This year the Eisteddfod – Wales’ national celebration of the arts – was held in Cardiff Bay.
The festival moves around Wales each year, holding competitions for music and poetry, along with outdoor performances and opportunities to share with and meet representatives from organisations right across the country.
This year for the first time, the ‘Maes’ or main field was open and spread across Cardiff Bay, enabling anyone to walk through, visit the stalls and experience some of the live entertainment on the main stage.
Concerts and competitions also took place inside the Wales Millennium Centre.
At the Eisteddfod I took the opportunity to meet with a number of organisations to hear about their current work and future plans.
Cardiff Metropolitan University, which has a campus in Cardiff Central.
The National Education Union who are campaigning for fair pay for teachers, and in support of Show Racism the Red Card who run workshops with young people to stamp out racism in sport.
A quilt made by members of the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Wales.
With my Labour colleague Ann Jones AM.
NASUWT teachers’ union.
Staff and student representatives from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
An illustration by artist Siôn Thomas Owen, inspired by pupils from Welsh schools who had been learning about the lives and experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Wales.
Volunteers from Girlguiding Cymru.
Representatives from the Wales Refugee Coalition, with my Labour colleague Ann Clwyd MP.