2021 Festival plans are unveiled

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Perform in Perth 100th Anniversary

As I write this, I reflect on the year which is heading towards a conclusion and all that we have had to put up with during this unprecedented time, in particular, the fact that Perform in Perth 2020 ended up only being half our normal festival with the cancellation of the second week. What we have to look forward to is uncertain but the Committee felt it was necessary for us to be proactive and plan for a festival in 2021, despite having heard that several festivals have already been cancelled for spring 2021, especially since the 2021 festival would celebrate the centenary of the formation of The Perthshire Musical (Competition) Festival Association, now more commonly known as Perform in Perth. Consequently, a syllabus has been prepared allowing soloists, small groups and large groups the opportunity to perform music, dance and speech.

Exactly what form the festival will take, whether it will be virtual or physical, will be decided once we know the level of entries and will depend on government guidelines, availability of venues and whether special conditions are placed on venues. We are well aware that many prospective competitors face difficulties and restrictions on their tuition and rehearsal opportunities and this may well impact on their ability to enter. However, I would encourage you to peruse the syllabus and find a class or classes to enter. Details of whether the festival will be virtual or in a physical setting (or maybe even a blend of both!) will be publicised once we are in a position to make these decisions.

The Perthshire Musical (Competition) Festival Association was formed in August 1920 by a group of people eager to encourage participation in the arts and recognise the talents of the folk of the area. The first festival was held in May 1921. Several celebrations are being planned including a commemorative booklet and an exhibition. If you, your family or friends have any items of memorabilia e.g. photos or certificates, please consider lending them for these projects. In the first instance contact the Secretary on perthcompfest@hotmail.com

By reading this syllabus you have indicated an interest in the arts. Why not take that interest a little further by becoming a patron (member) of the Association or a volunteer helping to run the festival. Further details can be obtained from the Secretary on perthcompfest@hotmail.com

Perform in Perth is grateful for the help, support and understanding of many people/groups following the disrupted 2020 festival. We look forward to welcoming as many performers as possible to the Centenary festival in 2021.

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Christine Munro


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