IT IS a hallmark event on the calendars of Tamworth children and parents each year and it’s celebrating a special milestone.
This year the Tamworth Eisteddfod is even more special as it will celebrate its 70th year.
The event will be held at the Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall, beginning on June 5.
It is scheduled to run for just over two weeks.
The eisteddfod will feature an exciting range of up-and-coming performances from primary to senior students – many of who are already hard at work perfecting their routines for the highly-coveted event.
Performance categories for this year’s anniversary eisteddfod include choral speech, dance, music, drama and mature performers.
Committee member Jane Burt said this year’s event could be one of the best yet, but more volunteers were needed to ensure it ran smoothly.
While entries had closed earlier this month, there was an extended date for late entries to get their admission forms in by April 21.
“We’re feeling very excited about this year,” Mrs Burt told The Leader.
“We begin in June, with our dance, music and speech and drama.”
Mrs Burt said the eisteddfod reaching its 70th year was testament to the quality of performers in the city and the commitment to local teachers and parents in encouraging them.
“It goes to show the continued support form the community, which we need,” she said.
“We need people to be involved, we need the dance schools and music schools and everybody to be involved.
“The 70th anniversary just goes to show that performing arts is still a major contributor to Tamworth.”
Mrs Burt said hundreds of families are expected to converge on the city from outlying areas and beyondf for the June event.
“Locally we have lots of dancers, we have big dance schools,” Mrs Burt said.
“We have the kids that come from the Conservatorium of Music and we have lots of out of towners that come for the eisteddfod.
“They come from Gunnedah, Port Macquarie, Wauchope and down at Singleton.”
Mrs Burt said the event was ready to get under way, but one thing was missing – the volunteers.
“We’re all organised, we just need volunteers,” she said.
“Each of the volunteers must have their working with children check.”
She said those interested in volunteering for the eisteddfod should contact an eisteddfod committee member.