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✨ Star-studded stages at the National Eisteddfod ✨

✨ Star-studded stages ✨

 

Discover the National Eisteddfod, a unique celebration of Welsh arts, language and culture, showcasing Welsh music, literature, art and much more.

 

This year it’s at Ynysangharad Park in the centre of Pontypridd in the South Wales Valleys between 03 - 10 August 2024

 

‘With over 20 stages throughout the Maes (Welsh for field and traditionally used as a name for the festival site) there’s entertainment for everyone. But because it stages over 60 of Wales’ best artists and bands the liveliest areas will always be Llwyfan y Maes | The Field Stage.

 

Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Betsan Moses said ‘"We’re pleased to be able to publish our full online programme earlier than ever before, and our official souvenir programme with plenty of interesting feature articles and interviews will be available to buy online and in shops all across Wales from early July onwards.”  “…. we’ve made sure we have plenty of free events dotted around the Maes, and events in the Muni and YMA are also free with a Maes wristband”

 

You can find the full programme herehttps://eisteddfod.wales/festival/2024/programme

 

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights

 

Saturday 3 August

Nia Ben Aur: Y Pafiliwn - 20:00The Eisteddfod Choir perform a brand new version of an old classic, Nia Ben Aur in the Pavilion on Saturday and Monday nights Half a century after the premiere of the iconic Welsh rock show at the Bro Myrddin Eisteddfod, 1974, Patrick Rimes and Sam Humphreys have given the songs a folk and electro feel.

 

Sunday 4 August

Gala gomedi Tudur Owen: Y Babell Lên – 19:30Come and laugh! Tudur Owen concludes an hour of comedy with Dan Thomas, Caryl Burke, Eleri Morgan and Carwyn Blayney. Free entry

 

Y Gymanfa Ganu: Y Pafiliwn – 20:00Join the Cymanfa Choir conducted by Wil Morus Jones for an evening of very special congregational singing. Wales and the World President, opera singer, Susan Dennis-Gabriel from Vienna will be welcomed and honoured on stage as part of the evening. Tickets available from www.eisteddfod.cymru

 

Lydia, Merch y Cwilt: Encore – 20:00A short one-woman opera with the versatile singer Rhian Lois composed by Caryl Parry Jones. Also Tuesday and Wednesday night. Free entry

 

Atgof, Canrif o gariad cwiar: Y Bandstand – 21:15A candlelit celebration of queer love through song, music, dance and poetry. Free entry

 

Calan: Tŷ Gwerin – 21:30A chance to hear the award-winning powerful folk band creating havoc with your ears and feet. Free entry.

 

 

Monday 5 August

Siani’n Siarad: Y Lle Celf – 17:30Sharon Morgan's translation of Eve Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues' which is a surreal yet completely relevant celebration of women's lives in all their diversity. A night that promises to be extremely emotional, sometimes hilarious, occasionally stressful but always entertaining. Age 14+, with strong language. Free entry

 

Iphigenia yn Sblot (Theatr y Sherman): YMA – 18:00Let Effie guide you through the streets of Cardiff today. Step into her world. Take a look at how we live through her eyes. A powerful new production of a Welsh adaptation of Gary Owen's harrowing play which has so much to say about life in Wales today. Contains strong language, sexual references, sensitive themes and scenes that may upset some members of the audience. Also Tuesday - Friday night. Free entry with a Maes wristband

 

Pedair: Tŷ Gwerin – 21:30Four of Wales' most prominent folk artists, Siân James, Gwenan Gibbard, Gwyneth Glyn and Meinir Gwilym, with a performance that is sure to capture the audience's imagination and hearts with sweeping harmonies, a skilled approach to tradition and the intimacy of their songs. Free entry

 

 

Tuesday 6 August

Mess ar y Maes (Academi Llais a Chelfyddydau Dramatic Cymru): Caffi Maes B – 19:30Musical following the journey of Mari, daughter of the Chief Executive of the National Eisteddfod, who doesn’t feel Welsh enough. You may see some familiar faces treading the Maes as everyone faces the question: who is truly Welsh? Free entry

 

Corn Gwlad (Frân Wen); Y Babell Lên – 19:30Pont-y-pool National Eisteddfod, 1924. The poet Prosser Rhys has just won the Crown for his poem which talks about his sexual relationship... with another man! Scandal on the Maes! Seiriol Davies relives that fateful Crowning ceremony 100 years ago... but with a little imagination, spooky ghosts, very cute bed sheets, jewellery, glitter and ferrets! Also Monday - Friday night. Free entry

 

Catrin Finch ac Aoife Ní Bhriain: Ty Gwerin – 21:30A stunning collaboration between Aoife Ní Bhriain, one of Ireland's foremost traditional fiddlers and a classical violinist of international stature, and the harpist from Wales, Catrin Finch who has created an impressive classical career and ventured into new ground by collaborating with international artists. Free entry

 

 

Wednesday 7 August

Kiri Pritchard-McLean a ffrindiau: Comedi dysgwyr Maes D – 18:30Siôn Owens presents an hour of stand-up by comedians who have learned, or are in the process of learning, Welsh. Featuring Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Joe Dehuai and Laurie Watts. Free entry

 

Hywel Pitts ac ambell ffrind: Y Babell Lên – 22:30Comedy show including new material and old favourites. Come and see if Hywel has any friends... Age 14+. Free entry

 

 

Thursday 8 August

Fauré 100: Y Muni – 19:30Fauré's famous Requiem (translation by Stephen J Williams), conducted by Nia Llewelyn Jones with accompaniment string quintet of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. Free entry with a Maes wristband

 

Steve Eaves a Rhai Pobl: Tŷ Gwerin – 21:30A session by Steve Eaves who’s been performing on stages for over 40 years and continues to inspire listeners and musicians of all ages with music that is deeply influenced by the blues. Free entry

 

Gayawd: Y Babell Lên – 22:15Your favourite songs from musicals transformed into LGBT+ anthems. Free entry

 

 

Friday 9 August

Fi yw fi ar ben fy hun nawr: Y Lle Celf – 17:30A brand new piece from Leeway Productions which explores the challenges of being a working class single mother and gives an insight into the lives of unsung heroines who carry on day after day. Music by Lleuwen Steffan. Free entry

 

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog: Tŷ Gwerin – 19:45A country, folk and alternative rock band that experiments with folk and rock music. The band consists of three brothers, Iwan, Aled and Dafydd Hughes. Free entry

 

Mei Gwynedd a Band Tŷ Potas: Y Babell Lên – 22:15Mei Gwynedd and his band put a unique stamp on traditional Welsh songs, bringing a party atmosphere to the Cwt Cabaret. Free entry

 

 

Saturday 10 August

Gwlad Gwlad!: Pafiliwn 19:30First performance of a new musical work by Eilir Owen Griffiths, set to commissioned poems by local poets, Aneirin Karadog, Delwyn Siôn, Christine James and Mari George, inspired by the national anthem. Free entry

 

Meinir Gwilym: Tŷ Gwerin – 19:45A varied and intimate session with old and new, original and folk songs, by the singer-songwriter from Anglesey and some guest musicians. Free entry

 

Eden: Llwyfan y Maes – 21:00Having established themselves as one of the most popular groups on the Welsh pop scene since forming in 1996 the three members of Eden - Emma Walford, Non Parry and Rachael Solomon - have released new material on the Recordiau Côsh label with songs such as 'Caredig', 'Siwgr', 'Fi' and 'Wow'. Free entry

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