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Eisteddfod of Wales architecture award: winner to be announced today

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone in Ebbw Vale is up for the award Credit: Freshwater

The winner of this this year’s National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal for Architecture will be announced later. A total of 10 eye-catching buildings within Wales have been put forward for the award.

They include a corrugated iron church hall, a chemotherapy centre, and an industrial heritage museum. All the projects are included in the Architecture in Wales exhibition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which runs from today until August 10.

The medal is given to architects responsible for buildings completed between January 2010 and March 2013. The award aims to draw attention to the importance of architecture in the nation’s culture.

Llangollen Eisteddfod makes a profit

Llangollen defies the recession. Credit: Adina Tovy-Amsel/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Organisers of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod say it has staged a dramatic reversal of fortune by making a profit for the first time in five years and ploughing £1.5 million into the local economy.

They say the event defied the recession and bad weather to record a profit of £22,668.

Advance sales for this year's International Eisteddfod are said to be breaking previous records.


Shane Williams to be honoured by Gorsedd

Retiring Wales and Ospreys rugby star Shane Williams is among those who will be inducted into the Gorsedd at the National Eisteddfod in August.

Stephen Jones, who's won 104 caps for Wales, and former footballer and now commentator John Hartson will also be honoured by the Gorsedd of the Bards. First Minister Carwyn Jones, opera singer Wynne Evans and Huw Stephens, the radio DJ who started the Swn Festival in Cardiff, are also included.