2002 Balaklava Eisteddfod & Battle of the Bands
Submitted by Trish Goodgame
Just What is an Eisteddfod?
EISTEDDFOD .……....... is an ancient Welsh word meaning a "sitting" but now used to describe gatherings of musicians, artists, poets, actors and crafts-people to compete, compare and learn from each other.
Such gatherings occur in many countries - not the least being Australia which has over 40 registered Eisteddfodau. Some are very large such as Ballarat & Sydney, offering rich prizes and great prestige. Adelaide is one of the oldest and best known.
Most thrive where they are most valuable - in country areas that may otherwise miss out on opportunities for people of all ages to discover and nourish artistic talent and interest.
Sir Robert Helpman from Mount Gambier, Keith Michell from Port Pirie, June Bronhill from Broken Hill and numerous others all trace the beginnings of their illustrious careers to local competitions.
The Balaklava community is well known for its encouragement and support of the performing arts. The Balaklava Eisteddfod Society endeavours to:
- have sections for activities popular in the region
- have sections for levels of attainment from beginners to advanced
- be encouraging in spirit, within a supportive environment
- be designed largely by local teachers and professionals
- be inexpensive for participants and audiences
- be reviewed & adjusted to ensure it continues to serve the best interests of the region.
2002 BALAKLAVA EISTEDDFOD
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August
Saturday 3rd August 2002: BALAKLAVA EISTEDDFOD COMPETITIONS
Sunday 4th August 2002: BALAKLAVA EISTEDDFOD COMPETITIONS and FINALE CONCERT.
Whether you are a serious student or following a hobby, you will make better progress if you have something to work towards. The Eisteddfod could be your goal.
Irrespective of students' aims in music the experience of performing in public builds confidence. Use this opportunity to perform at your level of competence & in a supportive environment, to gain confidence and to overcome "nerves" for interviews, public speaking or entertaining.
If you are preparing for AMEB examinations, SACE - Stage One or Two Music, or Tertiary Assessment, why not try out your pieces at the Balaklava Eisteddfod to improve your programs for such exams?
Every competitor receives the assessment of an accomplished and independent adjudicator.
Many aspiring professionals fail to perform their best at auditions and miss study or job opportunities. The answer is practice and the conditions at the Eisteddfod competitions are ideal for this purpose.
Some prize winners may be invited to perform at the closing concert. Offers sometimes come from audience members looking for performers for various functions.
- include certificates, individual trophies and major championship trophies. All are evidence of achievement to enhance your resumes / CV's.
Meet people with similar interests and goals. Increase your contacts with others in similar areas of the arts.
~ The Eisteddfod is an ideal opportunity for groups as well as individuals to give a performance.
~ All individual competitors will receive a Certificate of Performance and written comments from the Adjudicator.
~ All adjudicators are artists of high personal achievement and extensive teaching experience, sympathetic to the purpose of the Eisteddfod.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the Balaklava Eisteddfod or to register, please contact:
Eisteddfod Society President Di
Spence * 08 8862 2113
or write to:
Balaklava Eisteddfod Society,
PO Box 253, BALAKLAVA SA 5461 BES
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry Forms and Rules will be posted in April 2002. Entries close 7th June 2002. To receive Entry Form & Rules, please supply the following information: Name, Address, Postcode, Phone, Alternate Phone (if applicable), E-mail Address (if applicable).