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DEAL CEMENTS COUNCILS' ROLE IN EISTEDDFOD'S FUTURE

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The National Eisteddfod of Wales and the Welsh Local Government Association last week formally signed a historic ag...
The National Eisteddfod of Wales and the Welsh Local Government Association last week formally signed a historic agreement which will give the Eisteddfod longer term financial security.

The pink memorandum of understanding document is about much more than just providing financial stability and equality of contribution from local authorities. It outlines how they plan to develop this new association in the future to ensure the Eisteddfod reaches all parts of Wales. It was signed on Thursday by Meryl Gravell MBE, WLGA presiding officer and D Hugh Thomas, CBE, president of the Eisteddfod's court.

Last month the Beecham review called for public services in Wales to become more citizen-centred, efficient and accountable. In particular it highlighted the need for more collaboration between organisations and sectors.

Meryl Gravell said: 'This new partnership between Welsh local authorities and the Eisteddfod is a perfect example of how local authorities are working together in innovative ways to deliver better services for everyone to enjoy.

'The WLGA will work closely with the Eisteddfod to make full use of its expertise in developing welsh cultural activities locally and ensure it leaves behind a positive and valuable legacy when it visits all parts of Wales.'

Six representatives from the WLGA will sit on the Eisteddfod Council ensuring local authorities' views contribute to the Eisteddfod's future development.

The Eisteddfod and the WLGA will also set up a working group this autumn to develop a framework for future Eisteddfods so that communities across the whole of Wales can celebrate and benefit from this unique cultural experience.

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