March 4, 2009
Highbridge Festival Of The Arts starts today
annual Festival of the Arts gets underway on Wednesday (March
The popular festival, which is now in its 62nd year, will
feature talented youngsters from the age of three at The Princess
in Burnham-On-Sea until March 14th.
this year total almost 1,600, which is a slight increase on last
year, with dance again proving the most popular section.
The dance section runs from March 4th to 8th; speech and drama
on March 9th and 10th; vocals on March 11th and 12th; and instrumentals
on March 13th and 14th.
Festival tickets cost £1 per session or £5 for the
whole festival and a souvenir programme will be available at £1.50
on the door.
show began in 1948 to get people interested in the arts after
the Second World War. The
first Highbridge Festival Of The Arts was held over a half day
in May 1948 and included classes covering vocal, instrumental
and country dancing. The event quickly became so popular that
classes for adult singing, choirs and instrumentals were added.
And by 1977 the festival had been extended to three weeks with
entries spanning a huge 1,200 classes.
35 years in Highbridge, the event moved to Burnham-On-Sea when
Highbridge's Town Hall was deemed unsafe. Since 1984, the event
has been held in The Princess Hall. Several notable names from
the world of entertainment have begun their careers at the festival,
Daldry and Rupert