Rules & Advice
All entries are completed using the online database Stardom.
Stardom can be accessed via the link on the homepage or by going to www.stardom.com.au
All entries are to be completed by Friday 13th March 2020 for all sections. No late entries will be accepted. Please refer to Policy for Entries.
All entries must comply with competition rules at the time of entry. Entries are completed once payment has been confirmed. Once the entry has been completed you can access your invoice on your Stardom page. It is the competitor’s responsibility to confirm all details of the entry are correct.
Before confirming payment please check that everything is correct. Changes can easily be made by using the back buttons. There are no refunds on entry fees so please check entries carefully.
No new entries can be added after the closing date. No late entries are accepted after 13th March 2020.
If you need any help at any stage then please contact the Mildura Eisteddfod on 0429 481 898. We are more than happy to help you with any issues.
- A competitor performs an item in a section (numbered 099 – 700) within a discipline (e.g. Vocal). A section may be split into divisions if entries exceed 25.
- COMPETITOR – A competitor may be one person, or any group of two or more people.
- Entry fees are not refundable except where a section is cancelled.
- A competitor’s age as at 1st June 2019 shall be deemed to be the age of the entrant. Competitors may be asked to furnish proof of age at their own expense. The committee reserve the right to withhold a prize until such proof has been sighted.
- All sections are open to amateurs only, except in the case of the Freemasons Victoria Aria competition, a choral conductor or accompanist or where specified.
– An amateur is considered to be any person who has not worked professionally and derived a majority of their income from the exercise of talent in the particular discipline for which he or she may have entered.
– Student teachers are permitted to enter. A student teacher is an individual who is presently studying and/or teaching under guidance of professional teachers. Confirmation in writing may be requested from student teachers in the case of a dispute.
– No teacher/ student will be permitted to compete against their own students in a section.
- Only one entry is allowed from each competitor in each individual section except where specified under discipline headings below. Group and ensembles must contain a majority of new members if competing more than once in the same section.
- Competitors who have been taught by an adjudicator in private tuition (workshops excepted) in the last 6 months may not enter the competition where the adjudicator is adjudicating.
- The adjudicator has the right to refrain from awarding a prize where insufficient merit has been displayed.
- The adjudicator’s decision will be final in all sections.
- Any approach to the adjudicator by a competitor, parent, teacher or friend of the competitor, during the Eisteddfod, is strictly forbidden.
- An item by a competitor can only be preformed once during the current competition within the same discipline.
- Time limits where applicable will be strictly adhered to. It is not necessary to reach a maximum time, however if a minimum time is stated it must be met. Point penalties at the adjudicator’s discretion may be incurred for performances outside the time limits. Competitors should also note that they may perform any number of pieces or movements provided they stay within the specified time limits.
- Use of microphones is not permitted except where specified under discipline headings.
- No prompting or assistance of any kind may be rendered to a competitor in a section during a performance except by the adjudicator. NB Adult conductors must not sing or speak along with choirs or groups during the performance. For breaches of this rule, disqualification will be enforced.
- Apart from one teacher per competitor for dance sections only, teachers and parents will not be allowed side stage during performances without special permission from the Eisteddfod committee.
- The theatre technician will set stage lighting for all sections. No special effects will be permitted.
- No rehearsal or practice is permitted on the stage while the Eisteddfod is occupying the venue. Any competitor not observing this condition will be disqualified. Warm up for dance or sound check must be negotiated with the Eisteddfod Committee.
- Rude, aggressive and un-cooperative behaviour of teachers, parents or competitors during the competition may result in disqualification and possible barring of the related entrant(s) from competing in the coming 12 months. Please Refer to our code of Conduct Policy for detailed expectations of appropriate behaviour.
- Entrants other than dance, open choral and modern vocal competitors must provide a copy of music or text for the adjudicator. This copy is to be handed to the Registration Desk at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the section. Section number and the competitor’s number must be written at the top of the copy and bars must be numbered in red pen for sheet music.
- Entrants in sections using backing music must use original or officially authorised backing music displaying copyright endorsement and not containing lead or principles vocals. Please label clearly with section number and competitors number. This music must be handed in at the Registration Desk when registering. Failure to comply with copyright regulations will render a competitor ineligible.
- Competitors acknowledge they compete at their own risk
- The Mildura Eisteddfod Society does not take responsibility for instruments or properties.
- The stage manager or adjudicator has the right to stop any item if they are of the opinion a competitor has suffered a serious injury, or there is possible risk of serious injury. Minor accidents which occur due to faulty props, choreography or costume design are not necessarily a reason to stop and restart an item. Only the ultimate safety of the competitor is to be considered.
- The Mildura Eisteddfod Committee reserves the right to:
(a) Divide a section.
(b) Cancel or combine any section with three (3) competitors or less.
(c) Award only one prize if a section has less than there (3) competitors on the day.
(d) Appoint a substitute adjudicator if required.
(a) Each competitor is to learn two Arias sung in two different languages in original keys from the standard repertoire of Opera.
(b) Competitors will introduce and give a brief synopsis of the Opera which their chosen aria is from and the character singing their chosen aria.
(a) Choirs to consist of at least 4 members.
(b) Two songs (preferably contrasting) to be presented.
(c) Piano provided. Choirs may provide their own instruments.
The “Big Sing” is an all school warm up at the beginning of the choral sections. No need to enter. Please contact your Eisteddfod Choral Convener for sheet music.
(d)Open Choral Choir Championship: Competitors will sing one song. Must have competed in both sections 446 & 447. May include movement and body percussion.
(a) Vocalists must sing in the Classical Style.
(b) Accompaniment is by a single instrument. Folk songs and Traditional Ballads may be sung unaccompanied. Art songs must have a piano accompaniment.
(c) Section 420 may contain oratorio or an aria from an oratorio.
(d) Sections 422 to 426 are to be from Musical Comedy, Gilbert and Sullivan, Operetta, Folk Opera, Stage Production or Film Score and must be in costume.
(e) Vocal duets must include some harmony.
(f) Props should be kept to a minimum and be made of non-hazardous materials. Please refrain from using allergenic materials such as straw and fresh flowers.
(a) Groups must be 4 or more.
(b) Troupes must be 6 or more.
(c) Street Dance is Hip Hop, Funk, or any dance derived from “street”.
(d) Student choreography can be danced by the choreographer or student of their choice. Must be student/ student teacher’s own choreography. Must be age appropriate choreography. Any style of dance.
(e) Music may contain words but must be appropriate language.
(f) Props should be kept to a minimum and made of non-hazardous materials. Please refrain from using allergenic materials such as straw and fresh flowers.
(g) Contemporary Improvisation section 634 black leotard and black tights to be worn.
(h) Classical Ballet Improvisation (sections 618, 619 and 620) half tutu must be worn.
(i) Tap Improvisation (sections 663, 664 and 665) black leggings and plain black leotard/T-Shirt to be worn.
(j) Acro Dance: Routine using controlled movements and flexibility, walkovers, aerials, back hand springs etc. Must incorporate strong balance of dance technique. Any drop to the knees must have knee pads.
(a) In instrumental sections only solo instruments may be accompanied as accompanists for ensembles alter the interactive dynamics between performers on which they are adjudicated.
(b) Music stands for solo and duet items may be provided by the Mildura Eisteddfod Society. Ensemble and group competitors will need to provide their own.
(c) ANZCA/ AMEB Guitar – Acoustic or Amplified Guitar, including Bass Guitar may be played.
(d) Ensembles must be no less than 3 or no more than 9 players.
(e) Groups must be a minimum of 10 players except Sections 138 and 139 Percussions Groups.
(f) Primary and Secondary school ensembles may include one teacher apart from the conductor. Primary and Secondary groups may include two teachers apart from the conductor.
(g) A competitor may perform in only one EMEB Section from 207, 208, 209 or 210 on the same instrument.
(h) VCE – One piece to be chosen from the unaccompanied works in the current VCAA prescribed list of notated solo works. No vocalists permitted to enter this section. Amplifier allowed.
(i) Singers may accompany group sections and mixed instrumental ensembles. Microphones may be used.
(j) Solo instrumentalists may enter a section more than once provided they are performing on a different instrument from that class of instruments (eg flute and piccolo in woodwind section. Violin and cello in strings section etc. ).
(k) Set up time for Instrumental Group sections is 4 minutes including sound check. A group representative must inform the Eisteddfod backstage crew of the positioning of the piano and drum kit (if required) and the number of chairs required for the item prior to the section starting. The correct number of chairs will be placed on stage and drum kit and piano moved to required position or offstage by Eisteddfod personnel. Positioning of the chairs, music stands and other instrumentation is the responsibility of the performing group and must be done in 4 minute time allowance.
(a) Vocalists must sing in the modern style.
(b) Backing tracks or a single live accompaniment may be used.
(c) Section 494 songwriters may use up to 2 acoustic or amplified instruments for backing. Microphone is optional. Songwriter may have song performed by another vocalist. Adjudication will be on song writing.
(d) Backing tracks may contain backing vocals only (no lead vocals).
(e) All contemporary vocal sections will use microphones except Contemporary Music Theatre sections. Optional for Section 494 – songwriters and 474, 475 – Children’s Entertainment Group or Movie Musical. Microphone technique will be adjudicated.
(f) Backing tracks must be on individual CD’s or on iPod. Please do not provide one disc or iPod to cover several items in each section.
(g) Vocal duets must include some harmony.
(h) Props should be kept to a minimum and made of non-hazardous materials. Please refrain from using allergenic materials such as straw and fresh flowers.
(a) A competitor may perform in only one of AMEB/ ANZCA Sections 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321 and in one of AMEB Sections 322 and 323.
Speech and Drama
(a) Inappropriate language and/ or gestures will result in disqualification. If concerned please contact the Eisteddfod committee for clarification.
(b) Prepared Speeches – Palm cards are allowed. A bell will be rung with 15 seconds remaining.
(c) Prepared Readings – competitors will make their own choice of passage from the New Testament (any version) OR an age suitable passage of prose.
(d) All readings must be read from an original text book and not from a photocopy.
(e) Drama Sections – Make a Scene, Welcome to my Party, Two Lines Only and the Question Game require teams that consists of 4 members.
(f) Make a Scene teams will receive a note containing a brief synopsis of a scenario to act out while back stage and will receive 3 minutes to discuss and prepare the scene. Teams will then be required to act out the scenario and will be adjudicated on character development, use of the stage, originality, team interaction and use of humour both physical and verbal. Time limit will be signalled by a bell.
(g) Welcome to my Party – each team will select a host who will be required to stand aside from the rest of the team while backstage. The other team members will be given a note containing character which may be human, creature or object. These team members must then act out their character without referring to the title of their character. Level of character complexity will be age appropriate. The host will then welcome their character guests one by one each time the bell rings and interact with them trying to guess the character by naming them and asking them to leave the party until there are no more guests. If the hosts guesses right, the character will leave the stage and if not will stay and continue to act out their character. Time limit will be signalled by a bell.
(h) a group consists of 4 members. Each team will select a narrator who will be given a scenario to narrate and act out. The narrator is the only team member who can say anything. The other three team members will be given two lines each. They can only speak using the two lines that they have been given to add to the story that the narrator is telling. Adjudication will be on the frequency and appropriateness of interjections as well as character development, use of humour, and fluency of dialogue. A bell will ring to signal the time limit has been reached.
(i) The Question Game- a team consists of 4 members. Each team will receive a scenario on stage. Two of the team members will begin by having a conversation that consists of only questions. If the team member makes a statement or takes too long to answer the next team member will step forward to begin asking the questions. Time limit will be signalled by a bell.
(j) So Please You’re Here solo section. Each competitor will receive appropriate additional clothing for the section and will be directed when to enter the scene. A group of actors will act out the scene calling on the competitor to answer questions or provide brief statements appropriate to the dialogue and scenario. Competitors will be adjudicated on originality of answers, character development and use of humour throughout the scene. A bell will ring to signal that the time limit has been reached.
Open Community Section
(a) People with a disability are encouraged to enter this section.
(b) Can be any style of music or performance.
(c) Any number of people per entry.
(d) All competitor’s will receive a certificate and critique sheet from the adjudicator.
The decision of the Committee in complaints and disputes arising out of, or not provided by these conditions, shall be final. All entries received are subject to the provision, and shall not be subject to any appeal at law.
What you need before you arrive
Before arriving at the Eisteddfod on your day of competition, you will need to have a photocopy of all music or text (if your discipline requires it) for the Adjudicator. All photocopies for the Adjudicator should have the Section number and competitor number written at the top of the page in red biro preferably. Sheet music should also have the bars numbered in red pen. This enables the Adjudicator to specifically reference places in the music that he/ she would like to draw to your attention and so enhance your learning experience. Your teacher may organise this for you so it is important to discuss it with them.
If you are performing to a recorded backing or dance track, the song needs to be from an original disc or should have the purchase receipt number recorded on the CD (if downloaded from iTunes for example). Your Section number and Competitors number will also need to be recorded on the CD or CD case. For original disc we suggest writing this onto a label and sticking it to the case. Once again your teacher may organise this for you.
If you need to use the dressing rooms to change into a performing outfit, it is advisable to bring coat hangers for any items that need to be hung on the clothes rails at the venue. Items of clothing etc. are less likely to be misplaced if you bring a bag or container to store your effects in while you are onstage.
All electrical items used on stage or back stage must be tested and tagged within the previous 12 months. It is not advisable to leave valuables items in the dressing rooms while you are performing. The Mildura Eisteddfod Committee does not take responsibility for items left unattended at the venue. If you do have items of value to be watched while you perform, you may give them to an Eisteddfod Volunteer backstage for safe keeping.
If you are part of a school or performing group we advise that you discuss with your teacher where you are to meet at the venue prior to the performance if you are not travelling with the school.
What to do on the day
- ALL COMPETITORS MUST REGSITER AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF EACH SECTON OR THEY WILL BE RENDER THEMSELVES LIABLE FOR DISQUALIFICATION (School groups in the first sections of the day excepted).
Please note that a number of factors (such as un-notified withdrawals) may shorten sessions unexpectedly and consequently planning to arrive after the commencement of a session is not recommended. If an emergency situation delays your arrival please telephone the Mildura Eisteddfod on 0429 481 898.
- Upon arriving at the venue, report to the Registration Desk. This is located in the foyer of the Mildura Arts Centre, the entry of the St Joseph’s College Stadium, and the rear entry area of the Trinity Lutheran College Sunset Hall. You should report at least 30 minutes prior to your section starting. If you are part of a school group your teacher will report to the Registration Desk for you.
- Hand into the Registration Desk any copies of music or text for the Adjudicator or backing tracks (dance competitors excepted). Dance competitors or their teachers take the music directly to the music desk located side stage just prior to performance.
- Report to the backstage area and inform the Backstage Volunteer that you have arrived. If you intend to sit in the auditorium until closer to your section start time please inform the Backstage Volunteer. You may leave costumes in the dressing room or musical instruments in the holding room.
- If you have props to be used for your performance, inform the Backstage Volunteer who will direct you to the area where they are to be stored and the volunteer responsible for handling props. If the items are large they may need to enter the venue through the loading bay. The props volunteer will assist with this.
- If you intend to sit in the auditorium prior to your performance be sure to monitor competition and allow yourself plenty of time to return to the backstage area and prepare for your performance. Competitors may be taken side stage 15 minutes prior to the section start.
- After your performance, the Adjudicator’s report and any certificates or prize monies may be collected from the Registration Desk 15 minutes after the adjudication.
Competitors should arrive at the competition in enough time to register for their section (30 minutes prior to section start time) and to familiarise themselves with the venue. Parents and supporters may accompany competitors to the backstage area to assist them, or in the case of younger competitors to supervise them until they are taken side stage to perform. The Mildura Eisteddfod Committee will not take responsibility for competitors in the dressing room areas, however children may be left in the holding well with the Eisteddfod Volunteers prior to being called to the side stage area and enabling parents/ care givers enough time to find seating in the auditorium. Please be aware that other competitors need to use the venue space and so it is not advised that large groups of supporters congregate in the back stage areas. Parents/ care givers are not permitted side stage with the competitors unless they are playing for the competitor due to the limitations of space at the venue and in the interests of safety
All those wishing to use the services of an accompanist should make contact with the official accompanist. All arrangements between competitors and accompanist are made on a private basis.
Catherine Hall: www.mypianoplayer.com.au
Mobile. 0415 750 233
Mobile. 0447 371 135
Mildura Arts Centre
199 Cureton Avenue, Mildura
St Joseph’s Stadium
Cnr Riverside Avenue and Eleventh Street, Mildura
Trinity Lutheran College
920 Fifteenth Street, Mildura
Mildura Arts Centre
Mildura Arts Centre (MAC) is located at 199 Cureton Avenue, Mildura. Phone 5018 8330. The venue has a front entrance to the foyer area located on Cureton Avenue, and a back entrance to the back stage/ dressing rooms areas located in the back car park of the building. The MAC has a ramp to the back stage door and also from the foyer to the auditorium door. The rear of the building also contains a loading bay for larger props. A cafeteria is also located in the foyer and is open during the Mildura Eisteddfod sessions where refreshments and light lunch can be purchased. Parking is available at the rear.
Trinity Lutheran College
Trinity Lutheran College (TLC) is located at 920 Fifteenth Street, Mildura. Phone 5023 7013. The venue for our Speech and Drama sections is the Sunset Hall which is located to the right of the car park at the front of the venue. Parking for the venue is located along Fifteenth Street or Pedeleure Avenue. The cafeteria at the school can prepare food if it is ordered in the morning. Otherwise there is service station wihin walking distance from the school.
St Joseph’s College Stadium
St Joseph’s College Stadium (SJCS) is located on the corner of Eleventh Street and Riverside Avenue. Phone 5018 8000. There is car parking at the side and rear of the building but access is only thorugh the front entrance at 169 Riverside Avenue, Mildura. The Stadium is currently utilised by St Joseph’s College as a school site for their year 8 students so participants need to be mindful that classes may be in progress. When entering through the front entrance glass doors, proceed straight ahead where you will see the Registration Desk and ticket sales table. Refreshments and lunch may be purchased diagonally across the road at Cowards West Bakery Café.
THE Mildura Eisteddfod Society Inc. holds a CAL and APRA Licence and venues will hold the necessary PPCA Licenses.
ALL MUSIC COMPETITORS
The following three copyright forms are now completed online when entering the competition through STARDOM.
Performers’ Declaration Form No. 1 This form declares that the performer is working from an original piece of music.
Adjudicator Copy Form No. 2. The Mildura Eisteddfod Society Inc. is a member of the Association of the Eisteddfod Societies of Australia, and has permission for ONE adjudicator’s photocopy for a performance. This form declares that the photocopy came from an original piece of music.
Accompanist Copy Form No. 5 Declares that any photocopied sheet music being used by the accompanist is from an original piece of music.
Competitors must use original music or officially authorised copies during their performance. It is illegal to photocopy music that is in copyright without prior permission from the copyright owner. It is illegal to copy/reproduce tracks from an original sound recording without prior permission from the record company that owns the copyright. In addition you must have a manufacture licence from AMCOS.
Ballet and Dance schools that hold a joint AMCOS/ ARIA licence are permitted to make sound recordings under the terms of licence. Licence number must be displayed.
Schools – all copies must be made in accordance with AMCOS licence agreements and stamped with school’s official stamp “AMCOS LICENSED COPY”.
Responsibility for adherence to copyright law rests solely with the person doing or authorising the photocopying or reproduction.
Copyright Infringements: The Mildura Eisteddfod Society Inc. disassociates itself from any copyright infringement and has no liability or responsibility towards those who are detected doing so. Further information can be found at www.apraamcos.com.au/
The cost of the program is $10.00.
Programs can be pre-ordered at the time of completing an entry. There will be an additional cost to cover postage.
Programs will be available for purchase at the beginning of May.
Programs can be purchased from these outlets.
22 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
PJ’s Supermarket and Newsagency
208 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
Mildura Visitors Information Centre
180-190 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
121 Langtree Avenue, Mildura
Mall Langtree Avenue, Mildura
Mildura Arts Centre
199 Cureton Ave, Mildura
Videography and Photography
No video or photography other than Mildura Eisteddfod Society appointed official photographer or videographer (copyright laws).
By submitting your entry you have automatically granted permission to broadcast, telecast or photograph any item performed in the Eisteddfod.
Any objection must be submitted in writing at least 14 days prior to the commencement of the Mildura Eisteddfod competition.
The Mildura Eisteddfod competition is a performing arts event and a high standard of presentation is expected.
Adjudicators of competitors often reflect personal presentation as well as the performance aspects.
Advice for family and support audience members
Each competition day is divided into three sessions – Morning, Afternoon and Night. Audience members are required to pay an entry fee to watch the competition. Entry fees vary depending on the length of time you would like to attend the Eisteddfod and tickets are available in the foyer for session (morning, afternoon or night) all day or season attendance. There are concession prices available. No EFPTOS facilities are available in the venues.
During the competition audience members are not permitted to speak during items while they are performing onstage, and may not leave the auditorium while an item is performing (except in exceptional circumstances such as a baby crying, coughing fit or other reason that may disturb the competitor during their performance). All parents/ care givers of performers should inform other supporters who attend the Eisteddfod to see your child perform of these protocols. At the Mildura Arts Centre a crying room is available if a child becomes distressed. Please see an Eisteddfod Volunteer Usher who will assist you to speak to the Mildura Arts Centre staff.
In keeping with the spirit of the Eisteddfod, audience members are expected to be encouraging of performers. Jeering or talking loudly during a competitors performance will result in the member being asked to leave the auditorium.
Performers’ names, district or schools are printed in the programme. Sections results are recorded in the Stardom database, Facebook page and appear in the media. Name and addresses are kept on a secure database for administrative purposes. All personal details are for the Mildura Eisteddfod use only.
The committee accepts no responsibility for any props or personal possessions left at the performance venue(s). A lost property box will be located near the Registration Desk for the duration of the Eisteddfod.
Complaints and compliments regarding the Eisteddfod event can be made to any Eisteddfod volunteer who will endeavour to address the issue or find an appropriate person to address the issue. If the issue remains unresolved you will be requested to put the issue in writing and address it to the President of the Eisteddfod Committee. The complaint will be considered and a response formulated at the Committee of Management meeting after the Eisteddfod Event.
Code of Conduct Policy
Please find listed below the Mildura Eisteddfod Code of Conduct Policy regarding safety and behavioural expectations during the Mildura Eisteddfod Event. All feedback to the Mildura Eisteddfod Committee is always welcome. Feedback can be given verbally face to face during the event, or by telephoning the Mildura Eisteddfod, or in writing via email or mail. The Mildura Eisteddfod Society discourages negative feedback via social media forums, as this affects other patrons of the Mildura Eisteddfod whose performances may be reflected on directly or indirectly in the comments. The Mildura Eisteddfod Society takes all feedback seriously and feedback is discussed at committee meetings with a view to clarifying and resolving issues. Approaching an Eisteddfod volunteer during the Eisteddfod in a respectful way to voice a concern or make a complaint is the appropriate way to air grievances.
The Mildura Eisteddfod Society support the positive participation of all entrants into the Eisteddfod competition regardless of ability and ensure that all venues have access to all areas for entrants with mobility challenges as outlined in the Code of Conduct policy. The Society is responsible for promoting and encouraging a supportive environment for entrants to participate and compete in the backstage and stage areas. All measures will be taken to provide participants with equal access to the resources available backstage.
Competitors, Teachers and Supporters have the right to:
- Participate in the competition according to competition rules.
- Access facilities required for preparation to competition.
- Be treated in a courteous and respectful manner by all other persons present backstage.
- Be given all necessary information required to compete or support the competitor.
- Participate in the competition in a safe environment.
- Be supported and encouraged throughout the competition.
- Perform on stage without distraction from any side stage or auditorium activity.
- Have easy access to the stage area for each performance.
Competitors, Teachers and Supporters have the responsibility to:
- Act in a manner respectful of other persons occupying the backstage area.
- Follow instructions given to facilitate safety measures.
- Inform Eisteddfod volunteers or Front of House Officer of any issues that may cause safety concerns.
- Follow instructions given to facilitate fair competition including Eisteddfod rules and regulations available on the website.
- Always be supportive and encouraging of other participants.
- Stay clear of any entry or exit area which may inhibit or distract from another competitor’s performance.
- Observe all rules and instructions while side stage awaiting performance.
- Not act in any way which may compromise the physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing of any other person present in all areas.
To meet the above criteria the following specific rules and consequences apply:
- Breach of safety measures / acting in a way that endangers the physical safety of another person.Consequences – warning given. If the behaviour persists then the person responsible will be asked to leave the backstage area. This may result in the person’s inability to participate in the competition.
- Examples – running (except when organized to run between the prompt and off prompt sides of the stage during a performance), damaging Mildura Art Centre property putting safety at risk, throwing objects, pushing and shoving through other people.
- Verbal abuse, bullying or harassment of another person backstage or side stage (including volunteers).Consequences –
- Examples – yelling at a person regardless of what is being said, use of profanities to another person in a yelling and insulting manner, put downs of another person’s character, ability or reputation, insulting another person, making threats to another person’s physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing. Degrading, ridiculing or laughing at another competitor’s performance or their Teachers teaching methods, and criticism of an adjudication or the adjudicator are considered to be insulting and degrading comments (exception applies when the person respectfully approaches volunteer personnel to voice a concern or make a formal verbal complaint).
- Competitor – 1 warning given. Any further breaches will result in disqualification from their next section entered and banning from the backstage area until that next section or disqualification from the current year’s competition and a ban from entering the side stage area.
- Teacher – no warnings given. Any breach will result in a ban from the backstage area.
- Parents / Supporters – 1 warning given. Further breaches will result in a ban from the backstage area for the duration of the competition.
- Damaging or stealing others property.Consequences – the person may be requested to replace the said item or compensate financially or risk being asked to leave the backstage area. Stealing is an offence under the law and will be reported to police.
- Example – borrowing property without asking, breaking another’s property knowingly.
Front of House
The Mildura Eisteddfod Society work in accordance with venue managers to facilitate the smooth running of the eisteddfod and access to all available facilities at the venue. The Society seeks to encourage a positive environment for competitors, teachers and supporters to easily do all things necessary to follow procedure for registration and gain access to the auditorium to view competition. Visitors to the venue and patrons of the eisteddfod should be able to enjoy the facilities in a friendly and harmonious atmosphere.
Competitors, Teachers and Supporters in the front of house area (shared public areas) have the right to:
- Access available facilities.
- Enjoy a friendly and harmonious atmosphere.
- Be adequately informed of all instruction necessary to complete registration for competition entry and be provided with assistance if required.
- Gain entry to the auditorium to view competition if capacity allows.
Competitors, Teachers and Supporters in shared public areas have the responsibility to:
- Act in a courteous and respectful manner to eisteddfod and venue staff.
- Do all things necessary to complete registration if required.
- Act in a courteous and respectful manner to other venue users.
- Follow rules set down by the venue or the eisteddfod that constitute personal safety or the safety of others.
- Refrain from making insulting, degrading or ridiculing comments of any other persons accessing the venue or participating in the competition.
- Refrain from doing anything that may knowingly contribute to the damage of venue property.
To meet the above criteria the following specific rules and consequences apply:
- Knowingly damaging venue property may result in the person responsible being financially liable for the damage or being at risk of being charged with vandalism.
- Verbally abusing Eisteddfod volunteers or venue staff such as making put down remarks, use of profanities in a yelling and insulting manner, accusations, threats to physical, psychological or emotional safety will result in the person being asked to leave the venue immediately.
- Verbally abusing other competitors, teachers, parents and supporters such as making put down remarks, use of profanities in a yelling and insulting manner, accusations, threats to physical, psychological or emotional safety will result in the person being asked to leave the venue immediately.
- Threats to the safety of any other person or any physical abuse will result in the abuse being reported to police and charges may be laid.
- Put downs of other competitors or their teachers or criticism of adjudicators or their adjudications made between parties loud enough that the comments can be heard by other venue users will result in the person given 1 warning. Further breaches may result in the person being asked to leave the venue.
The Mildura Eisteddfod Society seek to provide a supportive performance space with optimum conditions for our competitors. To this end the Society will impose behavioural standards that favour a positive performance experience for competitors and a positive viewing experience for audience. The Eisteddfod auditorium is also the work space of our adjudicators. The Society seeks to provide a work place environment that allows adjudicators to complete adjudication work to the best of their ability uninhibited by factors that could distract and compromise the standard of work. The Front of House Officer can make the call on inappropriate behaviour and follow the relevant policies and procedures.
Competitors on stage during their performance have the right to:
- Perform without distraction from their performance by the audience.
- Receive encouragement and acknowledgement for their performance through applause by the audience.
- Have their performance viewed by the adjudicator in a manner conducive to fair competition and without distraction.
Competitors, Teachers and Supporters in the auditorium have the right to:
- View the performance without distraction by other audience members.
- View the performance of all competitors in a positive, supportive and encouraging environment.
Competitors, Teachers and Supporters in the auditorium have the responsibility to:
- Observe all behaviour protocols of audience participation.
- Not behave in any way that could distract a competitor from their performance.
- Observe all rules, instruction and advice given by Eisteddfod volunteers and Venue staff.
- Act in a way that is conducive to the physical, psychological and emotional safety of all other persons in the auditorium.
- Not approach or distract the adjudicator at any time unless authorized specifically to do so by Eisteddfod personnel.
- Sit in designated areas in the auditorium as instructed by volunteer ushers.
To meet the above criteria the following specific rules and consequences apply:
- All members of the audience must be seated during all performances and must not move from their seat during a performance. (A performance is considered to start from the moment a competitor enters on to the stage until the moment they are fully exited from the stage). Exception applies to audience needing to exit the venue in the case of an emergency or to remove a child who may be causing distraction to the performer. Leaving the auditorium to answer a mobile phone during a performance is not considered to be an emergency.
- All members of the audience must not speak during a performance.
- All members shall not make any facial or body gestures that could cause distraction to a performer or ridicule the performer in any way. Examples of this would be poking out a tongue, putting hands over ears, pulling faces, laughing at inappropriate times.
- All members of the audience will observe the rules regarding mobile phone or recording device use. Mobile phones are not permitted to be used at any time in the auditorium. Phones are expected to be turned off or placed on silent. It is preferable that phones remain in pockets or handbags while in the auditorium.
- All members in the auditorium will make an effort to keep noise levels to a minimum to allow the adjudicator to make thoughtful decisions without distraction.
- All members of the audience are not permitted to approach the adjudicator at any time during the eisteddfod unless authorized by eisteddfod personnel. Members will refrain from making comments about any of the performances in a voice loud enough to be audible to the adjudicator.
- All members of the audience will refrain from making any negative remarks or put down comments about a competitor’s performance or the competitor or the adjudicator or the adjudication result. Breaches of this rule constitutes bullying and harassing behaviour. Competitors and supporters who participate in this behaviour will receive 1 warning and a repeat of the behaviour will result in them being asked to leave the auditorium. Teachers who participate in this behaviour will be asked to leave the auditorium.
Breaches to any of the behaviours listed above will result in a warning and or being asked to leave the auditorium depending on the severity of the breach. Consistent breaches of the above over several sessions may result in a ban from the eisteddfod event.
POLICY FOR ENTRIES
- There are No Late Entries accepted. The closing day for this year Eisteddfod is Friday 16th March 2018.
- Once entries have closed No New Entries can be added to the system.
- If a mistake has been made and a competitor has been entered into the wrong section then they can be changed to the correct section.
- Changes can not be made without being approved by the Mildura Eisteddfod Committee.
- Contact the Mildura Eisteddfod Administration Officer as soon as any mistakes are realised as changes need to be made as soon as possible.
- Mistakes found after mid April can not be changed in the program as it has already gone to print.
- All mistakes need to be reported ASAP and no later than the week before the Eisteddfod begins.
- A withdraw competitor can be replaced by another competitor in the same section. For example a student may be sick and be replaced by another student for that section.
- A competitor can not be replaced by another competitor unless it has been approved by all parties and the Mildura Eisteddfod Committee.
- All withdrawals must be reported to the Mildura Eisteddfod Administration Officer ASAP and any replacement discussed with them.
The Mildura Eisteddfod can be contacted by phone on 0429 481 898 or email via the contact page.