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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

The Syllabus for 2017 is now available on the website.

Downloadable entry forms can be found on the appropriate section pages.
We are thrilled and delighted to announce that Stephen Daldry CBE has agreed to become a joint President of the Festival. Stephen, who once took part in the Festival, remembers the experience as being his first encouragement outside of the family circle. You may know that Stephen directed both film and stage versions of Billy Elliott, for which he won both BAFTA and Tony awards. Other productions include The Hours, The Reader and an Inspector Calls. As one of the country’s most accomplished directors Stephen has worked with Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks, to name but a few. It is a great privilege for the Festival to have Stephen as a President for the 70th Festival.

Speech & Drama Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 March at The Princess Theatre
Dance Wednesday 8 - Sunday 12 March at The Princess Theatre
Music Monday 13 - Saturday 18 March at Highbridge Community Hall
Choral Music Classes on Saturday Evening at St John's Church, Highbridge

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