Welcoming the Urdd Eisteddfod ?>

Welcoming the Urdd Eisteddfod

The first week in June is special for many children, young people, teachers and parents. It is when the Urdd National Eisteddfod happens.

This year, what is described as one of the biggest youth festival in Europe, takes place on a site in Felindre outside Swansea. For months children and young people have been practising and preparing for the big day when they perform. Watching will an enthusiastic audience in the pavilion as well as a wider audience of friends and relations who will be sitting at home in front of their televisions. For many, like those taking part in the competitions, there will be the added thrill of pitting their talents against others of the same age.

It is not all competition, as those who enjoyed the opening concert on Sunday will know. What the Urdd authorities modestly described as an evening of local talent actually featured such well-known names as John Owen Jones, Alex Jones, Cerys Matthews, Talog Dancers, Mark Jermin Stage School, Elgan Llyr Thomas and Cerian Phillips.

Most of the week, however, will consist of competitions for individuals and groups from primary and secondary schools and from Urdd branches in towns and villages throughout Wales.

It is our chance to show the many thousands of visitors from all parts of Wales, the beauty of our coast and countryside, the friendliness and hospitality of our people and the talent of our youngsters. All this in a natural, bilingual setting.

Nia Griffith MP holds surgeries at 9 am every Saturday in Lakefield Community Centre.

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