WCIA @ Llangollen International Eisteddfod July 2023

Llangollen, site of the International Musical Eisteddfod from 1947 to today. Credit – Llangollen International Eisteddfod

Over the first week of July, WCIA will be joining visitors from all over the world participating in one of Wales’ premier peace building, musical and cultural events – the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

With a peace heritage of its own rooted in the aftermath of World War Two, the event was founded in 1947 to build peace and reconciliation across Europe after decades of conflict. The Denbighshire town hosted one of the first exchange visits from Luebeck, East Germany in 1949, and when the Obernkirchen Children’s Choir came to Wales in 1953, their Llangollen song ‘the Happy Wanderer’ topped the UK Charts in a remarkable demonstration of thew power of music for reconciliation. The Llangollen Eisteddfod today is a truly international cultural celebration attracting artists and audiences from as far afield as Africa, America and Australasia.

Over the first week of July 2023, alongside the musical events and activities, WCIA and partners are working with the Eisteddfod to deliver a Programme of Peace Events on the Maes.

Young Peacemakewrs Awards 2022 in Llangollen, presented by First Minister for Wales Mark Drakeford

Peace Events Programme @ Llangollen 2023

We have no no doubt that many will join us in celebrating this incredible celebration of Wales and the world, and WCIA wil be bringing updates over the week via our Twitter feed @WCIA_Wales.

View the online Solidarity for Peace Exhibition display, put together by ESC (European Solidarity Corps) volunteers

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