As you’ll know we love a good festival. There’s something about the sitting in a field on a warm summer’s day with a cold beer, surrounded by friends and family, listening to music that warms the soul. It’s a feel-good pleasure at its best. So, when the lovely people at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod asked us to check out this year’s special 70th anniversary festival, we were excited to say the least. Happily, we’re able to share that excitement with one of our lucky readers who’ll win a family pass to a day of their choice. More of that later.
Here we look ahead to this year’s Festival. Taking place from the 3rd to 9th July in this beautiful Welsh town, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod showcases an eclectic and diverse range of acts. It’s essentially a family-friendly celebration of music, dance and culture. It attracts everyone from world-renowned acts, such as the Manic Street Preachers and Reverend and the Makers, to children’s choirs competing to be crowned the world’s best!
As the name suggests, the Eisteddfod celebrates world music. In fact, from Wednesday until Saturday, each day is themed around a particular musical influence. Consequently, families are able to explore many corners of the world through the beauty, passion and sound of music. From Europe’s rich culture and South America’s Latin beats, to traditions from the Asian continent and contemporary and traditional African music; I, for one, can’t wait to be amazed and inspired.
Poignantly, another of the main Eisteddfod celebrations is the message of peace, unity and inclusion. In fact, throughout its 70 year history this has been something close to the heart of the Eisteddfod. To underline this they present a Rotary International Peace Award at the festival. The inspirational Terry Waite CBE is also the patron, lending much needed support to this message of unity. I’m sure you’ll agree that with all that is going on in the world right now this will be a lovely message for the kids in attendance. It’ll certainly be high on our list of festival priorities.
Competitions also form a huge part of the agenda as the Eisteddfod celebrates arts from across the spectrum. Children’s choirs and dance groups will take centre stage on Wednesday 5th July when the international competitions start. The winner of the Children’s Choir of the World will be announced the following day. We can’t wait to be inspired by these brilliantly talented kids from all over the world. I just know our kids will love it!
However, the family-friendly entertainment doesn’t stop there. There will be ‘Legendary Storytelling’ from across the globe from Wednesday to Friday. As an English teacher and parent, I fully understand the importance of storytelling. It’s something that has the power to transport people into fictional worlds. The fact that they’ll have an array of spoken legends from across the globe has really got me excited. Elsewhere at the Eisteddfod, Saturday will see Circus Skills, Bubble Workshops, Punch and Judy, and Magic Shows. As well as the allotted children’s workshops and performances, there will be two teepees housing children’s craft activities and musical instruments all week, as well as giant outdoor games and activities.
As well as families, schools are able to attend and get involved with the Eisteddfod. Teachers are able to book to attend the exclusive schools-only International Children’s Day on Tuesday 4th July. Hosted by CBBC presenter Storm Huntley, this is sure to be a big hit. The day features the delivery of the poignant ‘Peace Message’, mentioned earlier, as well as dance showcases and workshops, magicians, stilt walkers, jugglers, circus acts and bubble workshops. Whether you’re attending as a family or your kids are going as part of a school group, they’ll be happy, engaged and mesmerised throughout. As if to underline the family-friendly nature of the Eisteddfod, families can enjoy a full day for £24 (2 adults & 3 children) or £13 for (1 adult & 3 children). That’s awesome value given the range of entertainment and workshops.
If you fancy catching one of the big name acts that will grace the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, then separate evening tickets are also available to purchase (prices vary depending on the act). For instance, Bryn Terfel will be performing in Tosca, Puccini’s dramatic story of love, lust, murder and political intrigue on Tuesday evening. American Jazz, soul, and gospel singer-songwriter, Gregory Porter, will take to the stage on Friday evening. And last, but not least, Welsh legends, The Manic Street Preachers will headline the Sunday.
For more information visit: http://international-eisteddfod.co.uk/
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Daytime Family Pass Giveaway!
So, if you fancy attending this year’s Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, we have a family pass to giveaway. That means 2 adults and three children can enjoy the day of their choice from Wednesday to Saturday. All you have to do is click on the link below and enter your details. Rafflecopter, the randomising competition program that we use, will add additional entries in your name (thus increasing your chances of winning) if you also simply ‘like’ this post on Facebook page and tag a friend in the comments. (www.facebook.com/pottyadventures)
Terms and conditions:
Please note these are daytime only tickets. If you wish to attend one of the evening concerts you’ll need to purchase the appropriate additional ticket.
The family pass is valid for 2 adults and 3 children.
The winner must specify which day they are going to attend. The valid dates are from Wednesday 5th July to Saturday 8th July.
The giveaway is open to UK residents only and there is no cash alternative.
We cannot be held responsible for last minute changes and cancellations to the festival programme.
The winner will be randomly drawn using rafflecopter and announced on Monday 19th June 2017.