Preparations well under way for huge 2013 eisteddfod
PREPARATIONS are under way for this year's Gladstone City Eisteddfod, and with a new major sponsor on board and the revamp of the Gladstone Entertainment Centre, this year's competition is promising to be bigger and better than ever.
Secretary Pauline Newman has been involved with the eisteddfod for five years. She said she was excited about the 43rd eisteddfod.
"We're very reliant on the new entertainment centre being open," Ms Newman said.
"We know we will have to hold the dancing at the marina again, but the feedback from last year was very positive.
"We're hoping the entertainment centre will be available from October for the other events."
The eisteddfod committee is excited to welcome major sponsor Santos GLNG.
"It's a very expensive thing to run," Ms Newman said. "Each year costs us at least $60,000."
Ms Newman said the eisteddfod was one of the most popular in central Queensland.
"It's about the only cultural event that the kids in the region can go in," she said. "They just love it. You see them get up on a proper stage and grow in confidence.
"We have kids that start out as four-year-olds and they're still going when they're 18."
Fifteen-year-old Daniel Kempson has competed in the dance competition for the past four years.
He said it was a fun and valuable experience.
"It's about getting the experience to perform in front of a range of people and getting good feedback from educators who have come from different places," he said.
Looking ahead, there's still plenty of work for the dedicated eisteddfod volunteers.
Last year's eisteddfod had about 2500 participants who came from Bundaberg, Emerald and Biloela.
Ms Newman said children travelled because they loved the interaction.
43rd Gladstone City Eisteddfod:
- Dance: September 22-27
- Speech & Drama: October 13-16
- Vocal: October 20-22
- Instrumental: October 27-30
- Entries close June 30