National Eisteddfod organisers say the 2017 Brifwyl on Anglesey made a surplus of £93,200.
Over 147,000 people turned up to this year’s festival in Bodedern – with local fundraisers exceeding their appeal target by nearly a third.
The National Eisteddfod Council, meeting in Aberystwyth on Saturday, was told that the 2019 event will take place in Llanrwst, following next year’s ‘experimental’ urban festival in Cardiff Bay.
The meeting heard that Maes B had attracted its biggest ever crowds and ticket sales overall had been excellent – with a new record set for Tudur Owen’s evening show in the Pavilion. Extra costs included more trackboards and extra security as a result of terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
Eisteddfod chief executive Elfed Roberts, who announced he’ll retire from the post next year, said: ”Although we had bad weather during the first weekend, it was a memorable Eisteddfod, and we are very grateful to the people of Anglesey, our terrific volunteers and visitors for this.”
”From the start, the chair of the executive committee, Derec Llwyd Morgan, wanted to see young people involved in all elements of the work preparing for the Eisteddfod. It was great to see such excellent co-operation between people of all ages across the project, from steering the work selecting competitions to organising and holding hundreds of community events and activities across the island.”
”The Anglesey team were determined to reach the Local Fund target, and this happened, smashing the target by almost £90,000 by the end of festival week. This was done thanks to the careful and organised leadership of the chair of the finance committee, Haydn Edwards, and a team of active and creative local committees, and we are very grateful to them for all their work.”
”It was great to see so many groups and individuals competing with 15 choirs taking part in one competition during the first weekend! We also saw so many young competitors on the stage with Côr Ieuenctid Môn winning the Festival Choir prize at the end of the week.”
”And we must mention the Eisteddfod Choir project and A Oes Heddwch? Created to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, the work was created by Aled and Dafydd Hughes (Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog), Guto Dafydd, Paul Mealor and Grahame Davies, taking its inspiration from the story of Hedd Wyn, and the boys from Anglesey and Gwynedd who fought in the war. This was a brand new and original work, with a 250 strong choir of local voices who were an integral part of the whole project.”
”Today is also an opportunity to thank all our partners, and Anglesey County Council in particular, its staff and elected members, for all their support and help over the past two years. We are also grateful to the emergency services and the bus companies who were so integral to the success of the shuttle buses service during the week. This year was a real partnership, and we are grateful for all co-operation.”
Next year’s Eisteddfod will be held without a Maes but will make use of key buildings in Cardiff Bay including the Senedd and the Wales Millennium Centre. Bookings for a caravan site at Pontcanna Fields will be taken from 1st February with visitors advised to book early.