Maryborough puts hand up for 2020 QLD Eisteddfod
THE Eisteddfod Council of Queensland has invited Maryborough to host the 126th Queensland Eisteddfod in 2019.
But the Fraser Coast Regional Council has decided to apply to host the 2020 event, as the dates conflict with another event over Easter 2019.
A report regarding the invitation was presented at the council meeting this week, with the councillors deciding on the best course of action after realising the eisteddfod would clash with another event.
The Queensland Eisteddfod is an annual three-day performing arts event that attracts up to 1000 individual performers and many additional supporters.
According to the report prepared by council chief executive officer Lisa Desmond, the Eisteddfod Council of Queensland requested support from the Fraser Coast Regional Council by providing in-kind access to performance venues and/or cash sponsorship.
The report said the event was run on a not-for-profit basis, with any profits to be distributed back into the host city's performing arts community by a volunteer local organising committee.
Maryborough last hosted the event in 2011.
Councillor Stuart Taylor said the other event, which was not specified at the council meeting, was the reason the council had decided that it would be better for Maryborough to put in a bid to host the eisteddfod in 2020.
Mr Taylor said hosting the event in 2020 would ensure Maryborough would have two strong events coming into the city in consecutive years.
Councillor Darren Everard, who has the Events and Recreation portfolio, said he was lining up events in Maryborough for the next five Easter breaks.