Eisteddfod yr Urdd in Cardiff Bay

Indeed the furnace will be on fire next week with over seventy thousand competitors singing, acting, performing, dancing, cooking, rocking (battle of the bands) and much more. The talent of Wales will be seen in an area that is a key part of the growth of the language with the twentieth school in the Capital opening on the Hamadryad Park site, Hamadryad School. This is the nearest Welsh school to the field.

The National Eisteddfod came to the Bay in August and, in my opinion, a big part of the festival’s success was the fact that people in the area could return to the field without paying a penny. I am therefore pleased to see the Urdd doing something similar. There is a golden opportunity to share our culture with others, open the doors to communities and say come and enjoy the talents of our country’s youth.Although it is difficult to follow the schools along the route to the bay, around Cardiff and the Vale, red, white and green is everywhere.Mr Urdd’s new song shows many special images of Cardiff and the Vale,https://youtu.be/2V0AJm_XcPc

The new version by Mei Gwynedd succeeds in capturing the excitement of the area.
When you come to Cardiff you will have the chance to discover the bay, take a walk to Cardiff Castle, shop (John Lewis is said to be a big favorite), discover the café culture that is going from strength to strength, especially in the arcades which keep many best secrets such as ‘Spillers’ with the best selection of vinyls anywhere or ‘Wally’s’, a special delicatessen, several museums including St Fagans and of course beaches along the Vale coastline including the famous Barry Island!

But perhaps more than anything, people who have never considered visiting the Eisteddfod field could come for a walk and taste the food, have fun and feel they belong and are part of a special culture with an ethos of working together and celebrating diversity.

The Eisteddfod is a competition and so I would like to offer Nelson Mandela’s words as an aid to all competitors;I never lose, I either win or learn.

But remember if you are competing next week, you’ve already won!Win or not, the teachers, parents and friends will be so proud of your passion and effort.In an old article on my blog I referred to the importance of following an old Eisteddfod tradition, collecting as many freebies as possible; stickers, bags, pens, pencils and more.
But remember if you are competing next week, you’ve already won!Win or not, the teachers, parents and friends will be so proud of your passion and effort.In an old article on my blog I referred to the importance of following an old Eisteddfod tradition, collecting as many freebies as possible; stickers, bags, pens, pencils and more.

Here then is a simple plea, come and visit the Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay.

From the best stage in Wales,

Talents will be bubbling,

The bay will be dancing,

To the sound of children having fun

and competing.

O’r llwyfan gorau yng Nghymru,

Bydd doniau yn byrlymu,

Bydd y bae yn dawnsio,

I synau plant yn cystadlu a joio

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