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Largest Eisteddfod of its kind in Australia

South East Queensland is home of the Gold Coast Eisteddfod which is the largest youth competition of performing arts in Australia. It is not only a platform for launching the careers of international performers, but also a place where enduring memories are created, future careers are fostered, and the stars of tomorrow are developed.

We have sections in all genres of Music, Dance & Drama including Dance Solos, Young People with Disability, Strings, Wind & Brass, String Orchestras, Small Ensembles, Dance Groups, Choral, Bands, Stage Bands, School Dance Groups, Piano, Vocal and Speech & Drama.

GCE is a competition that provides a safe and inclusive platform that encourages young performers to showcase their talent and creativity while fostering personal growth, teamwork, and sportsmanship. We strive to create a supportive and positive environment where participants can develop their skills and gain valuable experience through constructive feedback from experienced adjudicators. Our ultimate goal is to inspire and empower the next generation of performing artists.

We welcome entrants from all areas of Queensland, Australia and international competitors.

Dance Photo by Move Photography.  Speech & Drama Photo by Pru Wilson Photography


The Gold Coast Eisteddfod acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, learn, work and where all activities take place. We recognise all First Nations peoples as the original storytellers of these lands and acknowledge the vital role they continue to play in our community. We offer our respect to Elders past and present; and to all First Nations people whose sovereignty was never ceded.


The Gold Coast Eisteddfod (GCE) provides young performers a professional platform at HOTA, fostering learning and community among arts educators. Students receive expert feedback, witness peers' performances, and build valuable connections. GCE is more than a competition; it's a cornerstone for arts programs, guiding repertoire choices and fostering student growth.

Headmaster - Hillcrest Christian College

Thank you to you and the lovely team for an absolutely wonderful week at the Eisteddfod! It was an absolute pleasure to be part of such a brilliant team and such an encouraging event for young performers.

Speech & Drama Adjudicator

The staff and students are still talking about the eisteddfod. It is a huge event at our end, I cannot imagine the enormity of the organisation at your end. Congratulations, I am in awe of the way the eisteddfod just runs so smoothly each year.

All Saints Anglican School Performing Arts

I can only say that I was SO IMPRESSED by all the things GCE did. Each volunteer and school were welcomed so warmly, the event was organised so incredibly efficiently and they are easing everyone into the digital age without drama. A really special atmosphere to an event of mammoth proportions.

String Orchestra Adjudicator

I learnt what the Gold Coast Eisteddfod has to offer when it comes to creative arts, and I thoroughly enjoyed my journey working in events, planning and assisting audience guests and the team.

Work Experience Student

GCE 2023 Snapshot

Captured & created by Pru Wilson Photography.