For one week, in one town, over fifty countries gather for one of Wales’s most unique experiences.
Every July over 120,000 performers and festival-goers from all over the world visited
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in the picturesque Dee Valley, North Wales.
This cool and cultural event, considered as 'Wales’s gift to the World' was established in 1947
to promote peace and goodwill between nations through music and dance.
Still thriving today Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has become one of the world’s most colourful festivals.
During each themed day the festival field is a hive of activity with main stage competitions, outside stage performances,
workshops, and impromptu singing and dancing from every corner of the world, in national and regional costume.
The Parade of Nations is a truly unique parade around Llangollen town!
Competitions: Each day is filled with Eisteddfod Competitions with over 50 nations taking part; one of these was the Soul Sounds Academy Choir,
Colombo from Sri Lanka: runners-up in the Youth Choir category in 2004 and, since then they have gone from strength to strength,
having performed in both Australia and China. In January 2005 the choir helped to raise funds for the victims of the devastating
Asian tsunami of 26 December 2004.
The evening Gala concerts over the years have attracted some of show-business's biggest names such as
Pavarotti, Michael Ball, Elaine Page, Placido Domingo, Dame Shirley Bassey, Bryn Terfel and Karl Jenkins.
First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones said:
“Llangollen is well regarded throughout the world.
For more than sixty years, musicians and dancers have flocked here from all four corners of the globe to compete
and to create a superb atmosphere of peace and harmony”.
For dates and further details please visit our website
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod,
Royal International Pavilion,
Photograph: Llangollen Community Book www.llangollencommunity.co.uk