Competition Information

General Competition rules

• A certified copy of birth certificate, passport or identification document. 

• The formal competition will take place over 3 rounds in an elimination format. 

• Audition round: E-mail YouTube link. A YouTube link of 2 pieces (max. 90 seconds each) played by the entrant representing contrasting styles.

Semi-Finals is a public performance. 

Grand Finale is a public performance. 

Please note: Entrants may be requested to verify or authenticate their recordings by personal performance of short excerpts from pieces chosen prior to their participation in the Semi-finals. 

• The Semi-finals will take place over a two-day period. The venue will be allocated according to the category. Competitors will be notified of their status via email. 

• The Grand finale adjudication will take place over a single day. 

• The judge’s decision is final. 

• This competition is open to persons from the ages of 5 to 25 years. The age of a contestant will be deemed as at 31 August 2019. 

• All prize winners from previous competitions may enter. 

• The participant must enter for at least 2 categories or items. 

• The Executive Committee has the right to amend the age category of the contestant if it is established that the contestant has entered the incorrect category. 

• If a contestant competes in a round where the adjudicator is also the contestant’s teacher, a second adjudicator will be present for those contestants to ensure that there are no irregularities. 

• No agents, coaches, teachers, team leaders or make-up artists will be allowed backstage during the competition. Only one guardian will be able to accompany contestants to and from backstage. 

• Parents and guardians will be responsible for their minor children at all times before, during and after the competition. 

• The Executive Committee reserves the right to cancel this competition at any time if deemed necessary in its opinion or if circumstances are outside of its control. Entry fees will not be refunded under any circumstances whatsoever including, but not limited to the contestant wishing to withdraw from the competition. 

• No flash photography may be used in any of the venues during the competition and all phones must be switched to silent. 

• No intimidation of any contestant by any party or other contestants will be tolerated and all contestants are urged to be highly professional.

• Pictures and performance may be used by the competition for all social media and advertising purposes without remuneration. 

• Prize giving will follow shortly after the final performance. 

• All competitors must report at least 20 minutes before their allocated time in each round. Clean, unmarked copies of works to be performed must be presented in triplicate. Original sheet music must be available


Transport and Accommodation

 The organisers will not provide accommodation.

• The organisers will not provide transport to and from the competition venue.

Dress Code and Etiquette

• Costumes and props must be age appropriate and full competition wear will be required. 

• Dress code in the final round is formal. 

• Stage etiquette is compulsory.


Selection of Competition Repertoire

 Own compositions will not be allowed. 

• All repetitions must be ignored, except in the case of Da Capo. 

• Multiple or different movements from a single work count as one and the same piece.

• No changes to competition repertoire as stated on the entry form will be allowed.

• Please note: A competitor’s performance may not exceed the time limit unless prior notification is given.

• Audition Round: YouTube link recording of pieces played by the entrant representing contrasting classical styles. (*) Strings – must include Baroque.

• Semi-finals: 2 new contrasting pieces. (*) Strings – must include Classical.

• Final Round: 1 new contrasting piece. 

•Strings and Piano. 

• Please note: In selecting works for the three rounds, the following styles e.g. baroque, classical, romantic and modern, must be represented  in all age sections 1-7. Credit will be given for a balanced programme. The specific works and style for the rounds are to be indicated on the entry form. Failure to adhere to the rules above will lead to disqualification.


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The biggest and first kids arts festival. Come and enjoy our wonderland in a safe and secure environment. 11 and 12 May 2019 at the Ruimsig Stadium.

The sole purpose of the Wêlakapêla Kids Festival, is to create a unique festival that has never been seen in South Africa. 

This festival will focus mainly on children and children’s productions, stalls will only sell interesting children’s items. 

This festival has it all – Live Entertainment, Children’s Theatre, Huge Inflatable Park for all ages, Food Stalls, Puppet Theatre, Children’s Beauty Salon, Haunted House, Flea market with all children’s products, Adult Wine & Dine area – Hours of Fun. 

This unique experience will be the first of its kind and focuses on the development of the arts for children of all ages and ethnic groups. The festival is very proud to produce a line-up on the main stage that allows the audiences to see all their favourite characters on one stage. 

The Wêlakapêla Kids Festival – the first of its kind – come and enjoy our wonderland in a safe and secure environment.

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