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South Street takes to the Ballarat stage


Chloe Biggin

24 Jul 2019

Filed underFamily Friendly

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.”

2019 South Street schedule:

  • ACU Debating Challenge Cup (July 29-August 2)
  • Celebrating Chopin (August 4)
  • Schimmel Pianoforte (August 5-7)
  • Speech & Drama (August 8-16)
  • Victorian Bands Championship (August 17-18)
  • Contemporary Vocal (August 19-24)
  • Choral Contest (August 25-27)
  • Classical Vocal (August 28)
  • Instrumental Solos (August 30-September 8)
  • Freemasons Festival of Bands & Strings (August 30-September 8)
  • RACV Goldfields Resort The Arts for All (September 9-11)
  • Showbiz Cinemas Mi Sound (September 11-13)
  • Herald Sun Aria (heats: September 13, semi-final: September 14, grand final: October 8 in Melbourne)
  • Energetiks Dance Competition (September 16-October 5)
  • CommBank Calisthenics Competition (October 7-November 2)
Image: Indimax Productions

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.

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