The college played host to a number of gigs for two of the most exciting contemporary Welsh language artists on the scene as part of Welsh Week.
Funded by ColegauCymru and the Welsh Assembly Government, the week aimed to promote contemporary Welsh language music to staff and learners.
Gigs were held on every campus and featured performances from popular Welsh language artists Mr Phormula and Y Ffug.
Popular welsh language artist ‘Mr Phormula’ performed his unique mix of beat boxing, rapping and DJing to create a thoroughly enjoyable hiphop performance to fascinated crowds.
The four members of Post punk and Psyche band ‘Y Ffug’ from Pembrokeshire then rocked out the four college venues in front of staff and learners.
Radio Cymru visited the college to record one of the gigs and to hold workshops with learners. Learners had the opportunity to record pre-gig interviews with the artists and the performances themselves, using Radio Cymru’s equipment. Extracts of the students work was featured on Radio Cymru’s website and used on air.
Ed Holden aka Mr Phormula said: “I had an unbelievable week! What I enjoyed most were the attitudes towards the Welsh language, everyone was totally open and ready to listen to modern Welsh music. I’m very proud of my craft and the fact that I can represent the language in a modern and lively context. A brilliant week!”
Jamie Bevan, Bilingual Champion said: “Events like this are so important and help people see the Welsh language in a positive modern light. While our main work is to encourage learners to undertake their studies bilingually and through the medium of Welsh it is essential that they see the Welsh language as being relevant to their everyday lives, within the classroom and outside.”
“A big thank you needs to go to the learners of the Music Technology course who provided the sound and lighting for the week and professionally put into practice what they have been learning at the College”
On 16th April, Coleg y Cymoedd will host an Advice Day. The Advice Day will run from 4pm to 7pm and will provide an opportunity for prospective learners and their families to explore the college’s facilities and learn more about available courses.