Thousands of singers and dancers from five continents are heading to Llangollen ready for the Eisteddfod.  

This year’s Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, starting on Tuesday (July 4) will be the first full-length festival since before the Covid pandemic.

The event was established in 1947 in the aftermath of the Second World War as a way of bringing the nations of the world closer together in a colourful, multi-cultural melting pot.

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Visitors will be able to “go around the world in 80 minutes” with stalls serving food from different countries including India, Greece, Jamaica, Mexico, Germany and Italy.

• The children’s competitions will take place on Wednesday (July 5) when the annual Peace Message will be delivered bilingually by pupils from the nearby Ysgol Dinas Bran as part of the school concerts taking place at 9.45am and again at 10.50am.

• The Young Peacemakers Awards Ceremony in association with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs is also on Wednesday.

• Welsh poet, Mererid Hopwood, who has been nominated at the new Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod’s Bardic Circle, will be delivering the peace lecture in the Dome between 4-4.50pm on the same day.

• At 4.30 pm on Thursday (July 6) the Parade of Nations will be making a joyous comeback when a cavalcade of colourful competitors will march through the town.

•  A famous radio broadcast by poet Dylan Thomas about Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is being recreated to mark its 70th anniversary between 5-5.30pm on Friday. The reading from actor, writer and director Celyn Jones will form the centrepiece of a mini programme of events to celebrate the literary magician’s 15-minute masterpiece on the BBC’s Home Service when he visited in 1953.

Other highlights include a concert starring Alfie Boe and musical theatre supergroup Welsh of the West End on the first night of the Eisteddfod on Tuesday, July 4.

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The Eisteddfod’s Executive Producer, Camilla King, said: “Entertainment on the outside site spans across three main stages with further daily pop-ups and includes workshops in the Amphitheatre with Small World Theatre Company inviting visitors to create their own white flower sculpture and Propellor Ensemble building a giant instrument from recycled materials.

“There will also be daily Lego building, arts and crafts, floral sessions from the Eisteddfod’s famed arrangers, circus skills with Jester Jack, Xplore Science, yoga, sound bathing, belly dancing and the chance to learn new skills from the wide ranging visiting competitors.

“Talks on the Dome Stage feature Calan’s Bethan Rhiannon ‘From clog dancing to comedy’, poet Mererid Hopwood leading a panel for the annual Peace Lecture, reflecting on the incredible Women of Wales Peace Petition.

“International showcases take the Globe Stage from acts including the Tibetan Tashi Lhunpo Monks, SOAS Min’yo Japanese folk music, Bosnian and Ukrainian performers, and music from Filkin’s Drift, Seprona, Kilbride Brothers, The Billy Thompson Trio, The Bartells, Chester Big Band and Lilly Boughey amongst many others.”

For tickets or for more on Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and its competitions and concerts as well as how to get to it and where to stay go to or check out



  • 9.45 – 10.35 & 10.50 – 11.40 – Primary school concerts
  • 12.50 – 1.45 – COMPETITION - Children’s Folk Choir
  • 1.45 – 2.55 – COMPETITION – Junior Children’s Choir
  • 3.10 – 3.45 – COMPETITION – Senior Children’s Choir
  • 4.15 – Children’s Choir of the World Award


  • 9-11.15 – COMPETITION – Traditional Folk Dance Group
  • 11.15 – 12.30 – COMPETITION – Children’s Folk Dance Group
  • 12.40 – 1.45 – COMPETITION – Young Musician
  • 2-3.45 – COMPETITION – Stylised Folk Dance Group
  • 3.45 – 4.15 – COMPETITION – Junior Singer FINAL
  • 4.25 – 5.15 – COMPETITION – Youth Singer FINAL


  • 9.30-9.50 – COMPETITION – Senior Classical/Contemporary Dance
  • 10-11.30 – COMPETITION – International Musician of the Future PRELIM
  • 1.15 – 2 – COMPETITION – International Voice of the Future SEMI FINAL
  • 2.10 – 3 – COMPETITION – International Musician of the Future FINAL


  • 9-10.30 – COMPETITION – Mixed Choirs
  • 10.30 – 11.45 – COMPETITION – Female Choirs
  • 12.40 – 3.45 – COMPETITION – Open Choirs
  • 3.55 – 5.45 – COMPETITION – A Cappella Group


10.15 – 12.15 – COMPETITION – Voice of Musical Theatre


The Eisteddfod car park is located in the field above the Pavilion and can be accessed from the A542 (Abbey Road) by turning off at either Tower Road or Wharf Hill. It’s £5 per day, and can either be booked in advance alongside your tickets, or purchased on the day.

Disabled parking is strictly blue badge only, also charged at £5. There are a limited number of spaces and they cannot be reserved or guaranteed. They are accessible from the Abbey Road entrance and this area can also be used for drop offs – with the car then being moved to the main event car park.


There are spaces in the main pavilion which are allocated specifically for wheelchair users. These areas are shown on the pavilion seating guide on the online ticket system but are only available for purchase directly from the Box Office in person or by calling 01978 862001.

Wheelchair users and other customers who require a companion or carer to assist their visit are entitled to a free ticket for the companion or carer on production of appropriate identification.

It is advisable to book your tickets in advance to ensure that the seats that you require are available.


Limited dedicated disabled parking spaces are available near to the main “Penddol” entrance.

The pedestrian access to the “Town End” entrance is by way of a steep slope and is not recommended for wheelchair users.

There are solid walkways around the main site suitable for wheelchair users. Temporary pathways are also laid across parts of the grassed areas. The site is open to the elements and is therefore affected by adverse weather conditions. Please take this into account when planning your visit.