The Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts is a competitive festival open to people of all ages. It gives an opportunity for people to perform, as a soloist or as part of a group, in front of a sympathetic audience, and to receive an expert and friendly assessment from a professional adjudicator.
The Festival started in 1922 as the Clare Festival, and gradually expanded and moved to Sudbury. It now offers about 400 classes in the three main branches of performing arts: music, dance, and speech and drama. Children and adults with a wide range of abilities from all over East Anglia take part, and benefit enormously from the experience – learning the discipline of preparing their piece, taking the stage, and watching and listening to their peers.