The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) announces the semi-finalists of its 2019 Young Performer Awards competition.

The NEA is a non-profit organisation for youth development in music, dance, drama and visual arts. Since March over 1 000 entries received were whittled down, in two preliminary rounds, to 72 semi-finalists (in the different genres): Classical and Crossover Music, Contemporary Music, Dance, and Speech and Drama.

On Thursday 15 and Friday 16 May at the Roodepoort Theatre, the 72 talented and young semi-finalists were further whittled down by a panel of adjudicators comprising well-known local artists and personalities, to just over 20 finalists (individuals and groups).

On Wednesday 29 May at the Roodepoort Theatre, Roodepoort at 19h00, the prestigious Finals of the 16th NEA Young Performer Awards competition will have the finalists competing for the gold, silver and bronze medals, and the prize money of R50 000.

For the first time in the history of the competition two previous Gold Medal award winners have joined forces and will be presenting a duet (cello and violin) in a crossover style, and together with a few other previous semi- and final participants will be making a reappearance in the semi-finals in an effort to win the coveted Gold Medal and R30 000 First Prize.

Bookings: at the Roodepoort theatre or on their website: / Semi-finals – 15 & 16 May; Finals – 29 May
Please note: online entries for the new Eisteddfod season are open on

For any further information please contact the NEA Office at tel: 011 886 6005 / fax: 011 787 3534 /
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