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Covid-19 & The Eisteddfod

The ACT lockdown is currently still in place. The Ainslie Arts Centre is currently closed until further notice.
 We are hoping to hold the Singing Division on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November.  The program will remain as is as far as days and times go, it’s just the dates that will be different.  Fingers crossed that we make it.
The Piano Eisteddfod is also postponed.
Further details will be forthcoming once more information becomes available.
This is disappointing but we have no choice – hopefully, we will see everyone later this year. You can still view the Piano program as it is currently – to do so, click here.

Due to the continuing health risks associated with COVID the 2021 Bands & Orchestras events were held this year in an online format. Choirs will also be happening this year in an online format.

It is anticipated that the Open competitions will again be part of the Eisteddfod in 2022.

Promoting participation in the performing arts.

Key Dates

Closing Dates

Bands & Orchestras

Monday 31 May, 2021 (online only competition – submissions due Friday 25 June, 2021)

Piano

Friday 6 August, 2021.

The event guide is now available – click here.

Singing ~ Updated ~

We are hoping to hold the Singing Division on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November.  The program will remain as is as far as days and times go, it’s just the dates that will be different.

Choirs

Tuesday 31 August, 2021 (online only competition – submissions due 16 September, 2021)

The event guide is now available – click here.

Speech & Drama

Tuesday 31 August, 2021

The event guide is now available – click here.

 

Event Dates

Piano Division

TBC

Singing Division

TBC

Speech and Drama

TBC

Latest News & Announcements

Banding together online in Eisteddfod

The Australian National Eisteddfod’s 2021 Bands & Orchestras event took place in an online format, due to COVID risk factors. A total of 62 groups submitted recordings for adjudication, and received feedback on their performances. Given the online format, all sections were non-competitive. The overall level was high, with 8 Platinum awards, 24 Gold awards,… Read More »Banding together online in Eisteddfod

Update on Piano Eisteddfod

UPDATE: The Piano Eisteddfod will be going ahead as planned 19 – 21 August.  However due to several COVID related circumstances, the Open Competitions on Sunday are cancelled.  The 18 years sections will now be held late Saturday afternoon. Apologies for any inconvenience. It is anticipated that the Open will again be part of the Eisteddfod in… Read More »Update on Piano Eisteddfod

Speech and Drama

Our 2021 event will be held on Saturday, 11 September at the Ainslie Arts Centre, which has been a great venue for several years now.  We will be following the same format as 2019, with no changes to the session details.   Entries via stardom are open now, closing 31 August.

National Eisteddfod 2019 - Bands and Orchestras. Section BHS3 – ACT High School Bands (Intermediate). Lyneham High School Year 8 Concert Band. Photo by Peter Hislop

The premier eisteddfod held in Canberra.

The Australian National Eisteddfod is the premier eisteddfod held in Canberra each year and has a rich history of participation in the performing arts. We run a variety of competitions for groups and individuals. Categories include bands and orchestras, choirs, piano, singing and speech and drama. Competitions are open to performers in a range of age groups spanning across primary and high school. There are open categories for individuals of any age to get on stage and perform.

How to Enter

To join in the fun and excitement of eisteddfod competitions, choose from the categories below, or visit the STARDOM online entry system, stardom.com.au

If you need assistance with the system please do not hesitate to contact the relevant division convenor.

Bands & Orchestras

The Bands and Orchestra’s Division offers sections covering concert bands, jazz bands, rock bands, brass bands and orchestras across both age and grading classifications.

Choirs

The Choirs Division offers sections covering contemporary choirs, sacred choirs, popular choirs and the nationally renowned Australian Choral Challenge.

Singing

The Singing Division offers sections covering classical, spiritual, pop, musical theatre and folk song compositions across both age and grading classifications.

Speech and Drama

The Speech and Drama Division offers sections covering poetry, prose, religious readings, individual and group drama, mime, improvisation and public speaking.

Piano

The Piano Division offers sections covering contemporary, classical, improvisation, chamber music and period compositions across both age and grading classifications.

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