City of Plymouth Festival

City of Plymouth Festival

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

City of Plymouth Festival

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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.

We aim to ensure that every participant enjoys a happy festival, has a memorable experience and can’t wait to return next year. Each year we hold three festivals.

The dance festival is held annually in July, with the music, speech and drama festivals following in November.

The 2020 Dance Festival is being held over nine days at Lipson Co Operative Academy Plymouth from Saturday 18th July through to Sunday 26th.

We are fortunate to be able to use Lipson Co-operative Academy for our Dance Festival. There are many advantages including: free parking; spacious changing rooms; a practice room; a competitor waiting room; a vending machine; an outside picnic area; an onsite café and of course a theatre and dance studio. We are very appreciative of the help and support Lipson staff always give and would like to thank the Academy for letting us use their premises for our 106th Festival.

The 2020 Speech and Drama Festival is being held at the Future Inn from Monday 16th November through to Friday November 20th.

This year’s Instrumental section of the Music Festival will run over Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November at Sherwell Church which offers excellent acoustics and a beautiful grand piano for those competitors entering piano classes.

The Vocal section is being held at Morice Baptist Church and is taking place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st of November. The venue offers sufficient space for the increasing number of choirs we have competing.

Direction to all four venues can be found on the appropriate section of our website.

Of course, it is only natural for everyone taking part to be nervous but we hope all competitors thoroughly enjoy their experience and can’t wait to return and take part again next year.


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