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EISTEDDFOD ANTHOLOGY (article first published : 2007-07-23)

The National Eisteddfod Academy recently published a unique 400 page publication with graded examples of poetry in all 11 official languages.

The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) is a non-profit organization established ten years ago with the view to expose youth to the magic of the performing arts. Currently supported by the National Lottery Development Trust Fund, Arts and Culture Trust, West Rand District Municipality, BASA, JHI and FLB, the NEA has been facilitating the development of the performing arts on a multi-cultural level in schools and communities in various provinces. The annual NEA eisteddfod is one of the platforms subsequently established as an opportunity for the youth to showcase and develop their talents in music, dance, drama and visual arts.

In celebrating their first decade of youth development in the arts, the National Eisteddfod Academy made history recently by publishing an Anthology that contains graded examples of poetry in all 11 official languages. Over and above graded examples of poems representing various poetry genres (the limerick, narrative, lyric, ballad, epic, sonnet, ode, elegy and free verse poems), it also contains sections on performance guidelines for solo verse speaking, understanding African language poetry and choral verse speaking.

This publication is not restricted for use at the annual NEA Eisteddfod only but can be used by anyone searching for examples of poetry to present at an eisteddfod or festival. It is also a useful resource book for teachers involved in the teaching of language and literacy.

For more information regarding participation in the eisteddfod or the newly released Anthology, contact the NEA office on 011 886 6005 or e-mail the NEA at info@eisteddfod.co.za

More information at www.eisteddfod.co.za




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