Build Up to Urdd Eisteddfod Continues

The Urdd Eisteddfod is a unique event being the first Eisteddfod to be dedicated to children and young people. Founded in 1929 it had the aim of protecting the Welsh language at a time when English influences were growing. The Urdd Eisteddfod is held in north and south Wales on alternate years and in 2014 the event is being held in Bala in Gwynedd. Welsh speakers, learners and non-Welsh speakers are all welcome to attend the Eisteddfod. There is a translating service available, free of charge. Indeed many for whom Welsh is not their first tongue have been inspired to learn the language by visiting the Urdd Eisteddfod, as well as those attending the other two main Eisteddfodau held over the summer months – The National and International.

It is important to remember that there are only six Celtic languages spoken in the world today. Welsh, Breton, Cornish, Manx, Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Breton being the last Celtic language left spoken on continental Europe. So learning any of these ancient languages is important and also fun! This years Urdd Eisteddfod is being held on 26 – 31 May 2014 and details can be obtained from their website There are a range of activities including sport, fun fair, live bands, quad biking, climbing and much more. Surrounding the main pavilion there are also hundreds of stalls all set in a beautiful location. It promises to be a wonderful celebration of Welsh language and culture.


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