Young performers across the state ready to take to the stage for Sydney Eisteddfod

Annaliese Macdonald at Sydney Eisteddfod.
Annaliese Macdonald at Sydney Eisteddfod.

After two years of event cancellations, young aspiring performing artists can finally set their sights on a return to the stage for this year’s Sydney Eisteddfod. 

With multiple categories on offer and over $400,000 in prizes and scholarships up for grabs, Sydney Eisteddfod is asking all young performers to ‘have a go’ and showcase their diverse and inspiring talents. 

In 2021, Sydney Eisteddfod was forced to move the vast majority of its 300 events online, impacting its 35,000 young aspiring artists who thrive on the chance to perform live on stage. With restrictions now easing and students back at school, there is no better time to enter the competition. 

General Manager of Sydney Eisteddfod, Annette Brown, said, “We are so excited to be able to finally welcome young aspiring artists back to Sydney Eisteddfod and give them the chance to live out their dreams of performing on stage.”

She added, “We know it’s been a tough couple of years for performers and they’ve missed out on the opportunity to engage with a live audience. There are so many benefits to just taking part – you develop new skills, connect with other like-minded people and become more well-rounded in the process. That’s why it’s more important than ever for young people to get involved in performing arts, and we hope to see thousands of entrants experience the thrill of showcasing their talents in front of a live audience.” 

Kerry Maxwell, principal of Glenhaven Public School, said, “Our students have faced so much disappointment due to the closure of live events. Sydney Eisteddfod not only gives them the opportunity to actually perform in front of people, but it enables them to show off all their hard work.”

Maxwell continued, “Over the last two years, our students have missed out on nine events, so we’re excited to be entering into multiple dance events with 14 of our students returning and 32 getting their first opportunity to have their moment in the spotlight.”

In her new role as General Manager of Sydney Eisteddfod, Brown is committed to making performing arts and Sydney Eisteddfod accessible to everyone. “We’re invested in nurturing all aspiring artists from across the country by taking Sydney Eisteddfod to the places where young performers are. We have exciting plans to open more venues so everyone can experience the joy of performing.” 

Entries for Sydney Eisteddfod 2022 are now open and will close on 21 March. Artists between the ages of six to 35 years will have the chance to perform in front of a collective audience of over 170,000 spectators in over 300 performing arts events across dance, drama, music, piano, choir, instrumental and song. 

The 2022 Sydney Eisteddfod Festival will run from May to September with in-person and online entry mechanisms available. 

For more information, visit sydneyeisteddfod.com.au

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