Festival to spread over three months
GWYL y Gwendraeth is back — and organisers are promising that this year it will be bigger than ever before.
Guest speakers, rock music and walks exploring the Gwendraeth Valley's heritage are all planned as part of the festival, which has been expanded to three times its usual length.
Cathryn Ings, business manager with Menter Cwm Gwendraeth, which runs the summer event, said preparations were under way.
"We are in the early stages at the moment but we are making the festival longer this year," she said.
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"It will run over three months of the summer rather than one as we have done previously.
"We are working on getting some exciting names to the valley and we are planning a Welsh rock night.
"We will be keeping all our favourite events such as the Welsh quiz and Helfa Trysor, a treasure hunt in which we send groups of people all around the Gwendraeth Valley."
Menter Cwm Gwendraeth said the festival was an important event in the valley's calendar. "It's important because it targets all ages and brings all sorts of different people together," said Mrs Ings. "We want to promote the use of Welsh as a fun and easy-to-use language.
"We want the festival to be bilingual to encourage Welsh learners and English speakers to take part as well as the Welsh speakers who it is great to welcome back every year.
"The festival is a fun way for people to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Gwendraeth Valley."
Other activities announced so far include the annual mabolgampau, a sport competition for schoolchildren from the Gwendraeth and Llanelli area. Gwyl y Gwendraeth kicks off with Bancffosfelen Eisteddfod in May and then runs until July.
For more information, contact Menter Cwm Gwendraeth on 01269 871600.