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Launch of Legends of the West App

The legends hidden within the collections of The National Library of Wales are coming to life! On Saturday 4th March, the rogues and heroes, saints and sinners will awake!

In this, Wales’ Year of Legends, Ceredigion and Dyfi Biosphere Destination Partnerships are Ceredigion Council in partnership with Dyfi Biosphere is working to bring the region’s stories to a new and broader audience.

As part of this activity, they have developed a new App with Bangor based digital company, Locly (www.locly.com) to bring Ceredigion’s legendary landscape to life, delivering stories, legend based games, and activities and information to visitors as they roam the region with their smartphones.

This new app, which works with GPS and iBeacon technology to locate the user and push content to their devices, encourages visitors to engage more deeply with the culture of the region and explore the places and spaces associated with the legends contained on the app.

Speaking about the project,  Councillor Gareth Lloyd of of Ceredigion County Council and the Ceredigion Destination Partnership said: “Ceredigion is the home of legends such as Taliesin, known across the world and others, like Cantre’r Gwaelod, the Welsh Atlantis, that have connections to world myth. In addition we have wonderful characters such as Twm Sion Cati and a wealth of story rich landscapes to share with our visitors and help add magic and mystery to their stay with us. We’re also very lucky to have The National Library of Wales here in our county; it is, without  a doubt, not only the ‘home’ for Ceredigion’s legends, but for those of the whole of Wales. During this year of legends, together with tourism and cultural partners across the region, we’ll be bringing Ceredigion’s culture to life like never before.”

Visitors to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth on Saturday 4th March can have fun unearthing the legends held within the cabinets, exhibitions and corridors of The National Library of Wales throughout the day, free of charge.

The Legends of the West app will be available for free download from app stores from the 4th of March.

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