It's Eisteddfod time again

It's Eisteddfod time again

Llanrwst, Conwy County will be hosting the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2019.

Time flies... It's hard to believe that a year's gone by since we hosted the Eisteddfod here at the Centre, with the Maes (festival site) just outside our doors in Cardiff Bay.

We loved hosting the  Eisteddfod (Europe’s largest cultural festival). Hundreds of performances, competitions and ceremonies took place in the Welsh language on our stages and on the festival site. For the first time the Maes (festival site) was free to enter. We welcomed over 300,000 visitors and saw regular Eisteddfod goers, Cardiff locals and inquisitive tourists come together to celebrate our nation’s language and culture.

Our iconic Donald Gordon Theatre was the perfect setting for the festival’s Pavilion. Catrin Dafydd won the prestigious crown, Gruffudd Eifion Owen won the chair, and hundreds of other talented individuals from every part of Wales and beyond performed and won prizes on this, their national stage.

All that performing and celebrating was thirsty work – a whopping 2187 cups of tea were sold at Caffi and Ffresh, not to mention a fair few glasses of wine at night.

If you’re going to Llanrwst a wonderful cultural feast awaits you. We’re delighted to support Bachu by Melangell Dolma – a Melangell Dolma, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Theatr Clwyd production. Performances of this new heart-warming drama about love, friendship and mixed emotions will take place at Caffi Maes B from 5-8 August.

We’re also looking forward to seeing Theatr Gen Creu: Gwely (overnight theatre). This new piece of theatre will be created within 24 hours. And who’s rising to the challenge of making this piece? One of the directors from Theatr Gen Creu’s Awenau programme - Elen Mair Thomas - who also happens to be one of the producers from our creative learning team.

Good luck to everyone taking part in this year's Eisteddfod. And to everyone attending - enjoy every minute!