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The University on the Maes 2018

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

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

Last year's event was the first in a decade to be staged in Cardiff. But it was 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.

Science of the Sea

The University-sponsored Science Village was where you could find out how our research is enhancing our understanding of the local marine environment.

We also contributed towards the Eisteddfod's very own Carnival of the Sea – Carnifal y Môr – and welcomed visited aboard our research vessel RV Guiding Light. Those who preferred dry land took part in one of our guided walks to enjoy the richness of wildlife in the area.

History and culture

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

Media debate

One of our annual highlights was the popular media debate which once again featured a panel of high-profile opinion-formers from the sector in Wales. Last year’s subject was Cardiff’s future as a creative hub on the UK and international stage.

Llais y Maes

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

Our students at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture again worked 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 last year's Crown. Thomas, alongside Dr Dylan Foster Evans and Eirwen Williams from the School of Welsh, discussed 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 were proud to be sponsors in 2018. A comprehensive programme of events took place in locations across the Eisteddfod site and the city.