A group of performing arts, music and media learners from Merthyr Tydfil College have recently been involved in a workshop to help promote the Welsh language at the College, thanks to a grant from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.
The learners had a great experience listening to professional artists and actors such as singer Kizzy Crawford, actors Richard Harrington and Hannah Daniel and film maker Iwan England talking about the importance of the Welsh language and how the Welsh language has helped them to have a successful career.
Kizzy Crawford performed some of her bilingual songs and as a music group they composed a song with Kizzy during the workshop.
Richard and Hannah spoke honestly and openly about their careers and how fortunate they are to speak Welsh. They acted out sessions with the performing arts learners giving them a range of different scenarios. The students were delighted to see how Richard, a Merthyr man, has had a successful career through the Welsh language.
Iwan England filmed the whole day together with media learners showing different camera angles and talked about how the Welsh language has enabled him to work through the medium of English and Welsh.
Richard Harrington and Hannah Daniel have offered to help write a bilingual play for next year's College production which will cover all these areas. The play will be performed at Theatr Soar in Merthyr.
The feedback from the learners was amazing and it was nice to be able to show them that developing their Welsh language skills is so important in any career, even if you choose to work outside Wales in the future.