A Brief History
The Bendigo Competitions Society Inc. was originally started by a
group of local traders – The Chamber of Commerce – a group of
The original venue for the competitions is thought to have been in
View Street, but the Bendigo City Hall became its home until the end
of 1998. During that year the competition was divided into two with
the Music and Vocal Sections being held at the City Hall; and
Instrumental and Dance held at the Strathdale Community Centre.
In 1999 all sections were held at Strathdale Community Centre and
this venue became our “home” until 2013. In 2014 the Eisteddfod
moved to the new Theatre at Bendigo South East College. The City of
Greater Bendigo assists financially with the hire costs of our
Bendigo is a popular competition for many talented young musicians
and dancers throughout Victoria and interstate. We have – on the odd
occasion – attracted international competitors as well.
The Bendigo Competitions has provided a platform for many singers,
musicians and dancers to go on and achieve outstanding success
within Australia and overseas.
The time frame for our Eisteddfod is from May to July. The
Eisteddfod brings many people to Bendigo, who via their custom,
support local businesses particularly in the areas of accommodation,
hospitality and tourism. There is no doubt that other businesses
also benefit as a result of the influx of people during the running
of the Eisteddfod.
The Bendigo Competitions Society Inc. produces a very high standard
Eisteddfod, providing many opportunities for youth and young adults
to develop their talents and expertise in the art of performing.
The Society anticipates that this year’s Eisteddfod will
again uphold the rich tradition of high caliber performance. The
Society is committed to providing service to the community in the
area of the performing arts and is optimistic that the community at
large will come and support young performers by providing an