BALLARAT’S prestigious Royal South Street competitions were launched in front a packed Her Majesty’s Theatre Long Room on Thursday night.
Back in their 123rd year, the competitions have registered more than 10,000 competitors which will result in more than 40,000 onstage appearances.
Royal South Street treasurer Janice Shelmerdine said the renowned annual competitions drew competitors from far and wide.
“There are more than 10,000 competitors and about 75 per cent of them come from outside Ballarat,” she said.
“This competition has been, and still is, huge for the Ballarat community.”
Arts Ministers Heidi Victoria was in attendance and officially launched the competitions by revealing the 2014 Chairman’s book.
Ms Victoria said it was “spooky” to be back at Her Majesty’s after competing at Royal South Street about 35 years ago.
Thanking all of the volunteers and sponsors who allow the competitions to run each year, Ms Victoria said Royal South Street was a “marvellous” event which many now associated with Ballarat.
“Congratulations because you are bringing some amazing stuff to this town,” she told the crowd of about 100 people.
The competitions, which involve all age groups and categories including singing, dance and debating, kick off on Monday.
For more information visit www.royalsouthstreet.com.au