The Royal South Street Society Ballarat Eisteddfod stands as the premier eisteddfod in Australia, promoting and encouraging participation, enjoyment and enrichment through the performing arts, since 1891

Royal South Street Society Ballarat Eisteddfod

The Royal South Street Society celebrates our illustrious heritage and vital ongoing role in the development of performing arts across our regional and national cultural and artistic landscape.

Now Australia’s oldest and longest running eisteddfod, the annual Royal South Street Society Ballarat Eisteddfod has seen well over one million aspiring singers, dancers, orators, writers, musicians and composers pass through our doors since 1891 – including the likes of Dame Nellie Melba, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joan Kirner, Andrew Olle, Alfred Deakin, Anthony Callea and many more.

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The Royal South Street Society Ballarat Eisteddfod is the country's oldest running Eisteddfod and home to Australia’s rising stars.

The annual Eisteddfod stage is a nurturing platform for artistic growth, where performers can develop their talents and flourish in the spotlight, or simply develop a love and appreciation for the performing arts.



Graceful Solo Winner 2023 – Elyse Pavan


Prize Winner Series – Hayley Every

Narelle Carr Board

Introducing Narelle Carr – Board Member

Her Maj

Update from the City of Ballarat in relation to Her Majesty’s Theatre for 2024


Winning the Prestigious Calisthenics Solo Trophy

Photo by WinkiPoP Media

Karina Doig


Explore our history through the decades

The Royal South Street Society Ballarat Eisteddfod stands as Australia’s premier eisteddfod, boasting an illustrious heritage of delivering outstanding performance opportunities for over a century. Since 1891 our enduring commitment to fostering and showcasing talent places us at the pinnacle of the Australian cultural and artistic landscape.


Find out more about the various disciplines and stories from Royal South Street Society. These stories are collated from interviews, biographies, archives, media and news. 

Florence Lee Memorial Prize – History

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Daughters of Dance

Ballet Tutu

Origins of the tutu

Schimmel Piano

Schimmel Pianoforte at Royal South Street…a History

Caroline Almonte

Caroline Almonte Recognised for Pianistic Excellence