Llandovery will host the National Urdd Eisteddfod in 2021.

The Urdd National Eisteddfod is an annual Welsh-language youth festival of literature, music and performing arts organised by Urdd Gobaith Cymru.

The event, arguably Europe's largest youth festival, will take place in the town from May 31 until June 5 2021.

The Eisteddfod consists of competitive singing, recitation, art, composition, dance and instrumental events for contestants aged between seven and 24 years.

Regional qualifying heats are held in advance around Wales, as occurs for the National Eisteddfod.

A spokesperson for the National Urdd Eisteddfod told The Guardian: "I can confirm that the first meeting of the Executive Committee of the 2021 National Urdd Eisteddfod was held at Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth, Cefneithin last night. Congratulations to Aled Rees who was elected as the Chairperson.

"The Executive Committee will meet three to four times per year in order to secure that all the arrangements are in place for the National Urdd Eisteddfod, which will be held in Llandovery from the May 31 to June 5 2021.

"We look forward to bringing the Urdd Eisteddfod to Carmarthenshire in two years’ time."

The news has been welcomed with open arms by residents.

One resident said: “This is the biggest event that will ever have come to Llandovery and will no doubt involve all of us in its organisation at some stage.

“But most importantly it will be a fantastic opportunity for the young and old of Llandovery to involve themselves in Welsh culture.”