Each year, the Sydney Eisteddfod provides young performers with the opportunity to demonstrate their talents in one of the world’s largest and most respected performing arts competitions.
Yet this Sydney institution is about far more than rivalry and winning. It’s about nurturing confidence and self-esteem in young people, and affording them the chance to gain skills for life.
As a former Sydney Eisteddfod entrant, I understand the value in finding one’s courage to get up on stage, of experiencing the exhilaration of performance, and enjoying the camaraderie and friendship of other competitors.
These are experiences that bring out our best qualities, and encourage us to reach out confidently to the wider world.
So I thank the Sydney Eisteddfod and its sponsors and supporters for once again staging this important event. My best wishes also to everyone attending a performance, and congratulations to each young person who has shown the courage to take part.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister of Australia