Creativity and the art of performance was celebrated last week as hundreds of local musicians, dancers and dramatists took to the stage for the 70th Inverell Eisteddfod.
Drama teacher Jenny Fox admitted joining the music, speech and drama sections with dance made for a “more hectic” event for organisers, but said it was nice to combine for the special milestone, and that she hoped it would happen again at the 80th anniversary.
“We had excellent crowds and they saw something different each time,” she said.
Adjudicator Melissa Philp was particularly impressed by the high quality of the speech section, which was moved to Flanders House this year.
Jenny enjoyed watching the novices become more comfortable on the stage.
“Each time they got up, they got better,” she said.
Craze Dance’s Laura King said the dancers braved the cold for a successful set of performances. She said dance adjudicator Amanda Pearson was “lovely, patient” and gave “amazing feedback”.
Laura and Jenny encouraged locals to consider joining the eisteddfod committee or volunteering at next year’s event. To express your interest, contact any current committee member or inquire through Peter Caddey at Tourism Inverell.
Anyone keen to see more of Inverell’s talented performers is invited to see the cream of the crop at the eisteddfod concert this Tuesday, June 26 at the Inverell Town Hall from 6.30pm.
There will be 24 music, speech and dance items by some of the highest scorers in the eisteddfod, and awards and scholarships will be presented. Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for concession.