If you haven’t heard of the Eisteddfod, where have you been? It’s Wales’s biggest annual festival for celebrating Welsh culture and the Welsh language, and this year it’s happening in Boduan, North Wales – just a few miles from where Gwyneth, our Communications Manager, lives… which is why she’s so happy to be there!
You can enter the Eisteddfod for the day, or buy a ticket for the entire week (5-12th August). Your ticket will give you entry into the Pavillions, where you can hear competitions taking place all day. Even if you don’t speak Welsh, you can enjoy the beauty of live music – from musical instruments to huge choirs – as well as walking around to meet the many traders, charities and local community groups who will be there with their own stands. There will be plenty of food, drinks, talks, events and things for the kids to do. Read more about it and buy your tickets here.
If you find stalls 401-408, near the main entrance to the Eisteddfod, you might just find us! Gwyneth will be there to meet people on Tuesday the 8th and Saturday the 12th of August, but you can pick up flyers about Egin anytime before that (as well as for the Community Ownership Fund, which DTA Wales is delivering along with 9 other organisations across the UK).
This year, we’re excited to be sharing space with a range of local community groups and organisations from Gwynedd and beyond – brilliant initiatives such as GwyrddNi, Community Energy Wales, Galeri Caernarfon, and Planed to name a few. What brings all of these initiatives and organisations together is our shared passion for creating empowered and sustainable communities within Wales (and beyond).
If you join us on Tuesday, you might also catch a session about community energy at 11am featuring Ynni Padarn Peris, Cyd Ynni and Ynni Llŷn, chaired by Meleri Davies from Ynni Ogwen, followed by a session about energy efficiency and fuel poverty at 11:30 with Gwynedd Council, Cyd Ynni / DEG, Ynni Llŷn and Y Dref Werdd. In the afternoon, GwyrddNi will be speaking about local communities taking climate action – presenting the results of the community climate assemblies they have run in five parts of North West Wales over the last 18 months (keep in mind that everything will be in Welsh as the Eisteddfod is in fact one of the only national, multilingual events in Wales)!
Throughout the week, there’ll be talks around community development, wellbeing, transport, community pubs, and community tourism – and that’s only over at the Cymunedoli stands!
Over at the Egin stand, you’ll also find a little competition – answer 5 questions about the planet that we all share together for the chance to win a wonderful prize from the nearby Henbant Permaculture Farm.
We hope to see some of you there!