Thanet Music and Drama Festival

The festival is entirely self-funding and receives no public financial support

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The Thanet Music and Drama Festival was founded as a charity in 1921, and each year offers a platform for hundreds of amateur musicians, actors and dancers in and around the Thanet area to perform in front of an audience and gain expert critical advice.

The festival consists of five sections (Instrumental, Speech & Drama, Piano, Dance, Vocal & Choral) and is held in February to March every year, culminating in an Award Ceremony & Gala Concert featuring some of the best performances from all sections.

Another successful festival over, with a wonderful Gala Concert in conclusion. West-end singer, born in Thanet, and previously a festival entrant/winner himself, David Wyatt not only presented the awards, but also sang to open the concert. See photos and trophy list winners on the news page.

Plans for next year's festival are well under way; the dates are listed below, and you can now download the 2025 syllabus. The entry forms will be available from 1st September, with the closing date being the 1st December. But please get your entries in as soon after the 1st September as possible, especially for dance. Once full, that's it!

Please do take a look at our online exhibition (History page), created to celebrate the Festival's centenary in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you in 2025.

Provisional dates for 2025:

Category Dates Venue Map
Speech & Drama 27th Feb - 28th Feb, 1st Mar - 2nd Mar Queens Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs; Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs map; map
Pianoforte 8th Mar Salvation Army Citadel, Ramsgate map
Vocal & Choral 13th Mar - 15th Mar St Philip's Church, Palm Bay map
Instrumental Saturday 15th March Salvation Army Citadel, Ramsgate map
Signing Choirs Monday 17th March Queens Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs map
Dance 8th/9th Mar, 15th/16th Mar, 22nd/23rd Mar Birchington Village Centre map
Gala Concert and Prize Giving 22nd Mar Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs map

The 2024 programme and gala programme are available as downloads now...


2025 Documents

Syllabus 2025

2024 Documents

Syllabus 2024

Programme 2024

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