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Byline: By Wales on Sunday

Hundreds of Welsh people living in America are meeting at Florida's Disney World for an annual festival this weekend.

The North American Festival of Wales is being held in the Orlando theme park in a bid to attract more families.

An eisteddfod, concert, seminars, and a banquet, as well as informal singing sessions have been scheduled.

More than 800 people are expected to attend the festival, which also features a cinema showing Welsh films and a chance to buy Welsh produce.

Karen Ellis, from the Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association which has organised the event, said people from all over the USA were attending.

'We have people from just about every state - New York, Maine, California, Texas - everywhere,' she said.

'Families who are separated across the country use it as a great way to get people together each year.

'Every year it is in a different city, and we chose Disney World as we were looking for something for families and try to get all age groups.'

Mrs Ellis, who lives in Hartland, Michigan, said people saw it as a way to keep in touch with their home nation.

'I believe it is a link to Wales. When I talk to people, they tell you about their Welsh roots - they are very proud of it.'

The weekend incorporates America's 74th Welsh National Gymanfu Ganu singing festival and will feature speeches from Cardiff author Peter Finch and Gareth Williams, who lectures at the University of Glamorgan.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 4, 2005
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