The Urdd Eisteddfod at Glynllifon, June 2012

This year, the Urdd National Eisteddfod will be held at Glynllifon, a beautiful estate just outside Caernarfon (the location is about 15 miles away from Bangor University), from Monday 4th until Friday 9th June.

The Urdd is a Welsh organization for children and young people founded by Ifan Ab Owen Edwards in 1922 to support the Welsh language and culture, and the Urdd Eisteddfod is an annual event where children compete for prizes for a wide range of categories. At present, the Urdd has over 50,000 members, of whom around 30% are Welsh learners. Members may attend regular Urdd meetings, join Urdd sports clubs, go on activity holidays with the Urdd, or perform at the Urdd Eisteddfods.

The Urdd Eisteddfod is held in South Wales one year, and North Wales the following year. Children participate in a variety of ways, including singing, reciting poetry, acting, dancing, playing musical instruments, writing stories and poems, designing jewellery, submitting photographs, designing a website and much more. (See the link to a PDF of competition categories below for a full list). Some of the categories are contested by individuals, and others by groups, and categories are also divided by age.

If you grew up in Wales, you may have memories of the Urdd! I travelled to Eisteddfods in South Wales a couple of times with my primary school to compete in the drama category with a group of other children, and did cyd-adrodd (reciting in a group) with another primary school I later attended. I also went on an Urdd holiday in a place called Glan-llyn, by Llyn Tegid, where we did swimming, sailing, canoeing and other outdoor activities.

As well as featuring performances from schoolchildren, the Urdd Eisteddfod also has up to 200 stalls which you can browse around, a climbing wall, archery, quad bikes, workshops for Welsh learners, live bands and a funfair. For more information about location, ticket prices, and what to expect from an Eisteddfod, watch the video below, and have a look at the Eisteddfod website.


S4C Urdd Eisteddfod Coverage: http://www.s4c.co.uk/urdd/e_index.php?
(S4C is the Welsh language television channel).


2012 Urdd National Eisteddfod Programme.
Welsh Pamphlet (ask in Main Library), X/DH 167 RHA 2012. Library catalogue record: http://encore.bangor.ac.uk/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1857438__Surdd__Orightresult__X5?lang=eng&suite=cobalt

Meek, Elin. 2003. Urdd Gobaith Cymru / The Urdd.
Welsh Pamphlet (ask in Main Library), X/DG 119 MEE / Normal Library Primary, 942.9 Cip. Library catalogue record: http://encore.bangor.ac.uk/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1502751__Surdd__P0%2C5__Orightresult__X5?lang=eng&suite=cobalt.

A short article about the Urdd from 1932:
Ab Owen Edwards, Ifan. 1932. Urdd Gobaith Cymru. Welsh Outlook, 19 (1), pp.11-12.
Article by the Urdd’s founder, freely available online from Welsh Journals Online at: http://welshjournals.llgc.org.uk/browse/viewpage/llgc-id:1311205/llgc-id:1318462/llgc-id:1318473/get650/urdd.

And for a short newspaper report from 1934, see:
North Wales reporter. 1934. Eisteddfod yr Urdd: 25,000 people see the Children’s Procession / List of Awards. The Manchester Guardian, May 28th 1934.
Online (for Bangor University members only) via the Proquest Historical Newspapers Database at: http://0-search.proquest.com.unicat.bangor.ac.uk/docview/483647981/136BBC78ED250CBD545/6?accountid=14874.

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