This section is of paramount importance. PLEASE read and study it very carefully.
The very first Arts and Culture Festival in 2012 set the standard for future festivals. Our festival is known all over as a festival which established itself as a festival to be reckoned with due to its high standard and excellent adjudicators. In order to keep pace with national and international standards we have adopted (in the various categories) new grading systems.
You will immediately notice that we (in general) do not issue MERITS (as known in Art Festivals in South Africa as an achievement between 50 -59%) in the COMPETITIVE GRADED MUSIC SESSION. IN THE COMPETITIVE GRADED INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC SESSION, WE FOLLOW THE GENERAL MARKING CRITERIA AS PUBLISHED BY THE ASSOCIATED BOARD OF THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC (ABRSM).
PLEASE CONSULT THE INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS FOR THE APPROPRIATE GRADING SYSTEM.
90%+ = Engraved Gold Medal
80 – 89% = Gold
70 – 79% = Silver
60 – 69% = Bronze
50 – 59% = Blue (Merit)
Please check the GRADING SYSTEM for each category.
Each candidate receives a state-of-the-art diploma. The level of achievement is indicated by the notarial seal according to the grading system of the session.
A CANDIDATE WHO RECEIVE A GOLD MEDAL, AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE A GOLDEN DIPLOMA. IT IS THE OPINION OF THE ORGANISER THAT IT IS INAPPROPRIATE FOR A CANDIDATE TO RECEIVE AN EMPTY DIPLOMA WITHOUT ANY NOTARIAL SEAL. THEREFORE, ALL GOLD MEDALS RECEIVE A GOLD SEAL ON THEIR DIPLOMA.
- The decision of the adjudicator is final.
- Adjudicators reserve the right to disqualify a candidate if the rules of the Festival are not obeyed.
TROPHIES & CASH PRIZES
There are 15 trophies in the 2017 festival
- Music – Beginners
This trophy is awarded to the most promising candidate in the BEGINNER session. This candidate will also receive a cash prize of R500.00, specially designed Diploma and a Gold Medal.
- Music – Graded (NON-COMPETITIVE)
This trophy is awarded to the most promising candidate in the NON-COMPETITIVE GRADED session. This candidate will also receive a cash prize of R500.00, specially designed Diploma and a Gold Medal.
- Music – Competitive General (Primary & High School candidates only)
The trophy is awarded to the most promising candidate in the competitive (GRADED) music session. This candidate will also receive an engraved gold medal, specially designed Arts and Culture Festival diploma as well as a cash prize of R500.00
- Music – Competitive Examination Session (Primary & High School candidates)
The trophy is awarded to the most promising candidate in the COMPETITIVE INSTRUMENTAL EXAMINATION session (any instrument). This candidate will also receive an engraved gold medal, specially designed Arts and Culture Festival Diploma as well as a cash prize of R1 000.00.
- SPRAAK- EN DRAMA (AFRIKAANS)
EEN TROFEE word toegeken aan die mees belowende, talentvolle leerling in hierdie sessie. Hierdie kandidaat sal ook ‘n gegraveerde goue medalje asook ‘n diploma wat spesiaal vir hierdie afdeling ontwerp is ontvang. Daar sal ook ander pryse wees vir hierdie kategorie, maar ons is nog in die onderhandelingsproses. Meer besonderhede sal volg sodra ons alle reëlings gefinaliseer het.
- SPEECH AND DRAMA - ENGLISH
ONE TROPHY will be awarded to the most promising, talented individual in this session. This candidate will also receive an engraved gold medal as well as a specially designed diploma. There will be other prizes but we will reveal all of this as soon as we have finalised all arrangements.
- CHOIR COMPETITIVE SESSION
There are 3 trophies in this competitive session. The three best choirs will each receive ENGRAVED GOLD MEDALS, SPECIALLY DESIGNED ARTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL 2016 DIPLOMAS AS WELL AS VARIOUS CASH PRIZES. SEE THE SYLLABUS FOR DETAILED INFORMATION.
IMPORTANT: ALL TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED TO CANDIDATES DURING THE PRESTIGE CONCERT AND CHEESE & WINE FUNCTION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. THE NAMES OF THESE RECIPIENTS WILL NOT BE REVEALED UNTIL THE PRESTIGE CONCERT. (see the page of the prestige concert for more details).
- PROVINCIAL ARTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL - VERSATILITY TROPHY
This trophy is only for primary and high school candidates. In order for candidates to qualify for this prestigious trophy, candidates should at least participate in FOUR (4) different categories. Such candidates should achieve a Gold Diploma and/or a Gold Medal in all four (4) categories before a candidate will come into consideration for this award. The more entries you have in all the various categories and sessions and the more gold diplomas and/or medals you achieve, the higher your chance to win this prestigious award. TROPHIES AND MEDALS for this award will be of an extremely high quality in 2017.