Adjudicators’ Forum Seminar 2019
Teaching and adjudication is two sides of the same coin. In its quest for excellence in adjudication the NEA has established clear guidelines regarding the expected levels of performance and has defined a style of adjudication that acknowledges individual achievement and emphasizes 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”.
Being the biggest organisation of this nature in the country, the National Eisteddfod Academy is acutely aware of the enormous responsibility of adjudicating performances that involve 30 000 – 40 000 participants (and their supporters!) in the National Eisteddfod of South Africa® annually.
For this reason, the NEA annually presents an intensive, one-day training seminar. The purpose of this seminar is not to provide in-depth training in any of the art disciplines. The art of adjudication is not something that one can “teach” in one day. The broad theme of the 2019 seminar will be The Mindset of your Brand. These concepts will be further introduced and unpacked at the coming seminar.
Attendance of this Seminar is a prerequisite for any aspiring NEA adjudicator. Established adjudicators are also reminded that they should attend this Seminar at least once every second year in order to maintain their current rating. (This rating determines the hourly rate for adjudication). The attendance of 3 seminars and the adjudication of NEA events over 3 successive years are required to qualify as a Senior Accredited NEA Adjudicator.