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Established 1997 as a part of Balaklava Community Arts Inc.

~ PO Box 253 ~ Balaklava ~ South Australia ~ 5461 ~


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About Us


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.

2019 will be our 23rd Balaklava Eisteddfod and we look forward to seeing
both new and familiar faces on 2nd, 3rd & 4th August 2019!


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 performing arts.

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 the region.


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.



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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Last updated on 20 March 2019

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