Dear Principals, Parents, Teachers & Competitors
It is with sadness that we have taken the decision to cancel the Speech, Drama and Dance components of Dudley Festival. With the ever changing advice given by government and NHS England we are left with no choice. A number of our devoted committee and volunteers are in the high risk category and with everyone’s health and safety at the heart of any decision.
The Music Festival, which was due to take place on Saturday and Sunday, is now cancelled as Dudley College will closed from Friday 20th March.
The disappointment we feel is hard to put into words as we recognise all the hard work and preparation that goes into the Festival not only by our volunteers but by everyone who attends. We have been in contact with both the British and International Federation of Dance to notify them of the situation.
The Dudley Festival of Music, Dance and Drama is a charity organisation and the financial implications are very difficult to quantify at this time. We will have to pay the hotel and travel costs for adjudicators, printers for the programmes, report sheets & certificates, postage costs, marketing, catering and many other sundry expenses.
With this in mind we have three options to offer entrants:
- 2020 Entry Fee can be carried over to next year’s Festival in March 2021.
The 2021 Festival has been confirmed as an All England Qualifying Festival.Please email with the following details: Competitors name & age on 1st September 2020. You will be guaranteed a place in the 2021 Festival and contacted in October to confirm classes.
- You can choose to waive your entry fee and this will form a donation to the Charity and used to offset the deficit of this Festival if you are unable to attend in 2021.
- A refund can be applied for by emailing with the following details: Competitors name, age, classes entered & BACS details of where the refund is to be paid into.
We cannot offer a timescale of when refunds will be processed and we ask for your patience whilst we unpick everything put in place for the beginning of the 2020 Festival on Saturday 21st March
We will endeavour to secure an alternative date in July to reschedule some if not all of the classes but as yet we are unaware of the likelihood that this option would be open to us.
Finally we wish to acknowledge that the wellbeing of everyone is of course paramount at this time and would like thank you in advance for your continued support.
Chairman, Dudley Festival of Music, Dance and Drama.
The festival is run in association with Dudley Arts Council and affiliated to the British Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech. Reg. Charity No. 1048099