February 27, 2016
69th Highbridge Festival of the Arts gets underway on Monday

The countdown is underway to the start of the 69th annual Highbridge Festival of The Arts, which begins this month.

The long-running festival starts on Monday 29th February at The Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea.

"The first festival was held in 1948 with an afternoon of performances at Highbridge Town Hall," Clare Catcheside, the event's General Secretary, told

"Since then, the event has grown dramatically and features in excess of 1,500 performances over 12 days in three venues."

"The festival showcases the talents of performers aged from 4 to 84, in the spheres of speech, drama, dance and music."

"Those taking part receive an adjudication of their performance, using national standards, with advice from experienced, professional adjudicators and certificates to mark their achievements."

The festival is one of over 200 held annually in the UK and is delighted to welcome not only performers from the local area, but also people from across the South West.

This year’s festival opens with two days of speech and drama classes at The Princess. The dance classes take over on Thursday 3rd March and last until the evening of Sunday 6th March. Music classes begin on Monday 7th March at Highbridge Community Hall and continue until the afternoon of Saturday 12th March.

Finally, on the evening of Saturday 12th March, the Festival will close with a number of local choirs singing in St John’s Church, Highbridge.

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