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Show your pride this St David’s Day with free concerts

Published in News on Friday February 24th, 2012. Last updated at 15:03

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Residents across Caerphilly County Borough are being encouraged to show their Welsh pride this St David’s Day by coming along to a series of special lunchtime concert celebration events.

Local schools and choirs will take part in simultaneous lunchtime concert events across the county borough in Caerphilly, Blackwood, Bargoed and Risca – all starting at 12 noon on Thursday March 1.

Cllr Allan Pritchard, leader of the council said: “St David’s Day really is a wonderful opportunity for us all to demonstrate our Welsh pride, and I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and join in the celebrations at one of these special concert events”.

The concerts will take place at:
Twyn Car Park, Caerphilly
Market Square, Blackwood
Emporium Car Park, Bargoed
Tredegar Park, Risca

The Welsh Government has said it will be using St David’s Day to promote Wales around the world.

A packed schedule of activity will be taking place across the globe – from China, New York through to Brussels and London – to celebrate the best of Wales.

The drive to promote Wales will begin in Brussels on Monday where the First Minister Carwyn Jones will host the Welsh Government’s annual reception where Welsh food and drink will take centre stage.

The First Minister will be at the heart of Europe to promote Wales and guests will include representatives from European institutions and the business community.

In China events will take place in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing. Chongqing will host its own ‘Wales Week’. Activity will include Welsh Government receptions, Higher Education and Further Education promotional events involving universities and Further Education institutions from Wales, student collaborative workshops, an exhibition by the National Botanical Garden of Wales, and business seminars promoting the Energy and Environment, Creative Industries and Advanced Manufacturing and Materials sectors in Wales.

Closer to home on St David’s Day itself, the First Minister will be attending a St David’s Day dinner at Cardiff Castle to recognise the hard contribution of the Voluntary Sector in Wales.

The First Minister said: “St David’s Day is a time of celebration for all of us in Wales, but it also provides us with a unique opportunity to raise our international profile as a place to invest, do business and visit.

“The Welsh Government will be using the days leading up to St David’s Day and the day itself to showcase to the world the very best of what our country has to offer, from top class food and drink to being an excellent place to locate and do business.”

Students at Coleg Gwent’s Crosskeys campus will be holding a Welsh week with Welsh-themed food, language tasters and the launch of their very own Eisteddfod.

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