Supported by the National Lotteries Commission, the National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) creates opportunities for youth development in the arts.
These opportunities include the annual National Eisteddfod of South Africa™, the NEA Indigenous Arts Development Project, the annual NEA Awards Competition and the NEA Young Performer Showcase.
The NEA Showcase 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. These events will feature some of the best young performers in drama, music dance and indigenous arts as identified in the various regions of the National Eisteddfod as well as the NEA Indigenous Arts Development Project. The eisteddfod top achievers will also be acknowledged and awarded at these events.
The dates for Showcase 2015, to be presented at the Roodepoort Theatre, are as follows: 16 October (Western Gauteng), 20 – 21, 23 October (Randburg), 27 October (Johannesburg), 29 – 30 October (Sandton).
The Showcase for Limpopo and Northern Gauteng will take place at the Atterbury Theatre on 9 November, while Mpumalanga is scheduled for 24 October at the Nelspruit Theatre.
All shows start at 19:00 and booking is at Smartfan (Roodepoort Theatre) and Computicket (Atterbury Theatre) or at the door. Tickets range from R60 – R115.
The success of the NEA is due, in large, to the variety of events that provide ongoing opportunities for the development of the talented learner. The importance of this project in building self-esteem and confidence in the youth cannot be underestimated.
All recipients of diploma awards in the eisteddfod can look forward to entering the NEA Awards Competition in March and May 2016. This competition provides the next level of participation where the best young performers from various regions in the country can compete for prize money of about R50 000.