Arts festival set to return

THE 90th Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts will get under way next month.

Originally founded as the Clare Festival in 1922, the event – which attracts talent of all ages from across the area – begins on February 11.

Kicking off the festival is the dance section at Sudbury Upper School, where children from as young as four will be out to impress.

Janet Penfold, one of the organisers behind the long-running event, said: “We have had a lot of strong entries this year.

“The festival always seems to come around so quickly and it is very exciting that it is only a matter of weeks away.”

The dance section of the festival, which features around 400 competitive classes, runs until February 14.

This is followed by the music discipline at the town hall and Delphi Club in early March, with the speech and drama section later in the month.

More than 70 cups will be up for grabs during the festival, with performances taking place in front of audiences and judges.

A concert will be held to mark the culmination of the festival on March 25, when the Bernard Johnson Cup will be awarded to the outstanding performer aged between 16 and 25. The Suffolk Free Press Anniversary Cup will also be handed out.

Entry to the various sessions costs £2. For more information visit or pick up an official programme from any of the three venues.