Townsville Bulletin

YOUTHFUL TALENT UP ON STAGE

- MICHAEL THOMPSON

HUNDREDS of talented young performers from across North Queensland finally returned to centre stage where they belong for the annual Townsville Eisteddfod.

More than 1900 entries were received for this year’s eisteddfod, which returned after a two-year hiatus because of the 2019 floods and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 18 years and under competitio­n was held at the Townsville Civic Theatre for 18 consecutiv­e days starting September 7 and finishing Saturday night.

Featuring categories such as speech, drama, vocal and instrument­al, the eisteddfod was a scene of non-stop performanc­es.

“We had a few challenges with the Covid restrictio­ns imposed on indoor events, but we got there in the end,” eisteddfod treasurer

Ava Ball said.

“There were 1961 entrants but the actual number of children who performed was much higher because an entry can sometimes include a whole choir.”

 ?? Pictures: Shae Beplate ?? (Main picture) Chloe Broccardo, 14, performing at the Townsville Eisteddfod; (inset top) Margot Tillack, 13, is a picture of grace; (inset bottom) David Ball dances it up.
Pictures: Shae Beplate (Main picture) Chloe Broccardo, 14, performing at the Townsville Eisteddfod; (inset top) Margot Tillack, 13, is a picture of grace; (inset bottom) David Ball dances it up.

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