Sydney Eisteddfod Deputy Chairman Noel Herman Cislowski, AM
With its heart swelling with pride, Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates its indefatigable Deputy Chairman Noel Cislowski, who in the 2016 Australia Day Honours received an AM for his ‘significant service to the performing arts, particularly to speech and drama, to music and to a large range of community organisations.’
Widely regarded as a mainspring of this historic Sydney cultural organisation, Noel bowed into the annual festival as a very young and talented man in 1960. That year, he won prizes in the Open Elocution and Verse Speaking Championships, and one way or another, he has been involved with the Sydney Eisteddfod ever since as an adjudicator, compere, mentor, sponsor and ultimately as a member of its Board.
Apart from Sydney Eisteddfod, Noel takes a keen interest in many other community activities. He is always busy, but somehow manages to find time for everything. Over the years, he has played leading roles in musical comedies, and as a born-performer, he is well-known for his one man shows of voice and song, especially when he showcases the poems of C. J. Dennis, Banjo Patterson and the songs of Noel Coward and Flanders and Swann.
Noel loves his work and although his professional skills are constantly in demand, he is always available when somebody needs his advice and enjoys nothing more than helping young people explore and develop their creative talents.
The Sydney Eisteddfod team thank him for his unswerving counsel and look forward to celebrating his recent honour with popping corks and thunderous applause.