Young Performer Awards Competition 2022

The National Eisteddfod Academy is calling for entries for the 19th NEA Young Performer Awards Competition to be presented from March – May 2022.

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 4 elimination rounds. In recent years more than R500,000 in prizes were awarded to top achievers in music, dance and drama.

The Final Round will be presented on 7 May 2022 at the University of Johannesburg Arts Centre when Gold, Silver, Bronze medals will be awarded to the best performers in music, dance and drama. Due to the impact of the4 Covid-19 pandemic the Quarter and Semifinal Round have been combined into 4 Penultimate Rounds that will precede the Final Round.

What is the format of this competition ?

  • This competition is presented over FOUR rounds.
    (Please note: due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic this has been changed to 3 rounds during 2022)
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Who may enter and how does one qualify to enter into this competition?

This competition is open for all recipients of diploma awards in the National Eisteddfod 2021, as well as top achievers who participated in other local eisteddfods / festivals during 2021: (excluding all reading and improvised categories).

As a result of the challenges caused by Covid-19 since March 2020, various options and new opportunities are now available for participation in the FIRST and SECOND ROUNDS of the Young Performer Awards Competition:

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Can someone that didn’t participate in an eisteddfod or similar activity in 2021 qualify to enter for the Young Performer Awards Competition?

Many participants regret the fact that they, as a result of Covid-19 in the past year, did not participate in any eisteddfod event. For this reason the NEA has created a Preliminary Qualifying Round as an alternative opportunity for a limited period for those participants.

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What are the closing dates and entry fees for LIVE and VIDEO RECORDED performances?

Entry fees are determined by:

  • the number of participants
  • date of entry
  • the format of submission (Online or in Hard copy format), and
  • the mode of presentation (Live Performance or Video Recorded Performance).
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How do I submit an entry for the Young Performer Awards Competition?

Participants in the 2021 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 or where do I find the hardcopy entry form for “Other Festivals” for participating in the Young Performer Awards Competition?

For more information, the Online links to individual and group online entries as well as the hardcopy entry form for “Other Festivals” click on “Read more” below.

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Young Performer Awards Competition – Dates for 2022

Provisional Programme:            

According to preliminary planning the schedule of events for LIVE performances will be published ONLINE by 21 Feb 2022. The adjudication of LIVE performances will be scheduled for 1 March – 17 March 2022.

(Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the programme of events might be subject to change. ) 

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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 to

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Entry Fees: Young Performer Awards Competition 2022

Guidelines for submitting video recorded entries

What are the Rules and Regulations for the Young Performer Awards Competition?

Who are the previous winners of this competition?

Here is some news about of the achievements of about previous top achievers in the Young Performer Awards:  Read here… 

What does others say about this competition?

This is what our adjudicators said about previous events: Read more..