National Eisteddfod of South Africa® 

Who are we?

The  National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) (Reg. No. 1997/003935/08) is a registered Non Profit Company (NPC) in terms of the Companies Act. No. 71 of 2004 (as amended).  Since 1997 the NEA has created opportunities for more than 559,000 young performers in Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape, Northern Cape, North West, Free State and Eastern Cape to perform and develop their talents in speech and drama, music, dance and creative arts across the full spectrum of cultural diversity.

                          Young Artist Award 2019 Gr.8 - Open -Yaeya Katherine Dukes - Gr. 11 - Brescia House School

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The National Eisteddfod of South Africa® is the registered trademark of the National Eisteddfod Academy and is presented annually in various regions during August – October. Regional eisteddfod events are presented within rural and urban communities in various provinces in South Africa and even across our borders. At these regional National Eisteddfod events participants can participate in the following categories where they are adjudicated by members of the NEA Adjudicators’ Forum:

    • Speech and drama
    • Dance
    • Classical and crossover music (vocal and instrumental)
    • Contemporary music (vocal and instrumental)
    • Fine arts
    • Learners with different abilities

All National Eisteddfod events are aimed at developing young performers through the adjudication and  mentoring process that involve both teacher and parent. This experience allows teachers and parents the opportunity to guide participants to deal with success and failure within a safe and child-centered environment. Al categories provide for the inclusion of learners with different abilities.


What makes us different?

The National Eisteddfod Academy beliefs that fascinating things happen in the human’s mind and body when involved in some kind of artistic expression. This is equally true for young and old and holds they key to the development of self-confidence and appreciating one’s own value as a human being.

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Who may participate in the National Eisteddfod of South Africa?

The National Eisteddfod for South Africa® has no limits and provides participants of ALL ages with opportunities to participate, including differently abled participants. Any one can be entered by a school, studio of individual parent for an unlimited number of entries. In short: any individual, group, school, organization etc. may register and enter for the annual National Eisteddfod for any of the following: 

  • singing
  • dancing
  • acting, reading and public speaking
  • playing an instrument, as well as
  • painting, drawing, sculpturing, etc.



What do we offer?

The National Eisteddfod of South Africa® provides a non-competitive environment where young and old in all communities can perform, learn, develop and showcase their potential in music, dance, theatre and fine arts. This goes hand in hand with a unique style of adjudication that distinguishes it from other similar events.

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In what categories can one participate?

A frequently asked question is : “In which art forms can I participate at the National Eisteddfod of South Africa?”


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When and where does it happen? 

The annual National Eisteddfod is presented in various regions and provinces, mainly in the period August – October. The venues are mainly located at schools and other community facilities that are willing to host eisteddfod activities. Participation and adjudication usually takes place after school hours from 15:00 until 19:00 or as arranged with the participating schools / community.



How can one become involved?

The first step is to register your interest to become involved by registering on the NEA webpage:


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Where do I find the categories and entry numbers?

The User code and password that will be provided once you have completed your online registration give you access to all the National Eisteddfod online platforms:

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What are the closing dates and entry fees for 2024?

Entry fees are determined by:

  • number of participants,
  • date of entry
  • format of submission (Online or in Hard copy format), and
  • mode of presentation (Live Performance or Video Recorded Performance).
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