Since 1933

dream. perform. achieve. inspire.

Sydney Eisteddfod is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee. It is also a registered charity in New South Wales and is listed on the federal Register of Cultural Organisations eligible to receive tax-deductible donations.

For almost nine decades Sydney Eisteddfod has been contributing to the evolving culture of the Australian nation by nurturing the performing arts at a grass roots level.

Sydney Eisteddfod’s activities revolve around the presentation of the annual Sydney Eisteddfod, a competitive performing arts festival that runs from May to September  with a program of just under 350 classical and contemporary events.

During this period, it provides performance opportunities for singers, dancers, actors, musicians, composers, bands, choirs and orchestras in seventeen venues across the Sydney area.

Over 2.5million entrants have performed on Sydney Eisteddfod stages, competing for leisure, cash prizes or scholarships for future study. It now attracts over 35,000 entrants, who perform to an audience of over 170,000 people.

Each year, over $400,000 worth of cash, scholarships and prizes are to be won!

Sydney Eisteddfod operates with a small staff and an army of dedicated volunteers who are without doubt the lifeblood of the organisation. Its directors and advisors assist on an honorary basis and as Sydney Eisteddfod receives no Federal, State or Local Government funding. It exists through the generosity of corporate sponsors and private citizens plus the income it derives from entry fees, ticket sales at its venues and advertising on its website and in its annual program.

Sydney Eisteddfod maintains close ties with other arts organisations across Australia and is constantly on the look out for performance opportunities for developing artists.

It records its activities on its website, e-newsletter and updates on social media. 

Acknowledgement of Country 

Sydney Eisteddfod acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our work and events are produced. 

We pay our respects to all First Nations people and acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging.


Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC Governor of NSW 

Life Member

Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO


Douglas Sutherland AM

Artistic Patrons

Maestro Richard Bonynge AC CBE
Maina Gielgud AO


Angela Bishop 
Alexander Campbell 
Amelia Farrugia
Joshua Horner
Geoffrey T Jones OAM
Simon Kenway
Steven McRae
Dr Nicholas Milton AM
Stuart Skelton
Simon Tedeschi
Simone Young AM
Léone Ziegler


Chairman: Noel Cislowski AM
Deputy Chair: Simone Whetton
Honorary Treasurer: Andrew Marchant

Representing The Secretary NSW Department of Education - John Benson
Angela Bishop
Toby Dewar
Donald Mayes OAM
Barry Strong
Peter Vodicka
Kim Walker
Dr Thomas Wenkart

Ex Officio Emeritus Chairman: R John Lamble AO
Ex Officio Finance Committee Chairman: Mark Hancock


General Manager: Annette Brown 
Marketing Manager: Sophie Rupp
Production Manager: Gregory Rotis
Accountant: Rozena Ghany-Lim
Marketing Coordinator: Erin Camenzuli

Honorary Solicitors: Minter Ellison Lawyers
Auditors: Rhodes Docherty & Co