Young Performer Awards Competition 2020


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. More than R500,000 in prizes were awarded to top achievers in music, dance and drama in recent years.

Who may participate in this competition?

This competition is open for all top achievers in the National Eisteddfod 2019, as well as top achievers who participated in other local eisteddfods / festivals during 2019. 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 new in the Young Performer Awards 2020?

  1. We have taken it to the next level! Individual participants will no longer be limited to only the exact “approved” items as presented at the Eisteddfod in 2019. In addition, the longstanding practice to refer to the school grades of the previous year has been abandoned and will be replaced by the current grades.

  2. We have also grouped similar items together to create new broader categories that require a similar “skill set”. (For example: Lyrical Poetry, Narrative Poetry, Free Verse Poetry etc. have been grouped together in a “Poetry Category”). This approach now opens up new opportunities for the serious performer! If you have received a diploma award for any item in this category, you will now also have access to any number of the other items in the same category. In other words:  if you only qualified with your performance of one narrative poem, you will now also be allowed to present more items in the same category.

  3. The rationale for this approach is that achievement on diploma level in any category can be considered as confirmation that the participant has acquired the higher skills level required in the given category. This now provides for an opportunity to present additional items within the “approved” skill set and is also an incentive for the participant to stretch his wings.

  4. When submitting an entry ONLINE participants will notice that the approved and available items now also reflects their current grades (except for open section!). These items will also includes additional items that form part of the broader approved category, e.g. “Poetry”, “Monologues”, “Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Urban, Inspirational & Rock”, “Classical Keyboard music”, “Public Speaking”, etc.

  5. The prize money will also be differently allocated. Although a significant amount will still go towards the Gold Medalist, more cash prizes will also be awarded to various other categories.

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: the adjudicator’s panel for each genre will select 15 – 20 participants / groups that will then compete in the four proceed 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.
  • An auditors’ company oversees the adjudication process in the semi-final and final rounds.

Young Performer Awards – Dates for 2020

Provisional Programme for Young Performer Awards Competition 2020: This programme provides for the school holidays of public as well as 3 and 4 term independent schools. Read more…

Entry Fees: Young Performer Awards Competition 2020

Entry fees are determined by the number of participants, date of entry as well as the format of submission (Online or in Hard copy format), etc..
Closing dates and entry fees Read more. . .

How do one enter for the Young Performer Awards Competition?

There are 2 categories of participants with different options and entry fees: 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 does others say about this competition?

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

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