THE spotlight is being thrown on culture in Carmarthenshire with several awards and initiatives launching during 2018.

Carmarthenshire County Council has just announced it will host its first ever celebration of culture awards later this spring.

Plans are also gathering pace for a programme of events in Ammanford and Llansteffan, which have been named Cultural Town and Cultural Village, respectively, for the year.

Meanwhile, Llanelli is getting ready to host the Celtic Media Awards in May.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, executive board member for culture, sport and tourism, said: “We have an exciting year of activities ahead to showcase all that Carmarthenshire has to offer with a wide range of cultural activities that will appeal to all.

“It’s wonderful to see communities getting together to pull together events that will celebrate our heritage and recognise the huge talent we have on our doorstep.”

Communities in Ammanford and Llansteffan are taking the lead on planning events with several ideas already in the pipeline including schools, sporting groups, businesses and food producers.

In Ammanford, Menter Iaith Bro Dinefwr are taking the lead with a launch event at the Miner’s Theatre on January 19 with an evening of exhibitions, music and dance, which will be featured live on S4C’s nightly programme HENO.

Llansteffan follows a day later when it launches its Cultural Village project with an evening of entertainment. A packed public meeting held recently, chaired by county councillor Carys Jones, gathered lots of public support.

Further information about events will be publicised shortly.

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