SI CNWW at International Eisteddfod – Llangollen 2018

Each year Soroptimists from Clubs throughout the Region enjoy running the Friendship and Information Centre at the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

The Eisteddfod dates back to 1947, when the first event was held in this little Welsh town.  The concept was the promotion of peace following the second World War.  Today musicians and dancers come to Llangollen from all over the world to participate in the various competitions.

The International Eisteddfod 2018 – Tuesday 3rd July until Sunday 8th July, Soroptimists Cheshire North Wales & Wirral welcomes visitors from around the world.


Day 1 of the Eisteddfod was Children’s Day and it was lovely to see so many little ones, enjoying the sunshine and having fun with this year’s activity, creating their own wooden Welsh Love spoons.


Region Chair Llangollen Committee Jenny and members welcome guests
Children's Day at the Tent
Region President meets dancers from Punjab, India
A busy day at our Region Tent at Llangollen Eisteddfod
The Town crier visits our tent
Our sponsored choir makes a final visit to the tent
Good to meet visitors from around the World
Jenny Wilson with The Moravian Folk Choir
Children enjoy making Welsh Love Spoons
The Choir visits our Tent
MP for Clwyd South Susan Elan-Jones visits our tent
Region President Hilary meets the first visitor to the Tent today
Presentation of Region certificate to the Choir
A Happy Musical Director
Providing welcome drinks at our Information and Hospitality tent
Children's Activity - Designing Welsh Love Spoons
Greeting Soroptimist friends
Moravian Folk Choir Czech Republic


Day 2 Update from Jenny Wilson Chair of our Region Eisteddfod Committee “A very warm 2nd day at the Eisteddfod and a new sponsorship challenge. Our original group from South Africa could not attend due to problems with their visas, so a decision was made to sponsor a choir from the Czech Republic, the Moravian Folk Choir. It was a worthy choice as these young ladies and two boys, sang beautiful and were very grateful for our sponsorship” – see photos in the slider.

Day 3 Another hot day at the Eisteddfod – first visitor “Bear Mascot” must have been feeling the heat. Terry Waite visited our stand, which he does each year, we are looking forward to welcoming him as a keynote speaker to our Soroptimist Federation Conference this year in Liverpool.

We officially welcomed our sponsored Choir to the tent, and Region President Hilary presented them with a Certificate from our Region.

More about the Choir – Holesov Children’s choir has been in existence for 40 years and in that time has taken part in concerts and competitions across Europe as well as Russia and China. They were thrilled and grateful for the Sponsorship they received from the Region saying it will make a huge difference to their plans for next year. They have sung in both the Folk song and senior Girls choir categories at the Eisteddfod and although not being 1st 2nd or 3rd were very happy with their performance and with the experience of being in Wales.

Day 4 Saw our wonderful choir visit us once again after they had performed at the outside arena. More visitors to our Tent today including MP for Clwyd South, Susan Elan-Jones who is a regular visitor to our hospitality tent and is a keen supporter of Soroptimists, and is always interested in our latest projects.