Young Performer Awards Competition 2019


The  National Eisteddfod Young Performer Awards competition is known as the most prestigious event of its kind in South Africa. With prizes up to the value of R50 000, “cute” is simply not enough.

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

Who may participate in this competition?

This competition is open for all top achievers in the National Eisteddfod 2018, as well as top achievers in all other local eisteddfods / festivals in 2018. This competition expect skills, knowledge and understanding that are exceptionally high.  For this reason participants have to comply to one of 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 are allowed (except for reading and improvised categories  that are excluded).
    • Participants can submit their entries ONLINE at a lower entry fee.
    • Hard copy entries are also accepted before the deadline that applies to hard copy entries
  • Participants in other festivals / events:
    • Any participant that received a diploma or similar award in any other festival or event may qualify.
    • All performance categories are allowed (except for reading and improvised categories  that are excluded).
    • Proof of the said achievement needs to be submitted for approval.
    • Entries can only be submitted in HARD COPY format at the applicable entry fee.

What is the format of this competition ?

  • 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.

What does others say about this competition?

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

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