Performing Arts – competition

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Darlington Festival for Performing Arts (DFPA) is a competition comprising three disciplines on three days: Music on Saturday 2nd March; Speech and Drama on Saturday 9th March; and Dance on Saturday, 5th October; all at Longfield Academy.

The organisation provides the opportunity for children and adults to perform competitively in front of professional adjudicators, showcasing their talents in Performing Arts. DFPA is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals. It is run by volunteers (pictured, general secretray Linda and publicity officer Ann).

DFPA encourages entries for its competitions from all over the area and beyond incorporating state and private schools/private tutors and independently run music/speech and drama and dance schools.

A typical Festival day begins about 9am with competitions starting at 9.30am running simultaneously in two or three rooms. Depending on the number of entries for the competitions, finishing time varies from 6pm up to 9pm.

History of the Festival:

The first DFPA was held in Darlington in 1932. It was discontinued during the war years and recommenced in 1947. It has been held at various venues in Darlington including Eastbourne and Hummersknott Schools.

The President of our Festival (who was brought up in the Darlington area) is acclaimed actor and writer Mark Gatiss. He found national fame in TV roles including Sherlock Holmes and Dr Who. He also has radio credits to his name. Mark has never forgotten his roots and is a big supporter of local arts and the DFPA is pleased to have his support and patronage.

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