Six weekends of music and dance covering all genres, including piano, brass, orchestral instruments, classical vocal, contemporary vocal, school choirs and schools instrumental culminated last week with the Foundry Invitational Championship.

Bendigo Competitions Society president Fay Thomas said the eisteddfod was highly successful. 

“Growth areas of the competitions continue to be the contemporary vocal sections and dance,” she said. 

“For these particular disciplines, people have come in large numbers from across the state and indeed interstate, which was a boon for accommodation venues and hospitality in Bendigo. 

“This year the contemporary vocal ran over five days – with more than 400 performances.  In total, in excess of 4500 performances went on stage during the event. 

“It is expected the numbers will continue to grow over the next few years – an event Bendigo should be very proud of.”

Katrina Wellins, a highly experienced voice trainer and adjudicator for the contemporary vocal sections, said she never expected such overall excellence. 

“The performers are all so talented,” she said.

“It is so rewarding for singers to perform for an audience and the audience was so warm, friendly and supportive”. 

Dance adjudicator Natalie Bale said she was overwhelmed by the standard of performances and the friendliness of the competitions.

The Society thanks all those who participated and is now envisaging planning for Bendigo’s Annual 95th Eisteddfod.   

Similarly, hundreds of dancers from across Victoria and even interstate performed at JB Osborne Theatre for the 17th
Bendigo Dance Eisteddfod.

This event started on Saturday, June 29 and ran for 11 days, with approximately 400 dancers aged from three years old to adults performing.

Participants in the Eisteddfod said the theatre was an ideal venue.