A special week

New Accessions / News - Posted 03-06-2010

The Urdd banner above the doorway to the National Library

One of the biggest youth festivals in the world is visiting our neck of the woods this week. The Urdd National Eisteddfod is being held, in glorious sunshine, in the grounds of Llanerchaeron mansion, near Aberaeron.

“Urdd Gobaith Cymru”, or the “Urdd” as it’s known, founded by Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards, who made the first Welsh language talkie “Y Chwarelwr”, is a strong and vibrant youth movement. It runs residential activity centres in north and mid Wales, and has a base at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

The Urdd National Eisteddfod is the culmination of months of preparatory work by Urdd branches throughout Wales, and is a showcase for young talent in literature, dance,  drama, music…

The Library has a “stand” at the festival, and NSSAW is screening one of the stage highlights.

Recently we received a very interesting batch of films, some of which are early generation copies of movies made by Sir Ifan, including Urdd cruises from the thirties. The films show Urdd members and their families enjoying trips as far afield as Norway, Brittany, Spain, Portugal and north Africa.

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