Many faces of Welsh-ness

What does Welsh-ness mean to you?

What does living in Newport, and Wales, mean to you? What do you like about it?

We all have ideas about what it means to be Welsh, and we want to hear yours!

We’re looking for residents to share their thoughts with us on life in the city and modern day ideas of Welsh-ness, as we celebrate our diverse city.

Anyone interested in sharing their thoughts to the questions above should email us at [email protected], along with a picture of yourself and anyone in your family who wants to join in*. We’ll be sharing the best submissions on our social media channels, so please only get in touch if you’re happy for us to share your story.

We all experience life differently, but there’s still plenty that connects us. If you feel the same, we’d love to hear from you!

*We take data protection seriously. For this reason, we advise that you do not send in any pictures which may identify any personal information, such as your address, that you do not wish to be shared on a public platform such as our social media channels.


As an example, here’s what Welsh-ness means to Emmy.

"I moved to Wales in 1999 to marry Les, who I'd met 3 years previously in France. We were both 'Waelisc' foreigners: Les originated from England, and I from the Netherlands. 

"The thing I like most about Newport is its people: they’re friendly, down to earth, with a rich variety of cultures, languages, wisdom, ways of life, music and food. They share a creative, inspirational and 'can do' approach, and despite having a good old moan about Newport's flaws, are more than capable of 'stepping up to the plate' when needed. 

"The thing I like most about Wales is its nature. Mountains, waterfalls, rivers and lakes, coast: we’re spoilt for choice! It helps me to be grounded, and provides a great source of fun.

"I also love the people who accept me for who I am and take time for a natter. To me, Welsh-ness provides a sense of connection, community and belonging on a spiritual/emotional level, and being attuned to the chutzpah and beauty that comes with it."