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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Cardigan Castle restoration on Eisteddfod agenda

Castle and scaffolding
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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National Eisteddfod underway in Denbighshire

The Maes is already busy with visitors.

Competitions get underway on the Maes today, after the Opening Concert of this year's National Eisteddfod last night.

The 2013 festival is being held in Denbighshire, on the outskirts of Denbigh, the same site as in 2001.

Organiser Hywel Edwards says he is hoping for more than 150,000 visitors over the eight days.

The National Eisteddfod celebrates the Welsh language, music, literature, culture, theatre and more.

Last year's event was hosted at the former Llandow airfield in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Click here for the 2013 Programme Events on the National Eisteddfod website

Eisteddfod of Wales architecture award: winner to be announced today

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone in Ebbw Vale
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.

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