Carwyn Jones and John Hartson in bardic robes

First Minister joins druids

First Minister Carwyn Jones has joined the Gorsedd of Bards. He took the bardic name Carwyn Aman Ogwr in an Eisteddfod ceremony.

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Public session on future of National Eisteddfod

The National Eisteddfod is Wales' biggest cultural festival.

A group set up to look at modernising the National Eisteddfod will share reveal some of its considerations, at a question and answer session on the Maes this afternoon.

Broadcaster Roy Noble chairs the National Eisteddfod Task and Finish Group, which started work last autumn and is due to report back to the First Minister in October.

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First Minister: We're listening to people about protecting Welsh

The First Minister has hit back at criticism from Welsh language campaigners, saying some of the problems facing the language need to be fully explored - the thinking behind his 'Big Conversation' on the future of Welsh.

"We had Y Gynhadledd Fawr in July. We had huge number of people there - thousands of people literally sending their responses" says Carwyn Jones.

"These things are important. It's alright to say you've got do something, but the first thing to do is find out what people think is right to do and that's what that Y Gynhadledd Fawr did - to actually put in place a process where you listen to people first and then of course get things moving."

Welsh language campaigners lobby First Minister at Eisteddfod

It's day three of the National Eisteddfod near Denbigh. The First Minister is facing calls to do more to make it easier for people to use Welsh every day.

"It's important to show that what we're talking about is people's lives, people's healthcare, social care... people looking to having leisure services, children, young people being able to have opportunities to use Welsh outside of school" says Sian Howys from Cymdeithas Yr Iaith.

"These are the things that are going to make a real difference in terms of the future of the language but also in terms of just us wanting to use the language every day in ordinary situations."

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Cardigan Castle restoration on Eisteddfod agenda

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Cardigan Castle is undergoing a multi-million pound restoration Credit: ITV News Wales

First Minister Carwyn Jones will attend one of the biggest heritage projects in Wales - Cardigan Castle - on his tour of the National Eisteddfod today.

The castle was the birthplace of the Eisteddfod when the first one was held by Rhys ap Gruffydd in 1176.

It's among a handful of remaining stone castles built by Welsh princes.

The castle will reopen its doors to the public next spring, after the £11m renovation project has been completed.

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