This International Women’s Day, the Llangollen Eisteddfod celebrates the achievements of global women on a worldwide stage – both literally and figuratively.
Renowned across the world for its message of unity and peace, the International Eisteddfod is a firm advocate of equality and gender parity, which is continuously demonstrated throughout the duration of the weeklong festival in July.
Now entering its 71st year, the Llangollen Eisteddfod has been raising awareness and inspiring change, sharing a vision of peace and friendship. It has witnessed a myriad of milestones, which mark the progression of gender equality and women’s rights, such as the passing of the Equal Pay Act and the first ever Women’s Liberation March.
Discussing the importance of International Women’s Day in relation to the global festival, Vicky Yannoula, the recently appointed Music Director of the International Eisteddfod said: “We are passionate advocates of empowering absolutely everyone who participates in the Llangollen Eisteddfod – irrespective of gender, religion, ethnic background or culture.
“Each year over 4,000 performers from across the globe, many of them women from cultures that do not have the equality and democracy that we enjoy here in the UK, come together and celebrate diversity. We take pride in our mission of fostering equality and bringing people together in a warm-hearted environment that inspires and empowers absolutely everyone who visits.”
Representing the values of friendship, respect and harmony, the Llangollen Eisteddfod is not just focused on the global stage, it also works tirelessly through its local community outreach programmes to share this vision and strengthen regional communities closer to home, of which women are often at the heart.
Vicky continues: “International Women’s Day reminds us that our endeavours need to be individually and collectively sustained, with everyone operating in the spirit of human respect and harmony.”
Vicky Yannoula is the Music Director for Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, and will be performing in the Wednesday evening concert ‘The Classical Collection’. To purchase tickets please click here