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Highlight’s Concert

Join us for the Highlights Concert on Friday 4th February, 2022.

The Concert takes place at the Memorial Hall in Royal Wootton Bassett. The most outstanding performers in the Festival will be invited to take part in the Highlights Concert but all are welcome to join us for this celebration of talent.

Doors open at 6pm, concert starts at 6.30pm

You can find directions to the hall here, and there is plenty of parking. Information on how to get tickets will be released shortly, so do please check back here and on our social media sites for further information.

Covid Regulations for the Festival Days

All visitors, performers and spectators MUST arrive having had a NEGATIVE Lateral Flow Test result. If you feel ill on the day or have a POSITIVE result, please do not come to the Festival. We would respectfully ask that Visors or Masks should be worn in communal areas. Children under the age of twelve will be exempt.

Please note there will be a one-way system in operation.

ENTRY will be by glass doors directly in front of the Reception Desk. Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Tickets and Programmes will be available and directions to Performance Rooms highlighted.

EXIT will be indicated and at the END of THE STREET near the Sixth Form building.

Please keep appropriate distancing at all times, especially when queuing on arrival, outside rooms or for Certificates and Results.

Toilets will be limited to an Entry of FOUR at a time.

We have built in additional breaks between classes:

To allow audiences out of a room before the next audience will be allowed in

To enable frequent sanitising measures to take place

Please ensure you wash hands regularly. Sanitiser will be provided at Reception, at the Certificate Table and at the Café and in other strategic areas. Please help us all to stay safe.

PLEASE ENSURE CHILDREN ARE ACCOMPANIED AT ALL TIMES and that you are fully aware of our CHILD AND SAFEGUARDING PROTECTION INFORMATION.

Please appraise yourself of our safeguarding policies here, and you can find out site map here.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Festival and wish you all well for a wonderful time!

We are delighted we can return, giving our children and students every opportunity to shine!

Entries closing date looming!

It is the last few days for you to enter our #RWBArtsFestival! All our details are online, and you can choose from many classes: Dance, Speech and Drama, Music, and Musical Theatre!

We can’t wait to get back to you all performing this autumn!

We are thrilled to see entries coming in & hope the Festival will give you all a boost after a hard 18 months. You can find help on how to enter our online system here, or find old paper forms here.

Any problems, please contact us on RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com

Or find us on Twitter @RWBArtsFestival 

Or on Facebook @RWBArtsFestival

And don’t forget our poetry competition!

Poetry Competition

Following the success of our first ever Poetry competition in 2019 we are again offering the opportunity to young writers to share their talents with us in 2021. This time we have FOUR CATEGORIES!

YEAR ONE & YEAR TWO

To write a POEM on the theme of SPACE or FAIRYLAND

YEAR THREE & YEAR FOUR

To write a POEM on the theme of PETS or SCHOOL

YEAR FIVE & YEAR SIX

To write a poem on the theme of WITCHES & WIZARDS or SPORTS

YEARS SEVEN – NINE

Compose a poem on GAMING or FRIENDS

We are delighted to announce that we will have a real, live poet with us on the day!

CERI GASCOYNE

Ceri will judge the entries and will be joining us on SUNDAY 21st NOVEMBER to share in the fun!

All poems to be submitted by 31st October, 2021 to :

Mrs. Lara Farahar, 4 Grange Cottages, Grange Lane, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 0EP

lara.centreddrama@outlook.com

Please attach NAME, ADDRESS, SCHOOL YEAR, D.O.B, E-MAIL & TELEPHONE NUMBER with entries. You may submit more than one entry in your category if your wish. Competition entrants should be UK based, and entrants to the Festival itself (even if not on the day of adjudication).

All POEMS will be displayed at the Festival in November. There will be a WINNER in each group with 2nd & 3rd Placings.  Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals will be awarded, together with a prize. Winners will also have their work printed on the web, and in the programme, and may be invited to read their work at The Highlights Concert, or on the day of presentation if they wish.

Festival Chair News

It is with mixed feelings that we announce the departure of our Festival Chair, Miranda Shirnia.

Overall, Miranda has been with us as Chair for four years, and has been with the Festival for about thirteen. She has been a stalwart of the Festival, and her endeavours have supported, shaped and delivered an ever growing Festival. We are very grateful to her for her investment of time and her support throughout these years.

So whilst we are sorry to lose Miranda, and she leaves a huge gap that we hope someone will soon be able to fill, we do, of course, wish her well. We hope that she enjoys the time she has reclaimed to do some other voluntary work which is close to her heart: working with wildlife. Miranda has many plans and we hope that she will be able to enjoy her new horizons!

Good luck, and thank you!

From all the Team at RWBAF.

If you are interested in joining the team as Chair, please see here.

Merry Christmas!

This year has been unexpected, we may even say ‘unprecedented’, for the arts at large. We have all had our individual and professional struggles, but we here at RWB Arts Festival have all enjoyed seeing how you, both parents and talented students, have striven to overcome the many challenges thrown at you. So this message is merely to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

We know it may be different and frustrating this year, but we hope that there are small joys and private successes you can celebrate and enjoy. Who doesn’t enjoy a roast potato or two! We are certainly optimistic about the upcoming year, and we encourage you to join us in that optimism.

This year we have achieved many things we haven’t yet fully understood, and, no doubt, there are many successes ahead of us we have yet to comprehend. So, despite the sense of uncertainty surrounding us all, we hope that you are able to either see or send your love out to those who most need it and those who are most important to you.

We know you will use all your creativity in doing so! We hope that next year, you will be able to share more of your arty, musical and dramatic sparkle with us.

In the meantime, 

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

From all of us at

RWB Arts Festival!

2020 Festival Cancellation

RWB Arts Festival

Dear All,

The Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival Committee regrets to announce that it will not be possible to go ahead this year due to concerns presented by Covid19. We are proud that over the years the Festival has grown to become a fun and thriving event with an estimated 1,400 people attending over the two weekends. But we are very aware that we owe a duty of care to everyone involved in the making and running of the event including: the performers and their families, the professional adjudicators, local businesses and other organisations that support us too, and of course, our committee and other volunteers. With the safety of all of these people in mind, and having paid close attention to government guidelines, we have decided that the 2020 Festival will be cancelled.

This is a great disappointment to us and undoubtedly will be to the many people who were planning to join us in November to share their performances within our friendly atmosphere. It was going to be an exciting year for RWB Arts Festival, too. It would have been just the second year that Musical Theatre would have featured and this year we planned to launch a brand NEW DANCE Section. Undeterred we will back in 2021 and the DANCE Section will be unveiled then!

The dates for the Festival in 2021 are 20th & 21st November for Musical Theatre and Speech and Drama, and 27th & 28th November for Music and Dance. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the RWBAF in 2021.

Wishing you all well,

The RWB Arts Festival Team.

Bring Back Music Groups

During these strange times, Covid has impacted us in many unforeseen ways. We care about the amateur singing groups we are part of, sing with, teach, adjudicate, and support throughout the year. Below is a little video and some tips on how you can get involved to help ‘bring back music groups’, a worthy venture in putting pressure on the government to take amateur musicians as seriously, as professionals.

The UK government has now issued guidance on reopening the performing arts.

The guidance prohibits amateur groups or groups with amateur participants – unlike professionals – to play or sing together, except in the numbers of people currently allowed to meet in public.

It goes further to say that singing and playing wind and brass instruments isn’t even allowed in those numbers.

The guidance (England only) will only be reviewed when the results of just commissioned research into droplet and aerosol transmission of Covid-19 are available. The devolved administrations are expected to issue similar guidance shortly (Wales: this week, Scotland: next two weeks, NI: n/a).

This is disappointing, as many of us were looking forward to meeting again, even with strict risk management measures, and were already hard at work creating a new normal, just as pubs, hairdressers and gyms are doing.

It is also surprising that there is no explanation why amateurs are being treated differently to professionals in this guidance.

See more about how you can help here.