BIG­GEST EISTEDDFOD SO FAR

Danc­ing takes three days

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE - Liana Walker Liana.Walker@bor­der­post.com.au

EV­ERY year the Border District Eisteddfod en­ter­tains the Gran­ite Belt with days on end of danc­ing, mu­sic, singing and speech.

This year the eisteddfod jumps to a mas­sive eight-day event, up from the usual five to six days.

Eisteddfod sec­re­tary Lucy An­der­sen said the in­crease in length had been re­flected in the num­ber of peo­ple en­ter­ing.

“Our entries are con­sid­er­ably big­ger this year,” Mrs An­der­son said.

“They’re up a lot due to dance which is very popular.

“Last year we had 632 entries all up, this year we have 920 entries.”

This is the third year the cur­rent com­mit­tee has ran

the event.

Mrs An­der­son said they had started to learn over the years the im­por­tance of dance at the Eisteddfod.

“Peo­ple are still get­ting to know we’re get­ting dance in the eisteddfod,” she said.

“It makes it more ex­cit­ing for peo­ple who are com­pet­ing.

“If there are peo­ple com­ing from var­i­ous dif­fer­ent dance schools it makes it more of a com­pe­ti­tion.”

This year the Eisteddfod will run from Tues­day, May 29 to Fri­day, June 1.

The com­pe­ti­tion be­gins with four days of dance from May 29, fol­lowed by a day of speech and drama and con­clud­ing with three days of mu­sic.

On the fi­nal day there will also be an ad­ju­di­ca­tor’s choice con­cert filled with var­i­ous acts cho­sen through­out the week.

The Border District Eisteddfod at­tracts com­peti­tors from all around Queensland and north­ern New South Wales.

Eisteddfod vice pres­i­dent Pauline Leigh said the event cre­ated a lot of buzz in town.

“It’s a hive of ac­tiv­ity on those days,” Mrs Leigh said.

“The whole idea is it is a com­pe­ti­tion but at the end of the day it’s all about pre­sent­ing and do­ing your best and get­ting up and per­form­ing in front of oth­ers.

“It’s all build­ing blocks.” Mrs Leigh said the high­light of the eisteddfod was watch­ing the chil­dren im­prove over the years.

“My favourite mo­ment al­ways is see­ing chil­dren get­ting up and re­ally try­ing their best,” she said.

“Re­ally putting ev­ery­thing into it and en­joy­ing it.

“Just get­ting the sense they’re en­ter­tain­ing peo­ple.”

The full pro­gram will be on­line from April 23.

❝ At the end of the day it’s all about pre­sent­ing and do­ing your best and get­ting up and per­form­ing in front of oth­ers.

— Pauline Leigh

PHOTO: SHANE AN­DER­SON

YOUNG TAL­ENT: Dance was big at the 2017 eisteddfod, but this year it will be even big­ger.

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