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 websitewww.international-eisteddfod.co.ukand
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
As far as I can recall the British Council is
the only UK government body we have any association with.
Maureen A Jones
3 November 2000