16th National Eisteddfod Academy Young Performer Awards Competition

The Young Performer Awards Competition, presented annually by the National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA), a non-profit organisation for youth development in music, dance, drama and visual arts, is reaching its final stages. Since March two preliminary rounds reduced more than 1000 entries received down to 72 semi-finalists in the different genres

A total of 72 young artists and groups will take to the Roodepoort Theatre’s stage on 15 and 16 May in the semi-final rounds of the 16th National Eisteddfod Academy Young Performer Awards competition. They will participate in 4 separate events in the following four categories:

• 15 May 2019, 15:00 – 17:30 Speech and Drama Section
• 15 May 2019, 19:00 – 21:30 Dance Section
• 16 May 2019, 15:00 – 17:30 Classical & Crossover Music Section
• 16 May 2019, 19:00 – 21:30 Contemporary Music Section.

The panel of adjudicators for the semi-finals will comprise of well-known local artists and personalities.

For the first time in the history of this competition, the semi-final round will involve two previous winners of the Gold Medal award who have joined forces. A number of other participants in previous semi- and final rounds will also make a reappearance in this semi-final round in an endeavour to reach for the gold medal and R30,000 first prize.

Classical and Crossover Music:
Zine Mostert, Alexa Burger (trained By Engela Tomlinson), Willie Naudé (Monument High School Music Magnet), Christiaan Naudé (Monument High School Music Magnet), Lesego Diphoko, Siyabonga Dube, Leanne Khumalo, Masego Manoog, Tshepang Matabane, Thobekile Mathobela, Itumeleng Ngubane, Rifiloe Ntshabele, Masego Tele & Tamia Tshili (Dominican Convent School), Linden Koor Grade 8-12 (Hoërskool Linden), BPMS Senior Choir (Bryanston Parallel Medium School),Daniël Spies (trained By Helen Vosloo) Anesta Du Plessis (Music At Your Fingertips Exclusive School), Karlin Kock, Willie Naudé & Carina Naudé (Monument High School Music Magnet)

Contemporary Music
Dodo Nyoka, Cameron Craig Peter, Gabriela Marques (Graca Teixeira Drumming Academy), Tumelo Matona (Crawford Lonehill Preparatory), Duncan Struthers, Aryan Patel (Graca Teixeira Drumming Academy), Dainfern College Senior Marimba Band, Prestige College Marimba Group, Dcs Indumo Yolutsha (Dominican Convent School), Wiane Joubert, Tanaka Muguto (Dainfern College), Yiyang Helen Liu (June Kraus Academy), Shani Mclea (Nicolie Smuts Music), Tristin Mans, Ariana Behr-Greeff, Xiao-Chi Juan, Vincent Anderes, Erin Fynes-Clinton & Zandra Zogby (Johannesburg School Of Music), Parktown Girls’ Marimbas (Parktown High School For Girls), Janél Du Toit(Respiro Studios), Gareth Ryan, Janina Rexrodt, Anika De Beer, Anastasia Schroder (June Kraus Academy) ande Vaughan Mclea & Roxanne Van Oudtshoorn (Nicolie Smuts Music)

Siana Eleftheriou, Mojalefa Mello (Cornerstone College), Kyle Deysel (Greenside High School), Jade Brummer, Tamia Stanczyk (Leftfoot Productions), Dikakapa (Tebogo Kgobokoe Arts Academy), Bagaka Ba Tkaa (Tebogo Kgobokoe Arts Academy), Jimmy Roos Gumboot Dancers (Jimmie Roos School For Boys With Special Needs),Beate Lindes (Hoërskool Monument – Dance Department), Chanell Botha, Emma Strydom, Chenique Bouwer & Elana De Wet (Phoenix School Of Performing Arts), Labyrinth (Parktown High School For Girls), Karthika Ajith Kumar, Hazel Cherian, Aadith Kurup, Naina Thomas & Diya Zaman (Tarang School Of Dance), Jacqueline Benadie, Jessica Desmond, Carla Du Toit, Mene Hough, Nqobile Kgoete, Joleen Letsholo, Marene Muller & Siphiwe Thwala (Maryna Hough Ballet Skool)

Speech and Drama
Elné Labuschagne (Piet Retief High School), Asande Cecilia Mzizi (Orban Primary School), Dawian Van Der Westhuizen, Karabo Tiba (Dixon Academy Of Education), Kristian Van Gaalen (Jack In A Box Speech & Drama), Milla Nel (Finesse Drama Studio), Minke Marais (Hoërskool Noordheuwel), Ivana Beattie (Jack In A Box Speech & Drama), Maita Mandivenyi, Charlize Duys (Hoërskool Noordheuwel), Jordan Good (Maragon Private School [High]), Ndivho Hlungwani, Mzingisi Brian Jokozela, Boitumelo Maake, Damela Mojapelo, Lwandle Sisonke Ngcobo, Ngwanatheko Nkopodi, Kuhlekonke Nzimande & Onam Sithole (Midrand English Medium Primary School), Dirk Jacobs (Laerskool Unika), Janco De Lange (Sonja Myburg Dramaskool), Hendre Calitz (Dramatix Roodepoort), Christiaan Theron, Thabiso Sauhatsi (The King’s School Linbro Park), Sir Pierre Van Ryneveld High School Speech And Drama Group, Karli Marais (Hoërskool Noordheuwel), Chantelle Van Heerden (Upstage Concepts), Layla Flockhart, Danielle Evans (Hoërskool Noordheuwel) and The King’s School West Rand Grade R Choral Verse Group.

The 72 semi-finalists will be whittled down to just over 20 talented, young performers (individuals and groups) competing for the gold, silver and bronze medals and prize money of R50 000 at the finals of the 16th annual NEA Young Performer Awards competition at the Roodepoort Theatre, Roodepoort on 29 May at 19h00.

Bookings for the 2019 NEA Young Performer Award Semi-finals (15 – 16 May) and the prestigious Finals (29 May) at the Roodepoort Theatre can be done at the theatre or on their website:

For any further information contact the NEA Office at tel: 011 886 6005 / fax: 011 787 3534 / e-mail:

Follow the NEA on Twitter @NEA_Eisteddfod or Facebook – or visit the NEA website

Media: Contact
Di Sparks, Behind the Scenes Communications – / 011 640 1500 /073 208 8483.

About the National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA)

The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) is a non-profit organisation that creates opportunities for youth development in the arts since 1997. The NEA annually presents the National Eisteddfod of South Africa® in various provinces and regions. These activities provide various opportunities where young performers can develop and showcase their talents, across the full spectrum of artistic and cultural diversity.

Taking part in the National Eisteddfod benefits all participants due to the impact of the magic of the arts on personal development and growth. (This is the reason why teachers and parents have attested to the fact that participating in the NEA Eisteddfod provides participants with self-confidence, assertiveness and the courage needed to take a stand in this world.

The NEA Young Performer Awards project has gained in prestige since it was established in 2004 to provide a single prestigious platform for young performers in music, dance and drama. The concerts have grown in popularity over the past few years and have become a cultural highlight as illustrated by sold-out performances and the high standard of performances.


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