The National Eisteddfod has been postponed until August 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The yearly Wesh language cultural festival was due to be held in Ceredigion for the first time in 28 years, near the town of Tregaron.
The “difficult” decision was taken by the organisation’s Management Board over the weekend following a number of discussions.
The aim is to move the Llŷn and Eifionydd National Eisteddfod to August 2022 and to hold the 2023 festival in Rhondda Cynon Taff, with the Llŷn and Eifionydd National Eisteddfod Proclamation Festival postponed for the time being.
Eisteddfod Court President and Chair of the Management Board, Ashok Ahir, said, “Naturally, our supporters will be disappointed, but I am sure everyone will agree that this is the right and sensible decision for us to take.
“It’s important to stress that we are not cancelling the festival, but rather postponing the Ceredigion Eisteddfod for a year.”
Eisteddfod Chief Executive Betsan Moses said: “The next few months are going to be difficult for the Eisteddfod, and we will be more dependent than ever on the goodwill of our supporters and friends.
“We very much hope that the community work in Ceredigion and across Llŷn, Eifionydd and Arfon can resume as soon as possible.
We’re also looking forward to starting work at grassroots level in Rhondda Cynon Taff before long, and I’d like to thank our volunteers for all their work over the past few months and years.
“In the meantime, it’s important that we all support each other and our communities across the country and stay safe. We look forward to seeing everyone in Tregaron in the summer of 2021, when we’ll be back with a fantastic festival and programme.”
The Eisteddfod said that bookings on the caravan site and stalls on the Maes would be moved from 2020 to 2021.
Composition competitions will not be reopened meaning that those who have entered between the closing dates in December last year and April of this year will wait until next year to find out whether they have won, and there will be no opportunity to enter for the 2022 Eisteddfod until next year.
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