Call for entries extended

National Eisteddfod of South Africa®: Call for entries extended

Youth development in the arts cannot be locked down! Although things are not quite back to normal, the movement to Level 2 is good news and for this reason the National Eisteddfod of South Africa® has extended its call for online entries for the 2020 National Eisteddfod season until 6 September 2020.

Fallon Mondlance
( currently studying in the UK)

While many eisteddfod events and other festivals planned for 2020 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 lock-down implemented at the end of March, the National Eisteddfod Academy NPC (a registered non-profit company that manages this event), decided right from day one that the show must go on!

Provisions have been put in place for whatever eventualities that may arise from the prevailing lockdown level, and a new virtual mode of participation – in addition to video-recorded entries – was introduced. 

This new virtual performance mode will retain some of the excitement present in live performances, including the possibility to be adjudicated in real time on an online platform, the possibility to watch the performances of other participants and to receive feedback at the end of each session.

The minimum requirements for a virtual performance include access to a smart phone, a stable internet connection, and data.

Cantona James
Upcoming South African Actor

The NEA has always, in its promotion of the arts-in-education, emphasised the importance of eisteddfod activities for personal development and growth of all learners and now, considering the current circumstances, the therapeutic value of arts activities and the influence of the “magic of the arts” on young performers, cannot and should not, be ignored.

Andile Ndlovu
Previous winner of the National Eisteddfod Academy Awards
performing on the Bolshoi stage in Moscow

It is a reality that Covid-19 has turned the world upside down. People are increasingly experiencing feelings of anxiety and fear. These feelings experienced by parents have an impact on their children as children often internalize and take on what they experience through other people. Participating in the Eisteddfod is a way that can help children to cope with these challenges.

The National Eisteddfod of South Africa® has an extensive Prospectus that provides for all art disciplines.  For more information about this and how one should go about to enter, interested parents, teachers and parents all over the country are invited to click HERE for answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions.

For additional support please contact the NEA Office on 011-886-6005 or send an email to

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The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) is a non-profit company that creates opportunities for youth development in the arts. The activities of the NEA provide various opportunities where young performers can develop and showcase their talents across the full spectrum of artistic and cultural diversity. Since the founding of the organisation in 1997 the annual NEA Eisteddfod activities have involved more than 536 000 participants in various rural and urban regions. The NEA manages the National Eisteddfod of South Africa®, the largest eisteddfod platform in the country.