Eisteddfod performances light up city stages
TALENT was in the air at the 42nd Gladstone City Eisteddfod this year.
Eisteddfod publicity officer Dulcie Benn said she was proud of all the contestants this year.
"They were all so brave and cheerful," she said.
"We had about 3000 entrants."
One of the highlights Miss Benn said stood out for her was the performers' costumes.
"They were amazing," she said.
"Different, clever, colourful or graceful - whatever was required.
The first three categories - speech, drama, vocal - were held at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre, while the instrumental and dance sections were moved to the temporary stage at the marina marquee.
"Some people said that being in the marquee made it quite cosy," she said.
Miss Benn said the participants aged between six and 18 had performed exceptionally well.
"The adjudicators gave out very positive comments," she said.
"And a written report was given to each participant.
"I admire the youthful energy they bring each time they perform."
The event included open sections for all age groups.
"Nobody is excluded," Miss Benn said.
"Some grandmothers took part in the speech and drama.
"There were so many thrilling moments it would take pages to mention all of them."
Miss Benn wishes to encourage more members of the public to come and encourage the young people for next year's eisteddfod.
Full eisteddfod results are available in today's Observer.