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Monday, July 5, 2021

Artwork patches are hung over the side of town bridge

* The artwork patches hang over the side of the bridge.

A team of workmen have this afternoon been hanging a series of large colourful patchworks from Llangollen Bridge.

It's part of a special project called Bridges, Not Walls to mark the start of Eisteddfod week.

International artist Luke Jerram has been working to transform the Grade 1 listed bridge into a giant artwork celebrating peace as part of this year's festival.

This has meant wrapping the ancient stone structure in a giant patchwork of fabrics, said to reflect the crafts and cultures of Wales alongside the festival’s participating nations.

The footpath on one side of the bridge was closed as the hanging of the patches went ahead.

* The pavement is closed as the patches are hung over the bridge.

Due to the pandemic this year’s Eisteddfod will be largely held online, with the main programme being presented over the weekend of the July 9-11.

Bridges, Not Walls will remain in place on Llangollen Bridge until August 5.

With major event funding from Welsh Government, this year’s online Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod will celebrate the broadest possible range of musical genres from classical, opera and choral, to jazz, soul and rock, to connect with existing and new audiences in preparation for its physical return in 2022.

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