May 5, 2016


Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard MP visited the Royal South Street Society to celebrate Victorian Government funding for a further four years to support eisteddfodau across the state.

“Royal South Street Society is celebrating its 125th year and remains Australia’s leading eisteddfod organisation – promoting an interest in the performing arts for many generations of entertainers,” Mr Howard said.

“To celebrate this milestone, Royal South Street will showcase its beginnings as a debating society with a great debate on Saturday at the Mining Exchange for Ballarat Heritage Weekend.”

Geoff Howard will co-adjudicate a fun great debate on Saturday featuring City of Ballarat Councilors on the topic ‘That we need more women in Government’.

“I’ll be keen to see if our Councillors’ debating skills can match the calibre of performers expected for this year’s competition,” Mr Howard said.

“The competition runs from July to October incorporating many theatrical disciplines, including drama, dance, music, and debating.

“Competitors from right around the country will come to perform in Ballarat’s historic venues for this prestigious event and for many it will be their first inroad to a professional career in the performing arts.”

Victorian Government funding of $95,000 per annum (2016-2019) will enable South Street to distribute grants to some 29 eisteddfod societies across the state to support the costs of adjudicators at professional performing arts competitions.

Ron Harrington OAM, Director of Royal South Street Society welcomed the Victorian Government’s ongoing support for the eisteddfod.

“Geoff has been a strong supporter of the Royal South Street Society and was instrumental in securing our original eisteddfod grant from the Victorian Government,” Mr Harrington said.

“This funding enables us to hire the very best adjudicators for our competitions, ensuring that Victoria’s eisteddfods continue to flourish in the community.”

To find out more about the Royal South Street Society, including this year’s competitions, visit: