S4C will be holding ten days of special events in north Ceredigion in late February and early March.
They will include the annual Welsh pop song contest Cân i Gymru in the Pontrhydfendigaid Pavilion on Sunday 6 March and the semi-final rounds of Wales’ premier choral competition Côr Cymru in Aberystwyth Arts Centre over the weekend 4-6 March.
The events begin on Thursday 24 February with a preview in Canolfan Edward Richard, Ystrad Meurig of a St David’s Day programme Wyneb Glyndŵr which reveals the real face of Owain Glyndwr, the last to claim the title Independent Prince of Wales.
There will be a pub quiz, a viewers’ evening and an evening for Welsh learners in the area. Also included will be recordings at Pontrhydfendigaid Pavilion of S4C’s popular hymn singing programme Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol, the youth talent series Sawl Seren Sy ‘Na? and a concert with Elin Fflur and her Band. During the period, characters and presenters from S4C’s children’s services Cyw and Stwnsh will be visiting schools in the area and helping raise money at an auction in aid of Ysgol Mynach, Devil’s Bridge.
The series of events in north Cardiganshire will carry the theme ‘S4C – Calon Cenedl’ – Heart of the Nation – in line with the channel’s on-screen promotional campaign highlighting the fact that Welsh communities are central to S4C’s 2011 schedule.
The actor Julian Lewis Jones, presenter of Wyneb Glyndŵr will host the special preview of the programme in Ystrad Meurig starting at 7.30pm. The programme will examine the historical facts and use the latest technology to create an accurate image of the Welsh hero’s face.
The evening for Welsh learners will be held in Llety Parc, Aberystwyth on Monday 28 February at 7.00pm and the Viewers’ Evening at the Talbot Hotel, Tregaron on Wednesday 2 March at 7.00pm with a pub quiz starting as part of the event at 8.30pm. The recording of Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol will be on Thursday 3 March with an arrival time of 6.30pm and Sawl Seren Sy Na? will be on Friday 4 March at 10.30am. Elin Fflur and her Band will be in concert at Pontrhydfendigaid Pavilion on the same day at 7.00pm.
Hafod Hotel, Devil’s Bridge, will be the venue of the auction in aid of Ysgol Mynach, Devil’s Bridge on Friday 4 March at 6.30pm with Bili Bom Bom from the programme Pentre Bach in the Cyw series as auctioneer.
Cân i Gymru will be recorded in Pontrhydfendigaid Pavilion from 6.45pm on Sunday 6 March and Côr Cymru will be recorded at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Friday 4 March at 8.00pm, on Saturday 5 March at 2.00pm and 7.30pm and on Sunday 6 March at 1.30pm and 7.00pm.
Entry to some events will be free while others will require tickets. Information on this can be obtained here Calon Cenedl or from the S4C Viewers’ Hotline on 0870 600 4141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org