Australia’s oldest Eisteddfod, Royal South Street (RSSS) begins another exciting 13 weeks of competition today with the ACU Debating Challenge Cup.
Schools from around the region will converge on Connors Hall for the next 5 days. Topics include ‘That sports betting advertising on television should be banned’ and ‘That homework serves no purpose’.
Debating is where it all began for RSSS back in 1879 as the Young Men’s Debating Society.
New in 2019 will be ‘Strut your Stuff’ in the Contemporary Vocal section where competitors get to show us a complete all round performance, ‘Improvisation in Pairs’ in Speech & Drama and a full day of Chopin at The Art Gallery of Ballarat on the 4th August.
RSSS Chairman Peter Zala said the comps are excited to be returning to their spiritual home this year, Her Majesty’s Theatre.
“Nicholson Construction have moved heaven and earth to get the work done and now the theatre techs are frantically re-setting the theatre. Whilst slightly delayed we will be returning for either the Festival of Bands or Herald Sun Aria which is great news”, Mr. Zala said.
Now into its 128th year since the first competitions in 1891 RSSS is proud to be offering first class performance opportunities and adjudication to around 11,000 performers from today right through until November 2nd.
What: 2019 Royal South Street Eisteddfod
When: 29th July until 2nd November
Where: Across 8 venues including Connors Hall at ACU, Founders Theatres at Fed Uni, Minerva Space at Ballarat Mechanics Institute, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Diocesan Centre, RACV Goldfields Resort, for the first time The Hop Temple and of course Her Majesty’s.
How much: Admission from $10 per person