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Festivals of Patagonia
If you want to come to Patagonia to celebrate one of the Welsh festivals, then these are the main ones.
* Tours to festivals marked with an asterisk were originally pioneered by Welsh Patagonia. Until we talked to the organisers and made arrangements with the Welsh community, pretty much nobody outside Patagonia had any idea that these events existed. Of course, Welsh Patagonia still has a special relationship with the organisers of these festivals and is regularly involved with the development of the programmes for the festivals. And it goes without saying that guests travelling with Welsh Patagonia always receive special treatment from the festival organisers.
Usually at the end of February (in 2018, 10 and 11 February); the event runs from Friday to Sunday with some side events in Trevelin and Esquel; showground with multiple stages and specialised tents; artistes from most Celtic communities, especially Galicians; always lots of fun and opportunities to mix freely with the artistes; accommodation in the Andes region split between Esquel and Trevelin.
Trevelin Eisteddfod and Plebiscite Anniversary*
The event is usually held at the nearest weekend to 30 April, the anniversary of the 1902 Plebiscite in Trevelin; compulsory qualifying competitions on Thursday and Friday mornings and the main event on Friday and Saturday; bilingual (Welsh and Spanish) festival, with competition detail published well in advance; everyone welcome to compete; many competitors from Gaiman, Trelew and Porth Madryn; town dinner on Saturday night after Eisteddfod closes; Cymanfa Ganu on Sunday; important Welsh event at School 18 outside Trevelin on 30 April, followed by a Welsh concert in the evening; an important event for the town, not just for the Welsh community; accommodation in the Andes region in Trevelin.
Gŵyl y Glaniad
At the end of July – 5 nights in Porth Madryn, with excursions to Gŵyl y Glaniad events in Gaiman and Trelew; full participation in events in Porth Madryn on 28 July; high point of sea life season, with Southern Right Whales, elephant seals, seals/sea lions and penguins; it is also Porth Madryns birthday celebration, with a number of associated events; always a Welsh tea; there are opportunity to ski, snowboard or snowshoe in Esquel; accommodation in the Andes region in Esquel.
Eisteddfod y Bobl Ifanc (Eisteddfod del Juventud)
In mid-September in Gaiman –similar arrangement to the Chubut Eisteddfod, but on a smaller scale.
Usually in the third week of October – the biggest Welsh cultural festival in Welsh Patagonia, with many international tourists; held in Trelew; Gorsedd procession on Thursday morning followed by ceremony at the Gaiman Gorsedd Stone Circle; compulsory qualifying competitions earlier in the week and the main event on Friday and Saturday; bilingual (Welsh and Spanish) festival, with competition detail published well in advance; everyone welcome to compete; many competitors from Esquel, Trevelin and Porth Madryn; Cymanfa Ganu on Sunday and possible fundraising event for Ysgol yr Hendre on Sunday; high season for sea life in and around Bae Newydd; accommodation in the Andes region in Esquel.
During the last week of November – on 24 November, a walk/ride from School 18 to Craig Goch, the point from where Cwm Hyfryd was first seen in 1885 preceded by an asado/picnic sponsored by the town of Trevelin and the Rifleros Society; big parade in the town on 25 and a Welsh concert in the evening; accommodation in the Andes region in Trevelin; usually lovely early summer weather.