What is the difference?

A frequently asked question is: 

Is the National Eisteddfod and the Young Performer Awards Competition the same thing?

The short answer is NO, but both are activities of the National Eisteddfod Academy.

Next question:

What is the difference between the National Eisteddfod of South Africa and the National Eisteddfod Young Performer Awards Competition?

A brief summary of the differences is as follows:

National Eisteddfod of South Africa:

  • Is an annual youth arts development platform
  • Is not a competition
  • Any one can enter in any art discipline
  • No age restrictions
  • Happens from August – October
  • Open for entries on 1 April


National Eisteddfod Young Performer Awards Competition

  • Is an annual competition for diploma award recipients in the eisteddfod activities of the previous year
  • Only diploma recipients in the National Eisteddfod activities of the previous year qualify to enter
  • Diploma recipients in other eisteddfod and similar events may also enter – certified copies of the achievement in other events is required – subject to the approval of the NEA
  • Only amateur performers may enter
  • Is presented from March – May
  • Open for entries in January
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