The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA), a registered Non-Profit Company founded in 1997, is celebrating 21st years of youth development in the arts with the 2018 National Eisteddfod Showcase season at the Roodepoort Theatre.
These Showcase concerts (previously known as the NEA Young Performer Showcase) have become a cultural highlight as illustrated by sold-out performances and the high standard of performances. Some of the best young performers in drama, music and dance, as identified in the various regions of the National Eisteddfod of South Africa, will perform at these events. Eisteddfod top achievers will also be acknowledged and awarded at these events
The Showcase dates for 2018 to be presented at the Roodepoort Theatre are as follows:
Date: 19 – 28 February
Venue: Roodepoort Main Theatre
Date: 22 and 23 February
Venue: Main Theatre and Basement Theatre
The success of the NEA is due, in large part, to the variety of events that provide ongoing opportunities for the development of the talented learner. The importance of this project in building self-esteem and confidence in the youth cannot be underestimated. With the support of various sponsors and communities over the past 20 years, it has become the largest eisteddfod in the country. The NEA has had a significant impact on youth development in the arts, exposing more than 1.2 million people (participants, parents and supporters) across the country to the magic of the arts. The first ever NEA Indigenous Arts Development Project of 2015 – 2016 (with the support of the National Lotteries Commission), expanded the NEA Eisteddfod platform to less-serviced communities across South Africa.
All recipients of diploma awards in the eisteddfod can look forward to entering the NEA Awards Competition in March and May 2018. This competition provides the next level of participation where the best young performers from various regions in the country can compete for prize money of about R50 000.