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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

Dates for our 2018 Festival

Monday 5 & Tuesday 6 March Speech & Drama at
The Princess Theatre, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1EH

Wednesday 7 – Sunday 11 March Dance at
The Princess Theatre, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1EH

Monday 12 – Thursday 15 March Music Instrumental & school choirs,
Highbridge Community Hall, TA9 3BP

Friday 16 March – Saturday 17 March Music Vocal at
Highbridge Community Hall, TA9 3BP

From 6pm Saturday 17 March Adult Choirs at
St John’s Church, Highbridge, TA9 3HS

If you have entered the Festival and ordered a programme, then you should receive it by 14 February. Additional programmes will be on sale at the venues during the Festival or in advance from The Princess Theatre & BRIARS.

If you would like to be part of the audience during the Festival, please purchase a £2 wristband at the venues, which will allow you to join us for a whole day. Dance Group performances take place late afternoon/early evening on Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Sunday 11 March and have separate admission arrangements.
Tickets for the Dance Group performances will be available from The Princess Box Office, either by phone, in person or online, from 10am on Wednesday 7 March. Box Office: 01278 784464 or

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

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 2019 should be published here on our website in October 2018.

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