Questions to the Assembly Commission: The Urdd Eisteddfod 2019 (22/5/19)

Janet:

Will the Commission make a statement on the Assembly's involvement in the Urdd Eisteddfod 2019?

 

Elin Jones AM, Llywydd:

It is a pleasure to see the Urdd Eisteddfod being built around us in the bay. Next week, the art, design and technology exhibition will be held in the Senedd, and that is also where members of the Welsh Youth Parliament will also be promoting their work throughout the week. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the Assembly’s work and have their photograph taken in the Chamber during the week. The Welsh learners pavilion will use the Pierhead. And if I could take this opportunity to wish the Urdd well and all those young people who will be competing and taking part here in the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay next week.

 

Janet:

Diolch yn fawr. I think that's the first time I've asked a question in this Assembly where I really felt the need not to ask a supplementary because you've actually addressed many of the points.

But I would also like to endorse the thanks and congratulations to everybody taking part. Obviously, this is the heart of the Urdd Eisteddfod next week, with this institution of Welsh democracy becoming the home for the art, design and technology exhibition. And I think it's fantastic to note that over 100,000 visitors will be here, many frequenting this building, and will learn about the work we undertake.

The question I was going to ask, anyway: given that the Eisteddfod coincides with the 20-year anniversary, what consideration has the Commission given to commemoration in the presence of the event in the Senedd, such as through exploring the possibility of retaining an art exhibition or inviting attendees to perhaps create a piece of creative work that could actually then be put on display here? Diolch.

 

Llywydd:

Thank you for that contribution and the question in terms of what is the longevity of the presence of the Urdd here following next week's events. There will be excitement in Cardiff Bay next week. There will be young people from all over Wales, from every constituency in Wales, competing and taking part here, and that is to be welcomed greatly. And I hope that as many Members as possible will be able to see that happening as well. But, of course, we will be ensuring that the members of the public who visit our Senedd here, perhaps for the first time, have the opportunity to learn something about the work and what we've achieved over the last 20 years as we recognise this. And, of course, we have to remember that the Urdd camp is next door to us permanently here, and Urdd members are always welcomed here in the Senedd—their Senedd—as are all young people in Wales.