Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Memorandum submitted by the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

  I have been reluctant to criticise the UK Government support. I think we have to get Government and local authority support within Wales before we can look to Westminster, at present support within Wales is almost non existent. Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod received no financial support from Arts Council of Wales and almost nothing from Welsh Local Authorities, and I wonder if the National Assembly even know of our existence. Llangollen basically has to try and survive as a loner.

  In the past the British Council has been most supportive of Llangollen by distributing our Syllabus world-wide. We never invite competitors, all competitors must apply for selection. The sole criteria for acceptance are performance standards.

  In recent years the British Council in the UK has refused to distribute our Syllabus to its offices world-wide, so for the last 10 years we have had to mail them to all British Council offices. Two years ago we set up our own website——and we now contact British Council offices world-wide by e-mail advising them of the Syllabus and relevant dates. We also offer to mail hard copies if required.

  The British Council Offices are our only link with competitors world-wide, therefore greater support and interest from the British Council could be of tremendous assistance to Llangollen.

  As far as I can recall the British Council is the only UK government body we have any association with.

Maureen A Jones
Marketing Director

3 November 2000

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