Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival 2021 will now be an ONLINE event. As a committee we feel this format offers our entrants certainty of how the event will be held whilst ensuring no performers or volunteers are placed at risk.
Video performances and copies of music should be submitted in advance and then the videos will be screened and an interactive adjudication will take place live via Zoom across our three festival weekends.
Creative Writing will have their awards ceremony broadcast on Basingstoke Community Radio on the final weekend.
We hope that this format will still retain as much of the magic of a live festival as is possible and we hope to see you there!
A Letter From Our Chair
It gives me great pleasure to present the syllabus for the 2021 Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival!
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone so we hope that 2021 will bring new beginnings, peace and opportunities.
Creativity has been a comfort for many in these troubled times and I believe emphasises the importance of the arts in our culture. We are proud to be able to offer a performance platform and perhaps some direction and an outlet for that creativity along with an opportunity for advancement and education in the arts.
I would like to thank all of our committee members and volunteers for making this possible through their unerring support across this last year, particularly across the three festival weekends where everyone worked together to adapt on the spot to a changing world.
We have found ways to continue to work together as a committee (remotely) to enable us to offer a festival once again in 2021 despite these uncertain times and to move forward and we are proud to introduce our new paperless online entry system via ‘Run My Festival’. We hope this system will bring ease of entry and online payment.
This year we say goodbye to some very longstanding members of the committee as well as our president Angela Hurley as they resign from their positions. I would like to thank them for their work across the years, building the festival up to what it is today.
In their place we offer a warm welcome to our 5 new committee members who will take on these roles, each bringing with them new ideas to advance our festival even further.
We look forward to a successful 2021 festival!
Mrs. Sam Gill