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About the Eisteddfod

Kettering & District Eisteddfod

Kettering & District Eisteddfod has its origins in non-conformism. By the early twentieth century Kettering was led by a number of prominent non-conformists who, between 1900 and 1915 help establish a number  of beneficial public amenities. Many of these social visionaries featured in the organisation of support of the early festivals. It is hard to believe that the Kettering & District Eisteddfod has been going for more than 100 years, the very first Eisteddfods were held in early 1900s and run by the Sunday School Union. In the 1950s and 60s we also had a dance section but unfortunately this was dropped due to lack of entries. Now it seems dance is going from strength to strength and this sections is now managed by the Corby Festival of Dance.

in 2009 Ian Addis and Barrie Chambers published a book to mark a 100 years of the Eisteddfod. It is the story, in words and pictures, of the history of the Eisteddfod from its origins in the early 1900 to the present day. It is a fascinating insight into the way it has developed and the many people who have been involved in its growth over the years.

The four day Eisteddfod takes place in March where you will hear many fine performances in a pleasing atmosphere throughout the various venues. Events such as a four day Eisteddfod do not just come about, careful planning has to be done and much of the year seems to be taken up with it; but our  committee is dedicated to the Eisteddfod cause.

The finale of the Eisteddfod is our Celebration Concert where we “Celebrate the Arts” with performances from those who achieved high marks in the Eisteddfod and it is also where we present out special awards.

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