8.9.20 Gorsedh Kernow livestreams small Bardic Ceremony

Grand Bard Elizabeth Carne Melennek with new Bards and new Bards’ representatives before the ceremony on 5th. September 2020.

Gorsedh Kernow held a small private, socially distanced ceremony on Saturday 5th September, with strict adherence to government guidelines. Twenty-two new Bards were welcomed into the Bardic circle which was held outside Lys Kernow (County Hall), by kind permission of Cornwall Council. Among the very worthy new Bards were filmmaker Mark Jenkin and the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho. The ceremony also honoured Bards who have died in the past year, including former Grand Bard, Vanessa Beaman, Gwenenen.

Only those Bards with a vital role in the ceremony were able to be present, because of the government restrictions, so the decision was taken to livestream the event so that it could be viewed all over the world, by the other Bards, families and friends. This was a first for Gorsedh Kernow and has proved a great success with people watching from the Diaspora, as well as those closer to home. Gorsedh Kernow is very grateful to FEAST for making this possible by awarding funding from their Re-ignition programme towards the cost of the livestream.