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08/01/2020

Local Menter Iaith shortlisted for national awards

Menter Caerdydd have been shortliested for the Mentrau Iaith awards, happening for the first time ever on January 22nd to celebrate the organisations’ outstanding work in promoting and increasing the use of Welsh in communities in Wales.

The enterprise that works with people of all ages to increase the use of Welsh in the county has reached the top 3 for the ‘Event’ category for Tafwyl

Tafwyl is a major annual Welsh language festival and celebration in our capital city. The festival is a proud and confident celebration of our culture at its best, and a means of using the Welsh language naturally in an informal and inclusive environment, attracting almost 40,000 people to the event in 2019.

Manon Rees-O’Brien Chief Executive Officer for Menter Caerdydd says;

“Music, art and culture are great ways to bring people together to socialise and enjoy, whether they are fluent Welsh speakers, the less confident speakers, learners and non-Welsh speakers. It unites an audience and offers everyone access to the Welsh language in our Capital City. Nowhere is it more obvious than Tafwyl to show this – which is a very proud annual celebration of our language. ”

 

Along with the categories ‘Collaboration’, ‘Technology’, ‘Community Development’ and ‘Volunteers’, the winners will be announced at the Mentrau Iaith Celebration Evening at the Marine Hotel Aberystwyth on January 22nd, 2020.

The Mentrau Iaith work to strengthen the use of Welsh in communities across Wales and aim to increase the number of speakers to a million by 2050, following the Welsh Government strategy.

Minister for the Welsh Language Eluned Morgan said:

“Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated for an award. We invest over £2.5million in the Mentrau Iaith through the Welsh Language Hybu a Hyrwyddo Grant. Without the help of volunteers, the Mentrau Iaith would not be able to offer the wide variety of events throughout Wales. These events and interventions are vital in securing the future of the Welsh language. Thank you to everyone for their dedication.”

Find out more on http://mentrauiaith.cymru/dathlur-mentrau-iaith/

 

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For more information contact Marged Rhys on marged@mentrauiaith.cymru or 01492 643401