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60th annual Cairns and District Junior Eisteddfod attracts nearly 7000 young performers

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60th annual Cairns and District Junior Eisteddfod attracts nearly 7000 young performers

TOP TALENT: Winner of the woodwind solo 12-14 years section at the Cairns and District Ju

TOP TALENT: Winner of the woodwind solo 12-14 years section at the Cairns and District Junior Esiteddfod Lola Schuele and Victor Huang who came second. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERS

PARENTS and performers are gearing up for that time of year when the hiss of hairspray, clamour of instruments and rounds of applause resound throughout Cairns.

Thousands of youngsters have travelled from around the state to showcase their musical, theatrical and dance talents at the 60th annual Cairns and District Junior Eisteddfod, which kicked off on Wednesday.

The annual event is the biggest in Queensland outside Brisbane and will be held over two weeks at the Civic Theatre and eisteddfod hall in Edge Hill. Publicity manager Raj Patel said nearly 7000 children would compete in dance, music and speech and drama.

“Dance is always the strongest section,” he said.

“When you look at some of the performers and the time and effort they put into it, it’s truly amazing.

“That’s why the adjudicators always say the standard in Cairns is as good as anywhere in Australia.

“In music we have some performers who go down to Melbourne and Sydney, and achieve international fame.

“This is where they develop their initial confidence to be on the stage.”

Mr Patel has welcomed a planned upgrade of the Civic Theatre, proposed as part of Cairns Regional Council’s $65 million entertainment precinct, saying space had always been an issue for performers.

Concert pianist Dr Vicky Yang is adjudicating the music section and revealed how to impress her.

“I’m looking for people who really appreciate and love music,” she said. “I’m not looking for people who are interested in showing off or getting awards.”

Mooroobool 10-year-old Misaki Akamatsu was one of the first competitors off the rank this week but wasn’t letting nerves get the better of her yesterday. She plays the flute and piano, and is looking forward to receiving feedback from Dr Yang.

The eisteddfod runs until July 5; visit cairnseisteddfod.com.au

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