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URDD Eisteddfod 2009

23 May 2009

Urdd Eisteddfod logo

Between 25 – 30 May, visitors to the University’s stand at the Urdd Eisteddfod will be able to explore the life and times of some of Wales’ most interesting characters inspired by the work of several of the University’s academic schools and research teams.

Taking place in Cardiff Bay the Urdd is Wales’ largest cultural youth festival, and attracts in the region of 100,000 visitors and 15,000 young competitors.

Visitors to the stand (101/102) will be able to learn about history and legend, create their own magnetic poetry and colour and cut their own jigsaws. There will be colouring and craft activities and interactive magnetic games for children of all ages.

Reflecting the School of Welsh's incomparable expertise in Welsh medieval literature and culture, there will be the opportunity to learn about Blodeuedd, the fantastical Maid of Flowers from the Mabinogion. Visitors will also find out about Flavius Rufus, a real Roman Centurion whose name was uncovered in an archaeological dig by the School of History and Archaeology.

Flavius Rufus inscription

Hywel Thomas, the University’s Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, said: "The Urdd Eisteddfod is a wonderful opportunity for young people to celebrate the language and culture of Wales by performing and competing.

"This year we are showcasing some of the University's most exciting humanities research and community-led work. We hope that it will inspire those we meet and fuel their enthusiasm for learning in the future."

Between 1-8 August the University will also be at the National Eisteddfod in Bala, staging an array of activities for people, young and old to get up close and personal with some of the most significant and exciting work undertaken across academic schools and research centres.

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