Last week I attended the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli.
The week was a great success with a well organised event, a superb location, fine weather and a huge crowd of about 150,000 attending.
There were many local winners, too many to begin to list in a short column like this one.
But I know how proud local people are of the successes of our local singers, poets, writers, actors and all the others who worked so hard to come first, second or even just to take part. I send my congratulations to them all.
So what does this tell us?
Well firstly that very many of our citizens, particularly young people, are active and engaged in the arts and are setting and reaching high standards.
This is an important message when there is so much criticism of young people.
Secondly, that the arts are popular. Music and literature, dance and creative work are not bolt on luxuries.
They give a great deal of pleasure to many people and a meaning to things.
And thirdly, that the arts through the medium of Welsh are alive and kicking.
Remember this the next time some know-it-all complains on television about money spent on the arts!
Hywel Williams, Member of Parliament for Arfon