Lismore Eisteddfod

Lismore Eisteddfod

May we introduce to you the Lismore Musical Festival Society? The aim of this society, established in l908, is to encourage children and adults of amateur status in the Performing Arts to further their skills by providing them with stand up stage space and to have their work tested by skillful, qualified adjudicators. Each year more that 4,000 amateur performers are involved through dance studios, schools, individual students of various teachers in piano, woodwind, string, brass, vocal, dance, spoken word, school choirs, bands, choral speech and creative class work.  Their ages range from 4 years to 50 plus.…

The Impact of Covid-19

Our nation is in the grip of a pandemic called Covid-19. The inevitable has finally left us with no alternative but to cancel this year’s Festival. Read more here. To lessen the threat to our lives our Government, national, state and local council have set in place a wide closure of social activities and businesses which action affects our every day life; Absolute Essentials are the only exceptions. We can always live in hope. I am by nature an optimist - and even if the Eisteddfod does not go ahead this year, then we will most certainly be ready for 2021.

It is interesting historically, because 100 years ago a pandemic of the Spanish Influenza was raging world wide and there was no Festival of Grande Annual Competitions held that year. None had been held since 1915. Tragedy was widespread, for so many young men from this area had been killed in WW1. All the money the society had raised at the 1915 Festival had been given to the Red Cross.

But in 1921 optimism had arrived to Lismore, renewing sleeping energies. A new theatre had been opened - The Star Court Theatre - and this was where the Society held its 9th Grand Annual Festival of Competitions.

Great joy came from vocal solos and choral singing, items in piano, violin, woodwind, with the full on poetry speaking of classical and Australian verse. Graceful Dance was introduced - with petals and much draped crepe de chine.

Val Axtens
Lismore Musical Festival Society

Our Eisteddfod

Lismore Musical Festival Society, Performing Arts Competitions (Eisteddfod) was formed in l908. Our aim is to encourage children and adults of amateur status to further their skills and to have their works tested by skilful, highly qualified adjudicators. The Society provides stimulation for performers to prepare for public performance, have the opportunity to hear others, to benefit from professional adjudicators and to realise the value of appreciative audiences.

Eisteddfod 2020

The inevitable has finally left us with no alternative but to cancel this year’s Festival. Read more here. The 2020…


How Lismore Eisteddford All began The Festival story begins in l907 when Messrs Paling & Co “with a view to…

Teacher’s Testimonial

Experiencing music and learning to play an instrument early in life can have a profound effect on our ongoing capacity…


Images and videos of past performances can be found below. If you would like to add a picture, please email…

Performer Comments

Recent News

Lismore Eisteddfod 2020 Entry Refunds

As you are no doubt aware, we made the difficult decision to cancel this years' Eisteddfod in order…
Read More September 4, 2020

2020 Eisteddfod CANCELLATION

It is with great regret that as of today 13th August 2020 the executive of the Lismore Musical…
Read More August 14, 2020

Lismore Eisteddfod 2020 Proceeding As Planned

Yes, we are going ahead. HOWEVER THERE WILL BE NO TROUPE DAYS. Entries are being accepted for solo,…
Read More June 18, 2020


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