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
Our 72nd Festival in March 2019 proved to be a
resounding success with nearly
2400 performances during the 12 days of the Festival. Audiences were
by the entrants’ performances throughout the Festival, with Honours
being awarded in each of the three disciplines.
The Syllabuses for our 2020 Festival will be published here, on our
October 2019. Until then, please take a look at this year’s Syllabus to
give you a
flavour of what we have to offer. If you would like to enter in 2020 &
idea for a class, especially in Speech & Drama, then please contact us –
always welcome new ideas.
We look forward to seeing you, either as an entrant or as a member of
audience, at our Festival in 2020.
Dates for your diary
Speech & Drama Monday 2 & Tuesday 3 March 2020
Dance Wednesday 4 – Sunday 8 March 2020
Music Monday 9 – Saturday 14 March 2020