Children's Festival of Welsh History 2016

We will launch the 2017 Children’s Festival of Welsh History on September 11th at Birkenhead, with the staging of HEDD WYN – Why we must remeber. September 4, 2017

The show has already been seen by many schools in North Wales, but this will be it’s first showing outside of Wales. The performances will take place at Mersey Park and Woodlands schools, Birkenhead as part of a full week of performances in schools situated along the trainline that carried the Black Chair from the Birkenhead 1917 National Eisteddfod to Hedd Wyn’s home at The Ysgwrn in Trawsfynydd.

The tour is organised by the National Library of Wales, and Rhodri Morgan from the Education Deparment says :

"It’s fitting that the first journey of the Black Chair workshops are held in Birkenhead, where the 1917 Eisteddfod took place., and we are grateful to the Children’s Festival of Welsh History and the schools for enabling us to realise this vision. We look forward to present workshops which will include a performance of Hedd Wyn – Why we must remember , along with showing the children a facsimile of the winning ode in the poet’s handwriting. This will be an unique opportunity for the children of Birkenhead and othe schools along the route, to learn about a very important story in Welsh history, which happened a hundred years ago. The performances will be a continuation of a series of performances staged earlier this year in partnership with Snowdonia National Park at Yr Ysgwrn, Hedd Wyn’s home, sponsored by Scottish Power Foundation."

The Journey of the Black Chair is one of many shows staged this month as part of the Children’s Festival of Welsh History 2017. This is the third year the festival has taken place, and over the last two years over 10,000 children have taken part. Eleri Twynog, who organises the Festival, says:

"Once again this year, we have over 70 shows and workshops at different iconic locations throughout Wales. As well as Hedd Wyn’s sad and poignant story , we will also present a number of workshops on Wales’ myths and legends. Medieval poet Dafydd ap Gwilym will present some of Newport’s legends to the children at the splendid location of Tredegar Park. It’s wonderful to welcome the new Children’s Poet Laureate, Casia Wiliam, who will hold workshops throughout the month at locations in Pembrokshire on the legends of Pembrokehsire. There will

be a tour of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion castles with Lord Rhys, Owain Glyndwr and Henry Tudor, and special activities to celebrate Owain Glyndwr day on September 16th at Corwen and Machynlleth. I’m sure that children from all over Wales will have a great time this month learning about Welsh history in a fun, interactive and interesting way."

Children’s Festival of Welsh History’s shows and workshops are presented by Sion Emyr; Gwion Williams, Llion Williams, Dion Davies, Danny Grehan, Anwen Carlisle, Casia Wiliam a Meilyr Sion.

For more information, contact Eleri Twynog Davies on 07891 383392