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he Welsh language is a fantastic language that should be celebrated and promoted at every opportunity.

Thousands of children attend Welsh-language schools, yes, and many a parent and grandparent are Welsh speakers. Yet, too often Welsh speakers can feel the language can only be showcased on a maes in some far-flung part of Wales.

That's why the Urdd Theatre Company's fantastic Les Miserables production at the WMC (see page 28 for our review) was so refreshing. Here was a celebration of young Welsh talent right on our doorstep. It underlined how Welsh deserves far more of a presence in the nation's capital city than it has.

Step forward the new city-centre Welsh Cultural Centre. To speak a language, you very often need to feel comfortable and unjudged, particularly as a learner. The centre's new director says Yr Hen Lyfrgell will look to offer that welcome with family-friendly ease (p14). Now that's exciting.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 2, 2015
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