CHILDREN of all ages are set to take to the stage at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre from Saturday morning until the second Friday in September as the Bathurst Eisteddfod returns for another year.
Starting on August 25 and running each day until September 14, this year’s eisteddfod will be the 73rd edition of the event.
With performances in speech, music and dance, the schedule is expected to be jam-packed with talent from Bathurst and right across the Central West.
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Over 4500 individual performances have been locked in over the event’s 20 days.
And with so many entries across so many days, there is a big need for volunteers.
Entry and volunteer co-ordinator Renee Fowler said most positions have been filled.
“We’re quite well covered at the moment, but we won’t say no to more volunteers,” she said.
“If people want to pop in, give it a go and see what it’s like to be a volunteer, we won’t say no.”
Entries have been received not just from Bathurst but from across the Central West, the Central Coast, Sydney and even Canberra.
There’s even been one entry received all the way from Batemans Bay on the South Coast.
“There’s going to be lots of talent on display,” Ms Fowler said. “There’s plenty of young families from Sydney, with so much amazing talent.”
There will be no grand concert this year. Instead, organisers are trying something different.
“The last night of the eisteddfod, we’ll have the Glenray choir performing,” Ms Fowler said.
“We’ve recently ended the eisteddfod with a grand concert, but this year we thought we’d do something different.
“We’re just spicing it up a bit and will try something new.”
Dance is the first discipline and will run from August 25 to September 7.
Dance groups will perform on September 1 and 2.
Speech will run from August 26 to September 5 and music will run from September 6 to 14.
To keep updated on the 2018 Bathurst Eisteddfod, visit its Facebook page at Bathurst Eisteddfod or the website at www.bathursteisteddfod.org.