National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) is a registered Non Profit Company that kindles youth development through participation in the performing arts. campaigning for the importance of the arts in education the NEA has since
1997 emphasized the importance of participation in the arts in
the development of human potential and building bridges between
Since 1997, close to 400,000 youths were involved in the various
activities of the NEA.
The NEA has established and developed the traditional eisteddfod into a no
limitations programme that targets the youth in various communities, providing
them with opportunities to participate, grow, gain experience and showcase their
talents. This programme comprises of various interlinked projects, including
Opportunities to perform at an annual Eisteddfod
where the youth can
participate and develop in the various arts
rural and township schools in
particular, where teachers do not always have
the necessary specialized skills to support the
development of learners in the arts.
Opportunities to showcase their talent at the
NEA Young Performer Showcase events (concerts)
in various regions where top
achievers, as identified during the annual
Eisteddfod, can perform.
The National Eisteddfod Academy Young Performer
Awards Competition that
provides a higher level prestigious platform for top achievers in all regions to participate
All the eisteddfod activities as presented by the NEA are rooted in the basic human desire for esteem and recognition.
By combining the magic of the arts and this basic need, the NEA has developed
the eisteddfod concept over the past 16 years into a powerful tool that supports
the personal growth of participants. The NEA program includes Music (classical
and contemporary), Dance, Drama and Visual Arts, and also provides for learners
with different abilities (e.g. the Deaf and Hard of hearing, learning disabled,
blind and partially sighted, physically and mentally handicapped).
With the support of funding received from the NLDTF, NAC, and others, many
learners from underprivileged communities were afforded opportunities to grow
and participate in this process. As a result of these activities the
participation of learners from these communities has increased significantly
over recent years (e.g. 30% increase in 2012), bringing peoples from different
communities together, building bridges between communities and contributing
towards Nation building.
In simple terms an
can be described as a number of music, dance, or drama “shows”
for which anyone may enroll and where individual participants or groups are
provided with feedback on their performances by experienced adjudicators in the
relevant disciplines. The “rating” of the candidate is then expressed in
different “levels” of awards (diploma, gold, silver, bronze, etc.), which
indicates the candidate’s progress in terms of his own knowledge, skills and
understanding relevant to the particular genre.