Check out our handy guide to find out more about the National Eisteddfod of Wales and what to expect when you get there.
What is the Eisteddfod?
The National Eisteddfod is a big Welsh language cultural festival that takes place annually, alternating between north and south Wales. It's the largest cultural festival of its kind in Europe, and a key event in the Welsh calendar.
Although events are conducted through the medium of Welsh, the festival itself attracts Welsh and English speakers. It is a mixture of daily talent competitions and evening concerts, gigs, plays and exhibitions.
Competitions in the main pavilion vary from dance to recitation, singing to brass bands.
When does it happen?
The National Eisteddfod takes place annually during the first week of August. This year, it's held in between 1-8 August, with the opening concert held in the main pavilion on the Maes on Friday evening, 31 July.
Where is it held?
Montgomeryshire in Mid Wales plays host to this year's National Eisteddfod. The Maes (festival site) is in Meifod. We'll have a map of the area with directions how to get there.
Who's it for?
Everyone's welcome! You'll receive a warm welcome at the Eisteddfod, regardless of whether or not you can speak Welsh. As a celebration of Welsh culture, Welsh is the official language of the Eisteddfod, but a translation service is available. If you require a translating kit you can just pick one up as you arrive at the Maes.
You can also check out our handy list of Eisteddfod words and phrases here. But remember you can still enjoy arts, crafts, music and dance and soak up the atmosphere, without an in-depth knowledge of the language.
What to expect
The Eisteddfod annually attracts on average more than 150,000 visitors a week. The main field is known as the Maes and the main pavilion is the hub of the festival where the music, dance, poetry and recitation competitions are held.
Competing in the pavilion draws to a close at around 4.30pm most afternoons for the main ceremonies to take place. These include: the Crowning (best work in free verse) on Monday, Daniel Owen memorial prize (best unpublished Welsh novel) on Tuesday, the prose medal on Wednesday, and Friday sees the chairing of the winning poet.
Around the Maes and beyond
There are also theatre, arts and crafts exhibitions, a literature pavilion, an area for Welsh learners to hone their language skills (Maes D), as well as trade stands and exhibitors. There are also plenty of food stalls on the Maes and also a bar.
There's also evening entertainment galore at the Eisteddfod - both in the pavilion and in other local venues. These include plays, concerts and performances by local groups. There are nightly events at 'Maes C' - the poetry and comedy area, and if it's bands you're after, head to 'Maes B'.
Maes D - the 'd' stands for dysgwyr (learners) - is the Welsh learners' pavilion on the Maes. Get involved by competing on the Maes D stage, or sit back and listen to music while practicing your language skills with other Welsh speakers, learners and tutors.