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eisteddfod

(īstĕth`vəd, –vôd) [Welsh,=session], Welsh competitive festival. Contests traditionally are held in all the arts and crafts, with special emphasis on music and poetry. The National Eisteddfod is held annually for one week in August, alternately in the north and the south, but local eisteddfods are held throughout Wales during the year. A historical institution (12th cent.), it is important in maintaining national feeling and preserving the Welsh language and culture and is enthusiastically supported by the Welsh. Its outstanding ceremony is the "chairing" of the winning bard. The bardic assembly (gorsedd) has been a part of the National Eisteddfod since 1819. The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, begun in 1947 at Llangollen, Denbighshire, is held annually in July, and features choral, instrumental, and folk music and dance performed by some 4,000 artists.

Eisteddfod

Early August
The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales dates back to the 12th century. Its purpose is to encourage the preservation of Welsh music and literature, and only those who sing or write in Welsh may enter the competitions. The annual event opens with the blowing of trumpets, followed by all kinds of musical and literary contests—harp playing, solo and choral singing, dramatic presentations, and poetic composition. Prizes and degrees are awarded to the winners.
The National Eisteddfod is held in northern Wales one year and southern Wales the next. Other Eisteddfodau are held in Welsh communities elsewhere from May to November.
See also Cynonfardd Eisteddfod
CONTACTS:
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru
40 Parc Ty Glas, Llanisien
Cardiff, Wales CF4 5WU United Kingdom
44-29-2076-3777; fax: 44-29-2076-3737
www.eisteddfod.org.uk
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 147
BkFest-1937, p. 60
BkHolWrld-1986, Aug 3
DictFolkMyth-1984, p. 342
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 100
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 191
MusFestEurBrit-1980, p. 150

Eisteddfod

ancient congress of bards, still held annually in Wales. [Music Hist.: Benét, 305]
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It will be the fifth time the Eisteddfod, one of Europe's largest cultural festivals, will have been staged on the island.
Roedd naws Ffrengig i'r cyngerdd wrth i leisiau dalgylch yr Eisteddfod ganu gwaith dau gyfansoddwr Ffrengig o'r 19eg ganrif, Charles-Francois Gounod a Gabriel Faure.
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I've been adjudicating at smaller Eisteddfodau and benefitted from the mentoring scheme introduced by Cymdeithas yr Eisteddfodau at the National Eisteddfod last year.
These included that the Eisteddfod continue to travel to different parts of Wales each year; that the Eisteddfod appoints a new artistic director; that the current competitions are examined; that visitor numbers are increased by preparing a marketing strategy; a plan is created to attract more young volunteers because of the element of travel; that an ambitious digital strategy is created; collaboration meetings at least twice a year are held between the Urdd Eisteddfod and the National Eisteddfod; and that the Welsh Government and Welsh Local Government Association increase the Eisteddfod's revenue and capital grant.
I used to compete in the Urdd Eisteddfod, perhaps not as much as I should, when I was young I used to compete, or try to compete.
3 main events are held in the main Eisteddfod Pavilion every year - the Crowning of the Bard, the Prose Medal and the Chairing of the Bard ceremonies.
At the weekend Urdd president Prys Edwards warned that the youth movement might have to blacklist the capital after the city's council declined to provide funding for the 2009 Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay.
Urdd Gobaith Cymru promotes the use of the Welsh language and provides a wide range of opportunities for children and young people through community groups, residential centres and their annual National Eisteddfod.
O sgetsys doniol i unawdau cerdd dant, o bartion llefaru i wobrau llenyddiaeth, mae Eisteddfod Ffermwyr Ifanc Cymru yn llawn dop o adloniant dwys a digrif bob blwyddyn.