Due to the ongoing developments with the Coronavirus, the Management Board of the National Eisteddfod has announced that the 2022 festival due to be held in Rhondda Cynon Taf has been postponed by a year - and will now be held in 2023.
The news comes on the back of the postponement of this year’s event, which was due to take place in Ceredigion, and has also pushed the Llŷn and Eifionydd National Eisteddfod back to August 2022.
Councillor Rhys Lewis, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and the Welsh Language, said: “In light of the continually evolving situation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak in Wales and the UK, we have unfortunately been notified that the National Eisteddfod will now be coming to Rhondda Cynon Taf a year later than planned.
“Whilst I appreciate that our communities were very much looking forward to welcoming the event in 2022, the decision to postpone this year’s event in Ceredigion and the two subsequent editions is a decision that has been taken in the best interests of public safety.
“We will now look forward to welcoming the National Eisteddfod to our County Borough in 2023, and I am certain that coming through these difficult times will make the event an extra special occasion.”
Chief Executive of the National Eisteddfod, Betsan Moses, added: “The decision to postpone this year’s National Eisteddfod was not taken lightly, but we felt that we had no choice due to the situation across Wales and beyond at the moment and for the foreseeable future.
“Although the Eisteddfod in Rhondda Cynon Taf will now be held a year later than planned, we’ll be launching the project locally as soon as it’s safe for us to resume our community work. This will give us an extra year to work with local people across the County to make a real difference and to prepare for what will be a wonderful Eisteddfod in 2023.
"In the meantime, it’s important that we all support each other and our communities and stay safe, and let’s look forward to working together over the next three years.”