In my first message as Governor of New South Wales, I am delighted to have the opportunity to congratulate the Sydney Eisteddfod on 86 years of encouraging the arts and young performers in our City, and more widely, throughout New South Wales.
This much-loved festival of performance has inspired several generations of Australians in classical and contemporary song, music, dance, speech and drama.
Participating on the national and international stage have been many former entrants, such as opera singer Amelia Farrugia, ballet dancer Alexander Campbell and concert pianist Simon Tedeschi, whose careers have further enhanced the reputation of the Sydney Eisteddfod around the world.
A five month-long festival with such a long, distinguished and successful history can only be achieved as a result of the tireless and continuing efforts of many people. I congratulate the organisers for your passion and energy, the volunteers for your dedication, and our sponsors for your generous commitment.
On behalf of the people of New South Wales, thank you for bringing the joy of performance again to Sydney in 2019. I convey my warm best wishes to all performers for this year’s Eisteddfod.
Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley QC AO Governor of NSW