Hundreds of youngsters will march through a slate quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog to welcome the Urdd National Eisteddfod to the region next week April 27th). When a region is announced to be the host of the next Eisteddfod it is tradition to welcome and celebrate it in advance.
This will be the first time that an event associated with the Urdd National Eisteddfod has been hosted in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog since 1936. The Eisteddfod is in fact Europe’s largest competitive cultural event for young people, and is being celebrated in Blaenau Ffestiniog just over a year ahead of the festival.
Urdd Eisteddfod director Aled Sion said the ceremony is an opportunity for local residents to welcome the Eisteddfod to their area.
He said: “Hundreds of children, young people, teachers, parents and supporters are expected in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Samba Bermo will lead the crowd as they parade through the streets of Blaenau, from Ysgol y Moelwyn to Diffwys car park.
“We look forward to a day of celebration in Blaenau Ffestiniog. We hope to create a real buzz and excitement to welcome the Eisteddfod and offer a day of fun for all.”
Hedd Pugh, chairman of the Executive Committee, added: “It is great the proclamation ceremony will be held in Blaenau Ffestiniog. It will be a special event for the whole county and an unique opportunity for the people of Meirionnydd to come together to celebrate that the Urdd National Eisteddfod is coming to Meirionnydd in 2014.”
The procession will leave from Ysgol y Moelwyn at 10:30am and the proclamation ceremony will be emphatically underway at 11am. The youngsters will have the pleasure of taking part in afternoon entertainment that includes a Jambori (the Urdd singing and dancing show), a performance by the winners of Cân i Gymru 2013, Jessop a’r Sgweiri and the local band, Swnami.
S4C Stwnsh presenters will be entertaining and there will be a chance for the younger children to have their picture taken with Sali Mali, Sam Tân and Mistar Urdd. Mr Sion said a regular, free shuttle bus will run from Llechwedd car park to the start of the parade at Ysgol y Moelwyn from 9.45am until 3pm. There will be a number of celebratory activities at schools throughout the area in celebration of this event.