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Discovering the real value of the National Eisteddfod

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Bangor University are pleased to be part of a new Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales.  The project aims to discover the real value of the National Eisteddfod of Wales in social and economic terms.  Only 1.1% of all the Eisteddfod’s work takes place during the week-long festival.  The aim of this project is to show the value of all the hard work that happens during the other 51 weeks of the year and calculating it’s true worth on a national, regional and local level.

The project builds on the research initiated by the National Eisteddfod of Wales.  This innovative and exciting project receives financial support from the Welsh Government’s Technology Strategy Board, following on from initial assistance from WISE Network.

Elinor Phillips has been appointed as the KTP Associate for the National Eisteddfod of Wales project:

This project is unique as it aims to discover the value of all the activities that take place in communities across the area throughout the year by a wide range of individuals and organisations, as well as during the festival week in August.  This is the first time that this type of research has been undertaken for a travelling festival.  I’ll be trying to speak to as many people as possible during the week at the Carmarthenshire Eisteddfod this August and contacting local businesses and communities,” says Elinor.

Gwenllian Carr, Head of Communications at the National Eisteddfod of Wales is very enthusiastic about the project:

This project is a very important step forward in terms of research for the Eisteddfod.  It’s an opportunity to refine and make the way we work more sophisticated, and the initial results from Carmarthenshire will help us prepare for the Montgomery and the Marches National Eisteddfod next year and Monmouthshire in 2016.  We look forward to collaborating closely with Bangor University over the coming months.”

For further details about the project or to contribute to the research, please contact Elinor Phillips, elinor.phillips@eisteddfod.org.uk.