Rising costs threaten 104-year-old Lismore eisteddfod
THE Lismore Eisteddfod may get shut down after 104 years of history unless the event picks up new sponsors quickly.
Last year the performing arts event ran at a $16,000 loss and without donations there's no hope of breaking even in the future.
Lismore Musical Festival Society secretary Valerie Axtens said it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with rising costs.
"In 2015 everything went up, this year it's gone up ... we really do need sponsorships," she said.
"There's rising postage costs, trophies, entry form costs, the adjudicators.
"Lismore City Council used to fully subsidise for the use of the City Hall but NORPA can't afford to do that, that's the tipping point.
"I understand why they can't. They still have all their running costs but we need some money in hand to pay them."
Ms Axtens said the troupe days, held on the final days of the eisteddfod at the City Hall, were important to keep the event running.
"The venue has a magnificent stage," she said.
"The days where we make money are the troupe days held at City Hall."
She said she was also concerned about getting enough entries to run the program this year.
"You won't get entry forms in the letterbox this year, we've sent the entry forms out to the teachers," Ms Axtens said.
"I've got an awful feeling inside of me that I won't be able to get enough entries in because families haven't got that piece of paper to enter.
"I'd hate to be the last one on deck to run the eisteddfod.
"And I don't want to waste the efforts of five generations of volunteers."
The Lismore Eisteddfod provides young performers the chance to appear on stage and get professional feedback.
Ms Axtens said the troupe entry fee has been confirmed at $20 per entry.