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“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

Provisional days for Dance classes announced

Wednesday 7 March    7 and 8 year olds
Thursday 8 March    9 and 10 year olds
Friday 9 March    11 and 12 year olds
Saturday 10 March    13 and 14 year olds
Sunday 11 March    15 to 18 year olds

 Dance Classes for children aged 6 years and under will take place on Wednesday 7 March. Timings for all Dance Classes will be published in the programme, which we hope will be available in the first two weeks of February.

Entries for this years Festival are now closed and timetables for the classes in all sections are being prepared. If you have entered the 2018 Festival, then you should receive your timetable in the first two weeks of February.
If you have left it too late to enter our 2018 Festival, then we do hope that you will enter next year. The Syllabus for our 2019 Festival should be published here on our website in October 2018.

The 2018 Festival runs from Monday 5 March until Saturday 17 March
Please see the appropriate section pages for venues and dates.

We look forward to welcoming you, either as a competitor or as a member of the audience, to our 71st Festival in March. Programmes will be available from mid- February from The Princess Theatre so that you can plan your visits.


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