Gareth Joy, On Air — May 31, 2016 at 10:17 am — Updated: June 23, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Urdd Eisteddfod 2016: Sain y Maes / Sounds of the Maes



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A final word of farewell from our Eisteddfod correspondent.

One of the key figures who organised this year’s festival – executive committee chairman, Jeremy Griffiths – speaking just after the handover to the organisers of the 2017 event in Bridgend.

Backstage commentary and reaction from the final night of the festival as the last competitions take place – including the final result as it happened.

We catch up with Urdd chief executive Sioned Hughes to reflect on the week – plus an update on the ”Urdd 2022” conversation.

Tonight’s competitions for 18-25 year olds will see six finalists chosen to compete for the Bryn Terfel Scholarship in October. We caught up with adjudicators Stifyn Parri and Ffion Emyr ahead of the musical solo competition.

A look ahead to next year’s event in Bridgend with committee chair Tegwen Ellis.

A project on the changing face of Rhuddlan, inspired by renowned photojournalist Philip Jones Griffiths. Rhodri Morgan from the National Library of Wales tells us more.


ITV Cymru Wales journalist Catrin Haf Jones on bringing political debate to Eisteddfodau.

Iestyn Tyne wins the Crown with a selection of works about people on the edge of society.

We meet one of our ‘Sounds of Summer’ – singer-songwriter Danielle Lewis, one of this year’s Horizons artists.

How well do you know your Welsh football? David Collins, author of a new quiz book, tests our Gareth…

The launch of a new film raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation – described by Detective Superintendent Jo Williams from North Wales Police and Sara Lloyd Evans from the North Wales Safeguarding Board.

Welsh Langauge Commissioner, Meri Huws, joined forces with Children’s Commissioner, Sally Holland, to gather children’s opinions about the right to use Welsh.

The last main prize of the week – the Crown – was designed by Scottish artist Andrew Coomber.

Mold actor Rhodri Meilyr (”My Family”, ”Gwlad yr Astra Gwyn”, ”Byw Celwydd”) is Friday’s president – here he talks about the importance of the event to Flintshire and one of his most popular roles.

There’s a real festival flavour to the final weekend of the festival – as assistant organiser Branwen Haf tells us.


A poem on socialism and the South Wales Valleys wins the Chair for Gwynfor Dafydd from Tonyrefail in the Rhondda.

Online safety and the right to play are among the key pledges of Professor Sally Holland, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, whose spending the week seeking out opinions from young visitors.

Disco dancing night at the Pavillion yielded more local success for Ysgol Dewi Sant in Rhyl. We caught up with compere Lois Cernyw.

Guto Bebb, the Parlimentary Under Secretary of State for Wales visits Flint and shares memories of the 2008 Urdd Eisteddfod in Penrhyn Bay.

Earlier this year, Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (the Welsh Language Society) launched a manifesto aimed at reaching a million Welsh speakers within the next Assembly term. We spoke to Aled Powell, chairman of the Glyndwr regional branch.

One of the main prizes of the Eisteddfod, the Chair, is due to be awarded this afternoon. We met the designer, Neil Wyn Jones – a Welsh learner from the Wirral.

With another season in the National League to come, Wrexham AFC director John Mills talks about the first season under Gary Mills and a new business partner.

Urdd Eisteddfod director Aled Sion on where the festival will be heading to in the next three years and an update on the scoreboard.


Writer, presenter and actress Anni Llŷn is halfway through her role as Bardd Plant Cymru – the Children’s Bard of Wales. Here she discusses her work so far.

Meet Lois Llywelyn Williams – who won the Drama Medal with a play comparing one kind of apple with another.

The new Welsh language minister, Alun Davies AM, visits Flint.

S4C’s weather presenter Yvonne Evans with the forecast for the rest of the festival.

Mike Peters was among the headliners at Sunday night’s opening concert, performing with his two sons, Dylan and Evan. He returned to the Maes ahead of a busy summer of fundraising and touring.

A former disco dancing winner at past Eisteddfodau, we meet Kia Owens from Rhyl – now Miss Galaxy Wales 2016.

Director of sport Gary Lewis on why the Urdd has enjoyed a growth in activity on the playing field.


Gareth Joy takes up the commentary as a special parade goes around the Maes to celebrate Mistar Urdd’s 40th birthday.

The winner of the Learners’ Medal, Megan Elias, from Old Colwyn.

Barbara Milne from Flintshire County Council on the impact of the Urdd Eisteddfod’s visit to the county.

They’re getting creative in the Science Pavilion – creating Minecraft games and films as part of ”Gwyddonle”. Huw Marshall, S4C’s head of digital, explains more.

Mistar Urdd, the Urdd’s legendary mascot, is 40 years old this year – Wendy Davies was the first hired to help create merchandise.

Actor and comedian Mici Plwm was the first man to don the Mistar Urdd costume in 1976 – initially a three month role, he ended up playing the mascot for two years.


The new chief executive of Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Sioned Hughes, talks about the week ahead and a new conversation on the organisation’s future.

We meet George Dolan from Ruthin, the winner of the Composer’s Medal – and a big fan of Eurovision!

Former Great British Bake Off champion Beca Lyne-Pirkis is overseeing the Eisteddfod’s very own cook off this week – the finals of the Urdd’s cookery competition.

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