THE launch of the 2017 syllabus for the City of Shoalhaven Eisteddfod gives the performers the chance to prepare their pieces well before they hit the stage.
Entries for the eisteddfod close on March 1 2017 and now it the time to start planning for this important cultural and community event.
The high number of sections means all performers can enter and take part in the 33rd annual eisteddfod.
Sections include schools, vocal, speech and drama, instrumental and dance.
Go to www.shoalhaveneisteddfod.org.au for more information on this great community event and to download the 2017 syllabus.
Local businesses, groups and individuals always support the event and the Shoalhaven Medical Association recently agreed to provide $3000 for the piano section.
Eisteddfod president George Windsor said the event is still a popular one.
“It’s known as the friendly eisteddfod all over the state, particularly the eastern seaboard,” he said
“More than anything the eisteddfod is about giving encouragement to performers young and old.”
The City of Shoalhaven Eisteddfod has a great history
Originally known as the Nowra Music Club Eisteddfod, the event was established in 1964.
It was the brainchild of Noel Heading, the Music Master at Nowra High School and Jean Symes, wife of the Presbyterian minister.
The venue was the Presbyterian Hall and the 140 entrants performed in a one-day program which included children’s Scottish dancing, vocal, piano and other instrumental sections.
After 12 years of annual competition and for reasons now unknown, the Nowra Music Club Eisteddfod ended in 1976.
The City of Shoalhaven Eisteddfod was reborn at a meeting called by Ian Shipway at the Harmony Coffee Inn opposite the Roxy Theatre in August 1984.