Competition Events

Young Performer Awards Competition

Young Artist Award Competition

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.

  • The first round comprises of adjudicated events in each genre, where the adjudicator panels nominate  participants to proceed to the quarter final round.
  • The quarter finals take on a similar format, where the adjudicator panels nominate approximately 15-20 per genre to proceed to the semi-final rounds. 
  • The 4 semi-final rounds of Young Performer Awards competition are presented in  concert format at a theatre.  Each concert is dedicated to a genre (classical and contemporary music, dance and drama. The best participants in the different categories, as decided by the adjudicators’ panel, are then invited to compete in the final round. 
  • In the final round, a panel of experts representative of the different genres finally decide on the winners of the Gold, SIver and Bronze medals.
  • Representatives Kruger an d Kie, the auditors’ company of the National Eisteddfod Academy oversee the adjudication process in the semi-final and final rounds.


Read more about previous top achievers in the Young Performer Awards here…


Call for entries: 15th National Eisteddfod Young Performer Awards Competition

The National Eisteddfod is calling for entries for the 15th Young Performer Awards Competition, with total prize money of R100,000.

The Final Round, to be presented at the Roodepoort Theatre on 19 May 2018 will see Gold (+R35000), Silver (+R10000) and Bronze (+R5000) medals, as well as other cash prizes awarded to the best performers in music, dance and drama.

This competition is open for all top achievers in the National Eisteddfod during 2017, as well as top achievers in all other local eisteddfods.


 How do I enter for the Young Performer Awards Competion?

  • Participants in the National Eisteddfod 2017 that received Diploma awards for their performances in 2017 can enter HERE.


  • Participants in other eisteddfods of similar events may also enter for the Young Performer Awards Competition on the following conditions:

Achievement of 90% and more is required

Proof of achievement is required

The entry fee for “Other Festivals” apply

An entry should be submitted on the official entry form.  Download a copy of the hardcopy entry Entry Form for other festivals.


  • Rules and Regulations for the Young Performer Awards Competition

Click here to download a copy of the Rules and Regulations

Requirements for video recorded entries:  Guidelines for VIDEO RECORDINGS


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.


How do I submit my entry?

  • All recipients of diploma awards for Arts in the National Eisteddfod 2017

Only participants in the National Eisteddfod of South Africa 2017 can submit entries online. Please use the following link – click  HERE.


  • Participants in other festivals or events.

  • Organizers of other eisteddfods and festivals can enter their top achievers under the name of their organization.
  • Alternatively, parents of these participants are also welcome to enter on their own.
  • Schools, institutions, studios, that don’t necessarily participate in eisteddfods or other festivals or only do so bi-annually, but manage their own internal visual arts events / competitions are invited to enter their top achievers for the National Eisteddfod Young Artist Award Competition.  The expected level of achievement is high; therefore these entries can only be selected and entered by the institution by means for an internal selection process and not by individual parents.

Click HERE for Entry forms for participants in other festival/events/internal competitions.


  • All art work need to be submitted to the NEA office by 16 March.


For any questions or clarity on issues onthis page, please contact the NEA office on  
Tel: 011 886 6005 / fax: 011 787 3534  or


Entry fees for Visual Arts

The entry fee for the NEA Young Artist Award  Competition is a ONCE-OFF FEE entry fee. Closing dates / fees for visual arts entries are as follows:

  • 10 February: EARLY BIRD (ONLINE* ONLY): R280
  • 28 February: NORMAL ONLINE entries: R300
  • 16 March: Hard Copy entries: R350

*Only participants in the National Eisteddfod of South Africa 2017 can submit entries online.

All the art work should also reach the NEA office by 16:00 on 16 March.


Art Entry forms for participants from other festivals

Download Entry form in MsWord format

Download Entry form in Pdf format

Late entries

Late entries will be accepted until 29 March (a late entry fee will be charged.)

  • 29 March LATE ENTRIES (Online/Hard copy): R410



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