JAMES Cook University has opened the curtains on its decision to be the first naming rights sponsor of the Cairns Eisteddfod.
The introduction of a naming rights sponsor allows new horizons to be explored by the committee, including a potential indigenous performance section.
Cairns Eisteddfod president Peppi Bertei said the Eisteddfod committee was “really buzzing” from the JCU news.
“Their sponsorship will allow us to look at other areas of performance,” he said. “The whole point is to keep our costs down so that it’s available for everyone, not just the elite. With JCU coming on board that helps us achieve that.”
Multi-disciplinary performer Maya Hughes said she wanted young performers like herself to join in on this year’s Cairns Eisteddfod.
“It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it. It’s just meant to be fun, it doesn’t matter what you get,” the 11-year-old said.