Unless you’re local to North Wales then you may be having issues pronouncing this let alone know what it is! We’re really lucky that this is right on our doorstep so I wanted to share with you all (and especially local readers) what this is all about.
Basically the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is an annual festival of music, dance and culture. Based in the idyllic location of Llangollen, it showcases amazing talent in music, folklore and dance. It is so acclaimed it was even nominated for the Nobel Price for Peace.
Founded in 1947, it is celebrating it’s 70th anniversary this year and the team have organised a fantasic line up to celebrate. A week long festival is attracts around 4,000 performers and 50,000 visitors across the week.
Running from Monday 3rd until Sunday 9th July, not only will you be able to view some of the worlds best choirs, drance troupes and performers but the festival also offers children’s craft activities and musical instruments, as well as giant outdoor games and activities.
Teachers are able to still able to book to attend the exclusive schools-only International Children’s Day on Tuesday 4th July, hosted by CBBC presenter Storm Huntley. The day features the delivery of the poignant ‘Peace Message’ as well as dance showcases and workshops, magicians, stilt walkers, jugglers, circus acts and bubble workshops.
Each day from Wednesday 5th – Saturday 8th July is themed to allow families to explore many corners of the world, from Europe’s rich culture and South America’s latin beats, to traditions from the Asian continent and contemporary and traditional African music.
Children’s choirs and dance groups will take centre stage on Wednesday 5th July as the festivals international competitions start, with the winner of the Children’s Choir of the World being announced the following day.
There will be ‘Legendary Storytelling’ from across the globe Wednesday – Friday, while Saturday will see Circus Skills, Bubble Workshops and Punch and Judy and Magic Shows.
All in all, this looks like a great family day out. Darcie loves music and dancing at the moment so we certainly intend to pop along to see what it’s all about.
There are two types of tickets for Llangollen’s daytime events for which gates open at 8.30am and activities finish by 7pm. Please note that these tickets don’t include access to the evening concerts which you would need to purchase seperately but it’s worth taking a look to see what’s on as both Gregory Porter and the Manic Street Preachers will be making an appearance during the week.
A Pavilion Day Ticket gives you full access to the grounds, stalls, outdoor stages, activities + a reserved prime location seat inside the Royal Pavilion to enjoy the competitions that take place here.
A Ground Ticket gives you the same grounds access as a Pavilion Day Ticket, but access to the Royal Pavilion is only allowed in non-reserved seats further away from the stage, and available only on a first-come, first-served basis.
To give you an idea of cost though, families can enjoy a full day for £24 for 2 adults & 3 children or £13 for 1 adult & 3 children.
For more information about the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and for full details of performances happening on each day as well as ticket purchases you can visit the wesite at: www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk