Parasteddfod is chance to shine

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

A day of mu­sic, drama and dance like no other will be on of­fer when the Gipp­s­land Parasteddfod is staged at the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 14.

This uplift­ing event fea­tures per­form­ers with a dis­abil­ity who shine on stage as the au­di­ence cre­ates a sup­port­ive vibe with cheers and claps.

Now an an­nual event pre­sented by the West Gipp­s­land Mu­sic and Drama Eisteddfod Inc, the en­trants will per­form in­di­vid­u­ally or in groups.

The eisteddfod com­mit­tee has been run­ning a tra­di­tional eisteddfod for more than 25 years. It is re­garded as a sig­nif­i­cant cul­tural event in our lo­cal com­mu­nity and wider re­gional Victoria, at­tract­ing over 1000 en­trants of all ages from across Gipp­s­land, Mel­bourne and be­yond.

The 2018 com­pe­ti­tion was run over 13 days in July/Au­gust.

The Gipp­s­land Parasteddfod started in 2012 to pro­mote so­cial in­clu­sion and pro­vide a sup­ported op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity to share their mu­si­cal and dra­matic tal­ents.

This ini­tia­tive has been very well re­ceived within the com­mu­nity and par­tic­i­pa­tion has grown as per­form­ers come from our lo­cal com­mu­nity as well as the La­trobe Val­ley, South Gipp­s­land and Bass Coast re­gions.

In 2017, more than 130 peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity, aged from 16 to 60 years, per­formed on a pur­pose-built stage at the War­ragul Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall to a crowd of more than 300 peo­ple.

The Gipp­s­land Parasteddfod is a non-com­pet­i­tive event and an ex­pe­ri­enced, pro­fes­sional ad­ju­di­ca­tor pro­vides ver­bal and writ­ten per­for­mance feed­back and en­cour­age­ment to all par­tic­i­pants.

Medal­lions and certificates are pro­vided to each per­former as a me­mento of their ex­pe­ri­ence.

The eisteddfod com­mit­tee has re­ceived fan- tas­tic feed­back from the per­form­ers, their fam­i­lies and car­ers; mak­ing the Parasteddfod now an ea­gerly awaited event.

The open­ing of the newly ren­o­vated West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre is adding fur­ther ex­cite­ment to the stag­ing of the 2018 event.

The Gipp­s­land Parasteddfod will be held on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 14 from 10am. Tick­ets are just $5 per per­son.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers are warmly in­vited to join in this won­der­ful day of mu­sic and cel­e­bra­tion.

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