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eisteddfodd aberystwythDid you know……

Aberystwyth has hosted the Eisteddfod, a national celebration of Welsh culture and language four times in its 150 year long history.

The festival was started in 1861 and took 5 years to reach Aberystwyth, after first being staged in Aberdare. The festival has even been hosted over the border (just about!) in Chester, as well as Liverpool, London and Birkenhead.

Aberystwyth first hosted the festival in 1865, and then had to wait another 41 years until the time of the First World War to stage it again in 1916.

Following this it again came back to the town in 1952, and most recently in 1992.

In fact, the bardic ring of huge stones which stand in the centre of the castle were placed their in order to mark the 1916 Eisteddfod.

Did you also know that the word Eisteddfod literally means ‘a sitting’ hence the awarding of the famous chair to a bard who has really impressed the judges every year at the festival.

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