I’m sure you will all have been relieved to hear the advice from the Government this morning that the lockdown for Greater Brisbane will lift this afternoon. After consultation with the Brolga Theatre, Stage Queensland, and the Wide Bay Public Health Unit, we are pleased to confirm that the 127th Queensland Eisteddfod can proceed!
With the very short notice of this before our first session tomorrow morning, and indeed a number of other changes impacting on our plans, we do ask for your patience over this weekend as we try to adjust to conditions on the fly and with our interrupted final week of peparation.
Please note that, in line with state and venue requirements, the following restrictions will apply:
- Masks will be required to be worn in the facility at all times while in the audience. We believe at this stage that masks do NOT need to be worn by performers, but please be prepared for the possibility of this changing.
- Social distancing is to apply at all times in the venue.
- For contact tracing purposes, all attendees will be required to sign in digitally via the Check-In Qld app (visit https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/check-in-qld for more information).
- Consumption of food and drink in the venue will need to be while seated (please follow instructions issued by venue staff in this regard).
More information will be provided once we are at the venue as we will need to comply with any other requirements that may emerge.
Please note that despite previously published opening times, the Eisteddfod Office and Box Office will now not be open this afternoon, but from 8am Friday, April 2. To contact the office today (Thursday), please email (preferable) email@example.com, or if necessary call 0400 802 588. From Friday morning and over the weekend, in person or by phone (0435 890 480).
We ask that competitors in Friday morning sessions (all instrumental items, plus Items 139, 141, 143, and 154) email us to advise whether you will be competing, and whether you are travelling today or in the morning. In light of the likely chaotic traffic conditions, we would hold items open for as long as possible to allow people to compete.
Lastly, while the eisteddfod may be able to take place, we urge all competitors and audience members to consider their own personal circumstances before attending. We have already had a number of competitors withdraw from competition due to the current circumstances, whether health or travel-related, and while this is a great shame, your own health and wellbeing must be the first priority. Please monitor the Contact Tracing listat https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing, and do NOT attend if you have visited any location at the time/date listed, except in the conditions of that part of the list (eg. you have received a negative COVID test result in the past few days).
For those who are able to join us in Maryborough, please travel safely, and we can’t wait to see you over the coming days.
Over the Easter weekend (April 2-4) of 2021, the 127th Queensland Eisteddfod will be held at the Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre in Maryborough. Maryborough was due to host the competition in 2020, but this was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This year will mark the Queensland Eisteddfod’s first return to Maryborough since 2011.
Season and Session Tickets can be purchased from the Brolga Theatre Box Office from 8:00am on competition days (Friday, 2 April to Sunday, 4 April).
Competitors are asked to check the following document for the scheduling of their entered items, and to contact the designated Official Accompanists to provide copies of their music. Contact details were emailed to all competitors on 8 March; please email us if you have not received this and require it.
The Schedule of Events remains available below for reference to rules and conditions.
For further information regarding the 2021 Eisteddfod, please contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.