Llangollen Eisteddfod returns after a two-year break with new hybrid competitions
Organizers are determined to welcome competitors from around the world despite continued travel disruptions, and say there will be hybrid competitions with options to compete live or digitally on large screens in the Royal International Pavilion.
This year will see a shortened event taking place from July 7-10, instead of the usual week-long eisteddfod.
As well as competitions on the main stage, there will be activity on the outdoor stages, as well as public performances around the town and at a number of locations in North East Wales.
Applications are now open for over 20 different categories, with the full program and application information available on the eisteddfod website.
Llangollen executive producer Camilla King said: “We look forward to welcoming friends from around the world to experience the true meaning of Eisteddfod, friendly competition and shared joy of playing, all in the beautiful surroundings of Llangollen, North Wales.
“In addition to our new digital hybrid format, contestants may notice other changes to our competitions this year, which we hope will inspire them to come join us in our 75th anniversary celebrations.”
“In light of the continued travel disruptions due to Covid-19, we are introducing a series of hybrid competitions for the first time, with options to compete digitally via large screens in the pavilion, in front of referees and a live audience. Our goal is to make participation accessible to many more amateur artists this summer.”
She said the crown jewel of the Eisteddfod would be the Choir of the World competition on July 9, which for 2022 is joined by the Pendine International Voice of the Future and Dance Champions awards.
“It will be an exciting celebration of outstanding international artists,” said Camilla.
New for 2022 are the Show Choirs, Contemporary Dance, Young Composer, Young Folk Instrumental Ensemble and Junior Instrumentalist competitions.
There is also the usual variety of choral and solo singing, dancing, folk music, instrumental performances, and a special non-competitive series.
“The International Eisteddfod welcomes over 4,000 performers during the week-long program and is an exquisite celebration of international music, culture, creativity and collaboration. It is now a key driver of cultural tourism in North Wales and attracts over 35,000 visitors each year.