Mission Statement

To conduct Australia’s foremost Eisteddfod, promoting, fostering and encouraging participation and interest in the performing arts.


We are friendly and professional.

We are respectful of diversity.

We act with honesty and integrity.

We are committed to excellence.

We provide opportunities for personal growth (experience, self esteem, participation and performance).

Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

The Royal South Street Society is a Child Safe organisation.

We are committed to child safety; we have zero tolerance for child abuse along with a commitment to children’s best interests and keeping them safe. We actively work to listen to and empower children who perform at our Eisteddfod.

For further information contact Royal South Street Society Child Safety Officer on 5332 1054.

All children have the right to feel safe and to be safe all of the time.

Royal South Street Society

A.C.N. 004 058 020 A.B.N. 33 764 110 838
The Grand National Eisteddfod of Australasia

2019 Annual Report


The Competitions have supported five generations of aspiring Australians. Untold thousands of artists have made their mark on the stage, and left a little piece of their heart in Ballarat. They have shared a moment of history with the likes of James Scullin, Alfred Deakin, Mary Grant Bruce, Amy Castles, Joan Kirner, Denise Drysdale, Betty Pounder, David Atkins, Robert Lemke, Kiri Te Kanawa and more.

The Society was granted “Royal” status in 1962 for services to the community. In recent times we were honoured with five community service awards. We also helped develop national copyright protocols for competitions, and established the Australian Eisteddfod Association.


The Competitions currently run from July to November each year. They cover 17 theatrical disciplines of voice, music, and movements, providing some 40,000+ on-stage performance opportunities for artists from all over Australia.  We use four or more venues, including the historical Her Majesty’s Theatre.

There are nine Board members, plus partners, and a small office staff, who organise the annual event. We are assisted by over 200 volunteers who willingly help as committee members, chair disciplines, ushers, security, writers, timers, back stage crew, stage managers, chairs,etc.

The total voluntary input to stage the Eisteddfod annually equates to around 18,000 hours.


The Society is a not-for-profit organisation. The charges for entry and admission only cover 50% of production costs. We are extremely grateful for the additional funding that comes from generous sponsors, businesses, local and state government, individuals and families, committee, and some volunteers themselves.

As well as major sponsors, you will find many people sponsoring individual sections dear to their hearts. However we would welcome more new friends to share the path to excellence.

Creative Victoria – Eisteddfod Grants

Creative Victoria works with eisteddfod organisation Royal South Street Society (RSSS) to support eisteddfods across Victoria through an annual grants program. Local eisteddfods across Victoria can apply via RSSS for a grant to support the cost of engaging professional adjudicators for their competitions.

The Victorian Government’s support through Creative Victoria is currently $400,000 for the 1st Jan 2020 to the 31st December 2023 for Victorian Regional Eisteddfods. RSSS receives the funds and distributes as per the approved funding schedule each year.

Ron Harrington, RSSS Board member and AESA Secretary, administers the grants on behalf of RSSS.

For more information, please email finance@royalsouthstreet.com.au

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