Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod promoting and supporting Corporate Social Responsibility
As an International event, our activity will inevitably have an ongoing impact on society and our environment. By improving the quality and efficiency of the way we operate today, we can be a force for positive change in the world we leave to the next generation.
Our objective: embed responsibility in everything we do for future generations.
Since 1947, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has been committing more and more effort and assets towards local and social support for the communities. From growing sustainable practices to securing grants this has amounted to include the following activities:
- HMP Berwyn: On site workshops learning about the Eisteddfod tradition and the history of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod encouraging the participants to enter several competitions as part of a mini Eisteddfod. This culminated in a performance from International dancers from India, who visited the HMP during Eisteddfod week. The participants prepared a delicious Indian meal to share with the dancers after the performance.
- Inclusion Project: This award-winning event was designed to provide groups, who wouldn’t normally perform or compete in the Eisteddfod, with a platform to showcase their many talents. First introduced in 2017 the project has grown each year in prominence and artistic content. It is now well established as a highlight of the Eisteddfod week and leaves a lasting impression on performers and audience alike; emphasising equality, inclusion, acceptance and recognising the importance of diversity.
- Rotary Peace Prize: The Rotary International Peace Award is presented each year at the Eisteddfod; the award is designed to recognise an individual or organisation who has contributed to the furtherance of peace and understanding throughout people of the world. The Eisteddfod are proud of it links with Rotary International, as one of the largest humanitarian organisations in the world, who’s ethos and values align with the Eisteddfods aims of promoting peace and understanding between different cultures.
- Funding approximately £30,000 to groups visiting Llangollen. The BURSARY FUND is open to all competitors and applications are judged on need, artistic merit and our wish to make the Eisteddfod as diverse and accessible as possible.
- The Eisteddfod Accessible Scheme supplies complimentary tickets to disadvantages groups, the scheme also enables the Eisteddfod to improve and promote their true level of accessibility and supports visitors and competitors with access needs, this allows visitors to make an informed choice.
- Recycling commitment: In 2011, the Eisteddfod introduced recycling to the event’s waste management. Since then, the event has managed to reduce the proportion of waste going to landfill or incineration each year, and in 2015 it reach a recycling rate of 72.5% by weight. For the last three years this has been maintained and improved upon (in 2018 the recycling rate was 75.5%) making the Eisteddfod one of the premier events in Wales for environmental protection.
- The Peace Message, since 1952, the young people have presented a message of peace and goodwill to the children of the world from the stage during Children’s Day. This message reaches 5000 school children each year.
How can your company include Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in their Corporate Social Responsibility approach and strategy?
- Engage in our Community Outreach Programme
- Sponsor Culture and the Arts
- Work together – consider how your Corporate Social project could add value to the Eisteddfod stages or field
- Fundraising event or activity
Many of the Eisteddfod’s commercial Sponsors, Partners and Supporters are incorporating good corporate citizenship into their businesses and the Eisteddfod takes pride in supporting their activities. Please see these great examples of corporate social responsibility:
The Pendine Park social responsibility to the Care Sector has been about leading the way in many areas – being the 1st care organisation to gain BS5750 (now ISO) and to have an artist in residence and an RCN learning centre. Pendine have also been instrumental in setting up Care Forum Wales, the Wales Care Awards to recognise the wonderful job many Care Staff do and the Academy of Care Practitioners to support & professionalise the sector.
Pendine Park have been leading sponsors of the Eisteddfod for several years.
Each year Pendine Park bring their residents to Children’s Day and invite the schools to join them in Music workshops. Over 1,000 children participate each year.
Without the support of Linguassist this project conveniently ended on Easter Monday with the formal handover of a school in Taninahun, Sierra Leon.
3. The Cornmill, Fouzis, GHP Legal, Hadlow Edwards
The above named companies support the Outreach programme. This Outreach work goes further than public performances with the International competitors who visit and perform in the local community at various venues covering Llangollen, Wrexham, Chester and Oswestry.
This funding also supports projects that feed into the Eisteddfod artistic programme including:
- Volunteer and Work Experience Projects
An ongoing Volunteering and Work Experience Projects with Ysgol Dinas Bran and Ectarc from Llangollen and Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham.
- Care Homes
International groups visit care homes in the surrounding area, so that those who are unable to attend the Eisteddfod can still get a flavour of this unique event. These performances not only enable us to reach the audience of residents but are also wonderful experiences for the participating groups.
- LIME concert in Denbigh
A concert held for the competitors in Myddelton College, Denbigh in conjunction with Denbigh Rotary Club. An opportunity for the competitors to perform for each other outside of the strict competition parameters in an exchange of culture, music and dance!