The Eisteddfod was established in 1894 and provides opportunities for young people in the performing arts. It encourages emerging performers in music, speech, drama, instrumentals, vocals and dancing and also provides them with critiques by professional adjudicators. The event is run annually for about six weeks during June and July in high quality venues across the city. They have also developed a strong volunteer group to ensure they can actively promote culture in the Illawarra region.
They continue to attract large numbers of entries from all over the country and usually have around 4000 performances scheduled. They expect that this year, competitors and their families will be travelling from afar afield as Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as many NSW regional and metropolitan areas.
Community engagement and inclusivity are nowadays always part of the expectations of the community and with the support of their Principal Partner; BlueScope WIN Community Partners Program, they can ensure that everyone has the opportunity to shine through their performance on a stage in Wollongong.