#SiaradDysguByw Cardiff and Vale College proud to be a part of the Eisteddfod

17 Aug 2018

Cardiff and Vale College was proud - #falch – to be part of the Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay this year.

College staff and students were delighted to work on a stand in the Maes where they shared CAVC’s commitment to the Welsh language, hosting fun activities for all the family. As the biggest college in Wales, Cardiff and Vale College is passionate about growing opportunities to #SpeakLearnLive or #SiaradDysguByw in Welsh.

The different format this year saw the Maes was thrown open to the public for free. This enabled Cardiff and Vale College to engage with potential new audiences among the huge crowds of both Welsh and English speakers who came along to see what the Eisteddfod is all about.

Thousands of people, including politicians and celebrities such as Jason Mohammad and Cardiff Council Leader Cllr Huw Thomas, visited the CAVC stand and took part in a range of fun bilingual activities run by staff and students that reflect the College’s commitment to Welsh culture, and its Welsh language ethos and offer.

From inspirational badge making through to biscuit decoration with a Chef Lecturer from The Classroom, bilingual storytelling with Performing Arts students and Lego robot challenges to show the College’s commitment to new tech, multitudes of people had fun while learning that CAVC puts the Welsh language at the heart of everything it does. Hardy members of the public also helped the College cycle the 145 miles to the Eisteddfod’s next location in Llanwrst on exercise bikes as part of the College’s commitment to wellbeing.

A social media competition where people could share their pictures with the hashtag #SiaradDysguByw and win a £50 St David’s Centre voucher was also a resounding success, with 60,000 people seeing the campaign on social media.

Cardiff and Vale College Principal Kay Martin said: “As the largest college in Wales, at CAVC we are passionate about Wales and the Welsh language. We believe in creating opportunities for everyone to speak, learn and live in Welsh and this commitment is at the heart of our curriculum.

“Having the Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay, where it was free for everyone, was a fantastic opportunity for us to reach out to both the Welsh and English speaking communities and show how we can support them to speak, learn and live in Welsh.”