Gŵyl Fawr Aberteifi:EISTEDDFOD

Competitions will start in earnest in the Theatre at 5pm on Friday and at 1pm on Saturday with the Saturday evening session starting at 6pm. Competitions on Friday will include music and dance with the Chairing Ceremony held at 8pm. Saturday will be an opportunity to enjoy choral singing at its best with a number of choral classes culminating in one overall winner to be declared Festival Choir on the Saturday evening. The final competition will be the highly anticipated Blue Riband competition for soloists over 25 years old.    

A simultaneous Welsh language translation facility will be available.


Gŵyl Fawr Aberteifi is Cardigan’s annual Welsh language festival which involves a week long celebration of music, verse and dance.

The festival was first established in 1952 as a semi-national Eisteddfod  - a stepping stone for competitors between local Eisteddfods and the National Eisteddfod.   

In 2018 the Festival will be held at Theatr Mwldan and Cardigan Castle.

The Festival kicks off on the first Saturday with a formal proclamation ceremony held at Cardigan Castle. Tuesday and Thursday evenings are an opportunity to showcase local talent as children and young people (members of CICA) perform a Welsh language musical at the theatre. Wednesday evening focuses on poetry with local bardic teams battling it out in verse. Friday and Saturday feature the main event – the traditional Eisteddfod with individuals, groups and choirs travelling to the event from far and wide to compete in a variety of competitions including singing, folk dancing and recitation. Highlights include the Chairing of the Bard ceremony and the Blue Riband competition for the Festival’s champion soloists. 

The Festival comes to an end on the Sunday with a morning service at 10 am in Y Tabernacl, followed by a Grand Concert on the Sunday evening.  


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