Llanelli prepares for 2014 Eisteddfod

One of Wales’ biggest cultural festivals, The National Eisteddfod of Wales, will be held in the town between August 1 and August 9 at Festival Fields in the Millennium Coastal Park.

More than 150,000 people are expected to flock to the town during the week to enjoy the best of Wales’s music, poetry, activities, literature, drama, and more.

Deputy organiser Alwyn Roberts said: “We are gearing up for the event in Llanelli.

“Things are on track and the support shown in the local area has been absolutely fantastic.”

In the lead up to the cultural gathering individual committees across the area have been hard at work raising £320,000 towards the total £3.4 million cost.

Mr Roberts said: “We are approaching around £250,000 now across Llanelli so the fundraising is going well.

“The finishing line is in sight, but we still have work to do.”

Llanelli Town and Rural Appeal Committee’s target is £88,000, which they have so far raised around half of.

Committee chairman Dyfrig Thomas said: “With a target of £88,000 set for us here in Llanelli we always knew that it was going to be a huge challenge, but with commitments from both Llanelli Town and Rural Councils and support from local individuals and groups we have almost reached £40,000.

“We are extremely grateful for everyone’s support so far, particularly the pledges from both councils and hope that we can count on their continued support as we strive to play our part in raising the local target and hosting a successful festival in August.”

The committee’s next event will see a curry night hosted at the Masala restaurant on Station Road on January 21 at 7pm.

Then on February 20, The Stradey Park Hotel will be holding a Ready, Stradey, Cook! event in aid of the cause.

And drama lovers can enjoy a performance from the Phoenix Theatre Company on February 28 in the Athenaeum, Llanelli Library.

General tickets for the event will be going on sale on March 1.

While concert tickets will be released at the end of April.

Llanelli Star - 15th Juanuary 2014

Carmarthenshire  Culture