Next week would have marked the start of this year’s Sydney Eisteddfod Festival which has been inspiring and engaging with Australia’s young performers with its annual Festival for over 86 years.
Cancelled this year due to the coronavirus crisis, this not-for-profit organisation has rolled up its sleeves to ensure they continue to provide opportunities to the great array of talent across dance, drama, poetry, classical & contemporary music.
Keeping on all their staff, albeit from home, the Sydney Eisteddfod Team have launched two campaigns to re-engage and stay connected with their community during this time.
Stay Connected, a virtual concert series, features selected artists from the extended Sydney Eisteddfod community, performing from their homes. Between two and three performances a week are being uploaded for the entire month of May, starting off with the stunning vocals and harp playing of 12-year-old Isabel Young.
You can also view a self-devised dance piece from 18-year-old dance student James Ewens, currently isolating in Germany as well as a moving performance from 2019, Singer of the Year Winner, 19-year-old Siobhan Lynch.
Coming up on Wednesday 13 May is an A Capella performance from Leura vocal group, Vocalocity, with more musical, dance, drama and vocal performances to come over the coming weeks.
The Main Event, however, is the huge campaign asking all those who had or would have entered, the 2020 cancelled Festival, to submit new recordings of themselves at home, performing what would have been their competition piece. This ensures that performers stay focused and keep practicing.
These are free online campaigns with no cost to the performers.
Stage At Home will be a celebration of all the hard work that the eisteddfod entrants have put into their entries and a showcase of the immense talent that exists in the Sydney Eisteddfod community.
Sydney Eisteddfod are taking submissions now and will be sharing the recordings on their website, social media and YouTube channel, during the months of June and July.
For more information, or to submit a video, please go to Sydney Eisteddfod’s website www.sydneyeisteddfod.com.au.