National Eisteddfod Academy seeks adjudicators


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The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) is seeking adjudicators (performing arts, visual arts) for the 2017 season of the National Eisteddfod of South Africa.

The NEA will be celebrating 20 years of youth development in the arts during 2017. Since its founding in 1997 the NEA has grown into the biggest organisation of this nature in the country, as well as recently also the proprietor of the brand, National Eisteddfod of South Africa™.

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The adjudication of thousands of entries involving between 30 000 to 40 000 participants (and their supporters!) is an enormous responsibility. Guided by its values of passion and compassion, integrity, inclusiveness, respect for the individual, and an awareness of and pride in, our multi-cultural community, it is a responsibility that is expertly and competently handled by the NEA.

NEA alumni Andile Nlovu
NEA alumni Andile Nlovu

In its quest for excellence in adjudication the NEA has established clear guidelines for the expected levels of performance and has defined a style of adjudication that acknowledges individual achievement and emphasises the joy of participation in the arts.

“Adjudication in the arts is not only an evaluation of a performance, but also the art of sensing possibility,” says Dr Francois van den Berg, CEO of the National Eisteddfod Academy. “Adjudication deals with human beings and their feelings. An insensitive adjudicator can kill underlying potential and future interest in the arts.”

For this reason, the NEA annually presents an intensive, one-day training seminar on “brand alignment” in the adjudication process, a concept first introduced in 2016. The seminar is not intended to provide in-depth training in any art discipline, as the NEA is critically aware that it is impossible to “teach” the art of adjudication in one day.

The 2017 seminar is as follows:
Date: 29 July 2017
Time: 9:00 – 16:00
Venue: Reddam House School Helderfontein, Chattan Rd, Zevenfontein, Midrand
Cost: R250 p/p (this fee covers the cost of the conference, including lunch and refreshments).

For more information about the NEA or to register online, visit You may also request an application form by e-mailing your details to or contacting the NEA office 011 886 6005 / fax: 011 787 3534.

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