Jo Stevens MP standing underneath an archway which reads EISTEDDFOD

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.

Jo Stevens MP in front of Cardiff Met University's banner

Cardiff Metropolitan University, which has a campus in Cardiff Central.

Jo Stevens MP and a representative from the NEU, standing in front of the union's logo

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.

An embroidered quilt with patches of well-known buildings in Cardiff

A quilt made by members of the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Wales.

Jo Stevens MP and Ann Jones AM holding leaflets and stood next to a Welsh Labour banner

With my Labour colleague Ann Jones AM.

Jo Stevens MP and a representative from NASUWT standing in front of the union's logo

NASUWT teachers’ union.

Jo Stevens MP with representatives from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Staff and student representatives from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Jo Stevens MP holding up a large hand-drawn poster

An illustration by artist SiƓn Thomas Owen, inspired by pupils from Welsh schools who had been learning about the lives and experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Wales.

group of girlguiding volunteers holding a blanket with badges sewn on

Volunteers from Girlguiding Cymru.

Four people gathered in front of photographs of refugees and asylum seekers

Representatives from the Wales Refugee Coalition, with my Labour colleague Ann Clwyd MP.

 

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