|Another pretty OK day at the Eisteddfod|
You may have heard that the Minister responsible for the Welsh language has appointed a special task force which will decide on the future on the National Eisteddfod.
It is perhaps inevitable that there are a few people arguing that the ‘Welsh rule’ should be abandoned and the festival should be conducted in English.
After all, it makes perfect sense that an English festival would be more successful than a Welsh festival, right?
Over a billion people speak English while only about 600,000 speak Welsh. It’s a no brainer!
I suppose you may also feel a bit excluded. Like someone who hasn’t been invited to the hottest party in town, you can only imagine how great the Eisteddfod is.
Like some kind of linguistic bouncer, the Welsh language is stopping you from sampling all the riches within.
The problem with this view is that the Eisteddfod isn’t especially magnificent and exciting as festivals go.
If the language rule was dissolved, the truth is that it would just be a pretty mediocre English festival.
All those people who felt excluded would probably throng in, look around for a few hours, shake their heads, and never come back.
According to the chairman of the new Eisteddfod Task Force, Roy Noble, one possible answer would be to establish an English language version of the Eisteddfod alongside the Welsh version.
I’m not sure if he was joking or not. There are hundreds of English festivals of the same kind already in existence in Wales, and millions around the world.
We’ve got singing festivals, dancing festivals, jazz festivals, writing prizes, and endless opportunities for camping and rolling around in the mud. And that’s just within a few miles of Cardiff.
And most of these festivals do a better job in their individual field (no pun intended) than the National Eisteddfod.
Even if you must have an English Eisteddfod, there’s already one being held in Llangollen every year.
NOTHING HAPPENS AT THE EISTEDDFOD THAT DOESN’T ALREADY HAPPEN AT COUNTLESS ENGLISH FESTIVALS, AND THEY PROBABLY DO A MUCH BETTER JOB OF IT!
The one and only point of the Eisteddfod is that it is in Welsh. People get to compete in Welsh, converse in Welsh, and roll around in the mud in Welsh.
That's the only reason a lot of people go, and a lot of very talented people compete.
Otherwise it’s a pretty run-of-the-mill, not-especially-special festival. But it’s the only one we have.