A FIRST ever live music gig was held at Coleg Ceredigion in both Cardigan and Aberystwyth to celebrate Welsh language music day in collaboration with BBC Gorwelion Cymru.

Students were released from lessons for the afternoon so that they could experience and enjoy live Welsh music by acts such as Jack Ellis, Adwaith, Danielle Lewis and Roughion DJ.

The event certainly included something for everyone as the style of music varied from rock to acoustic and from blues to techno. The aim of the gig was to promote the Welsh language by raising all students’ awareness of Welsh language music, encouraging them to attend similar events in the future.

It was also an opportunity to promote the Welsh language music scene to young people from non-Welsh speaking families.

As a follow up the college will be providing opportunities for students to compose their own songs and express themselves through the medium of Welsh music in a series of workshops with similar young artists.

Students will be encouraged to work together and forge links with some of the best known artists in the Welsh music scene.

The event has enabled the college to provide students with an opportunity to participate in an informal and fun activity in Welsh.

“We hope that this event will help expand and increase audiences to events both locally and nationally in the future, events such as Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau; G?yl Nôl a Mla’n and Maes B,” said Anna ap Robert, bilingualism co-ordinator at Coleg Ceredigion.

“Students will hopefully have been inspired by the event – so much so that they go on to form their own bands and compose music in Welsh.”