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
Timetables for the different sections of the Festival are being sent out
this week. If you ordered one when you sent in your entry form and it
hasn’t arrived by 22 February, please contact the appropriate Section
Souvenir Programmes for the whole Festival will be on sale at each venue
- £3 each.
Admission for members of the audience is by wristband, which can be
purchased on the day and costs £2. This covers all sessions on that day,
except the Thursday, Friday & Sunday evening sessions during the
Dance Section (9 th , 10 th & 12 th March) . Tickets for the Group
Dance Night performances on those evenings are only available through
the Princess Box Office (01278 784464) at £2.50 per ticket.
Season Tickets are also available at a cost of £10, which covers entry
to all sessions over the 13 days of the Festival, except the Dance Group
Nights (see above).
Speech & Drama days on 6 & 7 March at The Princess
Theatre start at 9am
Dance is from 8 – 12 March at The Princess Theatre start at 10am
Music from 13 – 18 March at Highbridge Community Hall start at 9am
Adult choirs on the evening of Saturday 18 March
at St John's Church, Highbridge 6pm start
For more detailed information regarding the Festival performance times,
we suggest you buy a programme. These will be available from the first
day of the Festival at The Princess Theatre.