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EISTEDDFOD AWARDS (article first published : 2006-01-31)

The National Eisteddfod Academy is calling for entries for their annual Awards competition to be presented from March 6 to 25.

The National Eisteddfod Academy Awards provides a platform where the best youth performers in music, dance and drama can compete and showcase their talents. This event culminates in an Awards Ceremony on May 13 when the winners will be announced.

Scholarships and cash prizes to the value of R70,000 will be awarded to top achievers in the various categories. This includes two Damelin College Scholarships for senior learners and a cash prize of R5,000. The Damelin Creative Arts Scholarship for a year of tuition in an arts discipline will be awarded to a learner from a previous disadvantaged background.

The NEA initially launched this prestigious project in 2004 for youth performers in the various regions of the National Eisteddfod and Di Konokono Festival. Since then more than 1,000 entries were received annually in the various categories. Following numerous requests in this regard, the NEA has decided to invite top achievers in all other existing eisteddfods and festivals to participate in the NEA Awards.

Recipients of diplomas awards (90% and higher) in all existing eisteddfods and festivals 2005 are subsequently invited to enter for the NEA-Awards in the categories for which they have received diplomas (excluding all areas of unprepared work). Certified copies of the diploma, the adjudicator's report and relevant entry fee (R200) should be submitted with each entry. The organisers of other Eisteddfods and Festivals may also nominate their top achievers for participation in the event.

All events will be scheduled at venues as determined by the NEA. At least two adjudicators will adjudicate an item during the first and their decision is final. The best performers in the various categories as determined daily will be invited to the semi-final event on March 24 to 25 where the finalists for the final event will be selected. Adjudicators will expect from each participant an outstanding and true performance that displays originality ("spark"). The expected level of skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to the performance is exceptionally high (being "cute" is not enough!).

For more information and entry forms contact the office of the National Eisteddfod Academy on 011 886 6005 or e-mail: info@eisteddfod.co.za

For more information on the National Eisteddfod Academy and Di Konokono Festival log onto www.eisteddfod.co.za




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