The Urdd Eisteddfod one of Europe's biggest youth festival of literature, music and performing arts organised by Urdd Gobaith Cymru and will be held in Llandovery in 2023, during Whitsun week at the end of May.
It attracts in the region of 100,000 visitors a year and historically contributes up to £6 million to the local economy of the host county, with the hospitality industry benefitting hugely.
This will be the eighth time that Carmarthenshire has hosted the Urdd Eisteddfod although this will be the first time that the Eisteddfod is visiting Llandovery. The Eisteddfod first visited Carmarthenshire in 1935 when the Eisteddfod was held in Carmarthen and the most recent visits include Eisteddfod Sir Gâr in 2007 and Eisteddfod Cwm Gwendraeth in 1989.
The Eisteddfod is a competitive festival with over 15,000 children and young people under the age of 25 competing during the Eisteddfod week in various competitions such as singing, dancing and performing. They are the elite few from around 40,000 competitors across Wales who have won their place following local and regional rounds held in the spring months leading up to the Eisteddfod.
The 1,800 seater Pavilion is the home of the competitions and is very much the hub of the Eisteddfod. Surrounding the Pavilion, on the ‘Maes’, you will find hundreds of colourful stalls offering a range of activities for all the family - from biking, climbing and sport sessions to a fun fair, live bands and children’s shows with some well-known TV characters. It is a great family day out.