Curtains set to open on 2018 Shoalhaven Eisteddfod

READY TO ROLL: Shoalhaven Eisteddfod president George Windsor OAM and schools coordinator Ona Boyd Frazier launch the 2018 syllabus.

READY TO ROLL: Shoalhaven Eisteddfod president George Windsor OAM and schools coordinator Ona Boyd Frazier launch the 2018 syllabus.

The spotlight is set to shine on the region’s talented performers, with the release of the Shoalhaven Eisteddfod syllabus this week. 

The launch of the syllabus heralds the start of preparations for the 34th annual eisteddfod to be held in May – June 2018. 

Next year’s eisteddfod will see an interesting new section take to the stage – puppetry.

Shoalhaven Eisteddfod president George Windsor OAM said he hopes more young performers will showcase their talents. 

“The idea is that there are children who aren’t overly confident about standing on a stage but behind a puppet they become a different character,” he said. 

Mr Windsor said the idea for the new section came about after his time teaching in rural schools many years ago and noticed the the students embraced the art form. 

A conversation with his wife recently saw the idea brought to life. 

“My wife and I were thinking what could be done to spark things up and the adjudicator for the puppetry section is very excited about it,” Mr Windsor said. 

Other new additions to the  Speech and Drama sections include the award of the Gareth Ward Shield for Public Speaking for students 16 years and under with a $100 first prize.

Dance next year will also include Troupe sections for 8 to 10 year old dancers. Two special dance awards will be introduced.

The Anderson Shield will be awarded to the most outstanding Troupe performance and a $500 award to the Shoalhaven Dance Star of the Year. 

These new awards have been made possible through the generosity of Mr John Anderson OAM a former Chair of the Shoalhaven Arts Board.

Entries are invited in Vocal, Instrumental, Dance and Speech and Drama. All competitors receive a professional report on their performance from experienced adjudicators.

The syllabus and entry forms are available at www.shoalhaveneisteddfod.org.au

Hard copies may be collected from the City Library, Arts Centre or Nowra Music Shop or by email contact via the website.

For more information contact president George Windsor 4407 on 8332, secretary Sue O’Neill on 4423 6058 or schools coordinator Ona Boyd Frazier on 4423 2802.

Organisers can also be reached via email at shoalhaveneisteddfod@gmail.com