Australia’s largest and longest-running performing arts eisteddfod is celebrating 128 years in Ballarat this year.
Between July 29 and November 2, the Royal South Street Eisteddfod will play host to 11,000 performers and 34,000 spectators.
The performers will compete in 13 theatrical disciplines across seven Ballarat locations, including a return to the historic Her Majesty’s Theatre.
“In 2019, The Arts for All returns to the RACV Goldfields Resort with two days of competition for people living with a disability,” Royal South Street Society CEO Brett Macdonald said.
“South Street also hosts the heats and semi-final of the Herald Sun Aria, Australia’s most prestigious competition for emerging opera stars, now in in 95th year.”
Since 1891, more than one million aspiring singers, dancers, orators, writers, musicians and composers have graced the South Street stage.
Among the most well-known alumni include operatic sopranos Dame Nellie Melba and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, former prime minister Alfred Deakin, Victoria’s first female premier Joan Kirner, radio and television presenter Andrew Olle, and Australian singer-songwriter Anthony Callea.