24.2.16. Press release: Gorsedh Kernow launches new awards scheme.

To Editors and News Desks

Gorsedh Kernow press release for immediate use, also attached in WORD and PDF formats.


The Celtic spirit of Cornwall

Press release for immediate use issued Wednesday 24th February 2016

by Delia Brotherton, Gorsedh Kernow Communications Officer


The Council of Gorsedh Kernow has agreed a new format for their annual Awards which will take an even greater account of Cornish culture.

Announcing the new scheme, Grand Bard of Cornwall Merv Davey expressed his delight at the support the new scheme was already receiving.

“Bards of Gorsedh Kernow are as keen as anyone to move forward and embrace new media,” said the Grand Bard, “and we wanted to help make it easy for people to show their love for Cornish culture and help us maintain the Celtic spirit of Cornwall.”

The new scheme merges the former childrens 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. 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.

“Awards will be given to entries that express the Celtic spirit of Cornwall and demonstrate exceptional endeavour or quality of work,” said Merv Davey, “and this work might be in the arts, sports, Cornish studies or community service.”

“We actively encourage everyone, whatever their age and background, to express their creativity and interest in Cornish culture in whatever form they feel most comfortable with.”

“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 event during the Esedhvos week prior to the Gorsedh Ceremony at St Keverne in September. Award-winners’ work will be shown and displayed during the event, together with selected performances.

End of press release


Further notes for editors

The new Gorsedh Kernow Awards scheme is now open for entries. There is no restriction on who may submit an entry.

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.

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

Delia Brotherton
Myrghwyn Melynor
Communications Officer