Eisteddfod Guernesiais - Centenary Year

To celebrate 100 years since the first Eisteddfod was held on the island, the Guernesiais section are looking for entrants to perform in the upcoming festival on the morning of March 17th at Beau Sejour Theatre. There is a special centenary class using a set piece from the 1922 festival, along with classes for juniors, adult beginners and a Family Class too. Nothing needs to be memorised as scripts can be used and the Guernsey Language Commission YouTube videos are a great resource to assist with pronunciation. Joy Liggett the Executive Officer for Guernesiais says “Coronavirus has upset all sorts of plans that we would normally put in place to encourage school groups to enter but some native speakers might like to coach their children and grand-children. We would also be happy for people to perform without adjudication.” Here is a quote from the GEP 4th November 1922 after the first ever Eisteddfod;" It is an unfortunate fact that the all conquering march of pure English is gradually usurping the position so long held by the old tongue" Fascinating that although the vocabulary is a little antiquated the same sentiment is expressed today! There were only two classes listed in the 1922 syllabus, one for ladies and one for gentleman with a set piece for each. The latter is being used as the set piece for the Centenary class and there is a commemorative trophy for the winner to take home and keep. The syllabus and set pieces can be found on the Eisteddfod website www.guernseyeisteddod.com. Closing date for entries is March 7th. Issued by; JOY LIGGETT Date; 07/02/22 Telephone; 01481 254660 or 07781 428 300 E mail; royjoyliggett@suremail.gg

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