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National Eisteddfod Academy announces 2024 Young Performer awards winners

The National Eisteddfod Academy has announced the winners of the 21st Young Performer Awards competition, recognising the talents of young performers in music, dance, drama, and visual arts.

The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) has announced the winners of the 21st Young Performer Awards competition, which took place at the Roodepoort Theatre on May 11.

The event attracted entries from top achievers in the arts nationwide.

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Christian Naude (Grade 11) from Hoerskool Monument, trained by Carel Henn, received a R3 000 cash prize and a silver medal.
Christian Naude (Grade 11) from Hoerskool Monument, trained by Carel Henn, received a R3 000 cash prize and a silver medal.

The competition was held over three preliminary rounds, beginning in February, with 28 talented young performers and groups competing for the gold, silver, and bronze medals and prize money of R20 000.

The winner was the Hip-Hop Dance group from Parktown High School for Girls who received a gold medal and a R10 000 cash prize. The runners-up were Christian Naude (Grade 11) from Hoërskool Monument, trained by Carel Henn, who was awarded a silver medal and R3 000 cash prize, and Tzu-Ching Kattie Kao (Grade 9) from Reddam House Bedfordview in the Dance category claimed the bronze medal and R2 000 cash in the Dance category.

The adjudicators were Malie Kelly, Judy Ditchfield, Lesta Erasmus, David Johnson, and Francois Möller.

The Hip-Hop Dance group from Parktown High School for Girls claimed the gold medal and R10 000 cash prize.
The Hip-Hop Dance group from Parktown High School for Girls claimed the gold medal and R10 000 cash prize.

The judging panel recognised Benjamin Vorster, a Grade 3 violinist, as the winner of the special category, Most Inspiring Performance. They also gave special recognition to three participants who did not win any awards and they were Hildegard Schraader (Speech and Drama), and James Daniel and Sihle Mona (both for Contemporary Music).

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The NEA Young Performer Awards have been a springboard for many young performers who have gone on to excel on the professional stage. Past winners include SA’s Got Talent finalist Henno William, a top achiever in ballet Julian Hepburn, Andile Ndlovu and Camille Bracher, who have both forged international careers and many more.

Tzu-Ching Kattie Kao (Grade 9) from Reddam House Bedfordview gets a bronze medal and R2 000 cash in the Dance category.
Tzu-Ching Kattie Kao (Grade 9) from Reddam House Bedfordview gets a bronze medal and R2 000 cash in the Dance category.

The National Eisteddfod Academy calls for entries to its 2024 National Eisteddfod season. Aspiring performers have the opportunity to participate by submitting video-recorded performances or performing live at various eisteddfod venues. The closing date for entries is July 31. The final deadline for hardcopy video and art entries is September 20.

Details: www.eisteddfod.co.za

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