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The premier eisteddfod held in Canberra each year, with a rich history of participation in the performing arts.
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Competitions for groups and individuals including bands and orchestras, choirs, piano, singing and speech and drama.
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Covid-19 & The Eisteddfod

Unfortunately, due to the continuing health risks associated with COVID we have decided to hold our 2021 Bands & Orchestras and Choirs events in online format. This means groups will be submitting a video for adjudication.

Singing and Speech & Drama events will be held at the Ainslie Arts Centre, so long as COVID restrictions are able to be satisfied at that time.

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 2022.
The closing date for Piano entries is now 6 August.

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

Saturday 31 July, 2021.

The event guide is now available – click here.

Choirs

Friday 13 August, 2021 (online only competition – submissions due 16 September, 2021)

 

Speech & Drama

Tuesday 31 August, 2021

The event guide is now available – click here.

 

Event Dates

Piano Division

Thursday 19–Sunday 22 August, 2021, Main Hall, Ainslie Arts Centre

Singing Division

Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th September, Main Hall, Ainslie Arts Centre

Singing Open

Saturday evening, 4 September 2021 – Main Hall, Ainslie Arts Centre

Speech and Drama

Saturday 11 September, 2021 – Main Hall, Ainslie Arts Centre

Latest News & Announcements

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.

Choirs

Entries in Choirs are now open in Stardom, and will close on Friday 13 August. Adjudication will be based on recordings to be submitted by Friday 17 September. All sections (including Open age) are being adjudicated on a non-competitive basis; groups will receive their adjudications and trophies in early October.  Interest has been received from Choirs… Read More »Choirs

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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