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    WELCOME RETURN: Wimmera Eisteddfod committee members, from left, Lisa Thomas, Venetia Elbourne-Hobbs, Georgia Thomas and Maddi Ostapiw are excited to present the 2021 event at Horsham Church of Christ. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

New venue for Wimmera Music Eisteddfod

Entries are now open for the 2021 Wimmera Music Eisteddfod, which has a new home this year.  

The popular event went into hiatus last year due to COVID-19 lockdowns.

Organisers have been working hard to resume the eisteddfod, which now boasts new ‘innovative’ sections and a new website.

Committee member Venetia Elbourne-Hobbs said this year’s event, from July 22 to 24, would be at Horsham Church of Christ for the first time. 

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“Without the option of Wesley Performing Arts Centre, where the eisteddfod has traditionally been, there is no other economically viable venue that suits the eisteddfod’s needs at this time,” she said.

“The committee is really looking forward to presenting the eisteddfod in this beautiful and functional venue. 

“We have multiple breakout spaces for competitors to warm-up in, catering and coffee facilities and a stunning auditorium space for our audience.”

Mrs Elbourne-Hobbs said Wimmera Music Eisteddfod aimed to break down some of the stereotypes surrounding eisteddfods.

“Traditionally eisteddfods have been seen as scary; a little starchy perhaps,” she said.

“We aim to create a very welcoming environment, where competitors of all ages and skills feel that they belong. 

“It is a competition and competitors will be critiqued, but it’s about giving people an opportunity to perform and just have a go. 

“If you love to play, sing, recite or perform as part of a group, then there’s a place for you in our program.”

Entries close on May 31.

People can visit for more information, including entry details, a schedule and general conditions.

The entire April 28, 2021 edition of The Weekly Advertiser and AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!