New look a big win for Eisteddfod

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
BREC executive director Fiona de Garis, Eisteddfod administration officer Angelique Bavich and event president Peter Robinson open the Gala performance.
Camera IconBREC executive director Fiona de Garis, Eisteddfod administration officer Angelique Bavich and event president Peter Robinson open the Gala performance. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

The 2019 WA Performing Arts Eisteddfod came to a stylish and vibrant end on Saturday with the gala performance, an event that showcased the best acts from the past four weeks.

This year’s event underwent a revamp in a bid to modernise the eisteddfod, including the introduction of hip hop and electronic categories, a move organisers have haled a success.

“It’s gone really well,” event president Peter Robinson said.

“We’re trying to attract kids to the opportunity of performing on the BREC stage.

“We’ve had almost exactly the same amount of performers as last year and more people through the door.”

Mr Robinson also cited the lower average age of audience members as a success, especially on the contemporary music day.

“We’re going to continue to have those new sections and try and attract more of that new crowd,” he said.

Even before the gala event, Mr Robinson and his team had received inquiries from tertiary institutions about possible collaborations and partnerships for the 2020 edition of the event.

One partnership that is not new but is destined to continue is the one with BREC, which has provided a venue for the event for more than 25 years.

“They (Eisteddfod) turned 60 last year, BREC turns 30 at the end of next year, so my understanding is the Eisteddfod has been a part of BREC since the very beginning,” executive director Fiona de Garis said.

“It’s a joy every year to see all these bright, young, talented people coming through all anxious and dressed up and excited to give creativity their best shot.

“It’s such an exceptional opportunity for young people.”

This year’s event attracted more than 1300 acts encompassing almost 4000 individual performers.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails