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Sunday, August 1, 1999 Published at 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK

Special Report

National Eisteddfod gets extra day

This is the last National Eisteddfod before the new Millennium

People from all over Wales are enjoying the National Eisteddfod for the first time on a Sunday.

[ image: Llanbedrgoch on Anglesey]
Llanbedrgoch on Anglesey
Wales's biggest cultural and musical event dates back to 1176, but this year's eisteddfod at Llanbedrgoch is a milestone.

It is the last eisteddfod before a new millennium and the first to feature competitions on a Sunday.

BBC Wales' Laura Jones reports from the field
Eisteddfod director Elfed Roberts said although some traditionalists were opposed to competing on a Sunday - most people welcomed the extra day.

"All this is for the benefit of the competitors," he said.

"It will give the competitors more time to perform on the stage. The majority of people are for this experiment.

"I think this will be an exceptional week," he added.

The use of Welsh language in business is to be celebrated on the second day of the National Eisteddfod.

Assembly First Secretary Alun Michael is to present the event's business awards which are organised by the Welsh Language Board.

Elsewhere at the event, the Probation Service will launch its language scheme.

Welsh singing star Bryn Terfel will be performing on Thursday and Friday.

The eisteddfod is also taking on an international air with choirs from America and South Africa performing later in the week.

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