NEA Young Performer Awards 2021 Winners
The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 18th Young Performer Awards competition which was presented on Saturday 8 May at the Roodepoort Theatre.
This highly regarded Awards competition, presented by the NEA, a non-profit organisation for youth development in the arts attracted more than 1 000 entries from top achievers in the arts from all over the country.
Due to the Covid-19 lockdown the semi-final and final rounds of the 2020 competition were postponed and were combined with the semi and final rounds of 2021. From the combined semi-final rounds 26 young performers and groups went through to the finals to compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals.
The winners of the 18th National Eisteddfod Young Performers Award competition were:
• Gold medal and R10 000 in cash – Chi-Chi Juan
• Silver medal and R3 000 in cash – Grace Wang
• Bronze medal and R2 000 in cash – Melissa van Rooyen
In the special category, Most Inspiring Performance, the adjudicators nominated two events:
• Alicia Ferguson on drums
• Labyrinth Dance Group from Parktown High School for Girls
The adjudicator’s panel at the final round comprised Heidi Edeling, Harold van Buuren, Izak Davel, Desiree Markgraaf and Peta-Ann Richardson/Holdcroft.
The NEA’s CEO Dr Francois van den Berg congratulated everyone involved in the training, producing, creating and staging of the Young Performers Awards Finals.
“We firmly believe that youth development in the arts should never be ‘locked down’, and we’re grateful to all who kept the arts alive irrespective of all the challenges that the pandemic caused during the past year”, he said.
The annual NEA Young Performer Awards affords the opportunity for young, upcoming learners in the performing arts from across the country and has proven to be the springboard for many of the participants. Those that have gone on to excel on the professional stage include 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, finalist in SA’s Got Talent, top achievers in Ballet, Andile Ndlovu and Camille Bracher both forged international careers, the young pianist, Iman Bulbulia performed internationally and at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, Carmen Pretorius, now an established musical theatre and TV star in the entertainment industry, and the actor Cantona James, the winner of the drama section in the 2015 Young Performer Awards and the Best Upcoming Artists Award (2019 Woordfees) and a nomination as Best Newcomer in the Royalty Soapie Awards 2020.
Hot on the heels of the successful Young Performer Awards competition, the largest eisteddfod platform in the country the National Eisteddfod of South Africa® is calling for entries for the 2021 National Eisteddfod season, providing for all genres (classical and contemporary music, dance, speech and drama (in all official languages) and creative arts.
To provide for possible challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic could still bring along, the National Eisteddfod is again providing for various options of participation: over and above the option to perform live at the various eisteddfod venues, aspiring performers (in every corner of the country!) can also participate by means of video recorded performances, as well as real-time virtual performances on Zoom and other platforms.
The closing date for online entries is 30 July 2021, but video recorded entries may be submitted until the end of September 2021.
All information – the NEA prospectus, different categories and requirements, dates for activities in particular regions, entry forms, entry fees and guidelines for the submission of online entries and virtual entries – is available on the NEA website – www.eisteddfod.co.za
For any further enquiries please contact the NEA Office at 011 886 6005 / e-mail: email@example.com
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About the National Eisteddfod Academy NPC
The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) is a registered non-profit company that creates opportunities for youth development in the arts. The activities of the NEA provide various opportunities where young performers can develop and showcase their talents across the full spectrum of artistic and cultural diversity. Considering that, since the founding of the organisation in 1997 the annual NEA Eisteddfod activities have involved more than 560 000 participants in various rural and urban regions, it is fair to say that the NEA is an organisation that has had a significant impact on youth development in the arts. Notwithstanding the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic the NEA continued with activities throughout 2020 by introducing various alternatives for participation in the annual eisteddfod. The National Eisteddfod Academy launched the Young Performer Awards as a next level competition platform for young performers in 2004; some ten years later a Young Artist Awards competition for visual arts was initiated. The National Eisteddfod Young Performer Awards Competition for young performers in music, dance and drama, is presented annually and has awarded more than R500 000 in prizes in recent years. Mimi Coertse, Ismail Mahomed, Sibongile Mngoma, Gloria Bosman, Heinz Winkler, Relebogile Mabotja, Bianca le Grange, Vinette Ebrahim, Iain MacDonald, Roderick Jaftha, Diane Coutts, Petronel Malan and Henry Mylne are a few of the many well-known luminaries that have adjudicated in the past.