Eisteddfods are a great opportunity to use as motivation to learn repertoire, improve your skills and practice performing.
Eisteddfods date back to the 12th century in Wales.
Eisteddfods are competitions that involve testing individuals for singing, dancing, acting and musicianship. The Royal South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat has been running since 1891. The Sydney Eisteddfod commenced in 1933 and offers some 400 events across all Performing Arts, catering to 30,000 performers annually. Modern equivalents in Australia are competitions reserved for schoolchildren, though many have open sections where anyone (including professionals) may participate and compete. Typically, a prize may be a scholarship to pursue a further career. Many young Australian actors and dancers participate regularly in the various competitions scheduled throughout the year.
The main Eisteddfods in our local community are:
The Sale Eisteddfod (entries have already closed)
The West Gippsland Eisteddfod (entries close 7th June)
The Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod (entries close 30th June
The Yarram Eisteddfod (entries close 1st June)
Please note there are costs involved such as entry fees, purchasing sheet music, paying for rehearsals with pianists. There are also rewards such as a sense of achievement, prizes that include cash, and feedback from the adjudicator (the person judging the performances)
If you would like to know more about entering an Eisteddfod or would like singing lessons to help you better when performing in things like Eisteddfods click here and send me a message. Would be happy to help.
For a list of Eisteddfods and festivals in Victoria click here.
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