Call for participation 2021

National Eisteddfod of South Africa 2021: Call for participation has opened on 1 April 2021

The NEA is convinced that the development of young talent cannot be locked down! Recent research already revealed the devastating and shocking impact of the prolonged closure of schools on the willingness and ability of children to learn and to explore.

The truth of the matter is that Covid-19 had a serious impact on all non-profit organizations during 2020, including the National Eisteddfod Academy that suffered a loss of about 70% of expected entries and income. The postponed reopening of schools brought about yet another challenge and seriously impacted our ability to plan or to generate income early in the year.

However, as in 2020, the National Eisteddfod of South Africa will again be presented as far and wide as possible by utilizing various modes of participation.

  • Live performances at available venues (in line with the required protocol)
  • Live performances on virtual platform
  • Video recorded performances

The Prospectus as used in 2020 will still be valid for 2021 as originally planned. Details about closing dates and entry fees for 2021 are available HERE.

The call for entries for the 2021 season has opened on 1 April 2021.

For a brief overview of the the various genres and categories that the National Eisteddfod of South Africa provides for, read more HERE.

Added value of eisteddfod participation in challenging times.

Covid-19 has turned the world upside down and people are increasingly experiencing feelings of anxiety and fear. These feelings of parents also have an impact on their children as children often internalize and take on what they experience through other people.

Children need structure and routine in a predictable environment, something that many of them currently don’t have. Creating predictable circumstances as far as possible within the given circumstances will help to set them at ease. 

According to practitioners in mental health it is critical to remain hopeful in difficult  circumstances like this. This doesn’t mean that one should have unrealistic expectations. To be hopeful is to focus on a predetermined goal and to believe that one will reach the end goal. One way to achieve this is by setting realistic, short term targets.

A decision to participate in the National Eisteddfod is a tool that can assist parents in creating a predictable environment by:

  • Setting an achievable short term goal
  • Motivating the participant to prepare for and focus on this predetermined goal that has to be achieved by predetermined date.

We realize that in the past many participants were entered by their respective schools, which currently is not always possible. The downside of this situation is that parents do not have much experience in entering their kids or providing assistance in the preparation that goes with it.For this reason we have created an extensive range of help files to guide parents through the process of registering and submitting entries online. If all else fails, the NEA office is always available for support.

In addition we have also created a platform where parents can register for the virtual coaching of their children by members of the NEA Adjudicators Forum in instances where the school cannot provide support to learners with regards to eisteddfod participation.

More information about closing dates and entry fees has been published online. For more information click on Fees and Closing dates in the top menu bar.

Participating schools/institutions are kindly requested to update their online profiles to ensure effective communication.