About Gorsedh Kernow

What is Gorsedh Kernow?

Preserving the history and culture of a Celtic people through poetry, song, dance, music, art, sport and spoken word stretches back to the story tellers – Bards of ancient Celtic countries.

Gorsedh Kernow, which means Cornish Gorsedh, exists to maintain and give expression to the national spirit of Cornwall as a Celtic country and in particular:

  • to foster good relations between Cornwall and other Celtic countries;

  • to promote co-operation and goodwill between those who work for the honour of Cornwall;

  • to encourage study and use of the Cornish language;

  • to encourage the study of Cornish history, literature, art, music, sport and related subjects, and the publication of works on such subjects;

  • to support the holding of the Cornish Eisteddfod, known in Cornwall as the Esedhvos;

  • to hold an annual Gorsedh Kernow Bardic ceremony.

What is a Bard ?

Bards are elected by the Gorsedh Council and the honour of Bardship is awarded to people who have given exceptional service to Cornwall by a manifestation of the Celtic spirit or by service to Cornwall, to people who qualify by a high degree of proficiency in the Cornish language and people of distinction who, in the opinion of the Gorsedh Council, should be received as Bards of Honour.

What do Bards do ?

Bards of Gorsedh Kernow are involved in many projects, such as

  • teaching the Cornish language  at evening classes and in schools;

  • arranging the annual Holyer an Gof Publishers Awards;

  • maintaining extensive archive material for future research;

  • liaising with other Cornish cultural organisations, historical and modern, to foster renewed interest in Cornwall.

The revival of Gorsedh Kernow began in 1928 with the initiation of 12 Bards together with Cornwall’s first Grand Bard, Henry Jenner, (1848 – 1934). Strong links are maintained with other Celtic countries like Wales and Brittany and with Cornish Australians and citizens from other parts of the Diaspora, where some of the current 496 Bards reside.

At Gorsedh Kernow Bardic ceremonies you may see the Awen symbol meaning inspiration. It represents the attributes of Wisdom, Truth and Love.

Through groups, societies, events, competitions and ceremonies Gorsedh Kernow offers non-profit making support and education that upholds Cornish Celtic culture and history.

For more information about Gorsedh Kernow please visit the rest of this website or see our contact details below.

History of Gorsedh Kernow


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A-dro dhe Orsedh Kernow

Pyth yw Gorsedh Kernow?.

Ow kwitha war istori ha gonisogeth poblow geltek dre vardhonieth, kanow, dons, ilow, art, sport ha geryow kewsys a dhashedh dhe’n rakkoryon – Berdh henvroyow Keltek.

Gorsedh Kernow a vew rag mentena ha ri tremmyn bew dhe Spyrys Kenedhlek Kernow avel bro geltek, hag yn arbennek:

  • maga perthynyansow yntra Kernow ha broyow keltek erel;

  • avonsya kesoberyans ha keskowethyans ynter an re na neb a ober a-barth enor Kernow;

  • kenertha studhyans ha devnydh a’n yeth Kernewek;

  • kenertha studhyans istori , lien, art, ilow, sport Kernewek ha testennow kelmys, ha dyllans a oberennow a-dro dhe destennow a’n par na;

  • skoodhya restrans Esedhvos Kernow;

  • restra solempnita Gorsedh Kernow bledhynnyek.

Pyth yw Bardh?

Berdh yw etholys gans Konsel an Orsedh ha grontyes yw an enor a gesverdheth dhe dus re rendras servis marthys dhe Gernow dre neb heweledh meur y vri a’n Spyrys Keltek po servis a-barth Kernow, dhe dus yw gwiw rag etholans der aga degre ughel a sleyneth y’n yeth Kernewek ha dhe dus a vri neb a dal bos degemerys avel Berdh Enorys, herwydh breus an Konsel.

Pandr’a wra Berdh?

Berdh Gorsedh Kernow yw omvyskys gans lies ragdres, kepar ha

  • dyski an yeth kernewek yn klassow gorthugherweyth hag yn skolyow;

  • restra Pewasow Dylloryon Holyer an Gof bledhynnyek;

  • mentena kovskrifva efan rag hwithrans yn termyn a dheu;

  • keskelmi orth kowethyansow gonisogethel erel a Gernow, istorek hag arnowydh, rag maga les dasnowedhys a-dro dhe Gernow.

Dasserghyans Gorsedh Kernow a dhallathas yn 1928 gans urdhyans 12 Bardh gans kynsa Bardh Meur Kernow, Gwas Myghal, (1848 – 1934). Kolmow krev yw mentenys gans broyow keltek erel kepar ha Kembra ha Breten Vyghan ha gans Ostralianow hag Ostralianesow a Gernow ha burjysi dhyworth ranndiryow erel a’n Diaspora, yn le mayth yw trigys nebes a'n 496 Bardh a-lemmyn.

Dhe solempnitys Gorsedh Kernow hwi a welvydh martesen an arwodh Awen a dhelin Furneth, Gwir ha Kerensa.

Dre vagasow, kowethasow, hwarvosow, kesstrifow ha solempnitys Gorsedh Kernow a brof skoodhyans heb gwayn hag adhyskans a venten gonisogeth hag istori Kernow Keltek.

Rag moy a gedhlow a-dro dhe Orsedh Kernow gwrewgh vysytya mar pleg remenant an wiasva ma po merkya agan manylyon kestav a-woles.

Istori Gorsedh Kernow


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