South Wales Guardian Opinion
9:50am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
THE question over whether the National Eisteddfod should have a permanent home arouses strong emotions.
Wales’ national festival has traditionally been moved around the Principality. It is steeped in tradition, so many refuse to entertain the notion of a permanent home.
However others point to the event’s mounting costs and sheer scale as indicators that a perma nent base is indeed the way forward.
And, let’s be honest, staging the National is becoming harder and harder. The list of potential hosts is getting fewer and fewer.
Now a group of Plaid councillors have made the somewhat radical suggestion that East Pit in the Amman Valley could become the Eisteddfod’s permanent home, while at the same time triggering a economic revival in an area where the use of Welsh has dropped alarmingly.
It is a fascinating proposal which should be widely debated.
And - in the words of MP Jonathan Edwards - what better symbol of the renaissance could there be than to turn an old mineworks into “the vineyard” of the Welsh language?
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