On Wednesday, 19 June 2019 following a public meeting at Glantwymyn Hall, Urdd Gobaith Cymru announced that the 2022 Urdd National Eisteddfod will be held in Maldwyn/ Montgomeryshire.
Discussions are ongoing regarding locating the Maes in Machynlleth on land between the Leisure Centre and the Plas, extending to the TreOwain Enterprise Park.
This will be the first time since 1988 that the Urdd Eisteddfod has visited the area.
It is estimated that the Urdd Eisteddfod will bring £6 million to the local economy and 90,000 visitors are expected to visit the national festival between 30 May – 4 June 2022.
During the festival, thousands of children and young people from across Wales will compete for a place on the main stage at the pavilion, as well as in occupational competitions such as art and design, beauty and hairdressing, stand up, creating apps and cooking.
A few weeks ago at the Urdd National Eisteddfod Cardiff and the Vale, the Urdd announced their intention of bringing the Eisteddfod to Maldwyn in 2022. They had already discussed the idea with the local committee in Maldwyn who had expressed their support and Powys County Council were also supportive and keen to welcome the festival to this part of the county. The purpose of tonight’s meeting, therefore, was to gauge the local support and that of the residents of Maldwyn to invite the Urdd Eisteddfod to the area in 2022. A unanimous decision was made to welcome to the Eisteddfod.
Addressing the public meeting were Gwenno Mair Davies, Chair of the Urdd Eisteddfod and Arts Board; Siân Lewis, Chief Executive at Urdd Gobaith Gymru; Myfanwy Alexander, cabinet member and Portfolio Holder for Learning and Welsh Language at Powys County Council; and Morys Gruffydd, Eisteddfod yr Urdd Organiser.
Morys Gruffydd said, “2022 is an important year for the Urdd as we celebrate the organisation’s centenary and it is a great pleasure to confirm that the Urdd Eisteddfod will return to Maldwyn for the first time in 34 years during these celebrations. I’d like to sincerely thank Powys County Council, our local committee in this region and the local residents for their willing support in inviting the festival to Maldwyn and we look forward to working with you over the next three years.”
On behalf of Powys County Council, Myfanwy Alexander added,
“It will be a privilege for Powys to welcome the Urdd Eisteddfod in 2022, and especially to play a part in the organisation’s centenary celebrations. The Eisteddfod held on the Show Ground last year was a great success and we’re looking forward to working with the Urdd once again to ensure an event like no other here in the Dyfi Valley. This is one of the Welsh language’s strongholds and as a County Council, we welcome the opportunity to celebrate our language with an organisation that is such an important partner in our efforts to grow the language in Powys.”
A meeting to establish the Eisteddfod Subject Committees will take place on Thursday 19 September 2019 in Ysgol Caereinion and the first Executive Committee meeting will be held on the 20th January 2020.