Call for entries: National Eisteddfod of South Africa


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The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) is calling for entries for the 16th Young Performer Awards and the 6th Young Artist Awards 2019 competitions.


A leading non-profit organisation for youth development in the arts, the NEA launched the Young Performer Awards for top achievers in the Creative Arts to compete and showcase their talents in 2003; in 2013 – realising that the visual arts should have its own platform – a separate Young Artist Awards competition was launched.

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All talented young, amateur performers in dance, music and drama, as well as gifted young visual artists, are invited to enter the appropriate competition.

The 2019 Young Performer Awards:

The total prize money is R50 000 – (Gold medal plus R35 000; Silver medal plus R10 000; Bronze medal plus R5 000).

The Young Performer competition takes place over four elimination rounds. The 2019 first elimination round started on 22 February with “live” performances. The NEA now offers an opportunity for talented young performers anywhere in the country to submit a video recorded performance for adjudication in the first round. The basic requirements are:

> To be eligible to enter a participant should have obtained a 90% level achievement or a diploma in any eisteddfod, festival or competition anywhere in the country;

> The recording of a performance is subject to particular requirements – it must be recorded solely for the purpose of entering this competition – no video recording of participation in another event will be accepted; professional recordings are not required (cell phone recording etc acceptable); and the submission of the video can be on CD, memory stick, via WeTransfer, or sharing on YouTube, etc. All details of the requirements are available on the webpage.

Deadline: entries and videos should reach the NEA by 19 March 2019.

The quarterfinals take place from 9 to 13 April at the Roodepoort Theatre – any candidate selected for this round must be available to perform live on these days.

The semi-finals will take place over two days and there will be two midday and evening programmes with each programme dedicated to a different genre: Speech & Drama and Dance on 15 May and the Classical & Crossover Music (vocal and instrumental) and the Contemporary Music (vocal and instrumental) on 16 May.

The final round, featuring the junior and senior semi-finalists, will be held on 29 May at the Roodepoort Theatre with adjudication by a panel of experts representing the different genres.

The 6th Young Artist Awards (for the visual arts)

The NEA Young Artist Awards Competition focuses on acknowledging and promoting young visual artists. All top achievers in any eisteddfod, festival or competition are invited to enter. In addition, schools and studios that organise their own internal competitions are also invited to enter their top achievers (as the level of achievement needs to be high, entries by participants in internally organised events should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the relevant institutions).

As with the Young Performer competition, a panel of experts adjudicates all entries during three rounds of adjudication – the first round: the best artworks per grade are selected; the semi-final round: only one artwork per grade will be selected and from this final selection a winner is selected in each of the three categories (Entry Level (Gr. 0 – 3), Junior (Gr. 4 – 7) and Senior (Gr. 8 – Open Section). The winners – the visual arts (junior and senior) receive special trophies – will be announced on 29 May at the Roodepoort Theatre, and the artwork of the finalists will be on display.

Closing date for art entries is 12 April – all artworks must be submitted to the NEA office not later than 12 April.

“Although there can only be one winner at the end, the process involved in this competition encourages the development of all participants!”, says Dr Francois van den Berg, CEO of National Eisteddfod Academy, “The achievements, locally and internationally, of previous winners and top achievers in this competition, are a testimony to the high level at which this competition has been presented since it was founded 16 years ago.”

All entry forms, entry fees, and additional information are available on the website – or alternatively contact the NEA office at tel: 011 886 6005 / fax: 011 787 3534 / e-mail:

(Please note: anyone who would prefer to enter for a “live” performance should contact the NEA office urgently as it might be possible to accommodate you. This round runs until 13 March! ).

Follow the NEA on Twitter @NEA_Eisteddfod or Facebook –

Notes to Editors

About the National Eisteddfod Academy NPC

The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) is a non-profit company that creates opportunities for youth development in the arts. The activities of the NEA provide various opportunities where young performers can develop and showcase their talents across the full spectrum of artistic and cultural diversity. Since the founding of the organisation in 1997, the annual NEA Eisteddfod activities have involved more than 514 000 participants in various rural and urban regions. Since the National Eisteddfod Academy launched the NEA Young Performers Award competition in 2004 more than 18 000 entries have been received for this competition that provides the next level of participation for young performers. The NEA also manages the National Eisteddfod of South Africa®, the largest eisteddfod platform in the country.

Media queries: Di Sparks, Behind the Scenes Communications – / 011 640 1500 / 073 208 8483.


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