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Urdd Eisteddfod

The Urdd National Eisteddfod (Welsh: Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Urdd Gobaith Cymru or Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yr Urdd) is an annual Welsh-language youth festival of literature, music and performing arts organised by Urdd Gobaith Cymru. Arguably Europe's largest youth festival, it is usually held during the first week of May. Locations alternate between north and south Wales and the festival returns every fourth year to the vicinity of the Millennium Centre at Cardiff Bay. The Eisteddfod consists of competitive singing, recitation, dance and instrumental events for contestants aged between 7 and 24 years. Regional qualifying heats are held in advance around Wales, as occurs for the National Eisteddfod.

With the exception of the 4-yearly Cardiff Bay venue, the Eisteddfod yr Urdd is usually held in a large open field. Accompanying peripheral attractions are designed to help fund the festival and include exhibition stalls, displays and sporting activities. Local and national corporations, retailers and other institutions are invited to participate, notably the Welsh universities.

Competitions

Competitions within the Urdd Eisteddfod include:

  • Cân Actol - A long narrative piece sung and acted in Welsh by a group of 30.
  • Cerdd Dant - A choir of up to 12 voices sings in Welsh, accompanied by a harp, in a formulaic sequence of alternating melodies.
  • Recitation - A group of up to 12 people recites a Welsh poem.
  • Boys' Choir
  • Girls' Choir
  • Dawnsio Disgo - Disco dancing.

Venues chosen for the event

  • 1929 Corwen
  • 1930 Caernarfon
  • 1931 Abertawe
  • 1932 Machynlleth
  • 1933 Caerffili
  • 1934 Hen Golwyn
  • 1935 Caerfyrddin
  • 1936 Blaenau Ffestiniog
  • 1937 Gwaun-cae-gurwen
  • 1938 Aberystwyth
  • 1939 Llanelli
  • 1940 Y Rhyl
  • No Eisteddfod during the war
  • 1946 Corwen
  • 1947 Treorci
  • 1948 Llangefni
  • 1949 Pontarddulais
  • 1950 Wrecsam
  • 1951 Abergwaun
  • 1952 Machynlleth
  • 1953 Maesteg
  • 1954 Y Bala
  • 1955 Abertridwr
  • 1956 Caernarfon
  • 1957 Rhydaman
  • 1958 Yr Wyddgrug
  • 1959 Llanbedr Pont Steffan
  • 1960 Dolgellau
  • 1961 Aberdâr
  • 1962 Rhuthun
  • 1963 Brynaman
  • 1964 Porthmadog
  • 1965 Caerdydd
  • 1966 Caergybi
  • 1967 Caerfyrddin
  • 1968 Llanrwst
  • 1969 Aberystwyth
  • 1970 Llanidloes
  • 1971 Abertawe
  • 1972 Y Bala
  • 1973 Pontypridd
  • 1974 Y Rhyl
  • 1975 Llanelli
  • 1976 Porthaethwy
  • 1977 Y Barri
  • 1978 Llanelwedd
  • 1979 Maesteg
  • 1980 Abergele
  • 1981 Castell Newydd Emlyn
  • 1982 Pwllheli
  • 1983 Aberafan
  • 1984 Yr Wyddgrug
  • 1985 Caerdydd
  • 1986 Dyffryn Ogwen
  • 1987 Merthyr Tudful
  • 1988 Maldwyn
  • 1989 Cwm Gwendraeth
  • 1990 Dyffryn Nantlle ac Arfon
  • 1991 Taf Elai
  • 1992 Bro Glyndŵr
  • 1993 Abertawe a Lliw
  • 1994 Meirionnydd
  • 1995 Bro'r Preseli
  • 1996 Bro Maelor
  • 1997 Islwyn
  • 1998 Llŷn ac Eifionydd
  • 1999 Llanbedr Pont Steffan a’r Fro
  • 2000 Bro Conwy
  • 2001 Gŵyl yr Urdd (full event cancelled due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease)
  • 2002 Caerdydd a'r Fro
  • 2003 Tawe, Nedd ac Afan
  • 2004 Ynys Môn
  • 2005 Canolfan y Mileniwm
  • 2006 Sir Ddinbych
  • 2007 Sir Gâr
  • 2008 Sir Conwy
  • 2009 Bae Caerdydd
  • 2010 Ceredigion
  • 2011 Abertawe a'r Fro
  • 2012 Eryri
  • 2013 Sir Benfro
  • 2014 Meirionnydd
  • 2015 Caerffili

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