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Stanthorpe to come alive with the sound of music for 126th Queensland Eisteddfod

5 March 2019

Stanthorpe to come alive with the sound of music for 126th Queensland Eisteddfod

Music lovers from across the state will descend upon Stanthorpe this Easter for the 126th Queensland Eisteddfod!

The Stanthorpe Civic Centre will come alive with the angelic voices of some of Queensland’s best choral performers as they showcase their talent and celebrate the performing arts on 19-21 April 2019.

The 2019 Eisteddfod marks the first time Stanthorpe has hosted the event, and the first time in 95 years the Southern Downs has hosted the event since Warwick last hosted the Eisteddfod in 1924.

Councillor for Finance, Governance and The Arts Jo McNally said she is delighted the 2019 Queensland Eisteddfod is taking place in Stanthorpe.

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

“Hundreds of performers and visitors attend the Eisteddfod each year, so this event presents an exciting opportunity to showcase our region.

“SDRC encourages everyone coming to the Granite Belt for the Eisteddfod to stay a few days before or after the event to explore the unique landscape and sample some of the Granite Belt’s famous produce.

“I hope everyone is as excited as I am to enjoy the musical and vocal talents of some of the finest performers from around our state.”

Each year, the Queensland Eisteddfod forms a Local Organising Committee (LOC) from a pool of volunteers in each host city.

The Stanthorpe LOC and SDRC have worked together over the last year to plan and organise this year’s Eisteddfod.

The Queensland Eisteddfod is the second longest running eisteddfod in Australia, and was first held in Ipswich in 1887.

By holding an eisteddfod in a different Queensland city each year, the Eisteddfod Council of Queensland fosters the performing arts in Queensland communities with each eisteddfod featuring a wide program of choral, vocal, instrumental, speech and drama sections.

For more information on the Stanthorpe Eisteddfod, visit

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