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Promoting Welsh language and culture

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We are proud to be a Welsh university and are committed to promoting and celebrating Welsh language and culture.

The Welsh language is integral to our identity, operations, communities, and day-to-day practices, within and beyond the university.

The Welsh Language Academy

The goal of the Welsh Language Academy is to connect those involved with the Welsh language, both within the university and in our wider communities. The Academy, located in a cosmopolitan, amiable, multilingual, and multicultural city, reflects our goals as a Welsh institution with a global perspective.

The Academy aims to unite and direct our staff's ongoing initiatives to engage with and support the local, national and global community. Our academics frequently participate in public and policy debates about important issues in Wales, and our Welsh-speaking educators run engagement activities with schools throughout Wales.

We also look for ways to encourage the use of the language in the city. Welsh language lessons for Arabic speakers was one of our most recent projects funded by the Academy, and it took place at the Grangetown Pavilion, a community centre built with aid from Cardiff University's engagement project, the Grangetown Community Gateway.

Get in touch with us for more details and to learn how you can participate in our upcoming projects:

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Welsh festivals

With partnerships with the Urdd Eisteddfod, Hay Festival and National Eisteddfod, among other important Welsh festivals, we actively take part in and support these events while involving visitors in our research and teaching through engaging talks, lively discussions, and practical activities.

Learn more about our work with Welsh festivals here:

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The Urdd Eisteddfod

The Urdd Eisteddfod is one of Europe's largest youth festivals celebrating Welsh culture and language.

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Tafwyl

Tafwyl brings together the best of Welsh language music, arts and culture in the heart of Cardiff every year.

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Eisteddfod Genedlaethol - National Eisteddfod

Held during the first week of August every year, the National Eisteddfod is a celebration of Welsh arts, language and culture.

Collaboration with University of Waikato

Academics from Cardiff University are collaborating with colleagues at the University of Waikato in New Zealand to find points of connection between te reo Māori (the Māori Language), te ao Māori (the Māori world/world view) and Welsh-language culture through the lens of grassroots music.

Musicians from both Cymru (Wales) and Aotearoa (New Zealand) were brought together at the FOCUS Wales festival, where Māori band Half/Time performed alongside Welsh bands, including CHROMA, Adwaith and Lemfreck. As part of the event, researchers interviewed artists about their experiences.

A panel discussion about language, identity and creativity in Welsh and Māori grassroots music took place at the university and can be watched below.

Watch the panel discussion