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2021 COMPETITION 2021 Festival will be open for entries from 1st September 2020

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When is the closing date for entries for the 2021 Festival

The closing date is 30th November 2020.

Will late entries be accepted?

Late entries may be accepted after this date at the discretion of the Section Secretary until a final deadline of 31st December 2020. Entries submitted after the closing date but before the final deadline will be charged a double fee. No entries will be accepted if a class is full.

Why is the closing date so early?

The closing date is set to give enough time for each Section Secretary to timetable the classes and create the programme. The programme is published in January 2021.

What do the age limits in the syllabus mean?

All classes are based on the age of entrants at 1st September in the year prior to the Festival - i.e 1st September 2020. This is in line with most school year groups.

Why are there age limits?

Age limits mean that entrants are competing against other people of a similar age and/or standard. This allows the adjudicators to compare like with like and to give constructive feedback at an appropriate level.

Will I receive feedback?

Every performance is evaluated by the Adjudicator. Verbal feedback is given in public at the end of the class and written feedback is given privately to each competitor, including the mark achieved.

Will I get a certificate?

Every competitor is given a certificate.

How can I win a trophy?

Trophies are awarded in many classes to the winner of the class, with the highest mark. Some trophies are awarded for high levels of performance in several different classes or sections (aggregate trophies). Others are given at the discretion of the adjudicator – for example for musicality or musical promise in a particular discipline.

How can I win a medal?

Each Section awards medals - Bronze Silver and Gold - to the winners of the Medal classes. Entry requirements vary in different Sections - some require the competitor to have won or gained a set mark in previous classes. Check each individual Section syllabus for details.

What is an Open class?

Open classes are open to anyone to enter, whereas most classes are restricted to amateur performers only.

Who is an amateur performer?

An amateur performer is defined as someone who does not earn their living by performance in the class in which they wish to enter.

Am I eligible to apply for a grant from the Festival?

Grants are awarded to people who have performed in the Festival in three years out of the previous five years, and who wish to go on to a professional course of study in their chosen art form.

How can I apply for a grant?

Application forms will be available from the Festival Office from 1st March  2020.

Online Entry

Entries close on 30th November 2020.