The 2018 Festival is an All-England qualifying Festival.
THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR COMPETITORS IN FESTIVALS THAT ARE HELD IN THE HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL AREA TO HAVE A CHILD PERFORMANCE LICENCE OR FOR THE FESTIVAL TO HAVE A BODY OF PERSONS APPROVAL (BOPA) TO COVER PERFORMANCES BY COMPETITORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18.
A number of local authorities, including Portsmouth, now require competitors in festivals to be licensed. Hampshire County Council have confirmed in writing that Aldershot & Farnborough DO NOT require one for their festival in 2018. Please note that the requirement depends on where the festival takes place, not on where the competitor lives. Even if you live in an area where the local authority requires a licence, you will not need one for the Aldershot & Farnborough Festival because it takes place in Hampshire.
Closing date for entries is 29th January 2018. Entries should be accompanied by a cheque for the entry fees (fees can now also be paid by internet bank transfer – see below), made payable to Aldershot & Farnborough Festival of Music and Art.
The age of a competitor for the 2018 Festival will be their age on 1st September 2017.
Please post your signed entry forms, contact details form and cheque for entry fees (made payable to Aldershot & Farnborough Festival) to:
Entries by e-mail will be accepted to avoid missing the entries deadline, but will be regarded as provisional until the fee and signed forms have been received.
We no longer have separate forms for solos, duets, trios and groups, and do not require different age groups to be entered on a separate form, but please ensure that it is clear how competitors are grouped. It is essential that dates of birth and class number (as shown in the tables in the syllabus) are included, and we ask that you write legibly (and preferably in block capitals) to avoid having to reprint certificates when names have been misread.
How to Pay
Cheques should be made payable to the Aldershot & Farnborough Festival of Music and Art (please, NOT to any of the organisers personally), and posted with entry forms.
We also accept direct transfers by Internet Banking. The account into which the transfer is to be made is:
- Natwest Bank
- Sort Code: 60-15-42
- Account No: 78195454
- Account Name: Aldershot & Farnborough Festival of Music and Arts.
If paying by direct transfer, please include the payment reference DANCE followed by the school name (abbreviated as necessary), or if contestants are paying directly, the surname of the entrant. Please also e-mail Julia Ruskell at the address above, quoting the amount and reference used to alert us that payment has been made.
PLEASE NOTE that to comply with the Festival Safeguarding Policy it is necessary for the responsible adult making the entries for persons under 18 years old and vulnerable adults to sign every page of the entry forms. If you fail to do so the entry forms will be returned to you for signature and a charge made for postage.