When the National Eisteddfod of Wales is held in Anglesey this summer, Neptunus will return to the festival site with its award-winning state-of-the-art performance theatre taking centre stage.
Temporary structure specialist Neptunus won the award for Best Temporary Structure Company at the 2017 Festival Supplier Awards for the bespoke performance pavilion it created for last year’s National Eisteddfod which was held in Abergaveny in South Wales.
2016 was the first year of a new contract with The National Eisteddfod of Wales organisers. Neptunus received the accolade for the high-tech theatre that was the centrepiece of an infrastructure of over 40 temporary buildings supplied to the event which is acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest cultural festivals.
Organisers of the internationally famous festival of music, literature and performance had specifically challenged Neptunus to create a dynamic new facility for the main performance theatre with improved acoustics for the thousands of performers and enhanced viewing for the audiences.
Managing director April Trasler, who collected the award on behalf of Neptunus, said: “We are delighted to have won this national award. Historically the performance theatre had been staged within a fabric ‘big-top’-style tent provided by their previous suppliers. However, we created a completely new environment within our award-winning Evolution II range that was far more robust with excellent acoustics and lighting, and more akin to a permanent building. Winning the prestigious Festival Supplier Award is a tremendous endorsement for a very successful project.”
Huw Aled Jones, Head of Technical Operations for the National Eisteddfod of Wales, said: “Neptunus helped us reach our goal of moving from a stage in a tent to a concert hall in a field. Competitors, performers and the public were very happy. Llongyfarchiadau! (congratulations)”
The 2017 edition of The National Eisteddfod of Wales is being staged on the island of Anglesey in North Wales from 4th – 12th August.
Before that event Neptunus will again be supplying structures to The Urdd National Eisteddfod, one of Europe’s largest touring youth festivals, which is being held in Bridgend from 29th May – 3rd June. The Urdd National Eisteddfod will see around 15,000 children and young people compete in a variety of activities including singing, dancing and performance.