The Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) has announced that Stanthorpe will host the 126th Queensland Eisteddfod, to be held in 2019.

The Eisteddfod is an annual week-long celebration of performing arts, and an opportunity to showcase Queensland’s finest amateur talent across a range of performances, including choral, speech and drama.

This will be the third time that the Eisteddfod Council of Queensland has chosen the SDRC to host the Eisteddfod, with the last time being Warwick who hosted in 1924.

It is however, the first time that Stanthorpe has been given this prestigious opportunity.

The heritage event will be conducted at the Civic Centre in Stanthorpe over Easter Weekend, from 19 to 21 April 2019.

A local organising committee has been assembled in order to plan and coordinate the Eisteddfod in collaboration with the council. The committee will coordinate a program for the choral, vocal, instrumental, speech and drama, dance, art, and literature divisions.

Rod Kelly, the Councillor for Regional Promotion, Tourism and the Arts, said he is a delighted that the 2019 Queensland Eisteddfod has come to Southern Downs once again.

“SDRC is thrilled to host the Queensland Eisteddfod in the region for the first time in almost 100 years,” Cr Kelly said.

With over 1000 choral singers travelling to Southern Downs, the region is set to experience a definite lift in tourism.

“The Eisteddfod will be a significant boost to the local economy and is an opportunity to showcase our region and enjoy the musical and vocal talents of some of the finest performers in the state.”

In addition to the economic benefits, the region will also benefit culturally from participating in this important Queensland tradition.

“The Queensland Eisteddfod is an event steeped in history, which will only add to the rich cultural and artistic fabric of the Granite Belt,” Cr Kelly said.

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