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Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts
The organizing committee would like to say a huge thank you to all those that took part in the 2014 Festival. It has been a real pleasure to watch performances across all the disciplines and to witness the camaraderie and support between the competitors. We would also like to thank all those that helped to run this years festival and would again ask for volunteers for next year's. This could be as little as 1/2 a day acting as an adjudicators clerk, or for support across all of the festival, whatever you could offer would be really appreciated.
This year also saw the first fully Online entry to our festival which has helped enormously in reducing the workload of the volunteers.
The Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts is a festival for people of all ages the purpose of which is to provide an opportunity for people of all abilities to perform and to receive the constructive advice of a professional adjudicator. The festival takes place throughout October, followed by the Gala concert of participating performers in November and the awards winners concert in the following April. In addition to this performers support lunchtime concerts around the county and the Suffolk Music Day held in Christchurch Park, Ipswich in July.
The festival atmosphere is relaxed, but disciplined enough to make sure that performers have every opportunity to give their best. Many of the performance classes are competitive, but the emphasis is less on competition than on enjoying the chance to perform in public. The Festival is held in and around Ipswich, being a focal point of Suffolk, and we often welcome performers from further afield.
New-comers are especially welcome, although many people return year after year as their experience and ability improves. The emphasis is on classical works, but we do have classes for many other tastes, including Songs from the Shows.
The Festival is a registered Charity (No:1036106) and is organized by a small and enthusiastic committee who receive no payment. Come and join us !
Suffolk Festival Dance
Since 2011 our Dance section has been run by our new team and I am sure that all those that have attended have thoroughly enjoyed the new approach that has been adopted. We strive to make both the competition and the subsequent gala concert really friendly events.