Eisteddfod 2019


A frequently asked question is: “Which art form or participation categories can be presented at the National Eisteddfod of South Africa ?”

Eisteddfod Genres & Categories

Overview, Fees & Rules This section contains detailed information regarding the National Eisteddfod Academy, Rules & Regulations, entry fees & closing dates for entries and Adjudication.


Indigenous South African Arts   provides for art as performed by indigenous people that lived in South Africa long before other people came to live here, but also to many cultures that brought their innate culture with them as they migrated towards the south from various places since the 16th century and are now considered indigenous to our country.


Choral singing   refers to a group of singers performing together under the guidance of a conductor or choir master. Choirs may sing without instrumental accompaniment, with the accompaniment of a piano or other instruments, and in recent years even backing tracks..

The Instrumental Music category   includes all instruments with separate sections for Classical music (the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc.) as well as instrumental performances in Crossover style (Richard Clayderman and others) and Contemporary music (pop, rock and folk etc.) .

Speech & drama  covers a wide range of categories ranging from solo verse speaking up to one act plays. It provides for all official languages and all material is own choice.  The Prospectus provides comprehensive support material and guidelines for the various categories. .

The category for Learners with different abilities  refers to learners with special needs and includes the deaf and hard of hearing, blind and partly sighted, physically disabled and learning disabled, as well as intellectually challenged participants. .

This section provides documentation  as required for the submission of entries in a “hard copy”format..
Confidence builder provides for participants that would like to perform for the pure joy of it, without the pressure of the competition element. It does not involve any “grading” of the performance and no “marks” or  “awards” will be presented.


Novice section & Elementary level   provides for a participant has received up to 3 years of teaching on an instrument. This applies to all novices, irrespective of the  TEACHING method (traditional classical or modern contemporary).



The Vocal music section   includes vocal performances in all styles of music, including Classical, Crossover and Contemporary.  This section provides for solo singing as well as vocal ensembles.


The Dance Section provides for a wide range of dance styles that includes Classical Ballet, Modern styles, African dance, as well as Revue productions with pre-recorded voices and many other styles for individual participants, ensemble groups and larger groups. .

Creative arts section  provides for the creation of new music compositions, new literature and fine arts  (including drawing, painting, sculpture, etc.) All creative art entries should follow the prescribed  themes 2018 -2019: “My country, my people”, “A new dawn” and “This makes South Africa great!” . .

Musical Theatre  provides for any performance that involves singing, dancing and acting. Examples are the presentation of a cabaret style production, vocal ensemble productions (including “serenade” and “glee”), extracts from Broadway musicals, musical theatre productions and experimental musical plays.