Llangollen bridge will be wrapped in patchwork to launch this year’s International Musical Eisteddfod.

The world-renowned Eisteddfod is calling for volunteers to help transform the landmark bridge into a giant work of art.

The work has been commissioned to internationally renowned artist Luke Jerram who plans to wrap the 60 metre-long bridge in a giant patchwork reflecting the crafts and cultures of Wales alongside the festival's participating nations.

Held in Llangollen every summer since 1947, the Eisteddfod is an international cultural festival with a diverse programme celebrating a message of international peace and friendship through song, dance and performance.

Usually attracting over 4,000 performers from around the world and 35,000 visitors to Llangollen, this year's festival will be largely held online in July, with the main programme being presented over the weekend of July 9 to 11.

Luke Jerram, who is known for public art works around the world, said: "When I first saw Llangollen Bridge I fell in love with it.

“It's so iconic and at the heart of the town. Across the world, bridges have always been used as both a physical and symbolic way to connect people - which fits perfectly with the aims and ambitions of the Eisteddfod.

“I can't wait to see the patchworks the creative people from the local community send in, in order to turn the bridge into a work of art."


The festival is offering local residents and fans of the Eisteddfod far and wide the opportunity to get involved in the project.

Contributors can produce one meter fabric squares which will be stitched together into a giant patchwork and hung over the bridge, with submissions accepted until June 30.

Betsan Moses, the CEO of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod said: "The Eisteddfod has a long and rich history of working with different communities and nations across the world to bring people together to share their creativity and a message of peace.

“The community of Llangollen are so important to the festival, with hundreds of local people volunteering every year.

“So we hope that creating and sharing patchwork pieces for the bridge artwork will be a way of helping them to connect to the online festival this summer, as well as attracting visitors to the town."

To find out more about the project and how to contribute, visit the international eisteddfod’s website.