2022 Eisteddfod Wrap-Up

Jul 7, 2022 | News from the Committee

After ten days of competition, performance and enjoyment, we’re pleased to reflect on another successful Hamilton Eisteddfod.

The committee was delighted to welcome participants back to the stage for the 58th Annual Hamilton Eisteddfod, in our first major event since 2019.

Although the program was shorter than usual, we definitely shared the excitement of competitors and audience members, at the return of our much-loved event.


2022 Eisteddfod Snapshot:

  • 70 Music sections
  • 68 Dance sections
  • 3 Speech & Drama sections
  • Approx. 1,000 competitors
  • 62 trophies awarded
  • $15,000 awarded in prize money, trophies, medals, awards and scholarships

We saw an excellent standard of performance across Music, Dance and Speech & Drama competitions, and our adjudicators commended the talent on display here in Hamilton.

Dr Kenji Fujimura joined us as Music Adjudicator in our first week of competition, and provided valuable critiques to performers. His passion for musical education shone through in his feedback throughout the music sections. In a break from tradition, we held a combined Bands & Choral Evening this year, which brought some of our biggest performances together in a night of entertainment at the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre.

Hamilton Eisteddfod 2022 - highlights

We welcomed Ms Gabrielle Cronan as Dance Adjudicator during the event’s second week, where we were pleased to host dance competitors from near and far. As a National Ballet examiner, Gabrielle brought valuable knowledge to our competition. We are grateful that she could join us at short notice, as our previously-advertised adjudicator, Brian Nolan had to withdraw for health reasons. We hope we might have the opportunity to welcome Brian here in Hamilton in the future.

After the success of our new Speech and Drama sections in 2019, we were pleased to include this new discipline once again. We welcomed Ms Louise Le Nay as our Speech and Drama Adjudicator this year. Although competitor numbers were low, competitors benefitted from Louise’s broad experience in acting, screen writing and editing. As a Hamilton local, we are pleased to have such a role model for performers in our region (and the one-and-only ‘Sandy’ from Prisoner).

Hamilton Eisteddfod 2022 - highlights

Our committee thanks Dr Fujimura, Ms Cronan and Ms Le Nay for their valuable contribution to this year’s Eisteddfod. We are fortunate to attract such a standard of adjudication to Hamilton each year.

Results and placings for the 2022 Hamilton Eisteddfod are available on the Results page of our website, and we commend all those who performed this year.

The committee would like to acknowledge the valuable contributions that make this much-loved competition possible.

Our sponsors, donors and advertisers allow us to put on a quality event, and to recognise the talent of performers in our region.

With such a broad and varied schedule of competitions, it’s our volunteers on the ground who make sure things run smoothly throughout the event. We thank all of those involved.

Visit our Support Us page to find out more about how these generous contributors help us each year.

As we close the curtains on this year’s event, our committee is already planning for next year’s 59th Annual Hamilton Eisteddfod. We look forward to welcoming you back once again, to nurture and celebrate performing arts in Hamilton.


The Committee
City of Hamilton Eisteddfod Inc

Hamilton Eisteddfod 2022 - highlights
Hamilton Eisteddfod 2022 - highlights
Hamilton Eisteddfod 2022 - highlights