Welcome to the Home of Highbridge Festival of the Arts

“The friendly festival”

The Festival is affiliated to The British & International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech of which Her Majesty The Queen is patron
The Festival is a registered charity, number 284082
Presidents: Nigel Hess, Composer & Stephen Daldry CBE, Film & Stage Director
The Festival began in 1948 at Highbridge Town Hall. It has grown from an afternoon of performances to a large event held over 12 days in three different venues with over 2300 performances in Speech & Drama, Dance and Music. Performers are adjudicated by professional adjudicators, who are recognised by The Federation, and marks are awarded using nationally recognised standards.
We welcome performers of all ages and abilities to take part in a wide variety of classes; from tiny tots to octogenarians, everyone is encouraged to share their talents, whether they wish to recite a poem, act in a play, dance in any number of styles, play an instrument or sing, either as a soloist or with others.
Please explore our website to find out more about the different sections of The Festival. The Syllabus will give you an idea about the breadth of classes you can take part in. If you’re thinking of taking part in Highbridge Festival for the first time, then please read or download our Information Sheet. Do please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.
We look forward to welcoming you to our next Festival, either as a performer or as a member of the audience, when we can assure you of a very entertaining time.

Presidents: Nigel Hess & Stephen Daldry CBE

We are delighted to welcome Linda Young and Melanie Spanswick as our Dance and Instrumental Adjudicators for 2019.  Please see the Dance and Music pages of our website to read their biographies.



Our 2019 Syllabus is now available here on our website – click on the Syllabus Tab at the top of this page. Downloadable Entry Forms can be found on the appropriate Section Page of the website.

We are no longer sending out paper copies of the Syllabus, however, if you are unable to access the online version, please contact us either using the Contact Form or on 01278 793813, so that we can help you.

We are unable to accept online entries – your downloadable, printed entry form and fees will need to be sent to the appropriate Section Secretary.

Closing date for entries is Monday 31 December 2018

We look forward to seeing you at our Festival in March, either as an entrant or as a member of the audience.
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