Gorsedh Kernow announces host town for 2019
“St Just is one of the jewels of Cornwall,” said the Grand Bard of Cornwall, Elizabeth Carne, Melennek, “and we are so happy to be gathering in such an important and historic town for next year’s Esedhvos Festival.”
The Grand Bard’s words were spoken as a joint declaration with town mayor Cllr Brian Clemens that St Just in Penwith, in the far west of Cornwall, would host the 2019 Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture and bardic ceremony.
“We are delighted that the bards of the Cornish Gorsedd have accepted our invitation to hold their celebrations here next year,” said Cllr Clemens.
“We are immensely proud of our town’s history as a very important mining area and also home to Britain’s oldest working theatre, so familiar to the many bards who have studied its history and taken part in performances here over the years.”
Accepting the invitation on behalf of fellow bards, Mrs Carne expressed a wish for friendship and inclusiveness among Cornish people as they celebrate their distinct cultural identity.
“St Just is rightly proud of its place in the hearts of Cornish people,” said the Grand Bard, “and we look forward to working with local people to make next year’s Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture is one of the best ever.”