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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

National Eisteddfod gets an extra £90,000

First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has said that an additional £90,000 will be awarded to the National Eisteddfod this year to enable it to implement several of the recommendations made by the Eisteddfod Task and Finish Group.

The announcement forms part of the Welsh Government’s response to the Group’s report, which outlines ways the national festival can modernise and increase its impact.
The Eisteddfod Task and Finish Group, chaired by Roy Noble, was established following the Eisteddfod in 2012. The Group was asked to consider the future location of the Eisteddfod, its appeal to new visitors and ways to increase visitor numbers.

The First Minister said that he was pleased to accept all of the recommendations in principle and that the Welsh Government will support any operational steps that can be taken.

Further considerations will need to be made to some of the recommendations due to their financial implications.

The recommendations include, that the festival continue to travel to different parts of Wales each year, that the Eisteddfod creates a plan to attract more young volunteers, and that it establishes a Group of experts to create an ambitious Digital Strategy.

The First Minister said: "The National Eisteddfod is a cornerstone of Welsh language and culture. From the day that the Eisteddfod announces it will visit a certain area, excitement builds and there are many opportunities for people of all ages to take part in a variety of activities in their local community.

"We established this Task and Finish Group so that we would be fully informed of public opinion and of the best options available to widen the festival’s appeal and increase visitor numbers. The recommendations in the report are reasonable and offer a clear vision on how the Eisteddfod can develop and modernise.

"We will now continue to work closely with the Eisteddfod as they consider their response to the recommendations."

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