LABOUR OF LOVE: Lismore Musical Festival Society secretary Val Axtens (left) and president Heather Sidney at the City Hall with 98th Lismore Eisteddfod programs and a copy of the History of the Lismore Musical Festival. Jacklyn Wagner
LABOUR OF LOVE: Lismore Musical Festival Society secretary Val Axtens (left) and president Heather Sidney at the City Hall with 98th Lismore Eisteddfod programs and a copy of the History of the Lismore Musical Festival. Jacklyn Wagner

Stage set for eisteddfod

ADULT performers with a penchant for the spoken word are being encouraged to enter the 98th Lismore Festival Eisteddfod.

Lismore Musical Festival secretary Val Axtens said the adult section was added for the first time last year and she was hoping to see more entrants in the competition, to be held in the City Hall from September 6 to 24.

“There are nine opportunities for adults in the Spoken Word section for 17 years and over,” Mrs Axtens said.

“It would be terrific to see more people enter because there are not very manyopportunities for adults to perform in a stand-up situation.”

Mrs Axtens said the Spoken Word section was herfavourite and she particularly enjoyed the poetry section.

More than 4000 performers are expected to take part in areas of the performing arts, including dance, woodwind, brass, piano, vocal and the spoken word.

There is also a section for schools which will be held in the Lismore Workers Club on August 17, 18 and 19.

The Spoken Word sections will be held in Wilson Park School on September 18 and 19.

This year will be Mrs Axtens’ 28th year of involvement, but she said she loved it just as much as previous years.

“Every year is unique,” she said.

“I just love the children, their youth, their beauty and talent.

“And from the point of view of the eisteddfod, it’s a great opportunity for people to perform before an audience and to show their gifts and improve their confidence.”

This year’s vocal and instrumental adjudicator, Phillip Sketchley, from Newcastle, competed in the piano section at the Lismore Festival Eisteddfod as a boy.

Schedules and entry forms can be found at Jan’s Ballet Boutique, Kay’s Second-hand Books and Sheet Music, NORPA, and the City Hall.



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