Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
People from around the world come to the small town of Llangollen in north east Wales each summer to take part in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod - six days of music, dance and competitions.
The Eisteddfod is held every year during the second week of July.
Founded by music publisher W. S. Gwyn Williams in 1947, the aim of the first Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod was to promote peace and goodwill between nations through music and dance. There has been one every year since, taking place during the second week of July.
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has become one of the world’s most colourful festivals. For a week each year competitions, outside stage performances, workshops, and impromptu singing and dancing from every corner of the world, in national and regional costume fill the small town of Llangollen. Friendships made here last a lifetime.
Evening concerts featuring such artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Bryn Terfel, Jose Carreras and many other international performers help to fund the day time competitive sessions including the televised 'Choir of the World' competition, the flagship competition of this world-renowned Festival of music and dance.
Other famous names to have performed at the Eisteddfod include Ladysmith Black Mambazo, José Carreras, and Valentina Nafornta. Welsh singers who have taken part include Katherine Jenkins and Bryn Terfel and musical theatre star John Owen-Jones.