddfod will be held in Tregaron from 1-8 August 2020. For more information go online, www.eisteddfod.wales.