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2024 National Eisteddfod to be held in Pontypridd

07 Aug 2023 4 minute read
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Pontypridd will host the 2024 National Eisteddfod, it has been announced today.

Accepting the Italian Trophy, on behalf of next year’s host county, the Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Andrew Morgan OBE announced the news.

Ynysangharad Park in the centre of the town will provide a focus for most activities and pavilions, and the Maes will also include parts of the town itself, creating an urban, alternative and exciting Eisteddfod, combining the local area with the festival itself.

Speaking at the announcement, Cllr. Morgan OBE said: “We’re very pleased to announce that Ynysangharad Park in Pontypridd will host the Maes for the 2024 Rhondda Cynon Taf National Eisteddfod.

“Pontypridd is a fantastic place to host the heart of the Eisteddfod, and the town’s excellent transport links mean that the Eisteddfod will be accessible for people from Rhondda Cynon Taf and all across Wales.

“We will be looking at how to make sustainable transport key to the Eisteddfod, and with the South Wales Metro on the horizon, Pontypridd will have 24 trains an hour through the station from the Valley Lines and Cardiff.

“We want everyone in Rhondda Cynon Taf to show the rest of Wales what makes us so special! The Eisteddfod is for you, it’s for me, it’s for all of us.

“We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Rhondda Cynon Taf next year, and we’re looking forward to seeing more events and activities for residents in the build up to next year’s National Eisteddfod.”

Delighted

The announcement came during a special ceremony on the Eisteddfod Maes on Monday (August 7) afternoon, as the Leader of Gwynedd Council, Dyfrig Siencyn presented the Italian Trophy to the Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Andrew Morgan.

The Italian Trophy (The Peace Trophy) was presented to the Eisteddfod in 1986, and since then, it has been presented to the host county of the following Eisteddfod every year.

The cup was given to the Eisteddfod by former prisoners of war from Italy to recognise the kindness of the people of Wales during their time in a prisoner of war camp in Henllan, Ceredigion between 1942 and 1946.

Helen Prosser, Chair of the Rhondda Cynon Taf National Eisteddfod Executive Committee, said: “It’s great to announce that next year’s Eisteddfod will be held in Pontypridd. It’s been the question on everyone’s lips for such a long time, and we realise that the announcement has been a long time coming.

“The initial talks to bring the festival to Rhondda Cynon Taf began back in 2017 and we’re delighted to be able to share the big news with everyone today. And the past few years has been a real partnership between the Eisteddfod and the Council, and we thank Cllr. Morgan and his colleagues and his staff for all the support.

“The fundraising and awareness raising work across Rhondda Cynon Taf is going very well with all the committees busy organising activities of all kinds. There’s a great enthusiasm for the fact that we’re returning to the area which hosted the first modern-day Eisteddfod back in 1861 both locally and across Wales.

“The Proclamation in Aberdare was among the best for many years, with over six hundred local residents joining a procession through the town before everyone came together in a moving ceremony, celebrating the publication of the List of Competitions.

“As we announce that the Maes will be in Pontypridd next year, it’s important to re-emphasise that this Eisteddfod belongs to everyone in Rhondda Cynon and Taf.

“The enthusiasm and energy and friendship we’ve seen as we’ve started working locally shows that bringing the Eisteddfod back to the area has been welcomed across the region.

“Aberdare hosted the last local Eisteddfod back in 1956, and we look forward to creating a wonderful, inclusive and exciting festival in Taf next year, as we visit for the first time since 1893.”

The Rhondda Cynon Taf National Eisteddfod will be held in Ynysangharad Park and around the town of Pontypridd from 3-10 August 2024. For more information visit www.eisteddfod.wales.


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Karl
Karl
8 months ago

As much as it feels good to see my town gain this event, sadly ponty is not fit for purpose for mass gatherings as the council are useless. This weekends big bite was car chaos on every pavement in town. Also the town is full of vinyl stickers covering empty shops and spaces. Lots of work needed to make it fit for purpose.

hdavies15
hdavies15
8 months ago
Reply to  Karl

Shame they couldn’t take it out of the urban and into the rural, say up above Aberdare towards Hirwaun. Remember the Cwm Rhymni event of 1990 or thereabouts when they took over an old opencast that was being re-engineered and gave it as much room as any Eisteddfod might want. Plenty of Blaenau’r Cymoedd pubs and clubs to play host to the nosweithau, although the Maes is now hogging too much of the business. Noticed last year Lyn Ebenezer commented that Tregaron wasn’t half as lively as it could have been due to the bar on the Maes guzzling up… Read more »

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
8 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Thats how it pays for itself, though!

hdavies15
hdavies15
8 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

It doesn’t pay for itself, it keeps on going back for more, yet does less for local trade than it used to.

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