Swansea University presence at the National Eisteddfod of Wales

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Academi Hywel Teifi represents the University at the National Eisteddfod

Every year Swansea University plays an active part in the National Eisteddfod. The University's contribution to the Welsh language and culture is managed through Academi Hywel Teifi, strengthening the University's reputation as a bilingual institution in Wales.

Academi Hywel Teifi organises the University's presence at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, along with other national events, showcasing the research and expertise of Swansea University's Welsh-medium staff.

Annually, the Academi hosts an event for staff, alumni and distinguished friends with leading University staff addressing the reception. As well as staff, other distinguished friends such as Huw Edwards, Beti George, Jason Mohammad and Heini Gruffudd have joined our annual celebration.

History of Swansea University's partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales

Academi Hywel Teifi was launched at the 2010 Ebbw Vale National Eisteddfod by Huw Edwards in the presence of Education Minister Leighton Andrews AM and Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones AM and attracted extensive publicity. The Hywel Teifi Memorial Lecture was established at that Eisteddfod and has now become a highlight for Swansea University's program at the Eisteddfod. Academi Hywel Teifi is responsible for organising, coordinating and promoting the program. Read more about the Hywel Teifi Memorial Lecture here. 

A partnership was established with Literature Wales in 2015 and Academi Hywel Teifi sponsored the Lolfa Lên (Literature tent), a popular and innovative literature pavilion on the Maes. This space provided a daily platform to showcase the Welsh-medium work and expertise of writers, scholars, alumni and distinguished friends of Swansea University.

On the eve of its centenary year in 2019, Swansea University was delighted to announce that it would be sponsoring the Babell Lên (Literature Pavilion) at the 2019 National Eisteddfod in Conwy, covering the university’s centenary celebrations. The Babell Lên is one of the Festival's most popular destinations. The Academi contributes to the lively annual program of lectures, discussion panels and talks held in the pavilion and provides a unique opportunity to share the work and expertise of writers, scholars, alumni and distinguished friends of Swansea University.

 

Eisteddfod AmGen

Although the National Eisteddfod in Tregaron had to be postponed in 2020 and gain in 2021 due to the pandemic, Academi Hywel Teifi was delighted to be able to contribute various sessions to the online Eisteddfod AmGen Festival.

Academi Hywel Teifi held various and timely sessions in the virtual Societies, Science, History, Theatre and Literature pavilions, reflecting the range of expertise of Welsh-medium academics and students at Swansea University.

Click on the links below to watch the sessions at the 2020 and 2021 Eisteddfod Amgen.

Conwy County National Eisteddfod 2019

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Sir Conwy 2019 | Conwy County National Eisteddfod 2019

National Eisteddfod at Abergavenny 2016

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Sir Fynwy a'r Cyffiniau 2016