The National Eisteddfod Academy NPC, a non-profit organisation for youth development in the arts, is calling for entries for the 18th NEA Young Performer Awards competition, one of the most prestigious events of its kind in South Africa.

The competition is open to all amateur talented young performers in music (classical and contemporary), dance and drama that have excelled in any eisteddfod or similar events anywhere in the country in 2020. It is presented over four rounds, starting on 17 March, and concluding with the final round on 8 May 2021 at the Roodepoort Theatre, when Gold, Silver, Bronze medals, and cash prizes will be awarded to the winning performers in music, dance and drama.

To facilitate the challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and any other eventualities that may arise from the prevailing lockdown level, participation and adjudication in the first and second rounds will allow for both live and video recorded performances. To even the playing field in the adjudication and ranking of live and video performances, each will be ranked separately in both the first and second rounds. The final quarter-final ranking will then comprise of the top achievers from both groups.

To qualify for entry to participate in this competition, the would-be participant should have received a diploma award in the National Eisteddfod of South Africa in 2020, or a similar award in any other eisteddfod or competition in the same period. To assist those talented performers that did not participate in any eisteddfod last year and therefore do not qualify to enter, the NEA has introduced a new Preliminary Qualifying Round for those performers by means of a video-recorded submission.

“The Young Performer Awards Competition provides a vital stepping-stone for young artists”, says Dr Francois van den Berg, CEO of National Eisteddfod Academy, “the subsequent achievements of many previous winners, top achievers and participants in their careers, is proof of this”.

The closing date for entries and the submission of video recording (where applicable) is 13 March 2021.


To find out more about the entry fees, entry forms, the performance categories, the new Preliminary Qualifying Round and other information, please visit the website www.eisteddfod.co.za or contact the NEA Office on 011-886-6005 / e-mail: admin@eisteddfod.co.za

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