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Many young performers have dreams of becoming internation stars, they dream of Hollywood, fame and success. Very often, and unfortunately at a prize, many of them fall prey of promises of instant fame etc.! The reality however, is that only a very small number of these aspiring performers will hit the international fame jackpot. 

The NEA does not promise Hollywood, fame or success. The NEA Young Performer Awards Competition does not pretend to be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow either! What the NEA does offer is  a credible, non-profit platform that provides talented performers with an
additional, higher level opportunity to nurture and develop their skills and talents in a more challenging environment. The value derived from this experience will enhance their self-esteem beyond superficial greatness, to a deeper knowledge of themselves, their potential and their challenges, in order to become successful citizens.  This holds true for many of the 16500+ participants in this competition over the past 14 years. 

The integrity and truthfulness of this competition stand beyond any doubt when one considers the achievements of previous winners and top achievers in this competition: The well-known faces in the pictures above all have at least one thing in common:  they were ALL top achievers in the NEA Young Performer Awards Competition since its founding in 2004 - to name but a few: Henno William, Isabella Jane (Snyman) and Julian Hepburn were all finalists in E-TV’s SA’s got talent competition. Henno (silver medalists in the NEA Awards 2015) has recently been signed by New York-based music executive, Kevin Liles who will launch the young singer-songwriter in the United States and internationally.

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 USA’s most prestigious dance companies; Camille Bracher is currently dancing for the Londen Ballet Company; Maudee Montierre is a well-know soprano and currently a lecturer at the University of Cape Town; Carmen Pretorius, has performed in Mamma Mia, Cinderella, Jersey Boys and the South African movie Lien se Lankstaanskoene, amongst others. 

Previous
achievers

This competition is presented over four rounds. Following a process of elimination, it concludes with a Final Round where the junior and senior winners of the dance, contemporary and classical music, and drama sections compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals (and cash prizes of at least R50,000).
  • During the First Round the various adjudicators' panels​​​​​ will nominate about 200 candidates / items to compete in the Quarter Final Round. 
  • ​The number of candidates will again be reduced in the Quarter Final Round to about 15 - 20 per genre for inclusion in the the Semi-Final Round.
  • The Semi-Final Round will be presented as evening  concerts at the Brooklyn Theatre, each one dedicated to a different genre (i.e. Classical and Crossover Music, Contemporary Music, Dance and Drama). 
  • The Final Round:  All the junior and senior winners as selected during the Semi-Final Round will compete in this round where a panel of 5 adjudicators, representative of the different genres, will finally select the winners of the Gold, SIlver and Bronze Medals.

What is the NEA Young Performer Awards Competition?

  • The NEA Young Artist Award Competition:
  • The National Eisteddfod Academy Young Artist Award Competition, was launched in 2013 to provide an opportunity for top achievers in the Creative Arts.
  • ​​​​​It provides a next level of competition for the young visual artist that has already participated in other festivals and events. 
  • opens a window of opportunity for young artists that would otherwise be excluded, as the NEA invites schools, institutions and studios which manage their own internal visual arts events / competitions,  to enter their top achievers for the NEA Young Artist Award Competition. As the level of achievement needs to be high, these entries can only be submitted once selected by means of an internal institutional process and not by individual parents.
  • concludes with the announcement of the name of the winners on 20 May 2017 at the Brooklyn Theatre. 

What is the NEA Young Artist Award Competition?

Performing Arts:
The First and Quarter Final Rounds of the 14th annual NEA Young Performer Awards competition will again be presented at the Roodepoort Theatre.  

The Semi-Final and Final Rounds will be presented at the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria. 

The provisional dates for adjudication are as follows:

  • First Round (20 February to 15 March 2017); 
  • Quarter Final Round   (25 - 30 March 2017); 
  • The Semi-Final Round takes place from 9 to 12 May and will be presented as evening  concerts at the Brooklyn Theatre, each one dedicated to a different genre (i.e. Classical and Crossover Music, Contemporary Music, Dance and Drama). 
  • The Final Round will be presented at the Brooklyn Theatre, Pretoria on 20 May 2017.

Visual 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 20 May 2017 at the Brooklyn Theatre. 

When and where does it happen?

The 2017 NEA Young Performer Awards Competition  and Young Artist Award Competition is open to any amateur performer or artist who has received 90% or more in the National Eisteddfod of South AfricaTM or any other eisteddfod or similar competition during 2016.

Previously, transport costs made if difficult for young performers in remote areas to enter the competition. However, with the support of technology, performers anywhere in the country can submit a video recorded performance on DVD for adjudication during the first round of the competition.

The NEA Young Artist Awards Competition also provides a next level of competition for young artists that participated in other festivals or events.  Organisers of other eisteddfods and festivals are also welcome to nominate and enter their top achievers under the name of their organization for participation in NEA Young Artist Awards Competition. Alternatively, parents of these participants are also welcome to enter on their own.

The NEA is also aware of the fact that many schools, institutions, studios manage their own internal visual arts events / competitions. In order to open a window of opportunity for these young artists that would otherwise be excluded, the NEA is inviting these schools, institutions and studios to enter their top achievers for the NEA Young Artist Award Competition.  These entries can only be submitted once it has been selected by the institution by means for an internal process and not by individual parents.

 

Who may enter?

The entry fee for the NEA Young Performer Awards Competition or Young Artist Award is a ONCE-OFF FEE, determined by the size of the group and the method and date of submission. Hardcopy and late entries are more expensive!) For full details of entry fees and closing dates click here...

 

What does it cost to enter?

The closing date for online entries at normal fee is 6 February. Late entries will be accepted until 13 Feb at a higher fee. Please note that different dates and fees apply to the VISUAL ARTS section. Entry forms, entry fees and additional information for ONLINE and hard copy entries (by fax / e-mail) are available ONLINE.

 

When is the closing date for entries?

The National Arts Festival director Ismail Mahomed, an adjudicator at the 2013 Awards, stated as follows, "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, excellent technique and indeed: Star Quality! The future of SA theatre is Alive and Well! Viva SA Theatre! Viva NEA!"

 

What do others say about this competition?

Various adjudicator panels are involved in the adjudication of the different rounds. Previous adjudicators of the Final Round include many well-known luminaries like Mimi Coertse, Ismail Mahomed, Des and Dawn Lindberg, Sibongile Mngoma, Gloria Bosman, Heinz Winkler, Esther Nasser, Paul Boekkooi, Marguerite Robinson, Relebogile Mabotja, Bianca le Grange, Vinette Ebrahim, Iain MacDonald, Roderick Jaftha, Diane Coutts, Henry Mylne, Jan Engelen and others.

 

Who are the adjudicators?

Entries can be submitted ONLINE (for participants in the National Eisteddfod 2016) or in HARDCOPY format. A brief outline of the process is as follows:

A) Participants in the National Eisteddfod of SA 2016:

Search for your reference number and the entries that qualify to enter this competition by clicking any one of the following 2 buttons:

 Performing Arts   or  Visual Arts

  • Make a note of your reference number and go to the NEA website www.eisteddfod.co.za
  • For ONLINE entries
    • Select the NEA Young Performer Awards or the NEA Young Artist Award button on the top menu bar.
    • Select "Enter  Performing arts ONLINE>" or "Visual Arts ONLINE>  buttons.
    • Enter your name, surname and unique Participant Number to log in.
    • All the items that has qualified for the NEA Young Performer/  Artist Award will then be displayed
    • Follow the instructions to submit an ONLINE entry. IMPORTANT: the  entry is only completed once the FINALIZE button has been clicked. (This step will create the Payment reference code).
    • (Visual Artists also need to download a copy of the entry form to attach to the art work. Submit you art work to the NEA Office not later than 28 February).
  • ​For HARDCOPY entries
    • Download and complete a copy of the applicable Hardcopy entry form
    • Submit the entry form to the NEA Office before the closing date.
    • Visual Artists:Attach a copy of the entry form to your art work before submitting it to the NEA. 

B) Participants in other festivals:
If you have not participated in the NEA during 2016,  but qualified to enter based on the information provided in this document, the steps are as follows:

  • Select the NEA Young Performer Awards or the NEA Young Artist Award button on the top menu bar.
  • For HARDCOPY entries
    • Select "Entry forms>
    • ​Download a copy of the entry form (available as MsWord document and in Pdf format).
  • Complete the entry form.
  • Do an EFT payment and submit the entry form WITH proof of payment by fax or e-mail, or
  • Hand in the entry form and entry fees at the NEA Office not later than 18 February (to qualify for the hardcopy fee).
  • Visual artists: Submit the art work (with a copy of your entry form attached) to the NEA Office, preferably by 28 February, but not later than 10 March.

How does one submit an entry?

For any questions or clarity on issues that this brochure did not address, please contact the NEA office on 
Tel: 011 886 6005 / fax: 011 787 3534 / e-mail:
info@eisteddfod.co.za

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