Something for Everyone at The Eisteddfod Cardiff 2018

August 6, 2018 0 By Simon

The National Eisteddfod of Wales is an important music, poetry and literature festival and has a tradition dating back over 150 years with the first being held in 1861. 




These Annual events are generally held over a period of ten days at various locations throughout Wales and are considered among the largest festivals of their kind in Europe.
Most of the competitions in the festival are held in the Welsh language and there are often over 6,000 competitors and 150,000 festival visitors overall. This year the Eisteddfod Cardiff 2018 runs from 4th – 11th August 2018 with many of the main events being held in and around the Cardiff Millennium Centre.



Camping is the essence of The National Eisteddfod and this year at Cardiff, extensive camping facilities have been arranged at Pontcanna playing fields with an overflow car parking on the nearby

Cardiff Metropolitan University campus. A Shuttle bus service will operate between the Western Avenue bus stop opposite Cardiff Metropolitan University and the Hemingway Road bus stop in Cardiff.


Hundreds of events will be held over the ten-day festival with prizes in all categories, dozens of trade stands, street cafe’s, one-man shows and street theatre productions. Welsh Music and literature are celebrated with celebrity recitals and talks within the Millennium Centre. An open-air stage at the Roald Dahl Plass will host choirs, comedy, poetry and drama productions.
A Science and nature village next to the train station will hold various talks, demonstrations and workshops throughout the week. To take in this massive program of events daily guided bus tours have been arranged which includes a wildlife walk.

Venues And Competitions

  • The HSBC Pavilion is in the Donald Gordon Theatre of the Wales Millennium Centre and is hosting the opening ceremony on the 4th August. Throughout the week the same venue will host other competitions including Brass bands, Choirs, folk singing and solo recitations.

  • Portland House in Bute Street is the venue for the major dance competitions in many categories including Modern Dance, Hip Hop, Disco, Street Dance and Individual Step Dance, events start at 10:00 am on Sunday 5th.

  • The Urdd Hall is behind the Wales Millennium Centre and is the setting for the musical instrument competitions and will host the competitors of the string, harp, piano and brass solo competitions.

  • The Llannerch Gudd is close to Craft in Cardiff Bay and will be the centre of the literature competitions although some literary events will also be held at the Literary Pavilion and separate competitions for children will be held in Gwyl Llên Plant.

Tickets will be required for some of the exhibitions and competitions but many events are free of charge. Good weather is forecast for the week and with over 150,000 visitors to the area, this year’s Eisteddfod at Cardiff will be an amazing
week of exciting, colourful entertainment.