Awards Announcement Eisteddfod 2021

National Eisteddfod of South Africa

Showcase Awards 2021

The National Eisteddfod Academy is pleased to announce the names of the top achievers in the National Eistedddfod of South Africa® 2021. These Awards will be presented at the National Eisteddfod Showcase 2021 events to be presented early in 2022.

Due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the arts and the number of entries that was received in 2021, all participants have, as in 2020, been grouped into one National list and only one set of Awards is subsequently announced.

The various awards are divided in 2 separate sections, namely individual participants and ensembles/large groups. For ease of access the names have been listed in alphabetical order.

 

 

ITEM WINNER CERTIFICATES

  • A participant with the highest mark (%) in any given item in a region will receive an Item winner certificate, stating e.g. that he/she was the item winner in Narrative Poetry, Gr. 1. Other examples of items are the following: Narrative Poetry, Gr. 2; Classical Ballet Solo, Gr. 7; Vocal solo, Inspirational music with backing track, Gr. 8; etc.
  • Should a participant be the winner in more than one item, all these achievements will be listed on one certificate, although the implication is then that each event that he won, warrants a separate award.
  • Minimum requirement: Achievement on diploma level (91% and higher).
  • When there were many entries and adjudication of any given item was done over more than one session, all the entries for that item are grouped together in order to determine the winning candidate (i.e. participant with the highest mark).
  • Achievement on this level can be compared to achievement on a district level.

 

 

MEDAL AWARDS

  • A participant with the highest mark (%) in any given category in a region will receive a medal and Category winner certificate, stating e.g. that he/she was the category winner in Narrative Poetry, Junior.
  • Broadly defined a category is a combination of similar items, often grouped into phases, or in a junior or senior section.
  • A category should involve at least 10 individual participants or groups. An example of a category is as follows: “Narrative Poetry, Junior”:
    This category can comprise of the following items: Narrative Poetry Gr. 3, Narrative Poetry Gr. 4, Narrative Poetry Gr. 5, Narrative Poetry Gr 6, Narrative Poetry Gr. 7, provided that at least 10 candidates participated in these events.
  • Should a participant be the winner in more than one category, all these achievements will be listed on one certificate, although the implication is then that each category that he won, warrants a separate award. He will thus receive a medal for each category that he won.
  • Minimum requirement: Achievement on diploma level (with a percentage of 91% and higher).
  • Should more than one participant share the top position, a medal will be awarded to each of them.
  • Each participant in a winning group item with 5 and less participants will receive a medal.
  • Only one medal will be awarded to larger groups (16 and more participants).
  • When there were many entries and adjudication of any given item was done over more than one session, all the entries for that item are grouped together in order to determine the winning candidate in the category (i.e. participant with the highest mark).
  • In the event of a participant obtaining the highest mark in any given item (item winner), as well as the highest mark in a grouping of similar items (medal award), both awards will be printed on ONE certificate, stating that he was also the category winner as well as the item winner in the listed event.
  • Achievement on this level can be compared to achievement on a district level.

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

NEA AMBASSADOR AWARD

  • This is awarded to individual participants and groups in the annual Eisteddfod based on the highest marks obtained in any given item.
  • This award can be distinguished by the exclusive use of a special Ambassador Award seal.
  • For the purpose of this award all the results in all regions are considered.
  • The number of NEA Ambassador Awards may differ from year to year, but will be awarded to a maximum of 3% of the total number of individual participants and groups in the given year. Achievement on this level can therefore be compared to achievement on national level in a specific item.
  • As from 2020 an Ambassador Award will only be awarded to participants from Grade 4 and higher. All reading items are also excluded from this award.

 

TOP 10 FOUNDATION PHASE, GR. 4 – 7 AND SENIOR AWARDS

 

KINDLY NOTE: The error with the ” duplicate profiles” has been resolved.  This was caused by instances where a participant was entered under more that one institution that belongs to different regions: e.g. a participant that was entered under a school that belongs to region A and was also entered under a studio that belongs to region B, appeared to be two “different profiles” / persons.  This created conflict in the current scenario where only ONE national Top Achievers list had to be compiled, compared to various regional lists as previously. This error had to be corrected and had an impact on the ranking as was published earlier.  It was subsequently decided to extend the Top Achievers list to include the Top 20 Achievers in the lists as provided below.

 

The top 5 to 10 participants (junior and senior) in each region will be identified and ranked according to their total achievement (excluding group work) in all sections. To be considered for this award, achievement on diploma level in any event should be part of any participant’s total achievement.

This mark is calculated by allocating a numerical value to each level of achievement as awarded by the adjudicators for every item (excluding group work) a candidate has participated in, as well for any subsequent award (e.g. item winner, category winner, etc.) according to the following scale: Certificate (1 mark), Silver (5 marks), Gold (10 marks), Diploma (30 marks), Item winner (10 marks), Category winner (30 marks) and Ambassador Award (90 marks). Since 2012 only the highest result in any item is considered for the calculation of the total . Achievement on this level can be compared to achievement on a district level.

Given the fact that no regional Top 5/10 are announced in 2021, it was decided to announce the Top 15 achievers in each of the following categories:

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

The NEA does not take responsibility for the impact of duplicate profiles that might impact on the top achiever ranking order, other than the situation as referred to above. This ranking is system generated and cannot provide for any possible real duplicate profiles.

Any error in this regard that might be identified, will be addressed early in 2022.  Please email ceo@eisteddfod.co.za should you have any queries in this regard.