“A Oes Heddwch?”: Peace at the National Eisteddfod

by Noam Devey

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Wales for Peace at the National Eisteddfod, Meifod (01 – 06 August).

The president of the National Eisteddfod Dr R Alun Evans announced at the main pavilion that our project ‘Wales for Peace’ has been given £1, 000, 000 from HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund) in order to answer the question ‘How has Wales contributed to peace in the last 100 years, since WW1?’

The week of peace related activities got underway with our Peace Trail whereby young people would uncover a ‘hidden history’ at 8 different stalls in order to collect their prize at the end. Wales for Peace were very proud to host Carmarthen’s ‘White Book of Peace’ by signing it you ‘commit yourself to working for peace in the world’. Hundreds of people have signed the book- alongside previous signatures such as Desmond Tutu.

A large part of the Wales for Peace project is working closely with parteners, and on Wednesday we were proud to support Cymdeithas y Cymod’s book launch titled ‘ 100 years of Peace Building‘ which uncovers some of Wales’ hidden histories. One part of the Wales for Peace project looks at uncovering and discovering the stories of ‘Conscientious Objectors’ against war and as the Eisteddfod is a meeting point for many in Wales it was a perfect opportunity to start collecting some of those stories on video.
As a contribution to ‘Hiroshima Day’ ceremonies marking 70 years since Hiroshima bombings on the 6th of August, Learning Coordinator Jane Harries was talking about that day on BBC radio.

On Friday, in partnership with the National Assembly for Wales, we facilitated a ‘Youth for Peace’ discussion in the Societies Pavilion.
Noam Devey, Youth Coordinator from Wales for Peace, stated: “We had a lovely time! We were proud to announce our winner Syfi of the peace trail. One of my personal highlights was to meet one of my heroes, the poet Benjamin Zephaniahwho was very excited to hear about our project and hopefully we can find a way of working together.”

We were delighted to sign up 45 people who expressed an interest in volunteering with the Wales for Peace project as it develops.
You can find out more about the ‘Wales for Peace’ project on this website, or get involved as a volunteer, supporter or local partner organisation by emailing walesforpeace@wcia.org.uk.

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