Maes D (The Welsh learners' tent)

Arwydd Maes D

Ydych chi'n dysgu Cymraeg? Dyma beth i'w ddisgwyl ar Faes yr Eisteddfod.

Learning Welsh? Here's what's on offer on the Eisteddfod Maes.

Maes D

Maes D is the Welsh learners' area on the Eisteddfod Maes. It lets learners meet and socialise, compete, share experiences, gather information, and, most importantly, have fun.

There are five parts to Maes D:

  1. Y llwyfan (the stage)
    A whole host of activities, performances, competitions and taster courses are held throughout the week. In 2010 these included reflexology, learning to sing the National Anthem, love spoon carving and live performances by musicians.
  2. Y caffi (the cafe)
    A chance for learners and Welsh speakers to enjoy a coffee and a chat and also to win prizes by competing in the Competition of the day. Most of the volunteers in the café are Welsh learners.
  3. Y cyfrifiaduron (the computers)
    Giving learners an overview of available websites that can help them on their way to learning Welsh.
  4. Y siop lyfrau (the book shop)
    A chance to stock up on Welsh books, CDs, games and cards.
  5. Yr ardal arddangos (the exhibition area)
    A variety of stands, including Welsh for Adults, which have lots of useful information about how to get started with learning Welsh. Other stands in 2010 included Acen, Say Something in Welsh, Merched Y Wawr, Golwg and Big Pit.

Daily activities (Gweithgareddau dyddiol)

The daily activities in 2010 included Her y Dydd (Daily Challenge) every morning which gave friends, new and old, a chance to meet and get their brain in gear in Welsh for the day.

From then on different activities were held on the hour throughout the day - including talks, games, shows, workshops and Welsh lessons - until 6pm when live music sessions were held with artists such as the Mavron String Quartet, Wonderbrass, Brigyn, Steve Eaves and more.

Stage competitions and adjudications

The singing and recitation competitions for Welsh learners are held on the Maes D stage on a particular day, or days, during the week. (This was Wednesday and Thursday in 2010; details for Wrexham 2011 will be announced nearer the date).

The results of the written competitions are announced in a ceremony in Maes D.

Cystadleuaeth Dysgwr y Flwyddyn / Welsh Learner of the Year Competition

The Welsh Learner of the Year competition is open to any adult who has learned Welsh. The finalists are chosen by a panel of judges and during the Eisteddfod week, they take part in a question and answer session at Maes D before going on to the final round of the competition.

In 2010, the four finalists were Shirley Cottam from Aberystwyth, Helen Price from Blackwood, Dai Williams from Ystalyfera and Julia Hawkins from Crickhowell who went on to win.

She was presented with the Learner's Trophy on the main Pavilion stage on Thursday 5 August 2010 at 11:30am.

The 2009 Learner of the Year was named as Meggan Lloyd Prys, originally from Ohio, America.

Click here for a handy glossary of words you're likely to see and hear around the Maes.

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