18.5.16 Gorsedh Kernow invites entries for new Awards Scheme

“Our new Awards scheme is truly open to one and all”, said the Grand Bard of Cornwall Merv Davey, expressing his delight at the support the new Gorsedh Kernow scheme was already receiving, “but there is still time for more entries.”

Designed specially to take an even greater account of Cornish culture, the new Awards are more flexible and less prescriptive and allow for entrants to demonstrate creativity in a variety of ways, including the use of digital media.

“My fellow bards are as keen as anyone to help make it easy for people to show their love for Cornish culture and help us maintain the Celtic spirit of Cornwall.”

Bardh Meur Merv Davey explains the new Gorsedh kernow Awards scheme to fellow bards

Bardh Meur Merv Davey

The new scheme merges the former children’s and adults competitions with the long established Gorsedh Kernow Council awards, creating a new range of Awards for adults and a separate range for young people under 18 years of age.

“Entries have been arriving in the inbox, through the postbox and in some cases by personal delivery through the letterbox of the Awards Secretary since the new scheme was launched earlier in the year” said Merv Davey.

Awards will be given to entries that express the Celtic spirit of Cornwall and demonstrate exceptional endeavour or quality of work, whether it be in the arts, sports, Cornish studies or community service.

“Awards for young people will be considered in one of three age groups and there are plenty of examples on the Awards information leaflet to get them started.”

The new Gorsedh Kernow Awards will be presented at a special evening event on Thursday 1st September during Esedhvos week and prior to the Gorsedh Kernow bardic ceremony at St Keverne on Saturday 3rd September.  Award-winners’ work will be shown and displayed during the event, together with selected performances.

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The new Gorsedh Kernow Awards scheme is still open to further entries.  The closing date for entries is Thursday 31st May 2016.

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards 2016 replaces the old awards and competitions.  The change to a more flexible system will enable Gorsedh Kernow to recognise and celebrate a much greater range of Cornish cultural activity alongside the more traditional arts and literary entries. It will also open the doors to new media technologies.

Information leaflets about the new Awards scheme can be downloaded from the Gorsedh Kernow website www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk/awards.html and may be circulated to anyone who may be interested.

Entries may be submitted in a variety of ways including paper submission, text, image and audio files as email attachments, shared link, dvd or memory stick. There is no restriction on who may submit an entry.

For further information about the new Gorsedh Kernow Awards please contact the Awards Secretary, email  awards@gorsedhkernow.org.uk

For further information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Communications Officer, Gorsedh Kernow,

email  communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk

or visit our website www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk