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
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
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
70th Anniversary Festival was a great success with over 2500
performances in Speech, Drama, Dance and Music. The audiences at each
venue were richly entertained by performers of all ages, who took part
as individuals, in duets & trios and in groups. Our adjudicators were
pleased with the good standard of performance in all disciplines and
enjoyed the friendly spirit of the Festival. We would like to thank all
of those competitors who joined us, the adjudicators for their support
and encouragement and our team of helpers who worked together to make
2017 such a success.
Photographs from this year’s Festival are in our Gallery and we are
grateful to Jeff Searle (www.jeffsearle.co.uk) and http://www.Burnham-on-Sea.com
for supporting us with photography this year.
Plans are already well underway for the 71st Festival,
which will run from Monday 5 – Saturday 17 March 2018. The Syllabus
should be available online in October, but in the meantime if you would
like more information, please contact us.