What are the adjudication criteria and how do they “translate” into the award system?
SETTING THE SCENE: Detailed explanation of the adjudication process and award system
Generally speaking an objective “measurement” of any performance in the arts is very difficult, if not impossible. Ample examples of this are to be found in the arts industry/ professional world where a performance might be applauded by one and despised by another review. Within this context it is of critical importance to be reminded that the NEA considers the eisteddfod process to be an educational and developmental tool that promotes the interests of both the participant in particular and the arts in general. The adjudication of any event should then sensibly provide for the basic human desire for recognition when adjudicating and giving feedback to the
- talented learner (who might follow a career in the arts and who requires meaningful feedback);
- majority of participants (who might become the future supporters of the arts, and who will gain self-confidence, assertiveness and the courage to take a stand in this world).
In doing so the adjudicator should never lie or give false feedback to any participant. At all times the individual achievement of each participant, within the framework of his own developmental phase, should be considered and acknowledged.