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, 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 13 days in three different venues with over 2400 performances in Speech & Drama, Dance and Music. Competitors are adjudicated by professional adjudicators, who are recognised by The Federation, and marks are awarded using nationally recognised standards.
We welcome competitors 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 Syllabuses 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 competitor or as a member of the audience, when we can assure you of a very entertaining time.

Presidents: Nigel Hess & Stephen Daldry CBE

2021 Festival cancelled

We have taken the difficult decision to cancel our 2021 Festival, scheduled for 8 - 20 March 2021, due to the Covid-19 situation and uncertainty about the future. We are, however, busy planning for a great comeback in 2022 and look forward to welcoming you to our Festival in March 2022, either as a competitor, teacher or member of the audience.

Please keep an eye on this website or our Facebook Page for updates, or contact us using the tab above and we can add you to our Mailing List.

Our next Festival will take place between 7 and 19 March 2022

73rd Festival a great success

Our 2020 Festival saw over 2000 performances across our three venues: The Princess Theatre, Burnham-on-Sea, Highbridge Community Hall and St John’s Church, Highbridge. Competitors in Speech & Drama, Dance and Music delighted the audiences with their performances, many of which achieved distinction marks. Our adjudicators, Eleanor McLeod, Geoff Lucas and Donal McCrisken gave excellent feedback, which was appreciated by both the competitors and audience, and all three said how much they had enjoyed being part of Highbridge Festival of The Arts 2020. We were delighted that the Towns’ Mayor, Andy Brewer, was able to join us on three occasions to witness the fantastic talent on show from the local area. Addressing the audience on the final day of the festival he said, “The towns should be very proud of this tremendous event, which is a real celebration of The Arts. The local community have missed a ‘real treat’ over the last few weeks if they haven’t joined the audience. I hope that more members of the public will join the audience next year or even take part in the festival!”
We would like to thank all of the competitors for their continued support of our Festival, the adjudicators for their hard work and valued feedback, the management of the venues for allowing us to take over their spaces and the 70 volunteers who helped to organise and run this year’s festival.

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