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Worldwide visitors to eisteddfod
Visitors to the eisteddfod
Visitors from a variety of cultures have attended the event
Wales' biggest cultural festival is attracting international interest with visitors travelling from as far away as America.

A group of American tourists paid the Newport National Eisteddfod a visit on Wednesday.

But they weren't the only international tourists to take in the atmosphere of the event.

Visitors from Germany and Georgia also spent time at the festival.

And the tourists seemed impressed with what was on offer at the festival.

David Mumladze
David Mumladze visited Newport especially for the eisteddfod

The Governor of Imereti in Georgia, David Mumladze, described the eisteddfod as being a "great cultural event".

"It is really important for this sort of event to take place to preserve the Welsh heritage," he said.

"It has been pleasing to see that the culture has been preserved in this way and that the promotion of the language is so good.

"We have had an amazing time here," he said.

The groups from Kutaisi, Georgia and Heidenheim in Germany - twin cities of Newport - were invited down for the eisteddfod week by the mayor of the host city.

They went to see some of the concerts that were put on as part of the week long event in Tredegar House.

Arlyn Keith
American Arlyn Keith was interested in learning about Welsh culture

Mayor of Heidenheim, Rainer Domberg was also impressed with the event.

"It has been a really good experience and it is really good to see the Welsh culture being celebrated," he said.

Six Americans, who are taking part in an exchange trip, were also shown around the main festival field (maes) by their host families.

Arlyn Keith, 23, who is from Indianapolis in Indiana is the group leader.

"Some of the group were worried that it was all going to be Welsh speaking but it has been fine and has been really interesting," she said.

"I was actually surprised at how bilingual it is here.

"It has been a really good experience.

"We have Welsh and Scottish festivals but nothing like this at home.

"I'm really interested in seeing the traditional performances they put on here - as an english speaker I am really interested in seeing this sort of thing," she added.

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