[Bards] How to improve Kingdom Eisteddfod

Luciana Caterina di Borgese dolce.luce at gmail.com
Fri Oct 27 10:44:25 PDT 2006

My Lord, I have been very cheerfully lurking, and reading the posts. I agree
with the vast majority of what has been posted here. I just have one
problem/question...what is Eisteddfod?

I suspect that there are quite a few people in the same situation that I
find myself in. Why should I go to something that is 'just' another event
when I do not even know what it is supposed to be for? What is going to be
there that I would enjoy? I would not be so presumptuous as to claim bard
status, yet my singing voice is passable, and I can tell a tale at the drop
of a hat. If I knew that there was an event that was purely bardic, I might
actually go and try to show off a bit.

Until the event began to be mentioned here, on the list, I did not even know
that this existed. To be honest, I am still not completely certain that
Eisteddfod is not focussed on fighting, and all this talk is about adding
something bardic to the event. There are a lot of new people in Ansteorra,
that I expect are the same way. It sounds like anyone who came in after the
mid-90s is going to be affected. That is a whole lot of people.

What I think I am trying to say, is that if you want the event to be what it
once was, you have to be willing to advertise, and explain what is going to
be available. The experienced bards are needed, yes. But, you need new
blood, and an audience, also, and the only way to get either of those is to
tell the uninformed people what is going on.

I hope that this has made some sense,
(who is going back to lurking now)

On 10/27/06, Jay Rudin <rudin at ev1.net> wrote:
> I'd love to see Kingdom Eisteddfod become the big, vibrant, stand-alone
> event it was when the College was active.  As a stand-alone event, it
> attracted about 150 people in Elfsea in 1988 when Catrin won, and about the
> same one year later in Namron when I won.  Then we took it to the Western
> Region, and drew a bit fewer -- about 70 people or so.
> But we need to solve the problem in the correct order.  Right now, neither
> the bards nor the rest of the kingdom are treating it like it's the big
> kingdom-wide focus for bardcraft.  And why should anyone else do so unless
> we do?
> Last year there were six entries.  That's not a grand event that should
> attract a crowd.  I recommend that we try to build it back up to a major
> event.  And step one isn't where it's held.  Step one is for the bards to
> enter it.
"If it's difficult we do it immediately.  If it's impossible it takes a
little longer.......  Miracles by appointment only"
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