The National Eisteddfod Academy NPC a non-profit organisation for youth development in the arts, since 1997, is calling for entries for the 20th NEA Young Performer Awards competition, one of the most prestigious events of its kind in South Africa.

The competition is open to all amateur talented young performers in music (classical and contemporary), dance and drama that have excelled in any eisteddfod or similar events anywhere in the country in 2022. It is presented over four rounds, starting on 1 March and will conclude with the final round on 13 May 2023 at the Roodepoort Theatre.

Participation and adjudication in the first and second rounds will allow for both live and video recorded performances. To even the playing field in the adjudication and ranking of live and video performances, each will be ranked separately in both the first and second rounds. The final quarter-final ranking will then comprise the top achievers from both groups.

To qualify for entry to this competition, the would-be participant should have received a diploma award in the National Eisteddfod of South Africa in 2022, or a similar award in any other eisteddfod or competition in the same period. To assist those talented performers that did not participate in any eisteddfod last year and therefore do not qualify to enter, the NEA has introduced a new Preliminary Qualifying Round for those performers by means of a video-recorded submission.

“The NEA provides an amazing platform for the participants to develop their performing arts skills and talent, whilst at the same time nurturing a love of the arts” says Dr Tiffany Higgo, a member of the 2021 adjudicators’ panel. “The NEA is a fantastic stepping stone for the youth to develop talent, confidence, teamwork, and communication skills. It is one of the most important youth developments in the country – inclusive, innovative, and nurturing.”

The final closing date for live performances is 24 February 2023. Video recorded performances can be submitted until 24 March 2023.

To find out more about the entry fees, entry forms, the performance categories, as well as the Preliminary Qualifying Round and other information, please visit the website or contact the NEA Office on 011-886-6005 / e-mail: