Unanimous decision to invite Urdd National Eisteddfod to Denbighshire in 2020

On Wednesday evening, 14 June 2017, a public meeting was held at Denbigh Town Hall to discuss inviting the Urdd National Eisteddfod to Denbighshire in 2020.

The meeting was a great success and a unanimous decision was reached to invite the Eisteddfod to the county in three years’ time.

Approximately 200 attended the meeting including members of Denbighshire County Council, local residents and representatives from various local establishments and organisations. With their support, along with the Urdd locally, it was agreed that a formal invitation was made to the Eisteddfod to visit Denbighshire in 2020.

It was confirmed that the Maes will be located on the outskirts of Denbigh, and although Eisteddfod yr Urdd has been held within the county’s current border seven times in the past, this will be its first visit to the town itself.

Leader of Denbighshire, Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, said: “The Eisteddfod last visited Denbighshire in 2006 when it was held on land at Ysgol Brynhyfryd.

“At that time, the Eisteddfod was a tremendous success and provided a great opportunity for children and young people to benefit from Wales’ largest youth festival. There was also a lot of enthusiasm locally, with communities working together to raise funds and to arrange a wide range of events to promote the Welsh Language and culture locally.

“It was the same when the National Eisteddfod returned to the Vale of Clwyd in 2013.  Now, we have a great opportunity to work together to arrange an Eisteddfod to remember.

“The Council has already been involved in discussions with the Urdd, and fully supports the idea of the Eisteddfod returning to the county”.

Aled Siôn, Director of the Eisteddfod and Arts at the Urdd, added,

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the people of Denbighshire for their support at the public meeting and for formally inviting the Eisteddfod to the county in 2020.”

An initial meeting to set-up the various committees will be held at Ysgol Glan Clwyd on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 and further information is available from the Urdd website. 

Posted on Friday 16th June 2017