Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek’s Cornish language weekend runs from Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14 at County Hall/Lys Kernow in Truro, with online events taking place on the Saturday.

One of the larger support organisations for the Cornish language, Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek hosts Pennseythen Gernewek each spring to give Cornish speakers and learners a chance to use the language in a friendly, stress-free and enjoyable environment.

This year’s event includes workshops on different topics such as publishing in Cornish, games and creative writing, and social activities including singing and music. There will also be a performance specially written about the Cornish language by Edward Rowe, aka Kernow King.

There are children’s/family sessions and An Enys/The Island, an imaginary voyage across four linked workshops for complete beginners led by Will Coleman of Golden Tree (creators of The Man Engine). 

Pennseythen Gernewek was due to be held at Heartlands, home to the Kowethas’ shop Kowsva.  Sadly, a withdrawal of funding to the complex meant saw all bookings cancelled at very short notice.  Thankfully, Cornwall Council stepped into the breach and offered to host all three days at its base.

Kowethas an Yeth coordinator Emma Jenkin said: “There has been an explosion of interest in Cornish over the past few years. Not only is the language being used in primary schools all over Cornwall, but growing use of online communication has enabled new people to join classes and conversation groups, including many from the Cornish Diaspora and elsewhere beyond the Duchy.”

Pennseythen Gernewek welcomes people with all levels of Cornish. For more details and links to book your place via Eventbrite, visit https://cornish-language.org