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.
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS FAST APPROACHING
Our 2019 Syllabus is now available
here on our website – click on the Syllabus Tab at the top of this page.
Downloadable Entry Forms can be found on the appropriate Section Page of
We are no longer sending out paper copies of the Syllabus, however, if
you are unable to access the online version, please contact us either
using the Contact Form or on 01278 793813, so that we can help you.
We are unable to accept online entries – your downloadable, printed
entry form and fees will need to be sent to the appropriate Section
Closing date for entries is Monday 31 December
We look forward to seeing you at our Festival in March, either as an
entrant or as a member of the audience.
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