The First Minister of Wales, Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, officially launched a giant bucket hat installation in Qatar to mark the launch of the nation’s campaign at the FIFA World Cup™, Wales’ first appearance at a World Cup since 1958, establishing the nation’s position on a global stage.

The larger-than-life bucket hat, an iconic symbol for Welsh football representing the team’s incredible progress in the game and its fans’ passion and spirit, was developed and designed in collaboration with the Football Association of Wales, to celebrate the momentous occasion for the nation.

The First Minister, Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, said that back in 2016, their manager Chris Coleman challenged the squad and Wales, as a nation to ‘Dare to Dream’ about what could happen at the European Championship.

No one thought we’d get to the semi-final, but we did. That’s what’s great about football – anything can happen at the World Cup.

The launch of the installation kickstarts the Gŵyl Cymru Festival at the tournament, a programme of more than 200 events across Cymru and the world as part of a ten-day celebration of creativity to support Wales during the team’s campaign in Qatar.

The programme will project Wales’ values and secure a positive legacy from the country’s first World Cup campaign in 64 years, highlighting the nation’s art, culture and music.

Wales’ Lleisiau Cymru ambassador, Colin Jackson CBE, alongside FAW ambassadors Ian Rush MBE and Jess Fishlock, were also in attendance at the launch. Each ambassador is present in Qatar to act as an influential voice for the nation.

Jackson said it was really good to be at the launch of the bucket hat today – it’s a little slice of Wales that will encourage people to investigate our nation. He added that the support of the First Minister was also fantastic as they aim to demonstrate the inclusive values of Wales.

Jess Fishlock, meanwhile, said it was a very proud moment to be at the launch of the Bucket hat.

Now is the time that the world gets to see our great nation, and we get to show who we are to the world.

FAW’s CEO Noel Mooney, President Steve Williams and Vice President Will Lloyd Williams, were also present at the launch.

A Wales Cultural Programme in Doha, which coincides with the Gwyl Cymru festival of culture taking place in Wales and around the world, features cultural events at the UK Ambassador’s Residence, the Katara Cultural Village and the UK Garden on the Corniche, including:

  • Large-scale murals by Graffiti artist Peaceful Progress
  • DJ sets by Radio 1’s Katie Owen
  • Performances of Wales’ official anthem Yma o Hyd (Still Here) by Dafydd Iwan
  • Renditions from the Urdd Choir from the largest national youth organisation
  • Performances by the Barry Horns, an award-winning stadium brass band for the FAW
  • Sage Todz, a Welsh rap, hip-hop and R&B artist will also perform at locations in Qatar

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