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Chairman’s Introduction


I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Chair of the Festival at our Annual General Meeting which was held in June.  Ann Reed has recently been our Acting Chair and on behalf of the Committee I would like to thank her for ‘stepping into the breach’ so capably.

Those of you who have been involved in the Festival in the past will know that we unfortunately had to cancel the 2018 Festival because of issues concerning Child Licensing legislation which we felt would make it impractical to proceed.  I am very pleased to report that with the co-operation of Devon County Council and the hard work of the Committee these issues have now been resolved and everything is set fair for us to go ahead with the next Festival in March 2019.

As usual the Festival will take place at South Street Baptist Church in Exeter and we are hugely grateful to the church for all its support.

As we all know, arts education has come under increasing funding pressures over the last few years.  In this scenario I believe that the Festival plays an important role in giving our young people (and some older ones!) a goal towards which to work and the opportunity to come together, learn from each other, and benefit from the valuable feedback given by our highly experienced adjudicators.  

Whether you are a Musical (instrumental and/or singing) or Speech and Drama performer; a teacher, relative, friend or simply an interested party we very much appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you at one of our many events. 

Welcome to DPAF 2019!
Peter Macklin, Chair