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National Eisteddfod 2010

30 July 2010

Young girl colouring

Giant talking human models, flower pots with organs, legacies of Roman days gone by, and tales of Wales during the Great War are just some of many events organised by staff and students for this year’s National Eisteddfod of Wales.

Between 31 July and 7 August the University will be staging its largest ever presence on the Maes in Blaenau Gwent and Heads of the Valleys, with at least 28 separate events throughout the week-long festival.

Located next to the Science and Technology Pavilion the University’s Pavilion will be alive with new exhibits, activities, talks, exhibitions and more. Involving even more academic schools and staff this year, visitors to the Pavilion will be sure to find something to enlighten and inspire them.

Once again the University has teamed with its strategic partner Techniquest to bring a fun approach to science to the Maes. Alongside some of the favourite University-inspired interactive displays, a new hands-on exhibit will be unveiled demonstrating how radar technology can be used by archaeologists, geologists and engineers to find out what’s hidden under ground and other unusual places.

To mark the 1,600th anniversary of the Roman’s departure from Britain in 410 AD, and as a lead partner in this year’s AD 410 ‘Roman’s Go Home’ events, the University’s Pavilion will be inspired by all things Roman. Everyday, visitors will be able to take part in colouring activities, badge-making, and other craft activities.

Roman soldier recreation

On Monday (2 August, 3pm) Professor Arwyn Jones will be delivering one of the daily Science Lectures – Tissue Engineering – an introduction to the main exhibition - in the Science Lecture Theatre. The lecture will be repeated in Cardiff University’s Pavilion on Tuesday (3 August, 2pm).

Other highlights of the week include a talk on the launch of a new project to find treasures of World War 1 by Dr Gethin Matthews from the School of History, Archaeology and Region on Tuesday (3 August, 11am); the School of Welsh Alumni Reunion on Thursday (5 August, 1pm); a lecture by Professor Sioned Davies, Head of the School of Welsh on the world-famous Mabinogion at 4pm.

All week, the $1000 Genome’ and ‘Future Animals’ exhibitions will be on display with the chance to draw your own depiction of an animal in 1000 year’s time.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement & International, Professor Hywel Thomas said: "Attending the Eisteddfod is one of the major highlights in the University’s calendar and we are very proud to be associated with one of Europe’s largest and oldest cultural festival. Once again this year we are able to showcase some of our most exciting research and we are looking forward to welcoming people to the Eisteddfod and to the University’s Pavilion."

National Eisteddfod 2010

The University has also produced a special publication showcasing Cardiff’s highlights at this years’ Eisteddfod.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales which can be traced back to 1176 is the largest and oldest cultural festival of competitive music and poetry in Europe. It is the premier artistic event in Wales, attracting in the region of 150,000 people annually and more than 6,000 competitors.

More about the University’s events at the Eisteddfod –

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