The very first Balaklava Eisteddfod was held on 24th, 25th and 26th October 1997. Since then, the Balaklava Eisteddfod has gone from strength to strength, with more sections added and more than 6x the amount of entrants from that first year.
2016 will be our 20th Balaklava Eisteddfod and we look forward to seeing
both new and familiar faces on 5th, 6th & 7th August 2016!
WHAT IS AN EISTEDDFOD?
EISTEDDFOD .……....... is an ancient Welsh word meaning a "sitting" but now used
to describe gatherings of musicians, artists, poets, actors and crafts-people to
compete, compare and learn from each other.
Such gatherings occur in many countries - not the least being Australia which
has over 100 registered Eisteddfods. Some are very large such as Ballarat &
Sydney, offering rich prizes and great prestige. Many are members of AESA (Association of Eisteddfod Societies of Australia Inc.)
Most thrive where they are most valuable - in country areas that may otherwise
miss out on opportunities for people of all ages to discover and nourish
artistic talent and interest.
Sir Robert Helpman from Mount Gambier, Keith Michell from Port Pirie, June
Bronhill from Broken Hill and numerous others all trace the beginnings of their
illustrious careers to local competitions.
The Balaklava community is well known for its encouragement and support of the
The Balaklava Eisteddfod Society endeavours to:
~ have sections for activities popular in the region
~ have sections for levels of attainment from beginners to advanced
~ be encouraging in spirit, within a supportive environment
~ be designed largely by local teachers and professionals
~ be inexpensive for participants and audiences
~ be reviewed & adjusted to ensure it continues to serve the best interests of
WHY ENTER AN EISTEDDFOD?
Whether you are a serious student or
following a hobby, you will make better progress if you have
something to work towards. The Eisteddfod could be your goal.
If you are preparing for AMEB examinations or SACE Stage 1 or 2
Music, why not try out your pieces at an Eisteddfod?
Use the Eisteddfod to gain confidence and to overcome “nerves” for
interviews, public speaking or entertaining.
Meet people with similar interests and goals.
Use this opportunity to perform in public at your level of
competence and in a supportive environment.
ENJOY THE OCCASION!
ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE!
Even if you are not participating, enjoy and learn
from the experience of being in the audience
To learn more about how the Balaklava Eisteddfod Society began, see the History page
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