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Shwmae Su’mae Day

Shwmae Su’mae?

With Shwmae Su’mae  coming closer, we wish to ensure that this year’s Shwmae Su’mae day is the best yet. Its success depends on the commitment of individuals and organisations throughout Wales and we wish to invite you to arrange an activity and celebrate the day with us on october 15th.

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Shwmae Su’mae this year is on a Saturday for the first time. This gives an opportunity to include weekend activities on the playing field, leisure activities and on the high street. Education and other workplaces are encouraged to celebrate on Friday 14th October so that they do not miss a valuable opporunity to be part of the fun.

Any type of activity is welcomed. Whether a small or big group. The main thing is to make a fun and inclusive opportunity.

Here are a few examples to inspire you:

  • Coffee morning
  • Fflashmob
  • Workshops
  • Running a business? How about offering a discount to customers who start their conversation with Shwmae or Su’mae?

For information about activities throughout the country go to the website or followr Twitter  @ShwmaeSumae. Use the hashtag  #ShwmaeSumae to promote your event.

The activity is promoted by Dathlu’r Gymraeg, but the day belongs to everyone. We want to hear about all the activities that are held and to raise national awareness. The Campaign Organiser for Dathlu’r Gymraeg, Elin Lenny, will keep a record of all the events. You can contact Elin by email

Digital resources are available on

Give it a go!


Paul Bilbao from the Basque country visits Merthyr




Language experts and politicians will converge on Merthyr Tydfil this Wednesday to discuss fairer funding for the Welsh language. Paul Bilbao, a campaigner for the Basque language will be addressing the conference along with Kirsty Williams, the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru and Andrew RT Davies, the leader of the Welsh Conservatives.

The afternoon session will include presentations by Sian Lewis of Menter Iaith Caerdydd and Dai Bryer of Urdd Gobaith Cymru who will discuss the youth sector. Cllr Cefin Campbell of Carmarthenshire County Council will be reporting on his recent findings on the state of the Welsh language in the county and Rhian Huws Williams, Chief Executive of the Care Council for Wales will also highlight the care sector . The day’s proceedings will be chaired by the veteran BBC broadcaster, Vaughan Roderick.

Penri Williams, Chair of Mudiadau Dathlu’r Gymraeg said:

We have put together a discussion paper targeting extra investment for the Welsh language and have presented it to all the political parties in the Senedd. We have researched the matter thoroughly and we hope that the conference will build on that consensus.

“We are all looking forward to hearing what Paul Bilbao has to say as we gain much from the Basque experience.”

Paul Bilbao represents Kontseilua Paul Bilbao is the Secretary General of Kontseilua, The Council of Social Bodies in favour of the Basque Language which was established by 45 associations 10 years ago. Their aim is to work in favour of the Basque language, promoting, developing and normalising the language as one body.

Paul Bilbao said :

A minoritised language is not recovered through resources alone. An integrated language policy is needed, including both the implementation of adequate regulations and detailed planning.

How much is spent is not the only issue; what the money is spent on is even more important. When stipulating language policies and the allotment of resources, it is important to focus on two main areas: people and spaces.

Policies must target people’s knowledge of the minority language, and secondly the spaces in which it is possible to use the language that one has learnt, in order to live though that language and use the language.

We cannot put all our resources into having people learn the language and then give them nowhere to use the language once they have learned it.”

The Basque-language organisation, Kontseilua, which Paul Bilbao represents has made a demand with regard to the Basque Autonomous region’s general budget, highlighting that a minimum of 2% of the general budget should be allotted to language recovery.


Notes to Editors


9.30 Arrival

9.45 Croeso/Welcome

10.00 Penri Williams, Chair Mudiadau Dathlu’r Gymraeg

10.40 Cllr Ernie Galsworthy, Merthyr Tudful Borough Council

11:00 Leanne Wood AM, Kirsty Williams AM, Andrew RT Davies AM, Keith Davies AC

11.45 Paul Bilbao, Basque language campaigner

12.30 Cllr Cefin Campbell, Carmarthenshire County Council

13.00 Lunch

13.45 Sian Lewis, Menter Iaith Caerdydd a Dai Bryer, Urdd

14.15 Rhian Huws Williams, Wales Care Council

14.40 Discussion & Manifesto

15.00 AGM

For more information, or if you would like to be present in the conference, contact: / 01554 833902 07775 847710


Mudiadau Dathlu’r Gymraeg Membership:

CAER, Cronfa Glyndwr, Cwlwm Cyhoeddwyr Cymru, CYDAG, Friends of the Earth, Cymdeithas Alawon Gwerin, Cymdeithas Bob Owen, Cymdeithas Cerdd Dant Cymru, Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru Cymdeithas y Cymod, Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Merched y Wawr, Mentrau Iaith Cymru, RhAG UAC, UCAC, UMCA, UMCB, Urdd Gobaith Cymru