The first modern Eisteddfod took place at Aberdare in 1861! Since then the National event has traveled allover the country of Wales, from north to south and east to west. The event is traditionally held on the first week of August and is host to may events and competitions, these include the chairing of the various poets, choral and spoken word competitions. The Eisteddfod is held on the Maes (field) where hundreds of tents, pavilions and stalls are erected for the eight days.
The Eisteddfod has a heavy bardic influence that originates from Iolo Morganwg whose bardic traditions were adopted by the Eisteddfod in 1819.
The Gorsedd was founded in 1792 by Iolo Morganwg (Edward Williams) who was greatly knowledgeable on the subject of Celtic Bardic traditions.
The Head of the Gorsedd is known a the Archdruid who is responsible for conducting the ceremonies through the Eisteddfod celebration. The ceremonies are used to honor literary achievements throughout the Welsh Poetry and Prose community.
In 1948 the National Eisteddfod of Wales came to the Newbridge Fields, Bridgend.
I thought I'd share a few photographs from the Eisteddfod in Bridgend!