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The University on the Maes

Our activities at the 2018 National Eisteddfod are taking on a local flavour as Cardiff hosts the country’s largest cultural festival.

There will be a range of talks, exhibitions, activities and discussion panels that have been inspired by not only Cardiff’s culture and history, but also its creativity and wildlife.

These events will take place in the Cardiff University tent, the Science Village and across the rest of the Maes.

Science of the Sea

Visit the University-sponsored Science Village where you can also find out how our research is enhancing our understanding of the local marine environment. You could also visit our very own Carnival of the Sea - Carnifal y Môr – on the evening of Saturday 4 August, or climb aboard our research vessel RV Guiding Light.

If you prefer dry land, take part in one of our guided walks to enjoy the richness of wildlife in the area.

See more about our Science of the Sea activites.

History and culture

The University’s Head of the School of Welsh, Dr Dylan Foster Evans, has several talks looking at the cultural and linguistic history of Cardiff. These include:

  • Stories of the highs and lows of previous Eisteddfods in the city (Saturday 4 August in the Literary Pavilion from 12:45)
  • The history of Welsh in Cardiff (Monday 6 August at Shwmae Caerdydd in the Pierhead from 13:00)
  • The relationship between the Welsh language, the memory and the city (Wednesday 8 August, Literary pavilion, 11:00)
  • The relationship between Welsh and English place names in Cardiff (Thursday 9 August in Societies 1 from 13:00)

Media debate

One of our annual highlights is the popular media debate which will once again feature a panel of high-profile opinion-formers from the sector in Wales.

This year’s subject is Cardiff’s future as a creative hub on the UK and international stage.

Cardiff – a Creative City: Competing on the International Stage takes place on Tuesday 7 August in the University tent from 12:00.

Llais y Maes

The University’s exciting Llais y Maes (Voice of the Maes) digital news service returns for its sixth appearance, in partnership with S4C, ITV Cymru Wales and the National Eisteddfod.

Our students at the School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies will again work alongside industry professionals to create unique multi-platform content from the Maes.

Sponsoring the Eisteddfod Crown

Laura Thomas, a contemporary jeweller from Neath, worked with members of staff from the University to create her stunning design for this year's Crown.

On Tuesday 7 August (Societies 3, 17:45), Laura Thomas, alongside Dr Dylan Foster Evans and Eirwen Williams from the School of Welsh, will discuss how the University-sponsored 2018 Crown was created.

Sponsoring Mas ar y Maes

Mas ar y Maes is a dynamic, creative and collaborative collective of volunteers whose ambition is to celebrate, challenge and re-calibrate what it means to be LGBTQ+ today, in the Welsh language. It is co-ordinated by Stonewall Cymru and we are proud to be sponsors in 2018.

A comprehensive programme of events will take place in locations across the Eisteddfod site and across the city, and will be included in the official Eisteddfod programme. In addition, Mas ar y Maes will have a very visible identity with its own Pink Pavilion or Hub, Y Tŷ Allan, becoming an iconic addition to the conventional Eisteddfod presence and a new focus of attention.

Find us on the Maes

This year’s National Eisteddfod is the first in a decade to be staged in Cardiff. But it is no ordinary Eisteddfod with the festival in Cardiff Bay using a mix of iconic permanent buildings such as Wales Millennium Centre and the Pierhead Building as well as a range of temporary structures.

The Maes is situated around the Oval Basin where visitors will find the Cardiff University tent by the Pierhead building.

The Science Village will be located at The Flourish, near the Cardiff Bay train station.

Download a map of the Eisteddfod Maes.