Ararat Eisteddfod prepares to kick off its 63rd competition

Excitement is building amongst the dancing community ahead of Ararat’s 63rd Annual Eisteddfod starting tomorrow. Held at the Ararat Town Hall, the eisteddfod will run for 10 days, concluding on Sunday the 29th of September.

This year, the Ararat Eisteddfod will run a little differently, now having two adjudicators rotating positions so breaks are shorter and more sections can be seen. Adjudicators for this year will be Jason Duff and Claire Haywood, both having extensive performing arts experience.

Under 6’s with their prizes and McDonalds vouchers during the 2018 eisteddfod.

Committee member and Entries Co-ordinator, Karly Harris said entries this year have gone up tremendously with more than 250 further entries from last year.

“Our entries are 1551 across the whole eisteddfod, and in troupes last year, we had 75 and we’ve got 110 this year. It’s around 300 different individuals competing in different events.”

Along with numbers skyrocketing and a new system for adjudicators, this year there will also be a new floor going down in the Town Hall to ensure competitors are safe and will not slip.

“We are trying two different adjudicators rotating through so we have shorter breaks, otherwise we would’ve been going for a lot longer.”

“We’ve still managed to pack it into the 10 days by having the rotating adjudicator so we’re hoping that it will work. “

With people flocking from places such as Melbourne, Mildura, Portland and even South Australia, it’s also hoped that lots of support will be shown to local businesses whilst they’re in town.

“They support local businesses when they get something to eat, some people might have to stay a couple of days with what they’ve got so they might go see a movie or they might go out to the Grampians, so it’s good for the whole region,” Harris said.

Competitors in 2018 awaiting results.

Volunteers are also a huge part of the event and its organisation, with local competitors and their parents encouraged to assist at least for one session throughout the ten days.

“We have a range of jobs: from booking peoples music in, playing that music up in the bio-box, scribing for the adjudicator, being the compare for a session, backstage rounding up the competitors in their order ready to go on stage,” alongside many others.

“There’s a roster that’s happening and there are still a few spots left on the roster that we’re trying to fill so if anyone’s keen they can contact the Ararat Eisteddfod Facebook page.”

Anyone is welcome to attend the eisteddfod throughout the competition, with a range of ticket prices depending on the section. Anyone with any questions is encouraged to pop into the Ararat Town Hall during the competition or make contact via Facebook.