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Chairman’s Introduction


Many of you will be aware that our 2020 Festival had to be aborted because of Covid restrictions and our 2021 Festival could not take place at all.  We are planning for 2022 on the assumption that we will be able to go ahead in pretty much the usual way, though of course we recognise that things may change at short notice in the event of any updates in Government guidance.

Please rest assured that we will take whatever precautions are necessary to ensure the safety of all those who attend the Festival.  We are very much hoping that our performers will be willing and able to rejoin us in large numbers in order to make the 2022 Festival a celebration of everything that we have missed so much over the last two years.    

As usual, DPAF 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 continues to experience significant funding pressures. In this scenario I believe that the Festival plays an important role in giving our young people (and some older ones!) something to work towards and the opportunity to come together, learn from each other and benefit from the valuable feedback given by our highly experienced adjudicators.

I and the other members of the Committee are optimistic that the Festival will go ahead as planned, though of course only time will tell. Whether you are a performer; a teacher, relative, friend or simply an interested party we appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you at one of our many events in March 2022!

Welcome to DPAF 2022!

Peter Macklin, Chair