Pretoria Eisteddfod is one of the largest Eisteddfods of its kind in the country and is presented in Pretoria since 1923, thus the oldest arts competition in Pretoria. In 1993 it was extended to include other art forms such as Afrikaans and English drama and more recently Fine Arts.
The Eisteddfod is an important link in Pretoria's arts and culture program and is organised by the Pretoria centre of the South African Society of Music Teachers.
More than 1000 schools and organizations affiliate and participate annually. Each participant has the opportunity to receive a certificate as well as constructive comments from adjudicators who are all specialists in their respective fields. Participation is usually in a festive rather than competitive mood. Opportunities exist for individual as well as group participation in the form of ensembles, chamber music, plays, choirs (speech and singing) etc. Every year about 300 trophies are awarded in various categories and a total of about R20 000 is used as prize money for best achievers.
Our mission is to serve the greater Pretoria and surrounding areas by providing a podium for competition in a wide variety of art forms, to inspire participants to achieve the highest possible standard and to promote their love and cultivation of the arts.
The Eisteddfod is a non-profit organization and therefore relies on a large number of entries, the contribution of lovers of the arts and voluntary organizers.