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 from July to September each year.
Entries are received from the south-east Queensland region and indeed from all States of Australia. Apart from individual entrants, over 120 Primary and Secondary Schools and more than 66 Dance Studios participate in sections which include Solo & Group Dance, Piano, Strings, Brass & Wind, Instrumental Groups, Bands, Orchestras, Vocal, Choral and Young People with Disability. The curtain has now fallen on the 2022 Gold Coast Eisteddfod after 5,500 performances, equating to approximately 50,000 sets of feet across the stage in the 6 week period of 'at venue' events. Another 1,600 performers were involved in our virtual sections. After the last 2 challenging years we have managed to make a spectacular return to a 'new' normal GCE.
The City of Gold Coast is major sponsor and without this outstanding support, it would not be possible to stage this major cultural activity.
Griffith University supports the Gold Coast Eisteddfod as our Schools Partner and provides the valuable support and community engagement that makes this event possible.
Nick Scott – Chairman
Tamara Morris – Deputy Chairman
Richard Munro - Company Secretary/Treasurer
Judith Ferber OAM
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.
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