Summary: Eisteddfod Genres and Categories

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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.

Creative arts section provides for and promotes the creation of new music compositions (vocal and instrumental in any style), new literature (including poetry, prose and short stories, monologues and scenes, as well as short plays) and fine arts  (including drawing, painting, sculpture, etc.) It speaks for itself that all creative work should be original works by the participant that enters the eisteddfod. All creative art entries should follow the prescribed  themes for the year. The themes for 2018 -2019 are “My country, my people“, “A new dawn” and “This makes South Africa great!” .

The Musical Theatre section 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

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. In South Africa this in particular refers to the San and Nama people. However, many cultures that are now considered indigenous to our country, (although not in the same sense than the San and Nama were), brought their innate culture with them as they migrated towards the south from various places since the 16th century.

The category for Learners with different abilities refers to learners with special needs and includes the deaf and hard of hearingblind and partly sighted, physically disabled and learning disabled, as well as intellectually challenged participants. In many instances these participants (e.g. blind and partially sighted, physically disabled and learning disabled) can be enter in any of the categories of the National Eisteddfod. Special categories are also available to provide for participants that are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as intellectually challenged participants  .

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