Press Release: Country folk if you sing, dance, act or play NOW is the time to enter the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod!

2 February 2015: 

Sydney Eisteddfod is now accepting entries for its 2016 Festival. The complete Syllabus is available on the Sydney Eisteddfod website, and as usual, it is packed with classical and contemporary events for aspiring singers, musicians, dancers, actors, dance troupes, drama groups, bands, choirs and orchestras. 

Ever since Sydney Eisteddfod began in 1933, it has welcomed entrants from regional areas. Back then, creators of the first ever Sydney Eisteddfod program, fearing country folk might be embarrassed by the excellence of city-based singers and musicians, decided to include a selection of special events for entrants who resided outside the County of Cumberland. Determined to do their best, the rural entrants entered all the special events along with the general ones and shamed their city rivals by winning most of the prizes.

These days, Sydney Eisteddfod continues to encourage rural participation in a very different way through its Travel Assistance Fund. For full details, trowel to end of the first page on our website, click on Entrant’s Corner and select the heading Travel Fund.

The 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod was a huge artistic success, and once again regional entrants made their mark by winning a number of prizes including the spectacular McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod  Dance of Champions. Performing in public is great for confidence building, so if you dream about making a career in the performing arts, want to test your skills before highly qualified adjudicator or simply experience the thrill of appearing onstage, Sydney Eisteddfod is an ideal place to start.

Most of the 35,000 entrants who grace its stages each year in solo and group events regard participating in Sydney Eisteddfod as wonderful adventure in learning, and whether they place or not, they take pride in following in the footsteps of famous Australasian performers and thoroughly enjoy the experience.

Entering online is easy at  You will find all the information you need on our website and Sydney Eisteddfod strongly recommends you enter this way. If you do not have access to a computer, call us on (02) 9261-8366 and one of our officers will be happy to help you. If you have any other issues about entering online, email 

Entries close on 14 March.  Depending on the space available, Sydney Eisteddfod may accept registrations after this date, but late fees will apply


For immediate release

Jennie Lees, PhD

Historian, Researcher and Friends of Sydney Eisteddfod Co-Ordinator