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.
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,
From all of us at
RWB Arts Festival!
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.
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.
We know many of you dancers are keen to get your classes booked in! So, we are delighted to announce that our on-line system is now available for our Dance Section only.
Our other Festival sections will be live shortly. Please watch our Twitter and our Facebook.
If you are entering our 2020 Festival, you will be able to select your classes from our online system from week commencing the 16th March.
All classes will be live, for all Festival sections, and it is much easier to enter online. You can access the system here.
You should have received a copy of our syllabus by now, but if you haven’t, you can find a copy here. The closing date is not until September 30th, so there is plenty of time to enter.
We are delighted to have caught the attention of the Swindon Advertiser again:
Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival is marking its 15th year with a new home and with a brand new set of classes for dancers.
For many years the event has attracted hundreds of entries from all over the area for its music, speech and drama categories.
And this year they will be heading for The Deanery in Wichelstowe.
Read the rest of the article here.
You are cordially invited to the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival Highlights Concert and Syllabus Launch on Friday 7th February 2020, at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.
The RWB Arts Festival will be celebrating the talent of the performers at the Festival last autumn with performances including Piano, Acting, Choral, Verse Speaking and much more. This is a special awards evening where we will be joined by the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett.
The RWB Arts Festival Committee would be delighted to have the pleasure of your company on the evening. We truly value all the teachers and organisations that enter our Festival so admission is free of charge.
Please do join us for a very entertaining evening, a chance to catch up with other local arts enthusiasts and to pick up your copy of the syllabus for the coming year.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE!