Monmouthshire County Council’s Cabinet has agreed in principle to the county hosting the 2016 National Eisteddfod. It would be the first time since 1913 that Monmouthshire has hosted the festival of Welsh language culture – one of the world’s biggest cultural festivals.
Cllr Phyl Hobson, Cabinet member with responsibility for the Welsh language, said:
“This is the right decision for our county and its people. It is no exaggeration to say that for the duration of the Eisteddfod, Monmouthshire will be the cultural, spiritual and political centre of Wales. The benefits of hosting the Eisteddfod are immense. It will give a multi-million pound boost to our economy; it will put us on both the Welsh and international stage for the duration of the festival, it will bring Welsh and international movers and shakers to our county and we will be left with a cultural, economic and infrastructure legacy that will serve us for generations to come.”
The in principle decision allows the council to enter formal talks with the Eisteddfod. No venue within the county has been chosen, but MCC will work hard to ensure that the benefits of hosting the festival will be spread throughout Monmouthshire. We are keen to bring our experience in delivering such innovations of Monmouthpedia to bear in delivering the festival.
Cllr Peter Fox, Council Leader, said:
“I am very proud that we have made this decision and it’s fitting that we have done so 100 years after our beautiful border county last hosted the Eisteddfod. Make no mistake; Monmouthshire is an integral part of Wales. We are its gateway, we can take credit for a significant part of our nation’s cultural heritage, and we were only one of two parts of Wales to see a rise in Welsh speakers in the last census. As a council leader, I look forward to seeing the benefits the festival will bring. And I am proud that we can showcase our county, whilst showcasing our country’s culture.”