Every summer since 1947, Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspiring cultural festival; The Llangollen International Eisteddfod is six days of music and dancing from around the world, and it is already underway near our North Wales holiday parks, ending on Sunday 8th July, at the Royal International Pavilion. The festival is a fantastic way to bring together people of different cultures, backgrounds, religions and races in celebration of music and peace.
A Brief History
There are around 4,000 performers over the six days and 50,000 visitors who descend upon the North Wales town, today a far cry from its humble beginnings in post-war Britain. The festival was started with a vision of ‘Peace and Harmony,’ inspired by the ancient Welsh eisteddfod tradition. Though there were fears no-one would come in the first year, there were groups from 10 countries and 40 choirs from England, Scotland and Wales. In the following years, it went from strength to strength, growing bigger every time. Queen Elizabeth II was even a visitor following her coronation in 1953. Many musical greats have performed at Llangollen International Eisteddfod, including Luciano Pavarotti.
2018 Line Up
The Eisteddfod has competitions and live music performances from well-known bands and musicians. Competitors include folk dance groups, choirs and acapella groups. These include people from all over the world, and gives visitors the chance to listen to and see the best singers they normally wouldn’t. A highlight of the Eisteddfod is the Choir of the World competitions, with previous winners coming from the USA, Ireland and Argentina. Competition events take place in the Pavilion, and the days of the festival are filled with music and singing.
Events in the Field on the outdoor stages at the Eisteddfod gives visitors the chance to listen and dance along to music from all over the world, from a variety of genres. There will be jazz, folk, dance and rock, along with traditional performances from countries all over the world, taking place during the day and in the evening. The Eisteddfod will come to an end on Sunday 8th July with Llanfest, featuring sets from The Hoosiers, Toploader and headline act the Kaiser Chiefs.
The excitement of eisteddfod also spills out over to the town of Llangollen, and there are parades, dancing and more to enjoy. The Parade of National is a highlight, featuring international performers in traditional dress parading the streets of Llangollen, taking place at 4.30pm on Friday 6th July.
Day tickets are available for people who haven’t booked in advance. A Pavilion Day Ticket gives you access to the grounds, stalls, outdoor stages, activities and a reserved seat inside the Royal Pavilion near the stage. A Ground Ticket provides the same access as the Pavilion Day Ticket but there are only non-reserved seats further from the stage available to you in the Royal Pavilion and purchased on first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the eisteddfod, visit the website here.
Our caravans for sale, North Wales, are in prime locations for attending festival, events and visiting the area’s fantastic attractions. Contact us today for more information, and if you are missing this years’ Eisteddfod, it will definitely be back next year, bigger and better!
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