Youngsters in the spotlight at Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts
The Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts, also known as ‘The Friendly Festival’, has wowed audiences this year.
The two-week festival, which is now in its 23rd year, showcases dance, music, drama and film, and has grown each year since it launched in 1997.
It now attracts more than 3000 performances from across the East Midlands regions and consists of a dance section, schools showcase and music, drama and film making to encourage talent and raise standards in all disciplines by providing a friendly but competitive forum.
Every performance receives a certificate and a hand-written report from an adjudicator.
First to take centre stage during half-term and kicking it off this year, were dancers from across the Grantham area and beyond including Stamford, Bourne, Derby and Nottingham.
Children from several local schools then took part in The Schools’ Showcase at the Meres Leisure Centre on Friday, including Barrowby, Isaac Newton, Dudley House, Colsterworth and Grantham Preparatory.
The showcase provides local schools with the opportunity to take part in musical ensembles, choral speaking, drama and educational dance.
This years acts included choirs, group acting, educational dance groups, choral speaking and instrumental.
The annual film festival was held at Colsterworth village hall on Friday night with many awards being given out. The weekend saw the music section played out at Colsterworth School and the Methodist Church followed by drama and speech.
This was an opportunity for local people of all ages to demonstrate their various talents with classes for individuals, duets, trios and groups. Festival chair Julia Kerby said: “This has been friendliest and most relaxed festival that we’ve ever had. Each one of the adjudicators was very complimentary about all the acts and have said that they will be back.”