Alun Ffred Jones, the Heritage Minister, has said that transforming the centre of Cardiff into a Welsh language stronghold for a week will contribute to creating a healthy future for the language in our capital.
As he prepares to attend his first National Eisteddfod as a Heritage Minister, he said:
It’s essential for the future of the language that Welsh flourishes in our capital. All the activities that have taken place in advance of the festival, including fundraising events, demonstrate that there is strong support for creating a bright future for the language in Cardiff.
By now around 11% of the population of Cardiff speak Welsh. This is a substantial increase. And 11.8% of children receive their primary education throughout the medium of Welsh, with the demand increasing year on year.
This week will be a great opportunity for the multitude of children in our schools – Welsh speakers and English speakers – to experience a Welsh language festival.
It will also be an excellent opportunity for the increasing numbers of learners to immerse themselves in the language for a week, and for non Welsh speakers to experience the buzz and vibrancy of the festival.
The Heritage Minister will talk about his new portfolio in a number of speeches during the week.
1 August 2008