I am excited to share with you the details of the upcoming Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod which is a festival of dance, music and culture held in my beautiful home county of Denbighshire in North Wales. I grew up in Denbigh which sits some twenty miles outside of Llangollen and was lucky enough to take part in the festival many years ago as a young girl in my school choir.
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (or LIME as it’s now referred to) was founded in 1947 and will be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The festival aims to promote peace and goodwill between nations to provide education and knowledge of the arts through music, folklore and dance and has even been nominated for a Nobel Prize of the Peace!
The festival will run this year from Monday 3rd July until Sunday 9th July and tickets are on sale now. You can either purchase a day ticket which lasts from 8.30am to 7pm or a ticket for an evening performance in the pavillion.
The first day of the festival is Children’s Day (and is the part I featured in, many moons ago) and kids from local schools attend whilst the day is celebrated with The Peace Message. I really feel this is so important and poignant at this current time, with all the terrible things that have been going on in the UK recently.
Each year, 4,000 performers attend and the festival sees 50,000 visitors across the week. This year Gregory Porter, Manic Street Preachers and Bryn Terfel are just some of the performers who will be showcasing their talents.
Music Director of the festival, Eilir Griffiths, says:
We couldn’t be more excited about the 2017 concert schedule. For the last 70 years the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has brought people from across the globe together in the passionate celebration of music, dance, culture and diversity, exemplifying our values of peace and unity.
This year’s festival will be a celebration of our history and values but also of our future, as we embrace artists and genres that many may consider not ‘traditional’ to the International Eisteddfod.
We are proud that this year’s festival line up spans genres and generations, crossing the boundries of age, culture and creed. There really is something for everyone at Llangollen 2017.
Terry Waite CBE , President of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, said:
The word Eisteddfod is the Welsh word for a gathering and that is what the International Musical Eisteddfod truly is.
Every year since the end of World War II musicians and artists have gathered together from every corner of the globe to compete and to entertain. What makes this Eisteddfod unique is that it is all done to promote peace and harmony using the language of music.
I have often said that music has the capacity to breath harmony into the soul and today this troubled world needs harmony more than ever it did. This year thousands of people will once again travel to Llangollen for the 70th anniversary celebrations.
The Internationally acclaimed artist, Sir Bryn Terfel, will once again delight his audience, as will Only Boys Aloud, Gregory Porter and Manic Street Preachers and the many more eclectic stars who will perform at this unique week of music and dance. It certainly promises to be a week to remember.
My great hope for this anniversary year is that the celebration may encourage us all to continue to bring harmony and peace in a divided world.”
I am super happy to be offering a family pass to the festival, for any day of your choosing! The family pass will admit up to two adults and three children and to enter you just need to follow the instructions below. Best of luck to you and don’t forget if you don’t win tickets are still available from the LIME website.