Eisteddfod is a Welsh Gaelic word meaning “session” or “to sit.” Traditionally, Eisteddfod is a bardic competition of poets and singers. The mytho-historic Taliesin was considered the First Bard who won this title after they faced-down their poet-adversaries in an epic battle of wits.
Prizes, patronage, prestige, and of course a place in history were the rewards. The modern concept of Eisteddfod, here as we know it in the U.S., has become its own tradition with roots in the long history of creative competition. The Eisteddfod at MAGUS 2024 will take place over the course of the day on Saturday, May 18th.
Our goal is to encourage creativity in a friendly and not-too-serious competition for amateur performers, artists, and mead makers. Though we can’t guarantee a revered place in history for the winners, we can nurture the Awen (creativity, inspiration) within ourselves. Stay tuned for more updates about the MAGUS 2024 Eisteddfod. Good luck and to the victor go the spoils!
Performative Eisteddfod will be the main event on Saturday Evening
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For those performers who are not interested in competition, do not fret! We will have slots open for open-mic performances!