Pretoria Eisteddfod is one of the largest Eisteddfods of its kind in the country and has been 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 also 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 (SASMT).
Schools, organizations and individuals are invited to 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, choirs, orchestras etc. Every year about 300 trophies are awarded in various categories as well as money prizes for best achievers (depending on available sponsorships).
Our mission is to serve the greater Pretoria and surrounding areas by providing a podium for performance in a wide variety of art forms, to inspire participants to achieve the highest possible standard and to promote their love for the arts and the cultivation of all art forms.
The Eisteddfod is a non-profit organization and therefore relies on the income of entries, the contribution of lovers and supporters of the arts, as well as voluntary organizers.