About Us

The Eisteddfod Council of Queensland Inc.

Patrons
Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland,
and Professor Graeme Nimmo RFD

President
David Webster

Vice-President
Robyn Morris OAM

Secretary
Ross Barns

Treasurer
Michael Hogg

Committee

Warren HaagJulie SibleySarah Sullivan

Life Members

Norma Fox BEMMargaret HumphreysElizabeth Reid
Berniece Hicks OAMRobyn Morris OAMThelma Reisenleiter

What is the Eisteddfod Council of Queensland?

The Eisteddfod Council of Queensland Inc. (ECQ) is a not-for-profit association, with members consisting of community choirs, eisteddfod associations and municipal councils throughout Queensland. The ECQ is made up entirely of volunteers.

What does the Eisteddfod Council of Queensland do?

The ECQ convenes the annual Queensland Eisteddfod. By hosting the eisteddfod in a different city each year, the ECQ continues to meet its charter of “fostering the performing arts in Queensland Communities”. The Queensland Eisteddfod is the second-longest running eisteddfod in Australia, being first convened in Ipswich in 1887.

What is the Queensland Eisteddfod?

The Queensland Eisteddfod is a week-long celebration of the performing arts. Each Easter, the Queensland Eisteddfod is hosted by a different Queensland city.

The Eisteddfod generally features a wide program of Choral, Vocal, Instrumental, and Speech and Drama sections. To the best of our knowledge, it is the ONLY eisteddfod in southern Queensland to feature a range of adult Choral sections.

The Queensland Eisteddfod movement has exhibited a loyal following over many years of competition. At least 10 adult and junior choirs (comprising in excess of 500 individuals) compete each year. It provides a means of showcasing some of the best amateur talent in Queensland. In fact, a number of past competitors are now tenured with professional opera companies throughout Australia and abroad.

Which cities host the Queensland Eisteddfod?

A number of municipal councils recognise the value that the performing arts contribute to building communities through maintaining membership of the ECQ. Accordingly, the ECQ periodically invites these councils to host a Queensland Eisteddfod. As a result of loyal competitors and supporters, the Queensland Eisteddfod provides significant economic and cultural benefits to the businesses and wider community of the host city.