Students from Bellingen High School perform in the Jazz Band section of the Secondary Schools Instrumental for the Coffs Harbou
Students from Bellingen High School perform in the Jazz Band section of the Secondary Schools Instrumental for the Coffs Harbou

Students show off talents



IF it's talent, dedication and sheer brilliance you're looking for then the Coffs Harbour and District Eisteddfod has all this and more on offer.

The annual event kick-started its 33rd year yesterday and, if the first day is anything to go by, the talent of our youth just keeps on improving.

President of the Eisteddfod Society, Fiona Hulbert, said although numbers were a little down on last year the dedication of students was still of the highest quality.

"The standard today is really great, with schools from all around the region bringing their students into the spotlight," Ms Hulbert said.

"This year we have mostly school children performing, but there is one adult performing in the private vocal area."

Once again there is a range of items on the agenda to attract the public with drama, private instruments, vocal, debating, public speaking, piano, dance and the private schools' section all being held in future days.

One of the most popular performances will be the primary school vocal section, which will be held at the Showground on Tuesday, and Ms Hulbert said the dance section later in the month was the largest.

The schools' day program yesterday included four high school performances and Ms Hulbert said the eisteddfod would run until June 17, with the Gala Concert to be held on June 22.

The three venues to see performances include the Coffs Harbour Showground gymnasium, the Jetty Memorial Theatre and the Coffs Ex-Services Club.

The event is run by volunteers and the society is constantly looking for others who would like to help out. But, if you can't give up any spare time make sure you go along and support the event.

It costs $4 for adults and $2 for children to attend the eisteddfod. Session tickets are also available.

For more information phone 6658 2783 or 6653 3866.



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