A couple of weeks ago, we reached out to our wonderful performance community asking those who are able, to please consider making a donation to Sydney Eisteddfod.
Without a Festival this year, we lost all our usual income streams and we are so appreciative of any support you can provide, however small, as we work hard to come back bigger and better than ever in 2021.
What we didn't expect was 10-year-old Tracy Zhao, winner of a crowd vote in our recent competition - Crowd Favourite Performances, to donate her $1000 prize winnings to our Christmas Donation Drive!
A wonderfully kind gesture from such a talented young girl.
We spoke with Tracy to hear more about her motivations behind the decision and what she's been up to since taking part in Crowd Favourite Performances.
What made you decide to donate your prize winnings from Crowd Favourites to our Christmas Donation Campaign?
"Sydney Eisteddfod provides great opportunities to perform for kids like me. I also want to help as much as I can, my parents also support me to do this."
Since winning one of the crowd votes in Crowd Favourite Performances, have you done anything new in the performance space?
"I performed live on the stage in my teacher’s student concert. I also was the host of that concert."
[Tracy Zhao, Winner of a Crowd Vote in 'Crowd Favourite Performances' performing 'Zigeunerweisen']
As we head towards a brand-new year, what is a goal you hope to achieve in 2021?
"Pass the AMEB AMUS Exam in 2021 and music theory test as well as learn more music pieces."
Favourite part about performing in the 2019 Sydney Eisteddfod?
"Watch other kids from Sydney performing on the stage."
Entries for our annual Festival open up in early January next year! Will you be entering?
"Yes. I will enter some violin competition sections based on the age limit."
We can't wait to hear Tracy perform, especially after the magnificent job she did in Crowd Favourite Performances only a few months ago.
We are so thankful to everyone who has donated so far, including young Tracy, directly helping us in our mission to provide performance opportunities to performing artists for generations to come.
If you can, please donate to Sydney Eisteddfod this Christmas.
From the entire team at Sydney Eisteddfod, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We will see you in 2021, starting the year off with a BANG with entries for our annual Festival opening up on January 11.