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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

This year’s Festival runs from
Monday 4 March – Saturday 16 March 2019 (see below for details)

Highbridge Festival Hoodies for sale

New for 2019 – after lots of requests, we will be selling Highbridge Festival Hoodies, in either pink or burgundy, at this year’s Festival.
Pre-orders are welcome, so that we can try to have sufficient stocks at the Festival. Order forms are also being sent out with Entrant’s Timetables.

Timetables for each section of this year’s Festival have been sent out to everyone who ordered one with their entry form. If you haven’t received your Timetable, please contact the appropriate Section Secretary as soon as possible. Programmes for the whole Festival will be on sale at venues and should be available from The Princess Theatre about one week before the start of the Festival.

As in previous years, we welcome friends & family of the entrants, as well as members of the public, to our venues to watch the talented performers. By purchasing a Festival Wristband for £2 you will be able to join us for a whole day of performance. The only exceptions to this are on the Group Dance Evenings.

Tickets for the Group Dance performances on the evenings of Thursday 7th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March will be priced at £2.50 each with a minimum spend by card of £5.00 plus a handling charge of 50p per ticket up to a maximum of £5.00. Tickets will be available from the Princess Theatre Box Office, from 10am on Wednesday 6th March either in person or by telephoning 01278 784464 on a strictly first come first served basis – the Festival Committee will have no involvement in the selling of tickets. Only ticket holders will be allowed seats in the Auditorium for the Group Dance Performances; teachers & parents of entrants/groups will need to purchase a ticket.

Speech & Drama Monday 4 March at The Princess Theatre, Burnham-on-Sea

Dance Wednesday 6 – Sunday 10 March at The Princess Theatre Burnham-on-Sea

Music Monday 11 – Saturday 16 March at Highbridge Community Hall
Music (adult choirs) Evening of Saturday 16 March at St John’s Church, Highbridge

We look forward to seeing you at our 72nd Festival this March, either as an entrant or member of the audience.

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