Eisteddfod - Eisteddfodau in The United States

Eisteddfodau in The United States

The 2011 West Coast Eisteddfod: Welsh Festival of Arts in Los Angeles was sponsored by the Meriwether Lewis Memorial Eisteddfod Foundation in association with AmeriCymru, Welsh American social network, and A Raven Above Press, Welsh-American owned and operated small press. The Barnsdall Art Park was chosen as the site for the festival is it was made famous for its architecture of Welsh-American Frank Lloyd Wright and its adjacent location to Griffith Park, known for its founder Griffith J. Griffith a Welsh-American philanthropist. The festival consists of lectures and book readings by authors, film festival, music, art competitions, and outdoor marketplace. AmeriCymru originally founded the festival in 2009 in Portland, Oregon, with the name Left Coast Eisteddfod.

There are several smaller, regional eisteddfodau in the United States as well, including the Cynonfardd Eisteddfod in Edwardsville, Pennsylvania. The 123rd ‘Cynonfardd’ Eisteddfod will be held on April 28 at the Dr. Edwards Memorial Church, Church and Main streets, Edwardsville. The music and poetry competition is the longest-running in the United States, second only to the National Eisteddfod in Wales., and the Jackson School Eisteddfod in Jackson, Ohio. Welsh Heritage Week and Cwrs Cymraeg, two ambulatory Welsh language and culture courses held annually mostly in the United States also feature mini-Eisteddfod, and the North American Festival of Wales has recently incorporated one as well.

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