Festival Details

Jersey Eisteddfod


There are currently two festivals held annually: the Festival of Creative Arts, held in March - hereafter referred to as the 'Spring Festival', and the Festival of Performing Arts held in November - hereafter referred to as the 'Autumn Festival'. Each attracts nearly 3,000 entries, and, via teachers, relations and supporters, it is estimated that the Jersey Eisteddfod reaches a minimum of 10% of the population at any one time.

There are currently fifteen autonomous sections in the Eisteddfod: in the Spring Festival arts and crafts as primary school, secondary school, youth and adult creative arts, photography, flower arranging, handwriting, needlework and a literary section; the Autumn Festival comprising dance (this taking place in alternate years), music, English speech and drama, Jerriais (formerly Norman-French), French and modern languages. Each section sets its own syllabus, engages one or more adjudicators and supervises the entries and the management of the competitions and is responsible for communications with the competitors.

The management of the Jersey Eisteddfod is accomplished by volunteers who either hold office, or who are enrolled to assist (as in stewarding) on an occasional basis. There are currently over 100 persons recorded as having official status.