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Archdruid slams Arts Council of Wales for ‘undermining’ the Welsh language

16 Aug 2021 2 minutes Read
Archdruid Myrddin ap Dafydd

The Archdruid has slammed the Arts Council of Wales for “undermining and undervaluing” the Welsh language.

Myrddin ap Dafydd, who heads up the Gorsedd of the Bards, has criticised the organisation for its decision to advertise a senior position without a requirement for fluency in Welsh.

He said that you “can’t do the job” of Director of Arts Development properly without being able to speak the language.

The director will be responsible for promoting the Welsh language within the sector and it is one of the most important posts within the organisation.

But the Arts Council says it is looking for someone who is “passionate” about the Welsh language for the post, which comes with a salary of between £59,269 and £75,477.

Originally the job description said fluency in the Welsh language was “desirable” but not “essential”.

However, following an outcry it was amended to say that the “successful candidate will have good practical knowledge of the Welsh language and a commitment to becoming fluent within a reasonable timescale (12 months) if they are not already.”

Myrddin ap Dafydd told Newyddion S4C: “They think that a development officer that isn’t able to speak Welsh, that isn’t able to assess the performances and the standard of dialogue, writing, theatre, and so on, that someone like that will be able to develop the arts in Wales.

“Well, that’s complete twaddle. This business which is always presented as ‘we’re looking for the best person for the job’.

“In this case, you can’t do the job is you don’t have Welsh.

‘Warned’ 

He also warned: “Of course seeing big powerful bodies like the Arts Council of Wales undermining and undervaluing the Welsh language like this, it has a long term impact.”

In an internal letter to the Chair of the Arts Council, the Unite union has expressed its “disappointment” that Welsh was not a requirement for the job.

The Eisteddfod Council has written to the Minister for the Welsh language, Jeremy Miles, to share its “concerns” that someone responsible for language policy and strategy, would not have to be able to speak Welsh.

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Crwtyn Cemais
Crwtyn Cemais
1 month ago

Cytunaf cant y cant gyda’r Archdderwydd ar y mater yma ~ I agree one hundred percent with the Archdruid on this issue.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
1 month ago

I agree with the Archdruid totally, but sadly often having someone who can speak Welsh does not mean the language is used and promoted. I think what is important is that whoever gets the job cares about the Welsh language and does the best for it.

George Bodley
George Bodley
1 month ago

Yet another undermining of the welsh culture who runs the welsh arts council
i think mark drakeford should step in to give guidance to the arts council of wales

Edward Jones
Edward Jones
1 month ago

Disgraceful

Mathew Northcote
Mathew Northcote
1 month ago

Cytuno yn hollol gyda hwn.

Jeff Williams-Jones
Jeff Williams-Jones
1 month ago

Cytuno’n llwyr efo’r Archdderwydd.

Gwion
Gwion
1 month ago

Would they employ someone who doesn’t speak English for this post?
No? What if I was willing to learn? Possibly willing to moderate my accent and use terms like “British Imperialism” and “Culure Killer”

John Howard Edwards
John Howard Edwards
1 month ago

Cwbl warthus yw bod yn agor i’r posibiliad o rywun nad yw’n gallu cyfathrebu’n rhugl yn Gymraeg, ymgymryd â dyletswyddau’r swydd honno.

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