Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has announced a return to live competitions in 2022, following a two-year break due to the pandemic.
Applications are now open for over 20 different competition categories, with the full syllabus and application information available online.
In light of continued disruptions to travel due to Covid-19, for the first time the festival is introducing a hybrid competition series, with options to compete digitally via large screens in the Pavilion in front of live adjudicators and audiences.
It says the aim is to make participation accessible to many more amateur performers this summer.
Executive producer Camilla King said: “We can’t wait to welcome friends from all over the world to experience the true meaning of eisteddfod - friendly competition and a shared joy in performing, all in the beautiful surroundings of Llangollen.
"In addition to our new digital hybrid format, applicants may notice some other changes to our competitions this year, which we hope will inspire them to come and join us for our 75th anniversary celebrations."
She added: "The jewel in the crown of the eisteddfod will be the Choir of the World competition on Saturday July 9, which for 2022 is joined by the Pendine International Voice of the Future and Dance Champions awards and is set to be a thrilling celebration of outstanding international performers.
"New for 2022 are Show Choirs, Contemporary Dance, Young Composer, Young Folk Instrumental Ensemble and Junior Instrumentalist join our existing line up which celebrates a huge variety of choral and solo singing, dance, folk music, instrumental performances, and our special non-competitive strand.
"The annual International Eisteddfod is home to over 4,000 performers during the week-long programme and is an exquisite celebration of international music, culture, creativity and collaboration.
"It is now a key driver of cultural tourism to North Wales and attracts over 35,000 visitors every year."
* Downloadable syllabus book, application forms and other competitor information available on the dedicated website: https://eisteddfodcompetitions.co.uk/