The NEA Young Performer Awards Competition
is a prestigious competition comprising of four rounds where the best of the
best are being adjudicated by a panel of adjudicators for each arts discipline.
It is presented annually during March – May and involves a process of
elimination (First Round, Quarter Final, Semi-Final and Final Round) where
adjudicators expect from each participant an outstanding and true performance
that displays originality (“spark”). The expected level of skills, knowledge and
understanding relevant to the performance is exceptionally high (being “cute” is
not enough!). At the end of each round a limited number of candidates are
selected for participation in the next round.
All amateur performers that received diploma awards (or
90%+) in local arts festivals, eisteddfods or competitions are invited to
participate on a national level by entering the 13th NEA Young Performer Awards
Competition. This offers every aspiring performer in the country the opportunity
to be awarded the Best Performer in South Africa and share in the prize money in
excess of R50, 000!
Founded by the National Eisteddfod Academy in 2004 to
provide the best young performers in the various regional events presented by
the National Eisteddfod with a single prestigious platform, the annual NEA Young
Performer Awards Competition now provides a national platform where the best
young performers in music, dance and drama, as identified at various festivals
and competitions, can compete and showcase their talents. The NEA, supported by
the National Lotteries Commission, also manages the National Eisteddfod of South
Africa™, the largest eisteddfod platform in the country.
In the interest of all talented young performers in the
county, and to create additional opportunities for exposure and development to
as many of them as possible, the NEA would like to take hands with other
eisteddfods or festivals. Organisers of these events are most welcome to
nominate and enter their top achievers under the name of their organization for
participation in the NEA Young Performer Awards Competition.
The NEA has proved to be a spring board for many future
achievements. Henno William (silver medalists in the NEA Awards 2015) and
Isabella Jane Snyman were both finalists in E-TV’s recent SA’s got talent
competition. Andile Ndlovu and Camille Bracher were top achievers at the 2007
International Ballet Competition. Ndlovu, also a finalist in KykNet’s "Dance,
Dance, Dance", is currently with the Washington Ballet, one of the US’s most
prestigious dance companies. Carmen Pretorius, a rising star in the
entertainment industry, has performed amongst others in Mamma Mia, Cinderella,
Jersey Boys and in the South African movie Lien se Lankstaanskoene.. Rough
Silence (talented guitarist duo Jason Day and Merrick Kyle), recently won the
Marshall Music Acoustic Competition. Ying-Shan Tseng, the Most Inspiring
Performer in 2009 even attracted attention from the Chinese government, while
Death Rattle, a dance group, was invited to perform for the title shoot of a TV
Participants in this competition will have the opportunity
to either perform live or to submit a video recording of the performances on DVD
for adjudication in the first round of this prestigious competition. This gives
young performers in remote areas, who were previously unable to enter the
competition, now a unique opportunity to compete against their peers.
All four rounds of adjudication
will take place at the Roodepoort Theatre, starting with the first round (15
February to 17 March) and concluding with the final round on 21 May. The
semi-final round takes place from 9 to 14 May and will be presented as evening
concerts at the Roodepoort Theatre, each one dedicated to a different genre
(i.e. Classical Music, Contemporary Music, Dance and Drama).
The final deadline for entry (live performances) into this
competition is 9 February 2016. All recorded DVD’s entries should reach the NEA
not later than 29 February 2016. For more information about entry fees, forms
and additional information click here.....
Mimi Coertse, Ismail Mahomed, Sibongile Mngoma, Gloria
Bosman, Heinz Winkler, Relebogile Mabotja, Bianca le Grange, Vinette Ebrahim,
Iain MacDonald, Roderick Jaftha, Diane Coutts and Jan Engelen are a few of the
many well-known luminaries that have adjudicated in the past. The National Arts
Festival director Ismail Mahomed, a judge at the 2013 Awards, stated, "I feel
ecstatic when the arts go beyond tokenism because then it is giving recognition
to our real achievers and champions. If the NEA Award winners represent the next
generation of artists, I am filled with great hope for the creative industries".
Dawn Lindberg had the following to say: "Des and I were knocked out and
delighted by the stunning talent revealed at the recent NEA Young Performers
Awards at the Roodepoort Theatre. The beguiling young performers all displayed
self-confidence, style, and excellent technique and indeed: Star Quality! The
future of SA theatre is Alive and Well! Viva SA Theatre! Viva NEA!"
The National Eisteddfod Academy(NEA) is a non-profit
organization founded in 1997 with the sole purpose to expose our youth to the
magic of the performing arts.