Around 15,000 competitors from all over Wales are expected to descend on Cardiff Bay this week to take part in 450 competitions on the Wales Millennium Centre stage as well as a number of other activities.
The Minister, who will today [Tuesday 26 May] spend the day at one of Europe’s largest youth festivals, said:
“The Urdd offers young people across Wales the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities, all through the medium of Welsh. Today, for example, I will be meeting young people who are developing their technical skills by preparing podcasts through the medium of Welsh and taking part in a variety of sports – from golf and basketball to climbing and canoeing!
“As well as having the opportunity to showcase their musical and acting talents on the stage of the annual Urdd Eisteddfod, young people can also take part in sporting activities, volunteering opportunities abroad and spend time at the organisation’s three residential centres across Wales.
“Some of Wales’ most famous faces, such as Bryn Terfel, Ioan Gruffudd and Connie Fisher, have honed their singing and acting talents on the stage of the Urdd Eisteddfod. This is great inspiration for the many competitors who will take to the Donald Gordon stage throughout the week. The Urdd also offers some of Wales’ budding artists of the future to showcase their work – the results of the arts, crafts and technology competitions will be on show in the Senedd building this week.”
Earlier this year, the Welsh Assembly Government awarded the Urdd an additional £150,000 a year to match the Welsh Local Government Association’s agreement to support the Eisteddfod from 2009 onwards. The Urdd also receive £677, 029 from the Welsh Language Board.
Cllr Dyfed Edwards (Gwynedd), WLGA Cultural Affairs Spokesperson said:
“This funding is important in providing the Urdd with a stable and sustainable funding package for the future. It is aimed at significantly easing the financial burden on each year’s host authority at a time when there are exceptional pressures on public finances, as well as providing many important cultural and educational opportunities for young people to benefit from across Wales.”
26 May 2009