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Saturday, March 4, 2023


The National Eisteddfod Academy is calling on practitioners in the arts industry that have an interest in education and the development of South African future artists and performers to become involved in the adjudication of the upcoming National Eisteddfod Academy Young Performer Awards Competition.

The National Eisteddfod Academy Young Performer Awards Competition is presented over four elimination rounds and provides a platform where the best young performers in all the various regions of the National Eisteddfod from the preceding year can come together and participate, compete and showcase their talents across the full spectrum of artistic and cultural diversity. The competition was launched in 2004 and since then more than R500 000 has been awarded in prizes.

Many past winners and participants in the competition have gone on to excel on the professional stage amongst them are Henno William, a 2015 Silver medallist and a SA’s Got Talent 2015 finalist, was signed by a New York-based music executive; Julian Hepburn, also a finalist in SA’s Got Talent; Andile Ndlovu and Camille Bracher, top achievers in Ballet forged international careers; Iman Bulbulia performed internationally and at the prestigious Carnegie Hall; Carmen Pretorius, now an established musical theatre and TV star in the entertainment industry seen most recently in Janice Honeyman’s Adventures in Pantoland, while the actor Cantona James, winner of the drama section in 2015 Young Performer Awards received the Best Upcoming Artists Award at the 2019 Woordfees and was nominated as Best Newcomer in the Royalty Soapie Awards 2020.

Over the years, the adjudication panels comprised well-known personalities in the performing arts industry – Mimi Coertse, Sibongile Mngoma, Petro Malan, Gloria Bosman, Relebogile Mabotja, Bianca le Grange, Vinette Ebrahim, Iain MacDonald and Ismail Mahomed amongst many others. Mahomed, now the Director at the Centre for Creative Arts: University of KZN and a judge at the 2013 Awards commented “If the NEA Award winners represent the next generation of artists, then I am filled with great hope for the creative industries.”

The NEA expects adjudicators to be educators-at-heart and to embrace the NEA’s values of passion and compassion, integrity and credibility, inclusiveness, respect for the uniqueness of each participant and to have an awareness of and pride in our multi-cultural diversity.

Interested practitioners in the arts industry are invited to send their CV’s to as soon as possible to be considered as adjudicators at the NEA Young Performer Award competition 2023.

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