Despite the lockdown restrictions, Wales’ folk dancers have kept busy. The latest project is publishing a video of dancers and musicians from across Wales performing Ffaniglen – also known as Pat-a-Cake Polka. It is one of the most popular dances and the video, edited by Sion Gwilym, includes instructions to enable everyone else to join in! The perfect excuse to put on your dancing shoes and join in the fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwdUtRs5UdU
There were also plenty of opportunity to dance and be entertained in the virtual National Eisteddfod, titled Eisteddfod AmGen:
- On Saturday, 1st August, a virtual twmpath was held with over 900 viewers from Wales joining in. Many thanks to Rhian and Bryn Davies, Dawnswyr Tanat, for co-ordinating it all.
- There were opportunities to view some of the past shows, performed on the Eisteddfod field: Dyddiadur Morfudd (Morfudd’s Diary) and Llyn y Fan Fach, both scripted and directed by Eiry Palfrey.
- Eiry also gave a 20 minute lecture on one of our society’s main founders, Loïs Blake, which was broadcast on Tuesday, 4th August.
- On Monday, 3rd August a stepping masterclass was held by Daniel Calan Jones, Dawnswyr Bro Taf.
- Finally, on Friday, 7th August, there was an opportunity of watch a virtual conversation by Dawnswyr Talog, chaired by Anni Llŷn, to reminisce on the group’s 40th anniversary.
There is an opportunity to re-visit the events on the Eisteddfod website – enjoy!