The National Eisteddfod of South Africa® presents opportunities to young South African talent in all communities for participation and showcasing their talents in music, dance, theatre and fine arts. The National Eisteddfod of South Africa serves as a springboard to prepare learners for a career in the performing arts.
Known as the platform of choice for many young performers, the National Eisteddfod of South Africa®
- promotes and encourage participation in the arts
- offers young performers the opportunity to experience the magic of the arts
- provides a powerful tool that builds self-confidence and the courage to take a stand in this world
- serves as a springboard to prepare talented performers for a career in the performing arts
- prides itself on giving young performers the sense of Ubuntu, a quality that embodies the universal bond of sharing and connecting communities.
The National Eisteddfod of South Africa® is a registered trademark of the National Eisteddfod Academy NPC, who has since 1997 developed the tradition form of the Welsh music and poetry festival, eisteddfod, into a no-limitations platform.
The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) (Reg. No. 1997/003935/08) is a registered Non Profit Company (NPC) in terms of the Companies Act. No. 71 of 2004 (as amended).
The annual National Eisteddfod of South Africa® is presented in various regions during August – October. Regional National Eisteddfod events consists of adjudicated sessions where any performers can participate in the following categories:
- Speech and drama
- Classical and crossover music (vocal and instrumental)
- Contemporary music (vocal and instrumental)
- Fine art
- Learners with different abilities
National Eisteddfod events are aimed at developing young performers through the adjudication and a mentoring process that involve both teacher and parent. This experience allows teachers and parents the opportunity to guide participants to deal with success and failure within a safe and child-centered environment.
Regional eisteddfod events are presented within rural and urban communities in various provinces in South Africa and even accross our borders. Participants that receive diploma awards for their performances in the regional National Eisteddfod events, qualify to be invited to compete in the annual Young Performer Awards Competition that is proudly presented annually by the National Eisteddfod Academy.
For more information on how to participate in the annual National Eisteddfod events click here.
The National Eisteddfod’s showcase events are presented in various regions and celebrate the top performers on a regional level. A selection of top achievers in each region of the National Eisteddfod are invited to perform at a formal Showcase. Various item, category and other regional top achievers are also acknowledged at these events with special certificates and awards.
These showcase events are a highlight in the National Eisteddfod of South Africa’s annual calendar. We often enjoy sold-out theatres where our young performers are celebrated by family and general public.
To see when the next Showcase event is in your area download our annual programme here.
Young Performer Awards Competion
The Young Performer Awards competition is known as the most prestigious event of its kind in South Africa. This competition expect skills, knowledge and understanding that are exceptionally high. With prizes up to the value of R100 000, “cute” is simply not enough. Therefore participation in this competition is subject to the following requirements:
- Any participant that received diploma awards in the annual National Eisteddfod activities in the preceding year qualifies to compete in this competition
- Any participant that received diploma or similar awards in any other eisteddfod or similar event may qualify, subject to the submission of the necessary proof
- All unprepared and improvised work are excluded.
The Young Performer Awards Competition is presented over four elimination rounds.
Read more about the Young Performer Awards competition here…
Young Artist Award Competion
The Young Artist Award Competition, launched in 2013 provides an opportunity for top achievers in the Creative Arts.
A panel of adjudicators will adjudicate all art entries according to the school grade of participants. All participants will receive feedback and a certificate to confirm that they have participated in this competition.
The adjudicators will select the best art work in each grade and will then select a winner in each of the following categories: Entry Level (Gr. 0 – 3), Junior (Gr. 4 – 7) & Senior (Grade 8 – Open Section). The names of these winners will be announced on 19 May 2018 at the Roodepoort Theatre.
Read more about the Young Artist Awards Cmpetition here