After a year off in 2020 for the very first time since WWII due to COVID-19, Sydney Eisteddfod’s annual festival has once again returned, and it promises to be better than ever.
Sydney Eisteddfod has been running since 1933, and is one of the largest and most successful competitive performing arts festivals of its type in the world. The organization’s mission to promote and encourage lifelong engagement with the performing arts is even more important than ever before after a year in which the arts community has been so deeply impacted by the global pandemic. So, get pumped for a jam-packed festival of show stopping performances and talent at this year’s Sydney Eisteddfod.
Each year, over 35,000 entrants from all across Australia and New Zealand enter the Sydney Eisteddfod to showcase their talents in over 300 events across dance, drama, music and song and compete to win over $400,000 worth of cash prizes and scholarships. These hopefuls from all levels from beginner to pre-professional are provided the opportunity to perform at world-class venues including previously Sydney Opera House and Chatswood’s, The Concourse, in front of judges who are at the forefront of their field.
Dancer, actor and Sydney Eisteddfod alumni and adjudicator Joseph Brown says,
“Sydney Eisteddfod is one of, if not the largest and most significant, dance event in Australia. For decades, it has brought together our community to celebrate and shine a spotlight on the best talent in Australia.”
Notable alumni who have performed on their stages include classical singer, 2019 Eurovision Australian representative and 2009 Australia’s Got Talent Winner Mark Vincent; principal dancers in The Royal Ballet, London, Steven McRae and Alexander Campbell; Dr Nicholas Milton AM, conductor for the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra; and Simon Tedeschi, classical pianist.
For those who are wondering if they should enter, opera singer and past Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship adjudicator Cheryl Barker AO says, “Get out there and go in everything. Get as many performance opportunities as possible.”
Speech and drama alumni and also Sydney Eisteddfod ambassador Angela Bishop says, “A lot of what people learn though Sydney Eisteddfod contributes to their career choices. I don’t think this is where I would be if it wasn’t for Sydney Eisteddfod.”
David McAllister AM, former artistic director of The Australian Ballet, encourages all those passionate about their craft to take part. “Sydney Eisteddfod is an opportunity to get out on stage, which was always a highlight of my career as a dancer and even as a student. You get to put into action all the things you do every day endlessly to perfect your art.”
Sydney Eisteddfod entries are now open for 2021. Entries close March 12, so enter now to not miss out!
To search through all Sydney Eisteddfod events and to enter, visit sydneyeisteddfod.com.au.