The National Eisteddfod is Wales’ leading festival held annually during the first week of August.
The Eisteddfod Festival, the pinnacle of the Welsh cultural calendar, it travels from place to place, alternating between north and south Wales giving communities across the country a chance to welcome up to 160,000 visitors over an eight day period.
An eclectic mix of old and new, the traditional and the modern, the Eisteddfod is a celebration of Wales, its culture and its language. Combining ceremonial and official activities with a dynamic, young-spirited and welcoming festival, we offer something for everyone – whatever their ages and interests.
The Welsh language and Welshness is an integral part of our festival. However, this is not only a festival for Welsh speakers, rather a friendly and vibrant festival for anyone interested in our country, our culture and our language. Many of our visitors have no knowledge of Welsh – and the welcome is the same for everyone – warm.
We are a cultural festival, the natural national stage for music, dance, visual arts, original performances – all types of culture. The festival is at the heart of our culture and our nation, where the Welsh language cultural agenda is set for the next year, and where we celebrate its past successes.
The Eisteddfod is a celebration of Welshness, of our culture, of the concept of belonging to a community and of priding ourselves on our country and its achievements. The television, radio and online coverage in both languages enables those who support our language, our heritage and our nation to rejoice in its successes, and for those who are unable to attend to feel part of the excitement and the pride which comes with hosting the National Eisteddfod.
The festival is the highlight of a two year community project, described as Wales’ leading mobile regeneration project by one of the heads of the Arts Council of Wales. The festival is the public face of the local work, work which remains unseen by the press and media, but has a real impact on the lives and aspirations of people of all ages and backgrounds, across the region.
Our aim is to promote the Welsh language and our culture, influencing an area culturally, linguistically, at community level and economically, building and developing a sense of local and national wellbeing and citizenship amongst the people of Wales and its supporters.
The National Eisteddfod of Wales is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales – Number 219171.