Swansea University presence at 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 fororganising, coordinating and promoting the program, as well as developing and piloting the methods of maintaining the University's presence on the Maes.
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.
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.
Although the National Eisteddfod in 2020 had to be postponed due to the pandemic, Academi Hywel Teifi was delighted to be able to contribute various sessions to AmGen Festival's online offer where 500,000 people joined in the online fun during the week.