Planning begins for Abergavenny Eisteddfod

First published in Gwent news

MORE than 200 people gathered in Abergavenny this week for the first public meeting ahead of the National Eisteddfod coming to the county in 2016.

Members of the public were invited to Market Hall on Thursday evening to meet the organisers of the festival and find out how to get involved.

Greeting the residents, president of the Eisteddfod, Garry Nicholas, said: “We are coming to the whole of Monmouthshire. This is an Eisteddfod for the whole county. We are eager to reflect this in its name.

“This shall be the National Eisteddfod for Monmouthshire and its surrounds.”

Featured in the festival logo is the Welsh word, ‘Hiraeth.’

Mr Nicholas added: “We are eager to work on the ground, raising the profile of the Welsh language and give people the opportunity to enjoy the culture of Wales. It starts here tonight.

The festival, which celebrates Wales’ culture of poetry, music and dance, will be held at Castle Meadows in Abergavenny in 2016. The festival attracts 160,000 visitors every year and was last held in Monmouthshire in 1913.

Also attending the meeting were deputy leader of the council, Councillor Phil Hobson and Conservative MP David Davies.

Organiser, Elen Huws Elis, sought to gauge interest for volunteers for 10 committees, set up to cover each of the subject areas, from drama and dance, to Cerdd Dant and visual arts.

At the next meeting, on September 17 at Caldicot School, officers will be elected for each committee.

Organisers predict Monmouthshire will take in £6m-£8m for the week-long festivities which begin on July 31 to August 6.

Monmouthshire council will provide £580,000 towards hosting the event, of which £300,000 will be raised by the community in the next two years, with the support of Eisteddfod organisers.

The county will be split into 42 wards, which will each have a set financial target to raise.

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8:57pm Sat 19 Jul 14

altom23 says...

Hwre Llawer o frwdfrydedd Edrych ymlaen yn barod
Hwre Llawer o frwdfrydedd Edrych ymlaen yn barod altom23
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10:58pm Sat 19 Jul 14

mills191184 says...

Ni allaf aros i'r Eisteddfod yr blwyddyn yma yn Llanelli
Ni allaf aros i'r Eisteddfod yr blwyddyn yma yn Llanelli mills191184
  • Score: -5

9:27am Sun 20 Jul 14

mal92 says...

Wi'n edrych 'mlaen i'r Eisteddfod yn y ' fenni.
Wi'n edrych 'mlaen i'r Eisteddfod yn y ' fenni. mal92
  • Score: -6

10:53am Sun 20 Jul 14

smokintheweed says...

rmf vmdf v llffdllss ysshhdff pplfllfll
rmf vmdf v llffdllss ysshhdff pplfllfll smokintheweed
  • Score: 0

1:18pm Sun 20 Jul 14

mills191184 says...

smokintheweed wrote:
rmf vmdf v llffdllss ysshhdff pplfllfll
I guess you went to an English medium school lol...calm down calm down...I went to English medium as well.

I'm also guessing you voted the comments down because they're written in Welsh...racist
[quote][p][bold]smokintheweed[/bold] wrote: rmf vmdf v llffdllss ysshhdff pplfllfll[/p][/quote]I guess you went to an English medium school lol...calm down calm down...I went to English medium as well. I'm also guessing you voted the comments down because they're written in Welsh...racist mills191184
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3:35pm Sun 20 Jul 14

smokintheweed says...

Racist? Ha! You need to lighten up.
Racist? Ha! You need to lighten up. smokintheweed
  • Score: 4

5:41pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Stevenboy says...

mills191184 wrote:
smokintheweed wrote:
rmf vmdf v llffdllss ysshhdff pplfllfll
I guess you went to an English medium school lol...calm down calm down...I went to English medium as well.

I'm also guessing you voted the comments down because they're written in Welsh...racist
I'm actually surprised that someone who believes that that is an appropriate use of the word 'racist' went to school of any kind.
[quote][p][bold]mills191184[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smokintheweed[/bold] wrote: rmf vmdf v llffdllss ysshhdff pplfllfll[/p][/quote]I guess you went to an English medium school lol...calm down calm down...I went to English medium as well. I'm also guessing you voted the comments down because they're written in Welsh...racist[/p][/quote]I'm actually surprised that someone who believes that that is an appropriate use of the word 'racist' went to school of any kind. Stevenboy
  • Score: 3

2:06am Tue 22 Jul 14

smokintheweed says...

Are the Welsh a race?
Are the Welsh a race? smokintheweed
  • Score: -3

2:19am Tue 22 Jul 14

smokintheweed says...

A nationality surely. A race? Mills? LLlloyellpddth pfffffft wweirdllo. llpftttt.e
A nationality surely. A race? Mills? LLlloyellpddth pfffffft wweirdllo. llpftttt.e smokintheweed
  • Score: -1

1:24pm Tue 22 Jul 14

mills191184 says...

The same traits associated with being a racist can be attributed to anything that one promotes hate towards.

Purely attacking someone (verbal or otherwise) simply because someone is different, language or otherwise, is a hate crime.

You can smash the keyboard all you want to take the p*ss but Welsh is a much more logical language than English.

Give me two seconds to drink a drink please...example made...I could go on.
The same traits associated with being a racist can be attributed to anything that one promotes hate towards. Purely attacking someone (verbal or otherwise) simply because someone is different, language or otherwise, is a hate crime. You can smash the keyboard all you want to take the p*ss but Welsh is a much more logical language than English. Give me two seconds to drink a drink please...example made...I could go on. mills191184
  • Score: 1

1:26pm Tue 22 Jul 14

mills191184 says...

Also I find it amazing that you people go on about the cost of the language, which is mostly made up, yet when I article comes out that an area of Wales is set to make £4-5m off a Welsh language and heritage event none of the usual trolls dare to comment
Also I find it amazing that you people go on about the cost of the language, which is mostly made up, yet when I article comes out that an area of Wales is set to make £4-5m off a Welsh language and heritage event none of the usual trolls dare to comment mills191184
  • Score: 1

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