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Mega prize attracts world’s best young singers to North Wales

Voice of the Future

Twenty four of the world’s best young singers will be vying for a prestigious international prize at a top festival in North Wales.

Competitors from as far afield as China, America, Spain, Latvia and Estonia will be battling for the title of Pendine International Voice of the Future at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

The contest will be one of the highlights during the 75th anniversary event which get underway on Thursday, July 7.

The popular festival had to be cancelled in 2020 for the only time since its inauguration in 1947 due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

In 2021 it took on a virtual format with performances streamed online but this year the music and dance extravaganza is back in the town where “Wales welcomes the world”.
Organisers were “blown away” by the exceptional standard of entries in the Pendine International Voice of the Future competition, sponsored by the Pendine Park care group via the Pendine Arts and Community Trust (PACT) which supports arts and community activities.

The near-record 38 entrants have been whittled down to 24 singers who will have to navigate two premliminary rounds and a semi-final before the three finalists compete on the famous International Pavilion stage on Saturday, July 9.

Competitors are required to perform a contrasting programme of up to seven minutes in length for their preliminary round and up to 10 minutes for the final.
The winner will be presented with the Pendine Trophy, a solid silver salver, and a cheque for £3,000 as well as having the opportunity to perform in concerts at the Eisteddfod and other venues. Meanwhile, the runner up will receive £1,500.

Pendine Park proprietor Mario Kreft MBE said: “The ethos of the Eisteddfod chimes perfectly with the values of my wife, Gill, and I at Pendine Park in nurturing young talent.
“We firmly believe in the vital role played by music and arts in social care and as part of our enrichment programme for people with dementia.

“The Pendine Trophy, which is solid Edwardian silver bearing a Chester hallmark, was kindly donated by the late Tony Kaye of Kaye’s Jewellers. It’s a stunning and beautiful trophy.
“It’s wonderful that, after the nightmare of the past two years, this fantastic festival is back with competitors returning to Llangollen for the first time since 2019.
He added: “Llangollen Eisteddfod was founded as a beacon of hope in the aftermath of the Second World War.

“The message about the importance of peace and harmony is as relevant today as it’s ever been, especially with the war that’s being waged by Russia against Ukraine.”
The festival’s executive producer, Camilla King, said: “The standard of the competitors this year is absolutely phenomenal. The choice is so difficult for the adjudicators as the singers are all so extraordinarily accomplished.

“I used to be a casting manager with English National Opera so I have had lots of experience of sitting in on vocal auditions over the years and I can categorically say we have some truly fine entrants among our 2022 competitors. A number of them genuinely are the stars of years to come.”

Soprano Erin Rossington, 25, was triumphant in 2019 and she said winning the title was a huge boost for her fledgling singing career.
Erin, originally from Llanfairtalhaiarn, near Abergele, is now in her third year of studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
She said: “Winning the Pendine Voice of the Future competition has gone a long way towards helping me to achieve my dream of becoming a professional opera singer.
“The prize money enabled me financially to take that important step of going to live in London and work my way through music school.

Entries have now closed for all the Eisteddfod competitions and organisers are delighted that the numbers are more than expected given the difficulties faced by performing artists over the last two years.

Performers are expected from up to 25 different countries, with about 30 overseas groups and 23 overseas soloists, 31 UK groups and 45 UK soloists.

Camilla King added: “When you consider all that has happened with the pandemic, the cost of living and economic crises, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, travel limitations in various parts of the world, it is remarkable to think that our competitor numbers in all categories are so high.

“We are in for some great music. In fact, we have high hopes of 2022 being one of our best ever eisteddfods with the prospect of some truly memorable performances to come.”

International Llangollen Eisteddfod and Llangollen Fringe Festival join forces to create Llanfest – a celebration of 100 years of music in Llangollen

Llanfest

World-famous peace festival returns 7-10th July 2022 after two-year hiatus with new-look Llanfest on Sunday 10th

This July, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and Llangollen Fringe Festival join forces to celebrate two significant cultural milestones for the town; the Eisteddfod’s 75th anniversary, and the Fringe’s 25th which combine to make an amazing 100 years of summer festivals in Llangollen.

To mark these two anniversaries, the Eisteddfod and Fringe are collaborating for the first time to produce Llanfest 2022 on Sunday 10th July, the final day of the four-day International Llangollen Eisteddfod music festival, which runs from 7-10th July.

Llanfest has become a firm favourite in the summer festival diary and this year there will be an emphasis on home-grown talent incorporating eclectic music, theatre and comedy. Headliners, British indie three-piece, Amber Run, will deliver lush, cinematic alt-pop with a moody and introspective tone. Amber Run are supported by Welsh/Bajan singer Kizzy Crawford, described by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens as ‘real talent’ and ‘wonderful’ by Radio 4’s Richard Coles and Elles Bailey, a smoky-voiced human dynamo, who straddles the worlds of Americana and the blues. Tickets are now on sale for Llanfest on the main festival website.

After an online event last year, organisers are thrilled to welcome back visitors to Llangollen. This year’s festival has been redesigned with a more compact site revolving around a single Pavilion music stage and a new in-the-round stage developed for spoken word events, offering a thought-provoking series of talks. Live music, talks, food stalls, bars and free community events will be around the site from midday to 9pm plus the Pavilion main acts will start at 6pm.

Llanfest is the final day of the world-renowned Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, which returns after a two-year hiatus with a line-up that celebrates the best traditional and contemporary music from around the world. Two of the classical world’s vocal powerhouses, Aled Jones and Russell Watson will be performing together for the first time to open the 2022 programme and further highlights include Grammy Award winner Anoushka Shankar with Manu Delago and the Britten Sinfonia .

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the festival returns this year with a broad cultural programme that spreads the message of peace and friendship on which it was founded in 1947 after the second world war. Each year around 4,000 performers from around the world and as many as 35,000 visitors converge on this beautiful small Welsh town to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance and community spirit. The festival’s ability to spot future talent is renowned and it’s credited with helping to launch the career of Luciano Pavarotti among others.

In recognition of the festival’s founding principle to spread peace, visitors to the festival and Llanfest will be invited to write a message of peace on a luggage label and attach it to trees around the site to create a forest of peace. On Thursday 7th July, children’s day, the festival is teaming up with The Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Size of Wales and Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services to create the first Young Peace Makers’ Awards – celebrating young people who have contributed to peace and global citizenship at home and overseas. Details of how to enter can be found here: www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk/get-involved/young-peacemakers-awards-2022/

Camilla King, executive producer of the Llangollen Eisteddfod is leading the transformation of the festival into a fresh, diverse fusion of contemporary and traditional cultures that will connect with both new and existing audiences.

She says: “For years the festival and the fringe have worked independently to help Llangollen to punch above its weight on the international music scene so it is exciting that for the first time we are joining forces to co-curate Llanfest this year. Together we will be bringing an eclectic and inspiring line-up of music, spoken word and comedy to north Wales in the spirit of peace and togetherness that the Llangollen Eisteddfod was founded on the 75 years ago and is now more relevant than ever.”

Paul Keddie, chair of the Llangollen Fringe Festival, said: “Llangollen Fringe Festival is delighted to be working alongside LIME this year to gather everyone together on the Sunday of the Eisteddfod. 75 years of the Eisteddfod and 25 years of the Fringe gives 100 years’ worth of experience to share with the world… it’s going to be magical.”

2022 Daytime Competition and Field tickets are now on sale!

Plan your summer early and book your Day and Field entry tickets for Llangollen 2022. Tickets go on sale this morning at 10am!  For more information on ticket types and what’s on please see below.

Pavilion Day

Want to see the vocal stars of the future, worlds best choirs, amazing folk dance from across the globe – book your seat in the pavilion now so you don’t miss out!

For more information visit: Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod What’s On

Pavilion Day Tickets:
Full Price – £16
Child Price – £6
(Booking Fees apply)

Pavilion Day tickets include full access to the Field and a reserved seat in the Pavilion for daytime competitions – please be aware that competition schedules are subject to change.

Thursday 7th July – Children’s Day

Field open for members of the public and ticket holders from 10.30am until 10.00pm.

Your allocated seat will be available in the Pavilion arena for the Young Peacemakers Awards and afternoon competitions from 12:00pm

The first full day of competitions is not to be missed as children’s choirs and children’s folk dance groups take centre stage. We also feature the WCIA Young Peacemakers Awards.

Young Peace Makers Awards – celebrating young people who have contributed to peace and global citizenship in their school, youth group, local community or overseas in a variety of ways.

Friday 8th July – International Youth Day

Field open for members of the public and ticket holders from 08:30am until 10.00pm.

Don’t miss the beautifully polished harmonies of the Youth Choirs and A Cappella Group competitions, and the colourful performances of the Choreographed/Stylised Folk Dance Group.

Also introducing a brand new competition; Young Folk Ensemble. Our Soloist competitions also begin today, taking centre stage with Voice of Musical Theatre, Vocal Solo categories and Young and Junior Instrumentalists competitions.

Saturday 9th July  – Family Day

Field open for members of the public and ticket holders from 08:30am until 10.00pm.

Our main choral competition day is not to be missed, as choirs from all across the globe will perform on the prestigious Eisteddfod stage. You can see the world’s best Mixed, Youth, Female, Male, Open Choirs and new for 2022 Show Choirs battle it out to be crowned Choir of the World. 

Today we also introduce our new Contemporary Dance competition. Winners from this competition will join the winners from the Traditional and Choreographed Dance competitions to compete for the Dance Champions title on Saturday evening.

Field Admission

Field Day Adult £12
Field Day Concession £10
Field Day Child 5+ £5
Field Day Child under 5 FREE
Family tickets also available
(Booking Fees apply)

Tickets are available to book for Thursday 7th July – Children’s Day, Friday 8th July – International Youth Day and Saturday 9th July – Family Day.

We have a special reduced Evening Field entry price of £5, valid from 4.30pm Thursday-Saturday.

Field Day tickets include full access to the grounds with admission into the Pavilion in blocks D and H on first come, first served basis.

This July we’ll be presenting a completely revamped outdoor site, with music, dance, talks, comedy, food, drink, shopping, workshops and pop-up entertainment, designed to delight and surprise! Come and relax, or come and expand your mind, with a programme bursting with family-friendly events running from mid-morning until 9pm.

Will you need parking? You can also pre-book your parking space for £5.00 when purchasing your tickets. This can be added to your basket during the booking process. This is an all-day ticket from 8:00am.

2022 Group and Solo competition applications open!

 

Croeso! Welcome!

Following a two-year hiatus from live competitions, I am delighted to announce that applications to take part in the ‘Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’, which takes place from Thursday 7th July – Sunday 10th July 2022, are now open!

Download 2022 Syllabus here

Visit Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Participants’ Website  for more competition information.

The home of the International Eisteddfod is the idyllic small town of Llangollen
in North Wales. The main competitions are held in the 1500 capacity Royal
International Pavilion, with activities on our Outside Stages, as well as public
performances in the town and a number of locations across North East Wales.
In light of continued disruptions to travel, for the first time we are introducing
an option to compete digitally, which I hope will make participation in our
competitions accessible to many more performers this summer (see  2022 Competing Digitally )

In addition to our new digital competing option, you may notice some other
changes to our competitions this year which we hope will inspire you to come
and join us for our 75th anniversary celebrations!

To apply for 2022 visit 2022: How to apply

 

Camilla King
Executive Producer

Reminder – 2022 Priority Booking Opens 13 December

Just a little reminder that priority tickets for Llangollen Eisteddfod 2022 go on sale online and by phone at 10am on Monday 13 December. Tickets for members of the general public will go on sale at 10am on Monday 20 December.

Due to tickets reserved from our 2020 cancellation, we have a very small allocation of seats for Russell Watson & Aled Jones on 07 July 2022, and anticipate this event selling out during the priority booking period.

If you would like to be among the first to book your seats, please consider joining Friends of the Eisteddfod or become a Festival Pass Holder to benefit from priority booking.

See below for details of full Box Office opening hours, and how to join our priority schemes, and don’t forget that you can also buy gift vouchers, a wonderful festive present! Simply email info@llangollen.net to purchase.

How to become a Friend of LIME

To join please email info@llangollen.net or call the office 01978 862 001 from 10am on the 13 December.

Becoming a friend not only gives you priority booking for the whole year for all concerts, but it also offers some extra perks. Join a charity dedicated to the future success of the festival.  Being a member of FLIME is a great way to become a festival supporter and ambassador. Thanks to your donations and active participation, you get access to other benefits too:

  • Receive Eisteddfod news and updates throughout the year
  • Help us put on more competitions with greater variation
  • Spread the Eisteddfod’s influence and appeal
  • Enjoy priority early booking for Eisteddfod day sessions and selected concerts
  • Receive regular issues of the Friends’ newsletter, Limelight
  • Visit the Friends’ Tent in Eisteddfod week, for refreshments and to meet other Friends
  • Receive an attractive badge featuring the Friends’ handshake logo

FLIME has been in existence for 40 years and its members come from across the world. In that time it has raised over £500,000 for the Eisteddfod, and become an essential part of this renowned event.

Choosing a membership

Each membership entitles you to a certain amount of tickets:

Individual Membership – £18.00 – 2 tickets per concert

Joint Membership – £27.00 – 4 tickets per concert

Family Membership – £32.00  – 8 tickets per concert.

How to become a Festival Pass holder

To join please email info@llangollen.net or call the office 01978 862 001 from 10am on the 13 December.

Our Festival Passes give a complete, immersive experience of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, and are great value for money.

Numbers are limited and passes are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year we have two festival passes to offer you:

Concerts Day Pass Full Pass
Thursday 7 July – BACK IN HARMONY: ALED JONES AND RUSSELL WATSON
Friday 08 July – ANOUSHKA SHANKAR & MANU DELAGO IN CONCERT
Saturday 09 July – CHOIR OF THE WORLD, DANCE CHAMPIONS & VOICE OF THE FUTURE
Sunday 10 July – LLANFEST 2022: COMING SOON!
Pavilion Daytime Competition Performances (Thurs – Sat)
Complimentary tea and coffee during the day
Souvenir Programme
A pre-concert glass of wine
10% Discount in Eisteddfod shop when spending £5 or more
No Ticket Booking Fees
Discounted Parking (booked separately)
Total £45 £165

Full Box Office Information

Due to social distancing measures and working from home recommendations, we are currently operating with a reduced office staff. We also regret that due to Covid restrictions our offices are currently closed and we cannot accept in-person bookings or friendly visits!

You can help us by booking tickets via our website: www.llangollen.net

You can also book by phone via our box office number: 01978 862 001.

The box office phoneline will be open as follows to PRIORITY BOOKERS ONLY:

Monday 13 December: 10am – 4pm
Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 December: 10am – 3pm
Friday 17 December: CLOSED

For PUBLIC BOOKING via phone:

Monday 20 December: 10am – 4pm
Tuesday 21 – Wednesday 22 December: 10am – 3pm
Thursday 23 December: 10am – 2pm
Friday 24 December – Monday 10 January: CLOSED (online bookings still available)

Tuesday 11 January onwards: 10am – 2pm daily

Please note that if you opt for paper tickets (rather than e-tickets) while we will continue to post them out to you until we close on 23 December, but due to Christmas postal delays they may not arrive until the New Year. Any paper tickets booked online between 24 December – 10 January will be posted as soon as we return to the office.

 

 

Hello from the Executive Producer – We’re Back – 2022 Concerts Announced!

Dear Friends,

It’s an enormous pleasure to be writing my first newsletter to you all, with the wonderful news that we will return to live music-making in July 2022.

Since joining the Eisteddfod at the start of November the team and I have been working flat out to bring you all a celebration worthy of our 75 years existence. Although the festival will be slightly shorter, and will take place on the field and in the main Pavilion arena without the usual extension to ensure the safety of all our audiences while Covid restrictions are still in place, I hope you’ll agree that we have captured the best of all that Llangollen has to offer.

I look forward to meeting many of you next summer, if not before. If you’d like to read more about my background, take a look at the news post on our website. [https://international-eisteddfod.co.uk/appointment-of-new-executive-producer-for-llangollen-international-musical-eisteddfod/]

With all warm wishes for this Christmas and the year ahead,

Camilla

 

We’re Back – 2022 Concerts Announced! 

We are delighted to announce that after a two-year hiatus from live events, we will return in 2022 with competitions, concerts and celebrations galore for our 75th anniversary!  

As a valued supporter, we wanted you to be the first to know and to give you the opportunity to book your favourite seats now. Priority booking will be available to Festival Pass Holders, Friends of the Eisteddfod and customers with credit on account carried over from 2020, from 10am on Monday 13 December, with tickets going on sale to the general public from 10am on Monday 20 December 

Two of the classical world’s vocal powerhouses, Aled Jones and Russell Watson, will perform together in Llangollen for the first time to open the 2022 programme (postponed from 2020), in a wonderful evening of music and camaraderie. Other Llangollen 2022 debuts include Grammy Award winner Anoushka Shankar with Manu Delago and the Britten Sinfonia, and of course our ever popular Llanfest line-up (announced very shortly!). 

 

If your friends and family would also like to be the first to book their seats, they are welcome to join Friends of the Eisteddfod or become a Festival Pass Holder to benefit from these special privileges.  

Or why not treat your loved ones to a Llangollen concert ticket – the perfect present to gift for Christmas, and enjoy in 2022. Our gift vouchers and priority booking schemes can be purchased by contacting us at info@llangollen.net  

Full details of our box office opening hours and contact details will be sent out later this week. 

 

Full 2022 Listings: 

Thursday 07 July | 7.30pm | £48, £37 | Back In Harmony: Russell Watson and Aled Jones 
Following their 2019 sell-out In Harmony tour, two of the world’s most loved classical voices launch the Llangollen 2022 concert programme performing songs from their album, Back In Harmony. 
*Please note that we have a limited number of tickets available for this concert and anticipate high demand so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.* 

Friday 08 July| 8pm |£42, £34, £26 | Anoushka Shankar & Manu Delago In Concert 
In this captivating concert highlights from Anoushka Shankar’s catalogue are presented in new arrangements by Jules Buckley, featuring several co-written with her friend and collaborator Manu Delago, whose solo compositions round out the performance, for an evening that will transport audiences on a wild and surprising ride.  

Saturday 09 July | 7.30pm | £30, £25 | Choir of the World, Dance Champions & Voice of the Future 2022 
Choral finalists compete for the coveted Choir of the World title and the Pavarotti Trophy. Alongside this we crown the 2022 Dance Champions with the Lucille Armstrong Trophy, and the International Voice of the Future. Expect an evening to remember with the best performers and dancers from across the globe.

Sunday 12 July | from 12pm | £28 | Llanfest 
Llanfest has quickly become a firm favourite in the summer festival diary with outside stages featuring live music throughout the day and a chilled, family friendly, atmosphere in the spectacular setting of the Dee Valley. Details of our 2022 headliner and main stage support acts are coming very soon. Make sure you book now to avoid disappointment! 

Appointment of new Executive Producer for Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is pleased to announce the appointment of Camilla King as our Executive Producer.

Camilla King joins Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod as Executive Producer from her role as Head of Programming at Cheltenham Music Festival. An experienced classical music programmer, project and events manager with a 20-year long career in the arts and charity sectors, Camilla studied Music at King’s College London before working as an artist manager for Ingpen & Williams. This was followed by a period in the casting department at English National Opera, running a choral education scheme for The Gabrieli Consort & Players, and a brief foray into fundraising with Freedom from Torture, an offshoot of Amnesty.

Camilla is also a writer and broadcaster, and her interview ‘House of Music’ with Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason and children, was streamed live from Cheltenham Literature Festival 2020 and later broadcast on Sky Arts and streaming platform Marquee TV. She is a Trustee of The Carice Singers, who are emerging as one of the most distinctive vocal ensembles in the UK.

Dr Rhys Davies, Chair of Llangollen International Eisteddfod, said:

“I’m so delighted that Camilla King will be our new Executive Producer. Camilla has a proven track record in delivering high-quality programmes and she impressed us with her vision. Her experience and achievements are the perfect fit for leading LIME.”

Camilla King added:

“It is an honour to be joining the team at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod at this time of challenges and change, but also great potential. As we prepare for LIME’s 75th anniversary in 2022, our founding principles of promoting peace through the universal languages of music and dance have rarely felt more important or relevant.”

Dylan Thomas’s 1953 Llangollen Notebook

There are few stories from the 75 years of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod which excite supporters more than the visit of Dylan Thomas in July 1953. He described his visit a few weeks later in a 15 minute broadcast for the BBC Home Service, and generated verbal images of the early Eisteddfod whose power resonates to this day.

World-famous Llangollen Eisteddfod strikes new note for 2021

International music and dance festival returns with specially commissioned new online cultural programme plus transformation of bridge into giant artwork

Online programme – Friday 9 – Sunday 11 July

Bridge artwork – Friday 9 – Wednesday 4 August

Image captions:

 Patchwork panels of ‘Bridges, Not Walls’ Llangollen Bridge artwork by artist Luke Jerram; Catrin Finch, harpist and composer (credit Jennie Caldwell); Rapper Magugu, recording track for Curiad Calon / Heartbeat with Horizons; Recording track for Curiad Calon / Heartbeat with Horizons: L to R: Lily Beau, Rachel K Collier, Rhys Grail (camera), Magugu

The world-famous Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is returning this year with a diverse new cultural programme specially commissioned to celebrate the message of international peace and friendship on which it was founded over 70 years ago.

Held in Llangollen, a beautiful small town in north Wales every summer since 1947 – with the exception of 2020 when it was postponed due to the Covid pandemic – this year, the Eisteddfod will be largely held online, with the main programme presented free of charge over the weekend of the 9 – 11 July.

With funding support from Welsh Government, this year’s Eisteddfod will celebrate the broadest possible range of genres from classical, choral, hip hop, dance and world music, as well as Luke Jerram’s Llangollen bridge artwork, to connect with existing and new audiences in preparation for its physical return in 2022.

The 2021 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod programme comprises:

A brand-new art installation by the world-renowned artist Luke Jerram, who is covering the grade 1 listed Llangollen bridge with a patchwork of fabrics representing Wales and countries that usually attend the Eisteddfod. Known for public art installations around the world including Museum of the Moon, Play Me, I’m Yours street pianos and Glass Microbiology sculptures depicting the coronavirus and its vaccine, this is his first commission in Wales. The artwork will remain in place until 5 August.

 

  • Tangnefedd by Paul Mealor and Mererid Hopwood

World-premiere of a new choral piece by Paul Mealor, one of the world’s most performed living composers and Mererid Hopwood, renowned Welsh poet and the first woman to win the National Eisteddfod Chair. The performance will feature choirs from around the world that have successfully competed at the Eisteddfod, from the UK, US and Africa. In the Welsh language, Tangnefedd means the result of bringing together two elements in peace and harmony.

 

  • Curiad Calon/Heartbeat with Horizons (BBC/ACW), Rachel K Collier, Magugu and Lily Beau

A new dance track commissioned for Llangollen Eisteddfod by up-and-coming electronic producer and performer Rachel K Collier, Nigerian-born, avant-garde rapper Magugu and talented young Welsh singer-songwriter and actress Lily Beau. The track is designed to inspire the Eisteddfod international music and dance community and wider public to respond with their own moves on social media. It’s also a world first of combining the English, Welsh and Nigerian Pidgin Rap languages!

 

  • Catrin Finch and Guests

A new musical composition exploring the peace message with internationally renowned harpist and composer Catrin Finch, pioneering beatboxer and rapper Mr Phormula (Ed Holden), British Asian musician and tabla player Kuljit Bhamra, Eliza Marshall and Nick Ellis on Bansuri, Lee House, electronics and RAV drum and the refugee and asylum seeker Oasis One World Choir, from Cardiff.

 

  • Beth Yw Heddwch?/What is Peace? schools project

Project exploring children’s thoughts about peace through the written word, dance, movement and drama sessions involving 1,000 pupils from three schools from Rhyl, Llanberis and Llangollen. A creative video will be produced and an exhibition of postcards expressing children’s views about peace will be displayed throughout the town.

 

  • Peace Pavilion Programme

A thought-provoking programme of talks and activities with Academi Heddwch Cymru exploring peace and peacebuilding. The programme includes ‘The Peace Lecture’ given by Begoña Lasagabaster, UN Women Chief of Leadership and Governance Section; ‘The Art of Peacebuilding’; ‘Peace Poems’ and much more. For young people, this series includes virtual cultural exchange and the Young Peacemakers Awards ceremony. [https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/academi-heddwch-cymru-33667861775]

 

This year’s digital Llangollen Eisteddfod will feature videos of the world premiere performances, many filmed in the town itself. On Saturday night, there will be a performance of Tangnefedd by a mass choir, some appearing digitally from across the world and others on stage in the pavilion where the Eisteddfod is usually staged, just outside the town. People living locally, in Wales and around the world are invited to explore the programme, free of charge, at https://international-eisteddfod.co.uk/.

Betsan Moses, interim chief executive of the Llangollen Eisteddfod for 2021 is leading the creation of a fresh, diverse, world-class cultural programme to connect with both new and existing audiences, after last year’s event was postponed.

She says: “The Llangollen Eisteddfod was founded on the idea of bringing peace and this year’s cultural programme expresses what it stands for; peace, creativity and togetherness. We’re looking forward to sharing a varied and inspiring programme of events online this year, with an array of world-class performers across musical and artistic genres and exciting new commissions to delight both existing and new audiences across the globe.

“The beautiful town of Llangollen, which normally sees up to 35,000 visitors during the Eisteddfod, will also play host to the visitors that come to see the transformation of Llangollen Bridge into a giant artwork by Luke Jerram, clothed in a patchwork of fabrics from around the world.”

A Stitch in Time! International artist Luke Jerram to transform historic bridge for Llangollen Eisteddfod

Llangollen Bridge to be transformed into giant artwork called ‘Bridges, Not Walls’

Friday 9 July – Thursday 5 August 2021

Image captions:

Row 1: Patchwork panels of ‘Bridges, Not Walls’ Llangollen Bridge artwork by artist Luke Jerram;

Row 2: Mock-up of ‘Bridges, Not Walls’; artist Luke Jerram stands in front of Llangollen Bridge; tailor upholsterer Emma Williams stitches fabric squares together.

Llangollen Online 2021 – Official image.

International artist Luke Jerram is working to transform the famous Llangollen Bridge into a giant artwork celebrating peace, as part of the world-renowned Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (LIME).

Luke plans to wrap the Grade 1 listed stone bridge in a giant patchwork of fabrics, reflecting the crafts and cultures of Wales alongside the festival’s participating nations.

Called Bridges, Not Walls, the artwork celebrates the idea of peace on which the festival was founded nearly 75 years ago.

Known for public art installations around the world including Museum of the Moon, Play Me, I’m Yours which brought street pianos to dozens of international cities and his recent Glass Microbiology sculptures depicting the coronavirus and its vaccine, this is the first commission in Wales for Luke, who completed his degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Whilst the Llangollen Eisteddfod will mainly be held online this year, organisers hope the eye-catching Bridges, Not Walls will also attract people to visit the town this summer.

In a race against time, 800 squares of one metre-wide fabric, including local donations from Llangollen, are currently being stitched together to cover both sides of the 60 metre-long bridge.

Creating an ever-changing artwork depending on the angle, light and weather conditions, the bridge will become an incredible sight to view and visit and a powerful symbol connecting this year’s online festival with its physical roots. Even the water below it will be transformed with the reflections and colours from the bridge.

Luke Jerram’s new bridge artwork will connect and extend the Eisteddfod’s creativity out from the field where it is normally held each year into the town, transforming and animating Llangollen for the whole world to see.

With the panels of the archways almost complete, work will soon start on the material to cover the bridge’s stanchions, or columns, which stand in the water and support the bridge above.

Luke says: “From the moment I saw it, Llangollen Bridge struck me as incredibly powerful, both physically and symbolically. The message and celebration of peace is at the heart of the Llangollen Eisteddfod and so this historic bridge, one of the seven wonders of Wales, makes the perfect canvas. As Sir Isaac Newton once said, “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” From Israel to the USA, we are at last exploring the possibility of building bridges rather than walls.”

Held in Llangollen every summer since 1947, the Eisteddfod is a truly international cultural festival with a world-class diverse programme that celebrates a message of international peace and friendship through singing, dancing and performance.

Usually attracting over 4,000 performers from around the world and 35,000 visitors to Llangollen, this year’s unique celebration of global peace and harmony will be largely held online in July 2021, with the main programme being presented over the weekend of the 9 – 11 July. Bridges, Not Walls will remain in place on Llangollen Bridge until 5 August.

Betsan Moses, chief executive of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (LIME) added:

“We’re hugely excited about Bridges, Not Walls which celebrates everything Llangollen’s much-loved Eisteddfod stands for; peace, creativity and togetherness. We’re looking forward to sharing a varied and inspiring programme of events online this year and we hope Luke’s artwork will also encourage people to visit the historic town over the summer.”

With Welsh Government funding, this year’s online Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod will celebrate the broadest possible range of musical genres from classical, opera and choral, to jazz, soul and rock, to connect with existing and new audiences in preparation for its physical return in 2022.

For more information please visit https://international-eisteddfod.co.uk/

For further information or interviews please contact:

Caroline Harris or Kierstan Lowe at Spirit Public Relations on 0117 944 1415 / 07966 550623 / 07910 234805

or email hello@spiritpublicrelations.co.uk

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

For more information, terms and conditions about submitting patchworks for consideration, please visit https://international-eisteddfod.co.uk/

About Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod & Llangollen Online 2021

Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals. Each year around 4,000 performers and as many as 35,000 visitors converge on this beautiful small Welsh town and its International Pavilion; to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship.https://international-eisteddfod.co.uk/

As the world continues to battle through the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s festival will be held online. Llangollen Online 2021 will offer a reimagining of the annual event that captures the magic of the international Eisteddfod in a digital format. https://international-eisteddfod.co.uk/llangollen-online-2021/

About Luke Jerram

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in Bristol, UK but working internationally, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects over the last 24 years which have excited and inspired people around the globe. www.lukejerram.com