Statement on the situation in the Middle East

Since 1947, the ethos of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has been to promote peace and understanding through music and dance, both in its annual July week and through delivering inclusive outreach projects throughout the year to local communities in Wales and worldwide.

The aims of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, to promote peace in our world are never more important than in times of conflict.

The terrible escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Territories is deeply distressing and we condemn the disregard being shown for the fundamental human rights of civilians.

We have welcomed competitors from the region to Llangollen in previous years, our thoughts are with the innocent people in Gaza and Israel and we join the international community in calling for an immediate de-escalation of the violence.