This year marks the 91st anniversary of the City of Devonport Eisteddfod, with competitions beginning on Wednesday and running until September 18.
Competition will begin tomorrow held in the disciplines of dance, speech and drama, music and brass band instrumental and will run until 18 September.
Three venues will be used the Town Hall Theatre, paranaple arts centre and LifeWay church.
The 91st anniversary for any Association is a tremendous achievement, and our community has been truly spoilt by the level of talent and performances that have been brought to us by the Devonport Eisteddfod Society over the last eight decades.
What started off as Musical and Literary Competitions in 1915, has developed into one of the most iconic events to be staged in the City of Devonport.
The path taken by the Devonport Eisteddfod has not always been a smooth one. The competition was abandoned at various times throughout the early years, due to influenza epidemics, World War II and waning public interest.
However, it is particularly pleasing the situation today is much more encouraging with the event growing in popularity every year.
Throughout its history the Devonport Eisteddfod has provided an excellent platform for performing arts students to display their talents on stage before a live audience and receive constructive feedback on their efforts.
Skills that they work so hard to develop and refine are incorporated into routines and performances which bring enjoyment, and in some cases amazement, to those who are witness to them.
However, events such as the Devonport Eisteddfod would not be possible if it were not for the tireless volunteers.
These people have kindly given up their time to assist with this event. Their commitment and efforts are very much appreciated by the community.
President Gillian Buxton, along with committee members, have once again organised another extremely busy two-week programme.
I would encourage members of the community to get along and see some of the highly talented young people we have in our region.
Cr Annette Rockliff