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The Friendly Festival
The Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts (also known as the Colsterworth Festival) first took place in February 1997. The aim of the Festival, which is open to performers of any age and ability, is to encourage talent and raise standards in all our disciplines, by providing a friendly yet competitive forum.
The Festival takes place over 3 weeks during February each year. From small beginnings, it now attracts 3000+ performances from across the East Midlands regions.
The Dance section takes place in Grantham over 5 days of the spring half-term break. The Schools' Showcase , provides the opportunity for local schools to take part in musical ensembles, choral speaking, drama & educational dance. This takes place in Grantham during the day on a Friday, usually within two weeks of the Dance Section. The Music, Drama and Film-making sections follow on from the Schools' Showcase. Over that evening and the weekend there is an opportunity for local (and some not so local) people of all ages to demonstrate their various talents and abilities across three venues in Colsterworth Village, with classes for individuals, duets, trios and groups.
Due to oversubscription in previous years, we will have to limit the dance entries by allocating hours to Dance Schools who have expressed an interest in entering the 2019 festival.
We will contact each school from 2018 with a proposed allocation. If you did not take part in the 2018 festival but would like to take part in the future please contact us as soon as possible, as we may able to accommodate you.
2019 Festival Dates
Dance: 16 - 20 February
Schools Showcase : 1 March
Music, Drama & Film Making: 1 - 3 March
The Festival has become known as ‘The Friendly Festival’, a title we are very proud of. We are insistent that our competitors are made to feel welcome and at ease. For many of them, it is their first taste of competition, and we want it to be a memorable day. Every performance receives a certificate and a hand-written report from the adjudicator. Medals are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and competitors in all the youngest classes receive ‘Well done’ medals. The majority of classes have trophies attached and from 2013, we have awarded 3 Bursary prizes annually to Dance pupils which goes towards their tuition costs.
The Festival is a Registered Charity (ref 1088946). Each year, we plan our Festival finances to create a small surplus, which is used to fund the following year’s festival and periodically to fund community projects. Over the years, we have purchased 2 pianos, music stands, sound equipment, stage curtains and other items for the benefit of the venues that we use.
We are affiliated to the British Federation of Festivals for Music Drama and Speech.
We would welcome any voluntary support during the Festival, and/or sponsorship by advertising in our Schedule and Programme. Please contact any member of the Committee.
2019 Federation Adjudicators
Music - Angela Rowley BA (Hons), PGCE, ARCM MISM
- Fiona McLean-Buechel, BA(RSAMD) CertRAM
Dance - Craig Bartley FIDTA, MBBO, Dip.in Dance teaching (Trinity), Cert.ED. City & Guilds
Drama - Jonathan Owen
This year we are also assisted by two teachers for classes which do not directly fit within the Federation Curriculum - for Film - Alex Wright & for Educational Dance - Maxine Lloydall.
Welcome to each of you and we look forward to your helping the Committee to make 2019's Festival a success