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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Youngsters take to the streets to showcase eisteddfod

* The eisteddfod mini parade pf nations in Wrexham town centre.

In a break from tradition the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has taken its annual Parade of Nations to the streets of Wrexham.

The parade features performers waving flags representing their nation. 

It has always taken place in the host town of Llangollen but, for the first time in the festival’s history, volunteers took to the streets of Wrexham and other towns to celebrate the launch of the eisteddfod’s daytime programme.

The mini parades included young students from Ysgol Dinas Brรขn and also visited Liverpool, Chester and Oswestry.

Eisteddfod chairman Dr Rhys Davies said: “Showcasing an array of colourful flags, our international parade marched through the town of Wrexham in a vivacious display of international unity and friendship.

“It’s always extremely exciting announcing our daytime line-up and we hope that our parade inspires Wrexham to join us for our week-long festival of music and dance this summer.”

From Tuesday 2nd July to Saturday 6th July,  the three outdoor stages will host a variety of live world music and dance, folk, classical, jazz, indie, acoustic, roots, and opera, Celtic reggae, and rock, whilst world-class entertainment continues in the main pavilion where choirs, dancers and soloists from different nations compete for international recognition and prizes.

Tickets for the 2019 Llangollen Eisteddfod are on sale and can be purchased online at or via the box office. An early bird £5 Ground ticket offer is available using the discount code NEWS19.

Daytime line-up includes:

Tuesday July 2

Earth’s Little Heroes – International Children’s Day

The Eisteddfod opens with a day of programming especially for primary school age children. Earth’s Little Heroes’ matinee performances in the pavilion will include the annual Peace message and a special ‘World Warriors’ performance with pupils from local Denbighshire schools. Field events will include Interactive Junk Music™, workshops with the Junkman and a Magic of Recycling Show with The Conwy Jester.

Priority booking for this event is given to those on educational trips but public admission will be available on the day with seating in the rear section of the pavilion. Kindly supported by MBNA General Foundation.

Into the evening from 4.30pm there will be a variety of operas, acoustic soloists and ballet.

Wednesday July 3

Harmony and Diversity

Young competitors take to the pavilion stage with the Children’s Folk Song Choirs, Junior Children’s Choirs, Vocal Solo (age 12-15) and Children’s Traditional Folk Dance Group categories. There will also be this year’s Inclusion Project, 'Tapestry' involving local groups from diverse backgrounds.
The day will be filled with music and dance workshops so everyone has the chance to try something new

From 4.30pm there will be world music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe and local choirs.

Thursday July 4

Exploring Peace Together

Discover what peace means to you and to your neighbours. Get involved in workshops and peace chants with the Southern Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks, celebrate the WCIA Young Peacemakers Awards and witness the bespoke artwork from young people of Plas Madoc.

International competitions include Senior Children’s Choir, A cappella Group, Open Folk Solo, Vocal Solo (age 16-19), Voice of Musical Theatre and the announcement of the Children’s Choir of the World results.

Into the evening from 4.30pm international participants join together in ‘The Gathering’ in an exchange of dance and culture not to be missed before the outside stages come alive with South American and Spanish vibes along with Eastern European folk music with gypsy jazz.

Friday July 5

Uniting Nations in Music

Llangollen Eisteddfod was established in 1947 as a means of uniting nations through music. Today we showcase music from all over the world with performances of intercultural song and dance all around the field. Lively marimba band Otto & The Mutapa Calling treat us to the energetic, joyful music from Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe whilst Mambo Jambo will take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey with a mash-up of sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz.

The pavilion will be jammed full with international sights and sounds with the Adult Folk Song Choirs, Choreographed/Stylised Folk Dance, Youth Choirs, Traditional Folk Dance, Open Folk Solo and Young Instrumentalist categories.

The Parade of Nations takes place at 4.30pm this spectacle of colour and sound is one of the highlights of the eisteddfod.

Saturday 6 July

Discovering our World Community

Enjoy local community performances on the field and the Dancing in the Street competition at the Riverside Park at 2.00pm. Field activities for families include circus skills and stilt walking, walkabout artistes and craft activities.

The last day of competitions will see a splash of colour with the Cultural Showcase competition and the very best of Mixed Choirs, Female Voice Choirs, Open Choirs and Male Voice Choirs who are competing to win a place in the Choir of the World final.

World music featuring a lively Ceilidh band, Sitar and Tablo duo, and Celtic rock band, folk and acoustic music will entertain all day and into the evening from 4.30pm.

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