The Eisteddfod

The Eisteddfod – A Major Cultural Festival in Wales

For centuries the Eisteddfod festival has been celebrated in Wales each year. This is a popular festival that is a celebration of music and literature, and many competitions in the various arts will occur during one of these festivities.

This festival has been a popular event throughout Wales for generations. It is estimated that the first one of these festivals was held in the late twelfth century as an invitation event for musicians and writers with a competition where the performers would be judged with one winning a chair at the table of Lord Rhys in Cardigan. It would not be until the eighteenth century that it would become a public festival.

There are many different and varied events that occur during these festivals. In addition to performances of music and literature recitation there are also acting and dancing activities and competitions that take place. In many cases some events will be exclusively in the Welsh language but there are many that are also exclusively in the English language as well.

While there are many events throughout Wales the largest and best known of these festivals is the National Eisteddfod of Wales. This is an annual eight-day artistic delight that is held every August. It features various performances that are all in the Welsh language and it also features a multitude of different activities including a science and technology tent and shops that feature unique Welsh products for sale. The location of this festival changes every year.

The Urdd Eisteddfod is another popular festival. This is a chance for younger people in Wales to shine and show off their skills. For this reason it is held on the annual half-term school holiday every summer. Some of the performers who appear are ones who qualified through preliminary competitions in other regions of Wales. The 2009 event will be in Cardiff with the 2010 edition being in Llanerchaeron.

The Eisteddfod is one of the most unique events held anywhere in Europe This is a great festival dealing with the arts and features the greatest performers from Wales that will be found at one or more of these events each year.