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The Assembly Commission – the body which runs the Senedd – has announced a series of events through 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of devolution.
On Monday May 6th – the 20th anniversary itself – an open day will be held at the Senedd building with family-themed activities. On Tuesday May 7th, the Llywydd and First Minister will address past and present AMs in a special plenary session, followed by an evening reception.
“This anniversary presents a unique opportunity to reflect on how much Wales has changed over the past twenty years and the impact that devolution has had on our lives.
“….In doing so we also have the chance to focus on the future. Through this programme of events, our aim is to begin a new dialogue with people across the country about their ambitions for Wales and how the Assembly, the home of Welsh democracy, can help deliver that”.
– Llywydd, Elin Jones (Plaid, Ceredigion)
A joint sitting of the Senedd and Welsh Youth Parliament will take place in June 2019, while a representative “Citizens Assembly” will sit at a yet-to-be-confirmed place in mid-Wales during July 2019 to discuss the way forward for devolution.
A travelling art exhibition will take place over the summer, while a four day “Festival of Democracy” – featuring a mix of cultural events, performances and public talks – is due to take place during September 2019 in and around the Assembly estate in Cardiff Bay.