Eisteddfod threat from no funds
COFFS Harbour’s longest-running community event may not see 2011 unless more help is forthcoming.
The Coffs Harbour and District Eisteddfod Society will present the 38th Annual Eisteddfod from Friday May 28 until June 20 this year. Having started from humble beginnings the society was formed in 1972 driven by former shire president Shirley McHugh and the late Mrs Sheila Russell.
With the first Eisteddfod up and running in 1973 it has now grown to attract more than 2000 entrants annually, offering local young poeple a rare opportunity to appear on stage in various categories of the performing arts.
Many former entrants have gone on to become well known national and international representatives in their chosen art such as dance, ballet, singing, entertainment musicians, actors and playwrights. The annual eisteddfod is the longest continual running community event in our region and one of the very few diverse cultural events for children, but it is at risk of becoming a memory due to the lack of help in the organising and running of the categories.The society gained the generous support of C.ex Group as a major sponsor in 2010 for the C.ex 38th Annual Eisteddfod.
The Coffs Coast Advocate will keep readers informed of the events running each week as the annual eisteddfod spans a mighty three and a half weeks, comparable to many major eisteddfods in capital cities.
“The annual eisteddfod survives on the generous sponsorship and support of our community by way of cash donations from the community at large – but unfortunately like many of the more recognised charities and community groups they are now suffering greatly too,” said secretary Fiona Hulbert.
“Grants and support of our youth have dropped drastically.”
Further information contact secretary Fiona Hulbert, president Margaret England or the committee on 0428-516785 or via the website on www.coffseisteddfod.org.au