Last month, our new President Joy Lorcery asked us to guess the meaning of the welsh word « Eisteddfod ». Only 1 person knew it… because he was Welsh !
It is a festival that is held during the first week of August every year. The national Eisteddfod is a celebration of the culture & language in Wales.
The Festival travels from place to place, alternating between north & south Wales, attracting around 150,000 visitors & over 250 trade stands & stalls.
The history of the Eisteddfod in Wales can be traced back to 1176, with the modern history of the organization dating back to 1861: The Festival is held every year.
Traditionally a competition based festival, attracting over 6000 competitors every year.
The Eisteddfod is the natural showcase for music, dance, visual arts, literature, original performances and much more.
It encourages people to learn the Welsh language and offers translation services.
Most of Wales’ leading writers, poets and musicians have competed at the Eisteddfod, with many performers appearing on a national stage for a first time during the festival.