Cardigan Castle is celebrating its unique claim to fame with an Eisteddfod Day on August 23.
The castle – famed as the birthplace of the Eisteddfod in 1176 – will be showcasing its inheritance with a day devoted to this pinnacle of Welsh culture.
The day’s highlight will be the unveiling of the Sword of Peace (Cleddyf Heddwch) sculpture by local artist Ben Dearnley.
The stunning slate artwork has been funded by the Ashley Family Foundation and incorporates specially commissioned poetry from acclaimed poets Ceri Wyn Jones and Gillian Clarke. The two poems will be recited in public for the first time after the unveiling at 2pm.
Visitors will be able to create their own poems inspired by the castle with a dedicated poets’ corner in the Eisteddfod Room.
Also during the day locals are being encouraged to come and share their memories of the last time Cardigan hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1976. A local journalist and film photographer will be on hand to record memories plus scan any photos or memorabilia from that hot dusty eisteddfod of 41 years ago. The plan is to put together an exhibition showcasing those memories in time for the next time the eisteddfod visits the county in 2020.
There will also be live music, craft stalls plus children’s activities.
The day is free for castle pass holders or £5 adults, £3 children.
Anyone who would like to share their ’76 eisteddfod memories or memorabilia but can’t get along to the castle on August 23 is welcome to contact the castle beforehand either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, phoning 01239 615131 or calling into the castle reception.