There are now 100 days to go until the Urdd Eisteddfod returns to Montgomeryshire for the first time in over 30 years.

Between May 27 and June 1, the Urdd's National Eisteddfod will be held at on the fields of Mathrafal Farm, near Meifod, returning to Montgomeryshire for the first time since 1988.

With 100 days to go, the organisation announced that they are launching a partnership with PABO (Paid â Bod Ofn), a new project led by the band Eden.

Organisers have said that the partnership will place a focus on weaving themes of “learning, understanding and celebrating” into the festival’s activities.

Llio Maddocks, the Urdd’s Arts Director says: “The Urdd Eisteddfod is so pleased to announce this partnership with PABO, as we commit to creating an accessible and welcoming Maes for everyone. The work Eden does in discussing mental health, neurodiversity, and self-confidence is extremely important, and we look forward to sharing those messages with our children and young people.

“Eden is a phenomenon, has fans of all ages, and there will be something for everyone at the Urdd Eisteddfod in May.

"We will collaborate on Nant Caredig's activities with PABO and the Royal College of Psychiatrists to ensure that there’s a safe space beyond the competing, and a place to celebrate what makes you unique.”


As part of the partnership with PABO, the Urdd Eisteddfod will also offer a 'Sa Neb Fel Ti’ (There’s no-one like you) stage in the Nant Caredig area, a wellbeing area presented for the first time at last year’s Urdd Eisteddfod in Carmarthenshire through the support of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The area will be a place for individuals to perform without having to compete.

Eden will also hold workshops and sessions with other artists on the festival site throughout the week, providing opportunity for visitors to listen to discussions about self-confidence and learn about being comfortable in your own skin through the arts.

A spokesperson for Eden said: “The Urdd has played an important role in the lives of the three of us and so it is great to be able to announce the partnership between the Urdd and PABO.

"The hope is to spread PABO's messages and values with the Urdd's various audiences, inspiring the next generation to learn, understand and celebrate themselves.”