The Young Performer Awards competition is known as the most prestigious event of its kind in South Africa. This competition expect skills, knowledge and understanding that are exceptionally high. With prizes up to the value of R100 000, “cute” is simply not enough.
Therefore participation in this competition is subject to the following requirements:
- Any participant that received diploma awards in the annual National Eisteddfod activities in the preceding year qualifies to compete in this competition
- Any participant that received diploma or similar awards in any other eisteddfod or similar event may qualify, subject to the submission of the necessary proof
- All unprepared and improvised work are excluded.
Young Performer Awards Semi-final Round Performance dates are as follows:
YOUNG PERFORMER AWARDS – SEMI-FINAL ROUND
Dates: May: 9, 10, 11, 12
Times : All shows to start at 19:00 until ±22:00 including a 30 minutes interval.
9 MAY 2018 – NEA YOUNG PERFORMER AWARDS: SEMI-FINAL CLASSICAL AND CROSSOVER MUSIC: 9 MAY 2018
10 MAY 2018 – NEA YOUNG PERFORMER AWARDS: SEMI-FINAL SPEECH & DRAMA: 10 MAY 2018
11 MAY 2018 – NEA YOUNG PERFORMER AWARDS: SEMI-FINAL CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: 11 MAY 2018
12 MAY 2018 – NEA YOUNG PERFORMER AWARDS: SEMI-FINAL DANCE SECTION: 12 MAY 2018
The Young Performer Awards Competition is presented over four elimination rounds
- 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, SIver and Bronze medals.
Representatives Kruger and Kie, the auditors’ company of the National Eisteddfod Academy oversee the adjudication process in the semi-final and final rounds.