City of Plymouth Festival

City of Plymouth Festival

2020 Festival of Dance, Speech & Drama, and Music.

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City of Plymouth Festival

The Cancellation of the 2020 Music, Speech and Drama Festivals

Having carefully considered recent Government advice and guidelines and the continuing concerns and implications of the Covid-19 virus, we have decided that the 2020 City of Plymouth Music, Speech and Drama festivals, due to take place in November, will have to be cancelled.

We have carefully considered postponing the festivals but for several reasons this is not a practical option for us.

We are all very sad and sorry to have made this decision but as always, the City of Plymouth festival is committed to ensuring the safety of all members of our festival community and must comply with government directives.

Safe return of all Festival cups and trophies

Auditing returned cups is a mammoth task and requires a lot of time and space. So, to support and make this task as easy as possible for Carolyne, we ask that they be returned to her as soon as possible. Ideally, before 30th October 2020.

Because of the current situation with Coronavirus, to avoid close contact cups can be left in the labelled box in Carolyne’s back garden, or they can be posted to the address below:

If you have any queries regarding the return of your cup or trophy please contact Carolyne. You can also contact her to make a personal arrangement. She is always very helpful.


A brief outline of the City of Plymouth Festival

The City of Plymouth Festival of Music, Dance, Speech & Drama was founded in 1914 and is affiliated to the National Federation of Festivals. It is a registered charity run by volunteers who work hard to ensure children from across the city and neighbouring areas have an opportunity to take part in a celebration of music, dance and speech and drama.

The festival experience differs from other situations in that it offers participants the opportunity to dance, recite, sing and make music in front of an audience and receive a mark and feedback from a qualified adjudicator.

The adjudicator will therefore look for a complete performance which, where appropriate, includes: technique; presentation; musicality; costume; make up and entrances and exits.

Classes are competitive. All entrants are marked and, in each class the competitor achieving the highest mark is awarded a trophy which they keep until next year’s festival. Participants placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd are presented with a medal and all competitors receive a report highlighting personal strengths and offering advice for improvement.

Please remember to use our website and Facebook and Twitter pages to receive notifications regarding all three of our festivals.


The Cancellation of the 2020 Plymouth Dance Festival

Having carefully considered Government advice, the ongoing concerns, the implications of the Covid-19 virus and forecasts of this continuing for some time, we have decided that the 2020 City of Plymouth Dance festival will have to be cancelled.

To comply with the Government’s directive, Lipson school has suspended all private lettings of their school community facilities for the foreseeable future. They do so to comply with the government’s directive to limit all unnecessary social contact with others and to facilitate essential travel only. We have carefully considered postponing the festival but for several reasons this is not a practical option for us.

We are all very sad and sorry to have made this decision but as always, the City of Plymouth festival is committed to ensuring the safety of all members of our festival community.


The Plymouth Festival is a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron.

The City of Plymouth Festival has worked with BIFF and followed advice from them to implement their approach to safeguarding and have earned the right to display the Blue Safeguarding Flag awarded by the SafeNetwork and NSPCC.

The City of Plymouth Festival is a Registered Charity No. 1040360
Patron: The Lord Mayor of Plymouth