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Crowning 125th celebrations

24 May 2008

Visitors to this year’s Urdd Eisteddfod had the chance to join in the University’s 125th anniversary year celebrations.

Young visitors to the University’s stand designed and coloured-in their own crown celebrating Cardiff University’s sponsorship of the National Eisteddfod crown later this year.

At the Urdd, a pictorial timeline showcased the University’s achievements in research, teaching and community engagement over the past 125 years. There was also a quiz based on the history of the University.

Attracting in the region of 15,000 competitors, 100,000 visitors and a million people watching on TV, the Urdd Eisteddfod is one of Europe’s largest youth festivals. An important cultural event for the whole of Wales, it took place at Gloddaeth Isaf Farm near Llandudno.

The week-long event saw students from the School of Welsh enjoy a series of triumphs across a number of different competitions, including drama, singing, dance and recitation. Third year student, Huw Foulkes was named winner of the Drama Medal and secured the prize for Best Conductor. Former graduate Ifor ap Flyn was named the National Children’s Poet for 2008-09.

The 2008 National Eisteddfod of Wales will be held in Cardiff (2-9 August). The University will be jointly hosting an interactive exhibition alongside the Science Pavilion with its partner Techniquest, giving the University its highest ever profile among more than 20,000 visitors expected at the Maes each day.

To mark the University’s 125th anniversary year and its ongoing contribution to the cultural life of Wales, Cardiff is sponsoring the map at the National Eisteddfod as well as the Eisteddfod Crown.

One of the main National Eisteddfod competitions, the crown is awarded for a sequence of poems written in Welsh on a set subject. The crowning ceremony will be held in the Eisteddfod pavilion overseen by the Gorsedd of Bards in their druidic regalia. The crown, designed by Welsh jewellery designer and silversmith Karen Smith, will be formally presented to the Eisteddfod by the University at the National Eisteddfod.