The 2019 National Eisteddfod has been formally invited to the county of Conwy.
Last night’s meeting at the Glasdir Business and Conference Centre, Llanrwst allowed residents from all parts of the county to volunteer as part of the project leading up to the week-long festival which will be held between August 2-10, 2019.
It will be the first visit to the county area since 1995 when the Eisteddfod was held in Abergele (then in Colwyn borough and Clwyd county).
National Eisteddfod organiser Elen Elis said: “We are pleased to be returning to Conwy County after a number of years, and look forward to working with local people from across the region over the next two years.
“It’s important to emphasise that this is a community project and festival which will include the county as a whole, from the coastal region along the north of the county to the rural beauty of the Conwy Valley.
“We hope to attract people of all ages and backgrounds from all over the county to take part in what will be an exciting and inclusive project.
“The launch of the 2019 Eisteddfod project at the public meeting next week follows a successful week in Bodedern, Anglesey. The 2017 project brought people from all areas of Anglesey together to organise and attend hundreds of events and activities promoting the Welsh language. And we very much hope to see the same enthusiasm and support across Conwy County over the next two years.
“The project is an important community regeneration tool, which leaves a living legacy every year, especially in relation to the Welsh language, culture and the economy across the region. The festival itself is the pinnacle of the project, a national celebration of local success.”
Eisteddfod court chairman Eifion Lloyd Jones, who chaired the well attended meeting, said a site for the festival has yet to be chosen.
“There are many issues to discuss when deciding on a location for the festival every year, and we are currently in the middle of these discussions, with the final decision at least a few weeks away at the moment.
“It is so important that local people don’t see the location of the Maes as the ‘be all and end all’ of the Eisteddfod.
“The Eisteddfod is far more than the first week of August in 2019, and we urge people to get involved at every level, so that communities across the county can benefit from the project over the next eighteen months and well into the future.
Cllr Garffild Lloyd Lewis, Conwy Council Cabinet Member for Education & Skills, said the number of people at the meeting augured well for the success of the festival.
“We are well aware of the legacy the National Eisteddfod brings to an area and I am sure, wherever the Eisteddfod Maes is held in the county, the 2019 Eisteddfod will be a memorable occasion.”
Nominations for the Executive Committee officials will open at the public meeting, with nominations accepted for the roles of Executive Chair, Chair of the Finance Committee and Executive Secretary via email or an online form until October 25.
Source : DailyPost