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Gold Coast Eisteddfods set to begin

August 7, 2013

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Stage set to showcase talent

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE massive 32nd Gold Coast Eisteddfod kicks off tomorrow, August 8, with the Strings, Wind, Brass and Piano sections to be held at the Robina Community Centre.

Gold Coast Eisteddfod General Manager Judy Ferber and her team were busy today finalising preparations for the staging of what is Australia’s largest Eisteddfod event.

Due to the high level of entries the eisteddfod has been spread over three major venues including the Robina Community Centre, Gold Coast Arts Centre and the Albert Waterways Community Centre.

The performances begin at the Gold Coast Arts Centre on Monday and at the Albert Waters on Tuesday. The thousands of entrants will compete in 600 sections.

The dance sections have come out strongly at this year’s eisteddfod with students from 130 dance schools from around the country set to perform. “There are a record number of group dance sections with 1250 separate group items. Plus there are 160 choirs, 310 bands and orchestras and 250 speech and drama,” said Ms Ferber.

The eisteddfod will also include a Special Needs Section for young adults and children to be held at the Robina Community Centre.

The public is welcome to attend the eisteddfod and show support for the aspiring performers. Entry is just $8 for three hours with tickets available at the Gold Coast Art Centre, Robina Community Centre or Albert Waterways Community Centre. Programs are available at the Arts Centre Box Office, at each venue, or directly from the Gold Coast Eisteddfod office at Robina – Level 2, Robina Community Centre, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive.

The Eisteddfod program to run August 8 to September 16 includes: Strings Wind & Brass & Piano – August 8-11; Choral – August 12-15; Dance – August 12 to September 2; Bands – August 19-23; Special Needs – August 22; String Orchestras – August 26-28; Speech Choirs – August 29; Speech & Drama – September 3-12; and Vocal – September 13-16. The winners will be announced after each section.

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