Young Performer Awards


Call for entries: 15th National Eisteddfod Young Performer Awards Competition


The National Eisteddfod is calling for entries for the 15th Young Performer Awards Competition, with total prize money of R100,000.

The Final Round, to be presented at the Roodepoort Theatre on 19 May 2018 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.

This competition is open for all top achievers in the National Eisteddfod during 2017, as well as top achievers in all other local eisteddfods.

More about the Young Performer Awards Competition

The Young Performer Awards competition is known as one of 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.

The Young Performer Awards is presented over four elimination rounds, and is by invitation only.  Those who received diploma awards in the annual National Eisteddfod activities or other similar eisteddfods and events qualify to compete in this competition (excluding all reading, unprepared and improvised categories).

The first round comprises of adjudicated events, where the adjudicator panels nominate no less than 200 participants to proceed to the quarter final round.  The quarter finals take on a similar format, but participants are reduced to approximately 15-20 per category.  The best performers in each of the categories will proceed to the semi-finals.

The 4 semi-final rounds of Young Performer Awards competition are presented in concert format at the Roodepoort theatre.  Each concert is dedicated to a participation category.  The best junior and senior participants in each category will proceed to the final round, to be presented at the Roodepoort Theatre on 19 May 2018.

In the final round, participants will be adjudicated by a panel of experts in each of the five participation categories.  Here the Gold, Silver and Bronze Young Performer Awards will be awarded to the overall best performances. Additional awards will also be presented to the best senior and junior performers in each genre.



26, 27, 28 February

5,6,7,8,9,10 March

12, 13, 14,15,16,17 March

19, 20 March



22,23,26,27 March



16 & 17 March

24 March


How do I enter for the Young Performer Awards Competition?


  • Participants in the National Eisteddfod 2017 that received Diploma awards for their performances in 2017 can enter
  • Participants in other eisteddfods of similar events may also enter for the Young Performer Awards Competition on the following conditions:

For more information interested individuals or institutions are invited to contact the NEA Office at 011 886 6005 / or log onto