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First major Eisteddfod prize for series of 10 poems

The first of this year's major prizes at the National Eisteddfod has gone to one of the youngest ever winners. Guto Dafydd, 24, from Pwllheli won the Eisteddfod crown for a series of ten poems in free verse entitled "Tyfu" ("Growing"). The judges praised both the technical mastery of his poetry and the skilful way he mixed traditional and contemporary themes.


Cardiff gets taste of Thailand in first city festival

Cardiff hosts Wales' first ever Thai Festival this weekend, bringing together cultural entertainment, food, dancing and music.

Organisers say the festival will promote an understanding of Thai culture among the people of Cardiff, many of whom will have their own cultural connections from across the world.

Thai parade
Credit: Desy Thai

"The Wales Thai Festival looks like an exciting new addition to the summer's diverse events calendar. I'm sure it will be a great opportunity for families to learn more about the country and its vibrant culture."

– Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cardiff

Fashion conscious visitors to Cardiff's Coopers Field will also be able to experience colour patterned silks and intricate embroidery work typical of traditional Thai dress.

The costumes on display are the work of Saowanee Jones, who moved to Wales from Thailand over 11 years ago. Soawanee described the festival as "a little taste of Thailand in Cardiff."

Thai food
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A wide range of stalls will include freshly cooked Thai food, a Thai beer garden, souvenirs and children's rides, while there will also be an energetic display of Muay Thai Boxing.

Concert to kick of this year's National Eisteddfod

Over 350 young people from across Wales will help kick off the 2014 National Eisteddfod in Llanelli this evening at an opening gala.

The National Eisteddfod is one of the world's greatest cultural festivals.

It brings together people from all ages and backgrounds to enjoy an eclectic mix of the arts, music, literature, dance, theatre and more.

National Eisteddfod 2013
Last year's festival was held in Denbighshire

This year's event takes place along the Wales Coast Path, at the Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli.

See the 2014 full schedule of events here.

Bars and Melody on Wales at Six - the outtakes...

Britain's Got Talent stars Bars and Melody dropped in for a chat with Jonathan Hill for tonight's Wales at Six.

Watch what happened when we asked them to record a quick clip for our opening titles:

Leondre Devries, 13 and from Port Talbot, and his friend Charlie Lenehan, 15 and from Bristol, were in Cardiff today to launch their debut single, which has a strong anti-bullying message.

Photos: Thousands of fans come out to see BGT finalists in Cardiff

Video: BGT rapper Leondre on ITV Wales - before he was famous

Watch the full interview with Leondre and Charlie at 6pm on ITV Cymru Wales


Fans flock to Cardiff to meet pop duo Bars & Melody

Bars & Melody
The pop duo met fans in Cardiff today Credit: ITV News Wales

Hundreds of fans flocked to Cardiff today to meet pop duo Bars & Melody.

Leondre Devries from Port Talbot and Charlie Lenehan from Bristol, reached the final of the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent earlier this year.

Today they were launching their new single in the city.

Fans lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the teenage rappers Credit: ITV News Wales

Watch: BGT star Leondre on ITV Wales before he was famous

Britain's Got Talent finalists Bars & Melody visit Cardiff

Rap duo Bars & Melody, featuring 13-year-old Leondre Devries from Port Talbot, are in Cardiff to mark the release of the their debut single.

Bars & Melody
Leondre and Charlie greet their fans in Cardiff Credit: Emily Gadd / ITV News

Leondre Devries from Port Talbot and Charlie Lenehan from Bristol, reached the final of the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent earlier this year.

Watch: BGT star Leondre on ITV Wales before he was famous

Our reporter, Emily Gadd, is in Cardiff and sent this picture of fans queueing to see the boys.

Only Men Aloud prepare to wow crowds at Ponty's Big Weekend

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Only Men Aloud will headline the concert today Credit: Orchard Entertainment

Welsh male voice choir Only Men Aloud will take to the stage today alongside a host of special guests and local talent, for Ponty's Big Weekend concert.

The concert, which starts today and continues throughout the weekend, will be held at the Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.

Also on the bill is former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones, and singer and actor Connie Fisher, who'll host the show.

The music will continue on Sunday with boyband Union J, and X-Factor winner Sam Bailey among the performing acts.

"Every year we work with partners to secure the top names in the industry for Ponty's Big Weekend because we want it to be a success, we want it to boost the economy and we want everyone to have a wonderful time here in RCT.

"This year will be no exception and we are pleased to have an exciting line-up that offers something for everyone, with a range of established and rising talents that we are sure will bring the crowds to our county borough."

– Cllr Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
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