One of the largest regional competitions for music, speech and drama, the City of Orange Eisteddfod, will go ahead later this year in a modified form for solo and duo performers, with entries to open on Monday May 25.
While group dance numbers will not be able to go ahead in 2020 due to government regulation, the Eisteddfod will still go ahead.
President of the City of Orange Eisteddfod committee Carol Smithers said after considerable deliberation of other options, including an on-line competition, it was decided to host the competition in a modified form starting with the dance sections from August 16.
Mrs Smithers said the committee had met via video conferencing this week and it was agreed overwhelmingly that a decision to open entries could not be delayed any further.
"Usually by this time our entries have already opened, but because of COVID-19 and the way the situation was changing almost daily, we put our decision off for as long as possible," she said.
Further details are still to come, but dance will begin August 16, voice and instrumental from August 31 and speech and drama September 9.
"It is lovely to think that our Eisteddfod will be able to provide an opportunity for students of all the genres to perform in a year that has seen so many other competitions cancelled," she said.
Entries can be lodged via www.stardom.com.au and will close on Sunday June 14.
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