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Gŵyl Cerdd Dant 2013

A celebration of all things folk: Gŵyl Cerdd Dant 2013

WOMEX recently provided a stage for Wales's best folk music in the World Music Festival's opening concert in Cardiff, and with the harp's strings still warm we can look forward to more folk traditions at Wales's annual cerdd dant festival - Gŵyl Cerdd Dant 2013.

S4C will be bringing live coverage from the festival at Pontrhydfendigaid Pavilion direct to you on Saturday 9 November, and you can catch the festival's Talwrn (Battle of the Bards) the following night as well.

Elin Llwyd is already be a familiar face given that she used to play Katie in Pobol y Cwm, she presents Tag, S4C's magazine series for young people, and also acts in the popular series, Gwaith Cartref. But this year Elin will be presenting for S4C at Wales's biggest one-day festival and she can't wait.

"I am so delighted to be presenting from the festival this year," says the young actress, presenter and singer from Carmarthen who will be joining Nia Roberts, Trystan Ellis-Morris and Branwen Gwyn to bring the best of the day's events to S4C on Gŵyl Cerdd Dant 2013.

"I'm sure cerdd dant was the first type of music I ever sang. I was taught by Nia Clwyd Davies from the age of 8 and of course, Nia is an absolute expert, and teaches all her students, including myself, all there is to know about the world of cerdd dant.

"I've competed annually in each Urdd and National Eisteddfod as well as the Cerdd Dant Festival, as a soloist and in parties and choirs, and have been fortunate enough to win many times. I still enjoy singing cerdd dant, and compete as well - I've competed with Merched y Ddinas choir and the Criw Caerdydd party at the National Eisteddfod over the last few years. So after singing for so long, presenting from the festival is going to be quite special for me."

Singer Cerys Matthews recently said that we should be proud of our folk roots here in Wales, and Gŵyl Cerdd Dant 2013 will most definitely allow us to celebrate all things folk.

"Cerdd dant is so unique to us as a nation so we should support and protect it in every way, and the same goes for the other competitions that we can enjoy on the day such as traditional folk dancing and singing," explains Elin.

"There is a fantastic tradition of hosting at Pontrhydfendigaid and considering the local support to renovate the historical Pavilion in 2007, and the successful cerdd dant festival back in 1989, I'm sure that the local people can't wait to welcome the festival for the third time. But without an audience, viewers and competitors, it would be impossible to safe-guard the future of these traditions, and the festival itself of course, so be sure to watch, support and enjoy!"

And don't forget about Talwrn yr Ŵyl (Battle of the bards from the festival) which will be hosted at the Neuadd Fach near the Pavilion. Chief Poet Tudur Dylan will be keeping a watchful eye on the four teams as they go head to head and you can keep an eye on them as well on S4C, Sunday 10 November.