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
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.
The closing date for entries to our 2019 Festival has
now passed. Dance was oversubscribed, so we are unable to accept any
late entries. If you have any questions about your entry to Speech &
Drama or Music, please contact the appropriate Section Secretary
directly. Their details can be found at the beginning of the Syllabus.
We aim to send out timetables for entrants by the middle of February,
assuming you ordered a timetable with your entry.
If you have left your entry for our 2019 Festival too late, then we hope
that you will enter our Festival in March 2020. The Syllabus for 2020
will be posted on our website in October 2019, with a likely closing
date of 31 December 2019.
We look forward to seeing you at our 72nd Festival this March, either as
an entrant or member of the audience.