Neptunus has been awarded a three-year contract to provide the temporary infrastructure to the Urdd National Eisteddfod, one of Europe’s largest touring youth festivals.
Northamptonshire-based Neptunus will be providing over 10,000 square metres of temporary structures to this year’s event to be staged at Y Bala, in Meirionnydd, North Wales, from 26-31 May and is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors.
The build programme commences next month with Neptunus creating a festival village incorporating a 2,000-seater main performance pavilion within an Alu Hall at the heart of the venue. Numerous further structures will form dedicated cultural theatres for dance, music and singing plus specialist exhibition areas for arts and crafts as well as science and technology. Neptunus will also supply a wide range of support facilities including TV and radio studios, changing areas, cafes, merchandising areas and administration offices.
A 12-strong team of technicians from Neptunus are expected to take just three weeks to create the Urdd National Eisteddfod’s spectacular temporary venue on a green-field site on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Bala.
Aled Sion, Director of the Urdd National Eisteddfod, said: “Neptunus has an excellent reputation for supplying high-quality temporary structures to major events and we look forward to a positive start to our new relationship.”
April Trasler, Managing Director for Neptunus UK, said: “The Urdd National Eisteddfod is well established as one of the biggest cultural festivals for young people. I am delighted that Neptunus has been selected to create the infrastructure for such a major and extremely high-profile event and we look forward to developing a successful relationship with the organisers.”
During February and March 40,000 young people aged between eight and 25 years of age have been taking part in regional competitions across Wales in a bid to qualify for the Urdd National Eisteddfod finals in Bala where more than 15,000 young people will be performing.
Over 200 organisations from private and public companies to educational institutions and professional bodies will be represented at the Urdd National Eisteddfod which is an event packed with attractions for all the family. Visitors can take part in a diverse and entertaining range of activities from biking, climbing and sport sessions to a fun fair, live bands and celebrity children’s shows. For further information visit: www.urdd.org/eisteddfod