What’s an eisteddfod?
An eisteddfod is a competition which originated in Wales to celebrate Welsh literature, music and culture. The Centralian Eisteddfod uses an adjudicator from interstate to judge the best singer, player, dancer, orator and recitalist. Performers can enter as soloists, duets, trios, quartets or large and small groups including choirs and bands. We encourge talent and our aim is to promote excellence in performance.
1. Who can enter?
Entrants are aged from about 5 to any age. Our youngest ever dancer was less than six months! Our oldest musician was in his eighties!
2. When is it held?
Over 10 days and usually in May although in the past it has been in April and August. Most school based entries occur in school time but this cannot always be guaranteed. Most sessions are scheduled for 2-3 hours and this may necessitate some sections going past the 3 o'clock school end time.
3. Where do I get the Syllabus?
The syllabus is posted as a PDF on our website.
4. How do I enter?
Download the entry form from our website - Fill it in and return it to us with the fees. See the 2018 Syllabus for section names. numbers, fees, closing dates etc. Alternatively - you can register you entry online with STARDOM - look for the link on our website.
5. Where do entrants perform?
Dance, choirs, large bands and talent quest participants perform on the mainstage in the theatre of the Araluen Art Centre. Solos, duets, trios, quartets and small groups will perform in Witchetty's, a smaller performance area within the Araluen Art Centre complex.
6. How much does it cost to enter?
Entry Fees are reasonable and go towards the cost of hiring the venue. View here for details.
7. What do I get?
There are many trophies and prizes. There are certificates for “First”, “Highly Commended” and “Participation” and everyone receives a critique written by the adjudicator.
8. Who judges the performance?
We employ experienced adjudicators to assess performance, write a critique and talk to the audience about performance.
9. Can anyone come to watch the performances?
Anyone can come to watch performances. There are usually 3 sessions a day. Morning, afternoon and evening.
10. Are there admission charges for the audience?
There are admission charges to single sessions (Adult and child/concession) and season passes (single/family/school).
11. Who provides the funding to hire the Araluen Theatre, pay the adjudicator and trophy costs?
Our major funding comes from the NT Government through the Department of Education and Children Services Grant and the Community Benefit Fund.
The Alice Springs Town Council helps by providing the Araluen Access Grant and the Community Development Grant. We also have other sponsors including the Bendigo Bank, Creative Gifts and Awards and Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs.
What’s an eisteddfod?