New festival for Welsh learners

04 May 2017

The National Library of Wales was the perfect setting on Saturday 22 April 2017 for a new festival to give Welsh learners and their families the chance to speak and socialise in Welsh in a fun setting, outside of the classroom. This is a new national festival, organised by the National Centre for Learning Welsh, with events also held at St Fagan's, the National Musesum of History, Swansea's National Waterfront Musem and the National Slate Museum in Llanberis. 

Activities commenced with a guided tour of the Library where learners got special access to the Library's 6.5 millon collection of books, newspapers, maps and artwork. We saw the earliest manuscript (dating from 1878) of 'Hen Wlad fy Nhadau' the Welsh national anthem. In the afternoon, we were treated to a one-man show by actor Llion Williams who took us back to Wales in the 16th Centrury - to learn about how the Bishop William Morgan left the nation a priceless treasure – a Welsh translation of the bible. 

Claire Goodman-Jones, has learnt Welsh with us, and is currently in a higher level class. Claire attended the festival and really benefited from the day's activities “I enjoyed learning more about the Library, Wales and its culture. I particulaly relished the chance to hear and speak Welsh all day long!”