22 May

Origin of the Modern Eisteddfod in Wales

The tradition of Eisteddfods can be dated back to at least the 12th century, when Rhys ap Gruffydd held a festival of poetry and music at his court in Cardigan in 1176. At this gathering, a chair at the Lord’s table was awarded to the best musician and poet. However, the 18th century revival would be a lot more recognisable as the Eisteddfods we see today. First held in 1861, the National Eisteddfod of Wales is a festival of literature, performance and music.

The Lismore Eisteddfod is a series of competitions for amateur performing artists whose ages range from 4 years to 40 years plus. This is the 106th occasion of it being held. The competitions are held in different locations, each one chosen to best showcase the particular artistic style of performance.