Details of arts festival revealed

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The programme for the 93rd Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts has been released.

Entries for the contest have been collated and the festival will get under way at Ormiston Sudbury Academy in February.

The festival programme is available from Compact Music and the Tourist Information Centre in Sudbury, as well as Dance and Party Crazy and Balaam’s Music, both in Bury St Edmunds.

“This event is wonderful for Sudbury and all the performers and their families,” said Jan Osborne, chairman of the festival committee. “The standard of the performers continues to get better each year.

“I fully recommend that you come to experience the high standard of performers, especially the concert at the academy on March 22.

“Please give your support to this event and the people who have spent many hours to ensure its success.”

The festival is open to all age groups and includes dance, music, speech and drama sections.

There are a large number of cups to be won, including the Holmes and Hills Award for Endeavour, the Bernard Johnson Award for an Outstanding Performer and the Suffolk Free Press Anniversary Cup for the Most Promising Competitor, as well as awards for competitors in each section of the festival.

The action-packed event begins with the dance section on February 14, and will be followed by the music section and the speech and drama section.

A grand festival concert celebrating the achievements of all those who have taken part and showcasing the talented performers in all three disciplines will be held on March 22.

The festival will be sponsored by Holmes and Hills solicitors in Sudbury for the next three years.

The various sections will run as follows:

l Dance – from February 14 to 18, at Ormiston Sudbury Academy.

l Music – from March 3 to 8, at Delphi Social Club.

l Speech and drama – from March 12 to 16, at Delphi Social Club.