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A painting workshop in the style of Kyffin Williams among highlights of festival for Welsh learners


A painting workshop in the style of artist Kyffin Williams will be among the highlights of the national festival for Welsh learners, Ar Lafar, held on Saturday, 21 April between 10.30am-4.00pm at The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Learners of all levels and their families will be able to enjoy a host of activities at the Library including guided tours, art and craft workshops, a treasure hunt and a show by theatre company, Mewn Cymeriad (In Character).

There will also be opportunities for learners and their families to socialise, using their Welsh in a fun and welcoming atmosphere, and enjoying the national treasures that can be found at the Library.

The festival is free, and the result of a partnership between the National Centre for Learning Welsh, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and the National Library of Wales.

Ar Lafar will also be held on three Museum sites: the Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis, National History Museum, St Fagans, and the Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

Linda Tomos, Chief Executive and Librarian of the National Library of Wales, said:

"It's a great pleasure to welcome an Ar Lafar festival to the National Library again this year. This exciting partnership will boost the Welsh language by offering informal opportunities for people to socialise in Welsh, and by using our rich culture and heritage as a means of stimulating interest in the language.

"As an organisation, we are always keen to encourage and support Welsh speakers, be fluent or learners, and we hope that such events will give learners the confidence to use the Welsh language comfortably in public places such as the Library, whatever their ability. "

Efa Gruffudd Jones, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Learning Welsh said:

"We are delighted that Ar Lafar is happening again this year, having been successful last year, with even more activities and interesting sessions for learners and their families. 'We are also proud of being able to continue the partnership with the National Library. The Library is a national treasure, and what better place to go to practice speaking Welsh, and to experience the culture and history of Wales.

"The festival is also an opportunity to highlight the range of Welsh language courses available, at all levels, in all parts of Wales, including the new online course for the leisure and tourism industry."

Further Information

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Notes to the editor

  • The National Welsh Language Learning Center is a new body that is responsible for all aspects of the Welsh for Adults field.