Young Performer Awards Competition 2019

Young Performer Awards Competition 2019

The  NEA Young Performer Awards competition is known as the most prestigious event of its kind in South Africa.  This competition expect skills, knowledge and understanding that are exceptionally high.  With prizes up to the value of R50000, “cute” is simply not enough. Participation in this competition is subject to the following requirements:

  • Participants in the annual National Eisteddfod of South Africa:
    • All recipients of diploma awards in the preceding year qualifies to compete in this competition.
    • All performance categories (reading and improvised categories  are excluded).
    • Entries can be submitted ONLINE at a lower entry fee
  • Participants in other festivals and events:
    • Any participant that received a diploma or similar award may qualify.
    • Proof of achievement needs to be submitted for approval.
    • Entries can only be submitted in HARD COPY format at the applicable entry fee.
    • All performance categories (reading and improvised categories  are excluded).

The Young Performer Awards Competition is presented over 3 – 4 elimination rounds (as determined by the category).

  • The first round comprises of adjudicated events in each genre, where the adjudicator panels nominate  participants to proceed to the quarter final round.
  • The quarter finals take on a similar format, where the adjudicator panels nominate approximately 15-20 per genre to proceed to the semi-final rounds. 
  • The 4 semi-final rounds of Young Performer Awards competition are presented in  concert format at a theatre.  Each concert is dedicated to a genre (classical and contemporary music, dance and drama. The best participants in the different categories, as decided by the adjudicators’ panel, are then invited to compete in the final round. 
  • In the final round, a panel of experts representative of the different genres finally decide on the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
  • Representatives Kruger an d Kie, the auditors’ company of the National Eisteddfod Academy oversee the adjudication process in the semi-final and final rounds.

This is what our adjudicators said about previous events: Read more..   Here is also some news about of the achievements of about previous top achievers in the Young Performer Awards:  Read here…


Call for entries: 16th National Eisteddfod Young Performer Awards Competition

The National Eisteddfod is calling for entries for the 16th Young Performer Awards Competition, with total prize money of R50,000.

The Final Round, to be presented at the Roodepoort Theatre on 29 May 2019 will see Gold (+R35000), Silver (+R10000) and Bronze (+R5000) medals, as well as other cash prizes awarded to the best performers in music, dance and drama.

This competition is open for all top achievers in the National Eisteddfod during 2019, as well as top achievers in all other local eisteddfods.

How do I enter for the Young Performer Awards Competition?

  • Recipients of Diploma Awards in the National Eisteddfod 2018  can enter HERE.

  • Participants in other eisteddfods /similar events may enter for the Young Performer Awards Competition on the following conditions:

Achievement of 90% and more is required
Proof of achievement is required
The entry fee for “Other Festivals” apply
An entry should be submitted on the official entry form.  Download a copy of the hardcopy entry Entry Form for other festivals.
  • Rules and Regulations for the Young Performer Awards Competition

Click here to download a copy of the Rules and Regulations


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