<![CDATA[festivalofwales.org - NAFOW Blog & Archive]]>Thu, 16 Sep 2021 01:53:02 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[NAFOW 2021 Moves to Utica, NY]]>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 12:54:20 GMThttp://festivalofwales.org/nafow-blog--archive/nafow-2021-moves-to-utica-ny
September 2-5, 2021
It has been a long 14 months and we are all ready to take a step toward normal. This message is to update you on plans for the 2021 North American Festival of Wales. We realize the COVID situation is ever-evolving and, for the first time, it looks like we are on the right side of this fight. The board of the Welsh North American Association feels strongly that the best course of action for the organization is to take a small step forward and hold an in-person event in September for those who are comfortable attending.
We realized several months ago that our biggest obstacle was the U.S.-Canada border closure. Unfortunately, we just learned that it has been extended another month. As a result, we are unable to move forward with planning an in-person event in Ottawa. We will return to Ottawa as soon as we are able to do so safely. We have decided to relocate the 2021 festival to Utica, New York. Utica has strong Welsh roots and the ‘national gymanfa ganu’ has been held there many times in the past, most recently in 1996.
Plans are under way and we ask that you bear with us as we navigate these new times. We assure you that in every stage of the planning we will follow guidelines from the CDC and New York State Department of Health. If you feel comfortable, we hope you will join us as we continue to preserve and promote our Welsh heritage.
Hotel booking will be available in early May and we are working to get a tentative schedule out as soon as possible. We anticipate the event will start on Thursday, September 2, and end on Sunday, September 5. At this time, we do not plan to run auxiliary tours. However, Utica and the surrounding area have a lot to offer if you plan to extend your stay and explore on your own. We want to eliminate as many variables as possible before opening registration, and therefore aim to do so by July 1.
As always, please reach out to me with questions and I will do my best to assist. wnaahq@gmail.com
Key Dates:
May 4 : Hotel reservations available
July 1: Registration opens
September 2-5: North American Festival of Wales
<![CDATA[Cân o Gymru~ Winners of New Youth Competition Announced]]>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 05:00:00 GMThttp://festivalofwales.org/nafow-blog--archive/can-o-gymru-winners-of-new-youth-competition-announced

The Welsh North American Association (WNAA), in partnership with Undeb Cymru a’r Byd, launched a brand-new youth voice competition to mark the celebration of St. David’s Day. The competition was open to Welsh language entries aged 7-11 and 12-16. Executive Secretary Megan Williams said, ‘We were so excited to see the interest in this brand-new competition and hope to repeat it next year. What better way to celebrate St. David’s Day than showcase young Welsh talent to those in North America and around the world.’ In the past, the WNAA has held an Eisteddfod in conjunction with its annual North American Festival of Wales and this new competition is an extension of this tradition.
Adjudicators Edward Morus Jones, Mary Jones McGuyer and Elen Wyn Keen said, ‘It was extremely heartening to see so many entries for these new and exciting competitions. The standard of competition was generally very pleasing, and the choice of songs extremely varied –which made for a difficult task for the Adjudicators!’

Winners in the 7-11 category were first place Cari Lovelock (Ynys Mon); second place, Iwan Marc Thomas, (Abertawe); third place Non Prys (Ynys Mon) and Trystan Bryn Evans (Sir Gaerfyrddin).

Winners in the 12-16 category were first place Manon Jones (Ynys Mon); second place Owen Roberts (Ceredigion), and joint third place to Megan Morris (Sir Gaerfyddin) and Siwan Mair Jones (Sir Gaerfyrddin).
Winning videos will be included as part of the Welsh North American Association’s St. David’s Day program which is put together with support from the Welsh government. Content available at www.festivalofwales.org from Feb 27-March 12. 

​Er mwyn dathlu Dydd Gwyl Ddewi lansiwyd cystadleuaeth newydd i gantorion ifainc gan Gymdeithas Gymreig Gogledd America (WNAA) mewn partneriaeth gydag Undeb Cymru a’r Byd.  Cystadleuaeth yn y Gymraeg oedd hon ac yn agored i bobl ifainc rhwng 7-11 a 12-16.  Yn ol Dr Megan Williams, Ysgrifennydd y Gymdeithas, roedd pawb wedi gwirioni bod cymaint o ddiddordeb yn y gystadleuaeth newydd sbon a gobeithiant ei hail-gynnig flwyddyn nesa.  Pa gwell ffordd i ddathlu Dydd Gwyl Ddewi nag i roi llwyfan i’r talent ifanc yng Nghymru ac i’w dangos i bobl yn America ac ar draws y byd.  Yn y gorffennol mae’r WNAA wedi cynnal Eisteddfod yng Nghwyl Flynyddol Cymry Gogledd America ac mae’r gystadleuaeth newydd hon yn estyniad o’r traddodiad hwn.
Roedd y beiriniaid, Edward Morus Jones, Mary Jones McGuyver ac Elen Wyn Keen, wrth eu boddau bod cynifer wedi cymryd rhan yn y gystadleuaeth newydd a chyffroes hon. Roedd safon y cystadlu yn codi calon a’r caneuon a ddewiswyd yn amrywiol iawn – a hynny’n gwneud gwaith y beiriniaid yn fwy anodd.

Yr enillwyr:  Adran 7-11- yn gyntaf, Cari Lovelock (Ynys Môn); yn ail, Iwan Marc Thomas (Abertawe); yn drydydd, Non Prys a Trystan Bryn Evans (Sir Gaerfyrddin).

Adran 12-16:  yn gyntaf, Manon Jones, (Ynys Môn); yn ail, Owen Roberts (Ceredigion); yn gydradd drydydd, Megan Morris (Sir Gaerfyrddin) a Siwan Mair Jones (Sir Gaerfyrddin).
Bydd fideos o’r enillwyr yn rhan o raglen y WNAA ar Ddydd Gwyl Ddewi.  Diolch hefyd am gefnogaeth Llywodraeth Cymru.  Gellir gweld y manylion ar www.festivalofwales.org o’r 26 Chwefror tan y 12 o Fawrth.

<![CDATA[Virtual North American Festival of Wales 2020]]>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://festivalofwales.org/nafow-blog--archive/virtual-north-american-festival-of-wales-2020Access the Virtual NAFOW 2020
The 2020 North American Festival of Wales was scheduled to be held in Philadelphia, Pa, and like all large gatherings in 2020, had to be canceled due to the COVID19 crisis. Fortunately, it was successfully rescheduled to be in Philadelphia in September 2022.

In leu of an in-person event, while not the same, the organizers were able present a Virtual NAFOW which launched on September 4 and ran through the end of October 2020, allowing many to experience elements of the planned program.   To access the Virtual NAFOW 2020 click here.
<![CDATA[New York Welsh Pod Cast]]>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:50:54 GMThttp://festivalofwales.org/nafow-blog--archive/new-york-welsh-pod-cast

Episode 28:
The First Virtual
North American Festival of Wales
~ Dr Megan Williams

On this episode, Gideon and Richard chat with Dr Megan Williams from the Welsh North American Association about the upcoming annual North American Festival of Wales, a weekend long event that includes performances, poetry, literature, singing, dancing, seminars, a marketplace and an Eisteddfod. Sadly, due to the ongoing corona virus threat, this year's entire event will be virtual, the first time in the festival's 91 year history. The good news is that anyone can now attend for free online when proceedings kick off on Sept 4th, or screen it at their own leisure through Sept 30 via their event page. During their conversation, Gideon and Richard speak with Megan about the importance of the festival to the Welsh North American community, the challenges of adapting to a virtual format and the history of the event and Welsh heritage in North America.