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Thank you to everyone who entered our 2021 Virtual Festival and helped to make it a resounding success.


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Results Results

After the exceptional restrictions placed on us all to contain the Covid pandemic in 2021, we very much hope to be able to revert to the normal ‘live’ format for our 2022 Festival.  We are currently working hard to produce our syllabus and will post it here as soon as possible.


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2022

A date for your diaries.  The South Regional Finals of the All England Dance competition will be held between 28 May  and 12 June 2022 at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.  For full details please visit the All England Dance website by clicking here.

The dates and venues for our 2022 festival are now published on this site.  Our syllabus will be posted  here as soon as possible.


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2022

A very big welcome to you all. What a year we’ve had, particularly in the performing arts!


I’m delighted to be able to confirm our 67th Chichester Festival of Music, Dance & Speech for 2022 will once again be live performances at all our venues throughout Chichester and Bognor Regis.


Running the Festival in our normal ‘live’ way was not possible in 2021, as total compliance with government rules and guidelines to ensure the safety of the entrants, our Festival volunteers and the general public was an absolute imperative.  Consequently, we had to devise processes and procedures for an online Festival from a base of zero and at very short notice. This was a massive undertaking and was possible only after enormous amounts of work from our organising team.  


Amazingly we were able to have a “virtual” format where solo performers could upload a digital video of their performance and enjoy sharing the experience with us all via Zoom. We had many entries in all solo classes and our adjudicators were able to give live feedback to every performer on each section’s given date throughout February and March 2021. It was a great success!


This year sees us losing both our Chairman and Treasurer to a well deserved retirement.

On behalf of all the committee I would like to thank both Jenifer Pressdee and John Pressdee for all the years of exceptional service they have dedicated as Chairman and Treasurer to the Festival Committee. We will miss them dearly but look forward to seeing them still attending many of our class performances and the Festival Celebration Concert in 2022.

Looking forward to our Festival 2022 I do hope we will get many entries for both group ensembles as well as soloists to make this a fully inclusive, live performing arts experience.

We have as always exceptional professional adjudicators lined up to encourage and inspire candidates in all our sections. Please encourage as many friends, family and pupils who are involved in the performing arts to enter one or more of the classes on offer and we hope to see as many of you as possible at our Festival in February and March 2022.


With all good wishes,





Alan Rodger


Chairman CFMDS


Chairman’s Welcome 2022

We are delighted to announce that our 2022 Festival Concert will be held at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester.  The Minerva is part of Chichester Festival Theatre, one of the most prestigious venues in the country, and those performers chosen to appear by our section leaders and adjudicators will have a unique opportunity to appear on one of the most famous stages in the UK.  The lighting, sound and facilities are all you would expect, and this promises to be a truly memorable occasion.

2022 Concert

Our syllabus for the 2022 Festival is now available.  Please visit our Syllabus page for details of dates, venues, classes, entry fees and adjudicator profiles.  Printed copies of the Syllabus are available at Ackerman Music, West Street, Chichester, priced £3.


We are now accepting entries.

2022 Festival