Two of Wales’ flagship cultural events have been provided financial support by the Welsh Government to help with the impact of COVID-19.
Funding of more than £800,000 will be shared by the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol and Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod – to help with business continuity through 2020, including planning and preparation for the 2021 events.
Minister for International Relations and Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan, said: “The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol are two signature events in Wales’ summer events calendar –which provide a fantastic platform to showcase our arts and culture. We are working closely with the organisers to support them through this difficult period and to assist them in building a sustainable future.
“The National Eisteddfod in its current format has been delivering the festival for well over a hundred years. In difficult times like these, it’s important to recognise and provide a strong cultural heritage for future generations, as well as nurture and provide a platform for Welsh language artists of the future and to support new works of arts and literature.”
Rhys Davies, Chairman, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod said: “We are very grateful for the support of Welsh Government so that we can continue to promote Welsh Culture on the International stage and spread the Peace Message around the world. There are going to be challenges for all festivals in future so collaboration is the key.”
Breakdown of the funding is as follows:
- £500,000 for the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol and £338,000 for Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod