The Gold Coast Eisteddfod began in 1982 as part of ‘Tropicarnival’, Gold Coast City’s first ever Festival.
It attracted some 600 competitors in the first year and whilst the Festival ceased in 2000, the Eisteddfod has continued to grow – it is now the largest competition of its kind in the country staged in August and September each year.
Entries are received from the south east Queensland region and indeed from all States of Australia.
Apart from individual entrants, around 145 Primary and Secondary Schools and some 70 Dance Studios participate in genres including Solo & Group Dance, Piano, Strings & Wind, Instrumental Groups, Bands, Orchestras, Vocal, Choral and Special Needs. In 2014, over 70,000 competitors took to the stage in 567 sections over 9 weeks.
Venues are The Arts Centre Theatre, Robina and Albert Waterways Community Centres.
The City of Gold Coast is major sponsor and without this outstanding support, it would not be possible to stage this outstanding cultural event.
Associate sponsors are Bendigo Bank, Sea FM and Southern Cross Ten.