With only a day to go until Shwmae Su’mae Day, the whole country is already going Shwmae Su’mae crazy!
Hundreds of schools, colleges and workplaces are celebrating today, sharing pictures, videos and Shwmae greetings on social media.
We’re doing our best to collate and record everything on our events page, but struggling to keep up! Absolutely amazing! Well done to everyone taking part – this really highlights what a proud and welcoming nation we are. Follow #ShwmaeSumae to be part of the conversation. Today, tomorrow and everyday – start with Shwmae or Su’mae, who knows where it could lead.
‘Run Sbit get ready for Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae
Can’t wait for the next series of ‘Run Sbit? Neither can we. Luckily, Caren and Linda Brown have opened the doors of the lookalike agency especially for Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae…
Many thanks to Caren, Linda, Archie and the Cwmni Da crew for putting this special clip together.
From learner to champion – Ashok Ahir backs Shwmae Su’mae
Shwmae Su’mae is pleased to add Ashok Ahir to its list of champions.
Ashok carved a career as a journalist, editor and programme maker at the BBC before becoming a Director of Mela, a bilingual PR and Communications company, based in the Hen Lyfrgell, Cardiff.
Ashok told us:
“Shwmae Su’mae is a great way of influencing and encouraging people to use Welsh every day by showing how easy it can be.
“Most importantly, it’s an opportunity to celebrate in a natural environment, in the community.
“The day reminds us all to open the conversation with a simple Shwmae to give others the opportunity to respond in Welsh. Hopefully this can inspire others to give it a go, it might be all the encouragement they need.”
Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae 15 Hydref 2016. Dyma sut i gymryd rhan:
Beth yw diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae?
Am drefnu digwyddiad? Mae adnoddau ar gael i hwyluso’r trefnu.
Os yn edrych am ysbrydoliaeth, neu eisiau gwybod be sy mlaen yn eich ardal chi, mae digon o syniadau ar y dudalen digwyddiadau, ar Facebook ( www.facebook.com/shwmaesumae2016 ) a Twitter ( @ShwmaeSumae ).
Rhowch gynnig arni!
With only five weeks to go until Shwmae Su’mae Day, here’s an overview of the day and its purpose:
What is Shwmae Su’mae Day?
- An opportunity to celebrate the Welsh language in your community, workplace or school.
- Purpose of the day is to encourage the people of Wales to start every conversation with “Shwmae” or “Su’mae”.
- Before long, a single Shwmae or Su’mae will turn into hundreds and thousands of greetings throughout the year.
Y Cynulliad yn dathlu diwrnod ShwmaeSu’mae gydag wythnos o weithgareddau a fideo arbennig
Once again Shwmae Sumae day has come around remember to register for the Thunderclap before October 15th to create a tsunami of Shwmaes on Twitter
Shwmae and Sumae! It’s September again and we are gearing up for Shwmae Sumae 2015. By the way we are in the national psyche – the Lolfa Diary 2016. Hooray!
Shwmae Sumae 2014 was a great success, with celebrations taking place across Wales and beyond – in Pwllheli, Newport, Merthyr, Lampeter, Vienna, Patagonia, Bangor, Amlwch, Derby, Flintshire and Pembrokeshire. Everyone is working hard to raise the profile of the language, but most importantly to use and promote and encourage others to do so throughout the year.
Shwmae Sumae Day now has a momentum of its own and is spreading throughout the country via a variety of activities organised by schools, individuals and societies, just like a Mexican wave at the World Cup. It is very difficult to keep a track on all that happened, but by keeping an eye on the feedback on our 2014 Facebook page and Twitter I’m sure that there were over 500 events held in 2014. So lets hope that there will be even more this year.
As you know the success and continuity of Shwmae Sumae day lies in your hands, so please let us know about your event by contacting our Facebook 2015 page and following us on Twitter @ShwmaeSumae There are a number of tips and ideas on our facebook page and a list of last year’s event which may inspire you on our website
Please contact me if you want to discuss anything and remember – Give it a go!
The Big Lunch is pleased to be supporting this year’s ‘Shwmae Sumae Day’ – the annual Welsh language celebration day on October 15 2014.
The Big Lunch is all about connecting people and strengthening communities, so what better way to practice your Welsh, have fun and share the language than to hold a Big Lunch in your street, school, workplace or local park?
Ideas for celebrating ‘Shwmae Sumae Day’ with a Big Lunch:
- Follow these 5 simple steps to organise your own Big Lunch
- Use our bilingual posters and invitations to promote the event
- Follow our tasty cake recipes and decorate them with the word ‘Shwmae’
- Form a street or office choir to perform the national anthem or sospan fach!
- Request a Big Lunch resource pack from firstname.lastname@example.org (limited numbers available so get in quick!)
- Share your events and pictures on Twitter and Facebook
With Shwmae Su’mae Day only days away and hundreds of events scheduled across the country and beyond, everyone can be part of the conversation.
Be part of something big by greeting each other in Welsh on Saturday 15 October. A single Shwmae or Su’mae could spur hundreds and thousands more throughout the year, making sure Wales is well on its way to reaching a million Welsh speakers.
Dathlu’r Gymraeg, the organisation behind Shwmae Su’mae, emphasises that the day belongs to everyone. The initiative has established firm roots in the past four years thanks to efforts at grass root level. Rebecca Williams, Chairwoman of Dathlu’r Gymraeg says:
“Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae is a day to celebrate the Welsh language – and to maximise the opportunities to use it – by greeting people in Welsh at the beginning of the conversation, rather than thanking them in Welsh at the end!
The campaign has plenty of high profile supporters. Artist and former pop-singer Swci Delic will make sure the campaign gets noticed, using her trademark mix of vibrant colours and patterns.
“I’m thrilled to be a Shwmae Su’mae champion. I decided to help spread the word by doing what I love to do – paint. I wanted to create something special to celebrate this unique Welsh day.
“By starting every conversation with Shwmae or Su’mae (Hello, how are you), who knows where the conversation will take you?
“Celebrate the beautiful language!”
Residents of Swci’s hometown of Carmarthen will be in for a surprise on Friday evening, as the art is projected on to the town’s county hall. Postcards featuring the eye catching artwork will be available at events across the country on Saturday.
As Shwmae Su’mae Day falls on a Saturday this year, many workplaces, schools and colleges celebrate on Friday. This gives many children and young people the opportunity to celebrate twice. Some schools, including Pontypridd High School, will dedicate a full week to the occasion.
There is something for everyone;
- Babies in Cardiff can enjoy the scenery whilst parents push prams and chat in Welsh around Roath Lake.
- National Children’s Poet, Anni Llŷn, calls for schools to compete in a poetry competition.
- Students at Bridgend College will make noise in Clogs Fit classes.
- Balloons with special Shwmae messages will be released from Porthcawl Pavilion.
- Coffee mornings from Wrexham to Caerphilly.
- Awards for learners in Pembrokeshire.
- A festival for learners in Llandrindod.
- An evening of soup and song in Dolgellau.
- Shwmae cocktails in Cardiff.
- Bag a bargain from businesses offering a discount to customers who say Shwmae.
- Full list on the events page.
Former Welsh Learner of the Year finalist at the National Eisteddfod and Shwmae Su’mae champion, Ashok Ahir, demonstrates that working in Welsh is good for business. He is a Director of PR company, Mela, who take pride in offering a bilingual service and are instrumental in the FAW’s successful Together Stronger campaign.
Ashok gives learners the following advice:
“Take it one step at a time. Start with Shwmae, don’t worry about the rest of the conversation.
When I started I would often mix Welsh and English words. This is a normal part of learning that improves with practice.
“Shwmae Su’mae encourages people to use Welsh every day by showing how easy it can be. It’s an opportunity to gain confidence by speaking Welsh in an informal setting.”
Shwmae Su’mae Day is about communities coming together to say Shwmae in a way that is fun and inclusive. Owain Gruffudd, Chair of Mentrau Iaith Cymru, says:
“Please contact your local menter iaith to hear more about activities in your area.”
Contact details for all the mentrau iaith can be found on the Mentrau website (www.mentrauiaith.cymru/dod-o-hyd-i-fenter).
- Only a week to go until Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae on Saturday 15 October.
People all over Wales and beyond will greet each other with a Shwmae, Su’mae, Shwdi or S’mai and get together to celebrate the language.
Give it a go, be a part of the story.
Shwmae Su’mae day on Saturday 15 October will not go unnoticed as a psychedelic piece of art has been created to mark the occasion. Artist and Shwmae Su’mae champion, Swci Delic, set about creating a special piece that is certain to grab attention using her trademark mix of vibrant colours and patterns.
Swci’s eye catching artwork will be a key feature of this year’s Shwmae Su’mae campaign. A limited number of postcards featuring the special design will be available at numerous events across the country on 15 October. It will also be shared widely on social media.
“I was thrilled to be invited to champion Shwmae Su’mae Day. I decided I would show my support and help spread the word by doing what I love to do – paint. I wanted to create a memorable reminder that would make people smile.
“The Welsh language is so important to me. Being a part of this campaign is exciting as it is about celebrating, together. It doesn’t matter if you are fluent, a learner or don’t speak Welsh at all – anyone can try a Shwmae or Su’mae. Greeting each other in Welsh is a small gesture, but, if we all do it every day, everywhere we go it has the potential to have a huge impact.
“My husband Alex is taking on the challenge of learning Welsh and finds that listening to Radio Cymru and watching Welsh programmes really helps. Practising with other people can still be quite daunting and I’m sure being greeted in Welsh whilst out and about would make such a difference in building confidence.”
Before she started painting Swci Delic (real name Mared Lenny) was a successful singer. During a three year career as award-winning Welsh language singer Swci Boscawen, she released three singles and an album. The music came to a sudden end when she collapsed with a brain tumour. After intense treatment, Swci developed an inexplicable urge to start – and never stop – painting.
Bold, large and colour-clashing, her crazy canvases give a vivid glimpse into the chaotic condition of a brain fighting cancer. Having never painted before, she is a firm believer in giving it a go. Her enthusiasm and positivity are bound to inspire.
“Give it a go! Get your friends together on Shwmae Su’mae day to do something you enjoy. You never know where one Shwmae could lead”.
The names of the remaining champions will be revealed soon.
With Shwmae Su’mae Day 2016 fast approaching, it looks set to be the best yet. Now in its fourth year, the annual day of celebration will again take place on 15 October. Only a month to go.
The day is an opportunity to celebrate the Welsh language in your community, workplace or school. Its purpose is to encourage the people of Wales to start every conversation with Shwmae or Su’mae. Before long, a single Shwmae or Su’mae will turn into hundreds and thousands of Welsh greetings throughout the year.
This year, Shwmae Su’mae Day falls on a Saturday for the first time. This means there will be plenty of opportunities to tie in celebrations with recreational activities, be it on the high street, in the playground or on the sports pitch.
To ensure they do not lose the opportunity to be part of the fun, workplaces, schools and colleges are encouraged to celebrate on Friday 14 October.
Details of events near you and more announcements will follow soon. Follow the hashtag #ShwmaeSumae for regular updates.
If you would like to discuss your plans or have your event included on the website, email us.
This year is the fourth year for Shwmae Sumae day on October 15th. Remember to take this opportunity to celebrate the Welsh language in your school, college, workplace, hospital, bar, cafe or local shop.
Today the event has been adopted by people in all parts of Wales – by learners, non-Welsh speakers and Welsh speakers. By now there are hundreds of events and activities being held from Anglesey to Monmouth on October 15th or during that week.
Follow us on Twitter @shwmaesumae and Facebook: Diwrnod Shwmae Sumae 2016
NatWest Cymru will be supporting ‘Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae’ this Thursday, October 15th in every one of its branches throughout Wales. The company, which has received accreditation from LlesCyf on its Welsh language services, is proud of the opportunity to show its commitment to the language.
Nat West Cymru Director, Mark Douglas said:
“We see ourselves as a community bank with a strong element of Welshness in our ethos and with the Welsh language central to that ethos and we are delighted to have the opportunity to co-operate with ‘Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae by extending a warm Welsh welcome to a wider audience”.
Mark explained how the company’s relationship with Lles had helped it to develop its Welsh language services.
“Lles accreditation has offered opportunities to us that weren’t available in the past and has expanded our horizons concerning how we would like to operate in the future, with the Welsh language a core principle to the bank’s identity in Wales. From visits to the Eisteddfod, holding Welsh classes in Nant Gwrtheyrn and now promoting Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae, Lles’ expertise has been crucial to our linguistic development.”
Director of Lles, Evan Powell sees NatWest Cymru’s positive attitude towards Welsh as a turning point in the language’s relationship with the business world.
“For too long now Welsh groups have viewed the business world as a field which is generally not supportive to language development because of cost factors. Now Lles are assisting companies to adopt a far more positive attitude towards the language and see it as a commercial opportunity which compliments the good work that they already do.
NatWest Cymru have led the way here by deciding that Welsh will play an integral role in their identity and brand in Wales, which enables them to work together with Welsh language groups in the community as well as on the national stage. Lles are very proud to be supporting NatWest Cymru on its linguistic journey.”
NatWest Cymru’s support is a big boost to ‘Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae’ according to Gaynor Jones who helps to co-ordinate the event.
“Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae is growing every year and continues to go from strength to strength and NatWest Cymru’s participation shows that we are developing in terms of support and that the event is appealing to a new market. We appreciate the co-operation and vision of Lles and NatWest Cymru to ensure this substantial support.”
‘Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae’ will be held nationally on Thursday 15th October. For more information on the events happening in your area contact Gaynor Jones via email@example.com and on how to develop or promote your Welsh language business services contact Lles via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 15 will be the third time Wales will be celebrating Shwmae Sumae Day and once again a huge variety of activities are being held across the country to encourage everyone to greet each other in Welsh on that day and give Welsh a go.
The aim of the campaign is:
– to make Welsh more prominent and public,
– show that the language belongs to everyone in Wales, regardless of their proficiency
– and consequently encourage the use of Welsh every day and all year round.
The campaign has been very lucky to be supported by a variety of people and organizations. This year our champions are the Welsh singer and entertainer the Welsh Whisperer, Gareth Wyn Jones, farmer and broadcaster from Llanfairfechan, Canolfan Soar who have revitalised the economy and the Welsh language in Merthyr Tydfil and Angharad Williams who run a ladies’ fashion business in Lampeter and Machynlleth.
Gareth Wyn Jones said:
“I’m really pleased to be part of the Sumae campaign which encourages everybody to use as much Welsh as the have. Don’t be shy give it a go! I do my best to use the language on social network and on the media. As a farmer the Welsh language is an essential part of the fabric of rural communities and the agricultural industry. It’s important to use it every day. If we don’t, who will?”
The Welsh Whisperer, Môn FM Disc jockey and a man who’s entertained the masses in pubs, halls and cowsheds across Wales, said:
“I am delighted to be part of a campaign to promote the language and open doors to Welsh learners and encourage others to learn our language. It’s great to be part of the same campaign with Wales’ most famous farmer (no, not Dai Llanilar, but) Gareth Wyn Jones from Llanfairfechan! Both of us have felt the mountain dew, wear a flat cap, and are passionate about the language, our communities and Welsh beer of course. ”
Business woman, Angharad Williams said:
“ I’m really proud to support the message of Shwmae Sumae Day and start every conversation in Welsh. Using Welsh in a local business like Lan Llofft & Duet is essential in an area like Lampeter and we want to extend a Welsh welcome to all our customers whatever their grasp of the language is. Using the Welsh language to promote the business on our social media outlets was common sense, and as a result we have received even more support as our customers value our commitment to the language and want to support a local Welsh business. “
Scarlets RFC will also be supporting Shwmae Sumae 2015 by holding an evening of entertainment on the following Friday, October 16 before the Leinster game. With the co-operation of Menter Gwendraeth Elli and others and Y Lle – Llanelli’s new Welsh language centre an array of entertainment will be put on for the whole of the family from 5 – 7pm before kick off. So make sure you pop over.
The Pembrokeshire Shwmae crew have organized the second Shwmae Awards awards ceremony after the resounding success of last year’s event.
Dathlu’r Gymraeg have seen communities and organisations across Wales take ownership of the day themselves. Its success lies in the enthusiasm of dynamic individuals such as the pupils of Bishop Mcgrath School, Bridgend who take it upon themselves to organise the day’s activities. Shwmae Sumae does not recieve any public funding or sponsorship and has grown from the grass-roots rather than the top down and long may it last!
Gwybodaeth/ Info: Gaynor Jones 07775 847710 /email@example.com
Less than month to go! People have been busy up and down the country from Gwent to Gwynedd. Its not too late to put something together take a look at our Facebook for some idea. Don’ t be shy give it a try! Follow us on #DSS2015 @Shwmaesumae, Facebook .
Ideas dried up? – Create a pronunciation aid for your bar, shop or customers. Thanks to Myrddin ap Dafydd and the Pwllheli gang for this great idea. Give it a go and use it every day!
This is the prize for the Pembrokeshire Shwmae Award Ceremony to be held on October 15th. The Urdd, YFC, Twf, Merched y Wawr, Twf, County Council and Menter Iaith all sponsored the competition which will honour those who have strived to promote and use the language within the county. The trophy was designed by the talented blacksmith Eifion Thomas. What about organising a similar event as a joint venture with other organisations in your county in 2015?
Merthyr College are holding a photographic exhibition and Pembrokeshire College have produced a special video. Numerous schools in south Wales are holding Welsh language themed activites to encourage staff and pupils and raise monies for charity.
Also getting on board this year is the Big Lunch who have adopted Shwmae Day to hold their celebration, for more information on how to organise a soiree go to Link .
We only have a few weeks to go so let us know what you’re going to be up to on the day.
Give it a go!