What others say about the Young Performer Awards
Ismael MahomedThe National Arts Festival director Ismail Mahomed, an adjudicator at the 2013 Awards, stated as follows, “I feel ecstatic when the arts go beyond tokenism because then it is giving recognition to our real achievers and champions. If the NEA Award winners represent the next generation of artists, I am filled with great hope for the creative industries”.
Dawn Lindberg had the following to say: “Des and I were knocked out and delighted by the stunning talent revealed at the recent NEA Young Performers Awards at the Rodepoort Theatre. The beguiling young performers all displayed self confidence, style, excellent technique and indeed: Star Quality! The future of SA theatre is Alive and Well! Viva SA Theatre! Viva NEA!”
Various adjudicator panels are involved in the adjudication of the different rounds. Previous adjudicators of the Final Round include many well-known luminaries like Mimi Coertse, Ismail Mahomed, Des and Dawn Lindberg, Sibongile Mngoma, Gloria Bosman, Heinz Winkler, Esther Nasser, Paul Boekkooi, Marguerite Robinson, Relebogile Mabotja, Bianca le Grange, Vinette Ebrahim, Iain MacDonald, Roderick Jaftha, Diane Coutts, Henry Mylne, Jan Engelen and others.