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Sydney Eisteddfod is an independent community based non-profit organisation, a registered charity (NSW) and approved for tax-deductible donations. Sydney Eisteddfod presents an annual performing arts challenge along with the help of arts and education professionals. First held in 1933 the Challenge now attracts over 35,000 participants per year with an estimated 170,000 watching the performances. The company's mission is to promote the pursuit of excellence in performing arts, particularly amongst young people, through public competitions and concerts. The challenge itself presents opportunities for developing artists to publicly perform at recitals, concerts and performances that are judged by highly accredited and well known adjudicators, nurturing interest in the performing and creative arts and cultivating future audiences. Many past entrants have gone on to bigger things including, Soprano, Dame Joan Sutherland, and ballet dancer Steven McRae. Actors, June Salter and Tamsin Carroll, pianist Roger Woodward, violinists Donald Hazelwood and Richard Tognetti, 13 year old Dayton Tavaraes who is now playing Billy Elliot on Broadway, and even former prime minister John Howard honed his debating skills on the Sydney Eisteddfod Platform. Sydney Eisteddfod also promotes awareness of artistic talents and encourages cultural activities by running music workshops and dance summer schools. Sydney Eisteddfod is now widely regarded as the largest and most successful competitive performing arts festival in the Asia Pacific rim and in 2011 was awarded the City of Sydney Business Award, Cultural and Creative Services category.