RENOWNED as a "friendly” event with an atmosphere of encouragement and an appreciation of the arts for young children, the Border District Eisteddfod is singing the praises of a council grant which is a boost to volunteers already planning next year's event.
Border District Eisteddfod secretary Lucy Andersen said the $4000 grant from Southern Downs Regional Council would be used to pay for adjudicators who travel from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba for the four or five-day event.
"The money will cover the costs of adjudicators as well as the cost of the meals and accommodation,” Ms Andersen said.
She said the popular Eisteddfod held annually in Stanthorpe at the start of June had this year attracted 632 entries with children travelling from Tenterfield, Warwick, Glen Innes, and Gatton, as well as other nearby towns, to take part.
The Stanthorpe Civic Centre hosts school groups and individuals as they participate in the categories of speech and drama and music - which have been held for 40 years - and dance, which was introduced in 2014.
"It's very much growing, especially the dance side of things,” Ms Andersen said.
"The eisteddfod is very important for arts in our community, and for encouraging young children to be part of the arts. We are known for a being a friendly eisteddfod, which is important to us. And we do try and source adjudicators who are encouraging while also knowing what they're doing.”
Ms Andersen said the event was run wholly by volunteers and so the money provided a much-appreciated lift.
"The eisteddfod is great for the children as they get performing experience, and the opportunity to perform to a friendly, encouraging audience which helps with self-confidence.”
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