The National Eisteddfod Academy is calling for entries for the 21th NEA Young Performer Awards Competition to be presented from March – May 2024.
The National Eisteddfod Young Performer Awards Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in South Africa for young performers in music, dance and drama , is annually presented over 3 – 4 elimination rounds. In recent years more than R500,000 in prizes were awarded to top achievers in music, dance and drama.
The Semi-final and Final Rounds will be presented from 8 – 11 May 2024 at the Roodepoort Theatre when Gold, Silver, Bronze medals will be awarded to the best performers in music, dance and drama.
What is the format of this competition in 2024?
- This competition is presented over THREE / FOUR rounds (Large groups will participate in three rounds).
Who may enter and how does one qualify to enter into this competition in 2024?
This competition is open for all recipients of diploma awards in the National Eisteddfod 2022, as well as top achievers who participated in other local eisteddfods / festivals during 2023: (excluding ALL reading and improvised categories).
The following options are available for participation in the FIRST and SECOND ROUNDS of the Young Performer Awards Competition:
Are there any items that are excluded from the Young Performer Awards Competition?
For practical reason some items and categories are excluded from the list of approved categories for this competition. These items include the following:
Can someone that didn’t participate in an eisteddfod or similar activity in 2023 qualify to enter for the Young Performer Awards Competition 2024?
For aspiring participants that did not participate in any eisteddfod event in the past year the NEA has created a Preliminary Qualifying Round as an alternative opportunity for a limited period only:
I have qualified to enter for the Young Performer Awards Competition. Must I perform the same item as last year?
Generally speaking, a participant is expected to perform the same item as the one that received a diploma award in last year’s eisteddfod. However, in recent years this rule was not enforced.
How do I submit an entry for the Young Performer Awards Competition?
Participants in the 2022 season of the National Eisteddfod of SA can submit their entries for this competition online and or can request a personalized “hardcopy” of the entry form if they wish to submit their entries in hardcopy format (kindly note that a higher entry fee and earlier closing date apply to hard copy entries.
Participants in other festivals can only submit entries in “hardcopy” format.
Where do I submit an online entry to participate in the Young Performer Awards Competition?
For more information and the ONLINE links to individual and group online entries click on “Read more” below.
Where do I find the hardcopy entry form for “Other Festivals” to participate in the Young Performer Awards Competition?
For the hardcopy entry form for “Other Festivals” click on “Read more” below.
Can I submit a Special Requests regarding unavailable date for participating in the Young Performer Awards Competition?
To provide for possible challenges, participants may submit special request pertaining to availability before the closing date for entries on 16 February to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where and when will live performances be adjudicated?
Update on activity dates
Details regarding the venues and dates for the various adjudication rounds in this competition are as follows:
Important information regarding selecting a LIVE of VIDEO recorded performance?
Participants can choose between performing LIVE at the venues as indicated above, or to submit a VIDEO RECORDING for adjudication in the FIRST Round.
What are the closing dates and entry fees for 2023?
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).
Live Performances 2023
Closing dates and entry fees – Live Performances ONLY (ONLINE ENTRIES):
(Participants in the National Eisteddfod of SA during 2022)
|Entry Type||Closing date||Individual Entry||Ensemble Group (2-5)||Small Group (6-10)||Medium Size Group (11-20)||Large Group (21+)|
|Online Early Bird entry||01 Feb 2023||R 380||R 400||R 425||R 450||R 490|
|Online Normal entry||17 Feb 2023||R 410||R 430||R 455||R 480||R 520|
|Online Late Bird||24 Feb 2023||R 440||R 460||R 485||R 510||R 550|
|Hard Copy||17 Feb 2023||R 420||R 440||R 465||R490||R 530|
Closing dates and entry fees – Live performances ONLY (HARD COPY ENTRIES):
(Only for Participants in other Festivals / Competitions in 2022)
|Entry Type||Closing date||Individual Entry||Ensemble Group (2-5)||Small Group (6-10)||Medium Size group (11 – 20)||Large Group (21+)|
|Hard Copy||24 Feb 2023||R 420||R 440||R 465||R 490||R 530|
Video Recorded Performances 2023
(This information applies to all participants in the annual National Eisteddfod of SA 2022, as well as participants in Other Festivals during 2022) wanting to submit Video Recorded Performances for adjudication in the FIRST and QUARTER FINAL ROUNDS of the Young Performer Awards Competition 2023).
|Entry Type||Closing date||Individual Entry||Ensemble Group (2-5)||Ensemble Group (2-5)||Medium Size Group (11-20)||Large Group (21+)|
|Video recording Early Bird entry||01 Feb 2023||R 380||R 440||R 440||R 440||R 440|
|Video recording Normal entry||24 Mar 2023||R 410||R 470||R 470||R 470||R 470|
|Video recording Late Bird||30 Mar 2023||R 440||R 500||R 500||R 500||R 500|
|Video recording Hard Copy||18 Mar 2023||R 420||R 480||R 480||R 480||R 480|
Important: Entry fees should be submitted with the ONLINE or HARD COPY entry according to the cut-off date for the particular entry. In order words, an “Early Bird” entry should be paid before the deadline, else the higher fees according to the NEXT CUT-OFF date will be charged. The entry fee for the National Eisteddfod Young Performer Awards Competition is a ONCE-OFF non-refundable fee. Entry fees are due WITH the submission of entries.
PLEASE NOTE: All video recorded performances should be submitted to the NEA office NOT LATER than 24 March 2023. Late Bird entries will not be accepted after 30 March 2023.
National Eisteddfod Academy NPC
ABSA Current Account
Account No.: 404 747 8448
Branch Code: 632 005
Quote PAYREF and name of participant as reference