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Interactive exhibition at National Eisteddfod

01 August 2008

Eisteddfod crown

Visitors to this year National Eisteddfod in Cardiff won’t be able to miss the University, as it celebrates its 125th Anniversary with its biggest ever presence.

Taking place in Cardiff (2 – 9 August), the Eisteddfod is the largest and oldest cultural festival of competitive music and poetry in Europe and the premier artistic event in Wales. It attracts in the region of 150,000 people annually and more than 6,000 competitors.

The University will have a prominent position on the Maes, next to the Science and Technology Pavilion, delivering fascinating interactive exhibitions for youngsters (and the young of heart) with its strategic partner Techniquest.

Specially commissioned interactive ‘Hubs’, inspired by world-leading research across the University, will offer exciting insights to engage people of all ages into diverse topics ranging from the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences’ research into global warming to the School of Chemistry’s work on Penrose Tiles.

A third ‘Hub’, created with the School of Engineering and sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will feature exhibits around medical imaging.

Also, as part of the 125th anniversary campaign, the University has sponsored the Eisteddfod Crown, commissioning Welsh jewellery designer and silversmith, Karen Williams to create a unique design to reflect the University’s heritage and architecture. As one of the Eisteddfod’s leading poetic prizes is it awarded to the best free poem on a specific subject – this year’s competition is a collection of poems up to 300 lines on the title ‘Pleasure Street’.

The Crowning of the Bard is one of the most important events at the Eisteddfod and will take place on Monday 4 August at 4.30pm on the main stage – a large platform with an audience of thousands.

In addition a number of events involving Schools from across the University will be taking place throughout the week.

Welsh School of Architecture House

Staff from the School of Welsh will be delivering a number of lectures including the Annual Lecture of the Cardiff Storytelling Circle by the Head of School Professor Sioned Davies, on the Art of the Storyteller. Dr E Wyn James also from the School of Welsh will be admitted to the Gorsedd of Bards.

Other schools taking part include the Welsh School of Pharmacy, which will be tackling some of the great issues of modern medicine through a series of hand-on experiments, a special ‘Observatory’ devised by the School of Physics and Astronomy offering breathtaking views of distant galaxies, and lectures by Professor John Hines, and Dr Gwynfor Jones from the School of History and Archaeology, among many others.

Architects from the Welsh School of Architecture have designed the first two buildings which will be seen by visitors to the Eisteddfod. The first building will be used to house translation facilities and the second building will be used as a base for the multi-lingual guides.

The University has also sponsored the map of the site for the National Eisteddfod, prominently promoting the Cardiff University exhibition space, and produced a special supplement in the Welsh-language weekly magazine Golwg.