The London Welsh Centre is a cultural and community centre on Gray’s Inn Road, not far from King’s Cross, Russell Square and Chancery Lane.
The centre promotes Welsh culture and language in London, plus a range of other arts organisations through hosting events and providing spaces for cultural and community activities.
We caught up with Ceri Wyn Griffith, Chief Executive, after the Wales vs France rugby match 2020, to find out why it’s important to have a place for Welsh people to come together outside of Wales.
Hey Ceri! Can you introduce yourself?
So I’m the Chief Executive here at the London welsh centre and I guess, well, I’d say we’re the best cultural centre outside of Wales for Welsh people.
Why is it important for Welsh people to have somewhere to come together outside of Wales?
I think a word that comes up a lot is “Hiraeth” – people missing being home and wanting to connect with each other. I think that’s evident today in what you’ve seen, 5-600 people all feeling the same passion.
Yeah we had a few French people in today, we always get the other Nation in as well, which I think is a credit to the Welsh people – that we are very welcoming… and friendly. Friendly when we’re winning and slightly less friendly when we’re losing!
“It’s really fascinating when people don’t find each other and the minute they do, they hone in on it, and they love it!” – Ceri Wyn Griffith
Do you find new people coming here that are trying to find that Welsh connection?
We’re constantly finding new people coming through the door. You put on a slightly different event, and a person walks in who’s been living in London for 20 years and had no idea we exist, or they’ve seen something on Twitter that someone shared. It’s really fascinating when people don’t find each other and the minute they do, they hone in on it, and they love it!
What’s coming up next?
Get set for the Quiz this Friday night, 22nd May, at 7,30pm! Check out the London Welsh Centre newsletter and the Facebook page from this Thursday for more details!
See the full interview with Ceri, here:
Neil Ap Jones 1 week, 4 days ago
Ydy, I had quite a few visits to Gray Inn road and also remember London Welsh in Richmond when I first met an aspiring young singer? Ydy, Jenkins was the name…..Katherine Jenkins. I wanted to be her bodyguard for the night but her friends were not too keen! Katherine………..