Eisteddfod Needs Support To Continue

10th January 2018

The Eisteddfod Committee is calling for more support so the annual festival continue.

Profits were down last year, and the event could be in danger if it fails to find the support in needs.

However, the Committee is not only looking for sponsorship, but also personnel who will give up some time to work on the administration and organisation of the festival.


Image taken from Guernsey Eisteddfod website

The festival takes place once a year, and celebrates literature, music and performance.

Guernsey’s first Eisteddfod was held in 1922 at the Little Theatre, and with the exception of the years 1940-1945, has taken place annually ever since.

It takes place in the Spring each year, and gives people of all ages, who are interested in the arts, the chance to show off their talents across a wide range of classes.

Every entrant receives praise and constructive comments from a professional adjudicator, to help entrants further develop their talents.

General Secretary, Barbara Minta, says:

‘We are looking for more sponsorship if we can get it, we’ve lost a couple of sponsors over the last few years. And we’re also looking for personnel because all the people running the Eisteddfod are getting older, and I’m fearful that there’s nobody around to take over from us when we give up. 

I just need people who are available, who can help with the admin of the festival and who are perhaps prepared to go on sub-committees of any sections that they themselves support. 

I think that having the courage to go on stage, whether you’re 4, 40, 80 or whatever, it’s quite daunting but it does enormous good for your self esteem. You develop good social skills, you develop good team building skills if you’re working with other people in things like plays and choirs.’ 

This year’s Eisteddfod will begin on the 1st March and will finish with a Gala performance of some of the best acts of the year, on the 26th March.

Booking will be available for some classes, and other tickets will be available on the door.

The programme will be available from the 3rd February from the following places:

The Press Shop – Smith Street

Office Point, Barras Lane

Lexicon, Le Pollet

St Peter’s Post Office

Guille-Allès Library

Education Department

The Grammar School

If you are interested in supporting the Eisteddfod, you can contact Barbara Minta on bminta@cwgsy.net.

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