Celtic Festivals & Events - Wales

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Introduction

The festival of Wales’ patron saint, St David is celebrated on 1st March across the nation, in large cities like Cardiff and Swansea and in the towns and villages of both north and south.

The biggest annual festival, however, is undoubtedly the Eisteddfod. We’re not sure which country holds the record for the oldest festival, but when you consider that the first Eisteddfod was held back in 1176, Wales must be a pretty strong contender for the title.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales is actually a competition that attracts around 6,000 participants annually. Featuring musicians, writers and poets, it’s described as ‘the natural showcase for music, dance, visual arts, literature, original performances and much more.’ The venue alternates between north and south Wales and draws up to 150,000 visitors. It culminates in the  Gorsedd of the Bards, a ceremony honouring the achievements of Welsh poets and prose writers.

There are myriad other smaller, but no less worthwhile events across the country.

The Wales Harp Festival held in April in Caernarfon is dedicated to Wales’ national instrument.

Cwlwm Celtaidd (The Wales Interceltic Festival) is a festival of music, song & dance from the six Celtic nations held In Porthcawl. There’s a comprehensive programme of concerts, dances, workshops, street dance displays in the town centre and a Beach Ceilidh.

And finally, the Festival of the Celts is held in Llandeilo in May, featuring music, arts, dance, spoken word, crafts and food.

Links:

National Eisteddfod of Wales                     https://eisteddfod.wales

Wales Harp Festival                https://www.walesharpfestival.co.uk/

Welsh Interceltic Festival                              https://www.cwlwmceltaidd.org

Festival of the Celts                                        https://festivalofthecelts.co.uk/