The National Urdd Eisteddfod is one of the largest youth festivals in Europe and it's coming to Denbighshire in May 2020.

 

Are you interested in competing in any of the stage and maes competitions?

 

There is a wide selection of competitions so why not study the syllabus to find something of interest, join in the fun and get involved

 

How do I compete in the Urdd Eisteddfod?

In order to compete in the Urdd Eisteddfod, here are a few useful steps to follow: 

1)      Join Urdd Gobaith Cymru. Click here to learn more.

2)      Browse through the Syllabus to see which competitions are of interest to you.

3)      Register to compete. Registration opens on 2 December 2019.

Registration closing dates vary from area to area therefore check the relevant date with your local Development Officer or click My Area on the website to see their details.

4)      Compete in the Local Eisteddfod (Cylch) which is the first round (Unless otherwise noted).

5)      If successful, you will compete in the second round which is at your Regional Eisteddfod (Unless otherwise noted).

6)      If successful, you will compete in the Urdd National Eisteddfod at Denbighshire in May 2020. This will be the third and final round of the competition.

Where can I find a list of competitions (syllabus)? 

A copy of the Urdd Eisteddfod Syllabus for Denbighshire 2020 is available to download here.

How do I get hold of the competition pieces?

If the competition piece is still in print, you can:

  • Buy a copy of the book from your local book shop.  
  • Borrow a copy from your local library
  • By contacting the Eisteddfod Department in Glan-Llyn. If this is the case, it will be clearly noted in the Syllabus. E-mail darnau@urdd.org or ring 0345 257 1613.

 

When perusing through the Syllabus, you will find that full details of the competitions will be set out like this: 

Competition number 7

Choir Year. 6 and under (Ad)          Dathlu, Robat Arwyn

                                              Can y Ddraig, Curiad Publications

 

This is a full explanation of what this means:

Name of the piece:               Dathlu

Author:                                 Robat Arwyn

Name of the book where the piece appears:             Can y Ddraig

Publishers:                           Curiad Publications

 

Who can compete?

Remember join the Urdd and make note of the age ranges of the competitions in the Syllabus in order to ensure that you are entitled to compete in that competition.

What is the Local Eisteddfod (Cylch)?

The local Eisteddfod (Cylch) is the first round in a competitors journey to the National Urdd Eisteddfod. 

Every individual that intends to compete in the following sections - music, cerdd dant, dance, recitation and theatre must perform in the preliminary round at the Local Eisteddfod (Cylch) (unless otherwise noted).

A full list of dates and locations of local Eisteddfodau can be found of our website.

What is a Preliminary?

This is the first round in every Eisteddfod. 

Every preliminary will be held at a specific time and location where the adjudicator will listen to all the competitors performing and choose the three most promising competitors to perform on the Eisteddfod stage, at a later time on the same day. 

The competitor can be accompanied to the preliminary round by a parent, guardian or teacher. 

There aren't any restrictions on the right to compete if this is the wish of the member or their parent.

IMPORTANT

You may find that there isn't a preliminary round for every competition as this is dependant on the numbers that are competing in your local area.

In group competitions, it's possible that a preliminary will not be held and that all competitors are allowed to perform on stage. For further details, please contact your local Development Officer.

Who can appear on stage?

If you are successful in the preliminary, you will be invited by the adjudicator to perform on stage, quite often in a hall and in front of a large audience.  

The adjudicator chooses three competitors to perform on stage and will then place the competitors in order - first, second and third. 

If successful, you will then proceed to perform the same piece in the Regional Eisteddfod (Round 2) where you will compete against other winners from the local area (Eisteddfod Cylch).

In local areas where there are less individuals competing, it is possible that a preliminary may not be held. In this instance, all competitors will perform on the stage. For more details, please contact your Local Development Officer.

 

Who is the Adjudicator?

Adjudicators are chosen for their expertise and their significant experience in the field of competing and training.

The adjudicator's decision will be final on every occasion.

A different adjudicator will be chosen for the Cylch, Regional and National Eisteddfodau.

Who will be the accompanist?

All competitors must accept the service of the official accompanist of the Local, Regional and National Eisteddfod.

This rule is not relevant for the group competitions, instrumental competitions, the solo / duet from a musical nor the solo under 25 years of age. Please see rule 19 in the Syllabus.

If you intend to compete in any of the above listed competitions, you will have to organise your own accompanist.

Will I receive feedback after competing?

A short, written adjudication will be available for every competitor who competes at the Eisteddfod, Please see rule 13 in the Syllabus.

Competitors can collect the adjudications from the local Development Officer or they will be delivered to the school/adran in the days following the Eisteddfod.

What is the Regional Eisteddfod?

The Regional Eisteddfod is the second round in a competitors journey to the National Urdd Eisteddfod. 

A full list of dates and locations of Regional Eisteddfodau can be found by contacting the local office or on our website.

Every preliminary will be held at a specific time and location where the adjudicator will listen to all the competitors performing and choose the three most promising competitors to perform on the Regional Eisteddfod stage, at a later time on the same day. 

If you are successful when performing on stage, you will be chosen by the adjudicator to compete in the National Urdd Eisteddfod in May (Round 3), competing against other winners from the regional rounds throughout Wales.

IMPORTANT

You may find that there isn't a preliminary round for every competition as this is dependant on the numbers that are competing in your local area.

In group competitions, it's possible that a preliminary will not be held and that all competitors are allowed to perform on stage. For further details, please contact your local Development Officer.

In the area where the National Urdd Eisteddfod is held that year (Denbighshire in 2020), the first and second in every competition will be invited to appear at the National Eisteddfod.

I intend to compete in the Urdd Eisteddfod with an 'own choice' selection .

Do I have to do anything beforehand?

Yes.  It is the competitors responsibility to secure permission to include any 'own-choice' pieces within a performance. 

Follow the relevant steps on page 11 of the Syllabus  or click here to find templates of letters which can be sent to publishers to obtain the required permission. 

I will be celebrating my birthday and turning 25 years old on August 31 2020.

Can I still compete in individual competitions at the Urdd Eisteddfod?

No. Please see rule 10 in the Eisteddfod General Rules section on page number 7 of the Syllabus.

I intend to compete in the Hip-Hop /Disco/ Street Dance competitions in the 2020 Urdd Eisteddfod. 

What audio format should the music be presented at the Eisteddfod?

MP3 or on a memory stick.

I don't live in Wales. Am I still able to compete in the Urdd Eisteddfod?

Yes. The regional Eisteddfod for members living outside Wales will be held in London on Saturday, March 21 2020. Please click here for more details.

For more details, please see General Rules 7-10 in the Syllabus.