Monday August 4th will see the launch of Diwrnod Shwmae Sumae Day 2014 in the Maes D pod at the National Eisteddfod which his being held in Llanelli,Carmarthenshire. The umbrella group Dathlu’r Gymraeg will launch the campaign in to celebrate the second Shwmae Sumae Day (DSS2014) which once again will take place on October 15th.
The launch will also introduce this year’s language ambassadors who will include Martyn Croydon, 2013 Learner of the Year, renowned bard and brewer, Myrddin ap Dafydd, S4C presenter Angharad Mair and the author Bethan Gwanas with many more to be confirmed during the campaign.
There was an overwhelming response to the first Diwrnod Shwmae Sumae Day in 2013. Up to a 150 activities took place from the Andes to Ysgol Brynmawr. Schools, businesses, Welsh learner groups and various societies took the day to heart, infusing the events with boundless energy.
There were rapping workshops in Ceredigion, flashmobs in Crymych and coffee mornings from Creigiau to Dyffryn Nantlle. Things are simmering away nicely for this year’s celebrations with an awards ceremony in Pembrokeshire to recognise the achievements of those who have contributed most to the Welsh language in the county. Whilst at Archbishop McGrath High School, Brackla the pupils are already brimming with ideas for October 15th.
It is a grassroots campaign that operates without any sponsorship showing that the Welsh language belongs to everyone.
Catrin Dafydd, of Dathlu’r Gymraeg said: “Last year was an inspiration and has had a positive knock on effect. As a result of one coffee morning the parents in a school decided to hold Welsh classes to encourage each other to learn the language.
“Dathlu’r Gymraeg hopes that communities across Wales will take ownership of day once again. Some Welsh Adult Learning Centres are already busy organizing events for the day. Shwmae Sumae Day is a day when everyone is encouraged to have confidence in speaking Welsh.
“The Welsh language belongs to everyone who has chosen to make Wales their home, and we, the people of Wales have the power to keep the language alive. Everyone can be a part of the journey from the moment they say “Shwmae” or “Su’mae” at the beginning of a conversation, however fluent we are. ”
For more information, or if you would like to attend the launch, please contact: Gaynor Jones, 07775 847710/ 01554 833902
Dathlu’r Gymraeg Membership:
CAER, Coleg Cymraeg, 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
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