TALENTED junior performers from throughout Queensland have come to Maryborough this week for the chance to impress the judges at this year's Heritage Queensland Eisteddfod, which starts today.
The event, which celebrates its 118th year this year, is being held at Maryborough's Brolga Theatre and there will be hundreds of young performers taking part.
The four-day celebration of the performing arts will showcase some of the best amateur talent in Queensland.
More than 800 competitors will take part in the choral events alone.
Choral and vocal convenor Julie Morrison said the event had received 345 entries.
That included 176 entries in the vocal/chorus division, 111 instrumental competitors and 58 in speech and drama.
“It is a once-in-a-decade event of this type for the Fraser Coast region,” she said.
Peter Leney, president of Queensland Eisteddfod Fraser Coast, said the event would be a major economic boost for the region and he was excited to see it kick off.
“The eisteddfod goes to a different city every year and this year we were lucky enough to get it,” Mr Leney said.
He said the performances would be of a very high standard.
Tickets for the eisteddfod are on sale at the Brolga Theatre, the Transit Centre at the Centro shopping centre in Hervey Bay as well as the Torquay post office.
Tickets will cost $20 for the week for adults or $6 for a session.
Student tickets will cost $6 for the week or $2 for a session.
The senior eisteddfod will start on April 22.