The programme for the 2018 Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod is to be announced by the end of this month.

Vicky Yannoula,  music director of the Eisteddfod said: “We are in the process of designing the 2018 Eisteddfod and we will be announcing the programme by the end of November. A lot of preparatory work has been going on and it continues.

“In broad brush terms - and it has to be broad brush at the moment, as I only been in post for a couple of months - I am taking the time I need to formulate where I want to take the Eisteddfod.”

She explained she sees the essence and purpose of the Eisteddfod as being a festival that promotes peace through music, dance and performance in general. She said: “That is why the Eisteddfod is very special, we have performers and visitors coming from all over the world.”

She summarised her three objectives as: working with participants to embody the spirit of the Eisteddfod; maintaining the highest calibre of artistic direction and leading towards an inspiring, inventive and distinctive programme that reaches and speaks to a wider audience from across the world.

Vicky Yannoula has succeeding Eilir Owen Griffiths as the music director of the Eisteddfod following his six-year tenure in the position.

The 2018 Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod will be held between July 3 and 8.

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Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod music director Vicky Yannoula