Wales in Solidarity with the World: 100 years of Welsh Internationalism

Standing shoulder to shoulder to support and pursue peace with others around the world: Through the last century, individuals and communities throughout Wales have played a leading role in some of the defining international solidarity movements of our time. From building links with people and communities, to spearheading campaigns on human rights, peace, prosperity and justice, these human bridges continue to shape Wales' identity and role in the world today, contributing towards peaceful cooperation and interdependence. What lessons Could be drawn for Wales' role in a post-Brexit, globalised and interconnected world? How will future generations choose to shape the next 100 years? 

We would love to hear from volunteers or contributors who can help us to tell this important part of Wales' peace building story: email

Campaigning & Protest Movements        Volunteering, Education & Community Links      Llangollen International Eisteddfod     Devolution and the UN Development Goals

Campaigning and Protest Movements



Wales has a long tradition of pacifism, extending back to the activities supporting 'the Apostle of Peace' Henry Richard MP, who fought the slave trade and championed international arbitration to avoid outbreak of conflicts. These peace groups - an important part of Wales' cultural fabric and national identity - hold rich histories that WCIA are seeking to gather with the help of volunteers and students. Can you help tell the story for future generations and the wider world, of these campaigning movements that have contributed towards the search for international peace?     

Volunteering and Country Links

Wales has a remarkable story to tell of 'people to people' connections with communities across the world, building on connections borne out of diaspora heritage, missionary travels or friendship links that led to lifelong associations. These 'everyday ambassadors', including volunteers young and old, have built direct solidarity, skills and educational exchange programmes,  facilitated small scale development cooperation in complement to aid and humanitarian agencies, and built community projects and initiatives that bring people together between Wales and the world.

Welsh Civil Society, UN Development Goals and 'Wales for Africa' devolution and creation of the Welsh Assembly in 1997, there was a revitalised national interest in developing Wales' distinctive contribution towards international development - focusing from 1999 around  the 8 UN Millennium Development Goals.

Llangollen International Eisteddfod: 70 years of Peace Heritage, 1947 - 2017

Llangollen International Eisteddfod Following the end of World War 2 in 1946, Welsh composer Gwynn Williams and British Council official Harold Tudor set about organising Wales' first international festival of music and culture, with a mission to 'heal the effects of war' and promote intercultural celebration. Today it has grown to become a truly global event, attracting 5,000 performers a year from 50 countries. More...
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