WYTH is a two year project to promote traditional Welsh dance. The aim of the scheme, which is a partnership formed of Menter Maldwyn, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, Cwlwm Celtaidd and a number of freelance artists, is to celebrate folk dancing and clogging, creating opportunities to pioneer unchartered territories within the genre.

The project has several aspects and is funded through the Arts Council of Wales’s Connect and Flourish scheme. Latest developments can be followed on @8WYTH Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

WYTH has two exciting opportunities for the summer of 2024:

    • WYTH COMMISION – £5000 is available to develop a show or performance which combines traditional dance with another genre, to be performed at Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau in July and at this year’s National Eisteddfod at Rhondda Cynnon Taf in August. More information here.
    • TWMPDAITH – Summer jobs for 8 young musicians and dancers between 16-25(ish). A week of training will be provided before touring Wales (and Lorient) hosting twmpaths (Welsh barn dances). More information here.

Sioned Edwards on behalf of the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol said, “We at the National Eisteddfod are so proud to be a part of a project that offers a stage to foster creative talent in the field of traditional Welsh dance. Creating creative pathways for dancers, helps to develop, promote and safeguard the tradition for the future whilst offering ambitious professional opportunities. We saw this with the 2023 Commission. Clocselectra was a powerful innovative performance by sisters Lleucu and Enlli Parri, under the mentorship of Ed Holden, where they combined clog dancing with electronic and loop music. We are excited to see what ideas surface for the 2024 Commission.”

Rhian Davies of Menter Maldwyn and project co-ordinator added, “Folk dancing, clogging and twmpaths are such an integral part of our heritage and identity as Welsh people. But more than that, dancing is so much fun and without a doubt brings joy to the soul. WYTH is an opportunity for us to be playful and experimental and take traditional Welsh dance to new horizons. TwmpDaith 2023 was a huge success, with audiences around Wales up on their feet, dancing to the infectious energy and enthusiasm of the band. Tŷ Gwerin was literally bouncing for the last gig of the tour! As well as touring around festivals and village halls across Wales again this summer with the new 2024 TwmpDaith band, we are delighted to be partnering with Urdd Gobaith Cymru to take the band over to the Interceltique Festival in Lorient, Brittany. What an experience!”