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

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When is the closing date for entries for the 2021 Festival

The closing date is 31st January 2021

Will late entries be accepted?

Late entries will not be accepted

Why is the closing date later than usual

The closing date is set to give enough time for each Section Secretary to timetable the classes and create the programme. The programme will be published on line in February 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?

Unfortunately we are not awarding trophies this year due to Covid 19 restrictions.

How can I win a medal?

First, Second and Third Awards will be given out in all classes this year as long as there are enough entrants. All Sections apart from Dance will also hold their prestigious Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal classes.

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  2021.

Online Entry

Entries close on 31st January 2021.