Thanet Music and Drama Festival

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

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We hope you enjoyed this year's TMD Festival! Why not have a look at the gala concert photos. We are already looking forward to NEXT year's festival! Why not start planning next year's entries now? The syllabus is already available to look at/download, (although hard copies and the entry forms won't be available until September). We are pleased to announce that our VIP guest at next year's prize-giving gala concert will be the BBC presenter of Newsnight and Dragons' Den etc, Evan Davis, who was greatly involved in the performing arts in his youth.

At our AGM we discussed the new KCC regulations, and have decided the following...

DANCE SECTION: the lists of entrants are still needed for all classes in the dance section. You must complete the KCC forms in full when sending in your entries. Admission fees for audience members on each day at the dance festival.

ALL OTHER SECTIONS: the KCC forms will NOT be necessary for the other sections, and, in order to comply with the regulations, it will now be FREE to watch these sections as audience. However, TMDF is run as a not-for-profit charity, and, although run entirely by volunteers, has huge costs of venues and adjudicators. In taking away a major part of our income, we need to raise revenue by other means. As such, we have had to raise the entrance fees for all classes. These rises might seem steep, but if you then realise that parents and friends are saving £3 EACH every time they come to watch, it should be realised that, for most people, they will actually end up paying less this year.

Other essential sources of income will continue, and include sponsoring TMDF by placing adverts on our website etc, (£60 for a yearly package) and by becoming Friends (free entry to ALL festival events, free programme, VIP reserved seats at the gala concert, and the benefit to us of guaranteeing us an income; £15 pp/£25 per couple), and we will welcome donations from audience members etc.

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.

Dates for 2018:

Speech & Drama Wed 21st - Sun 25th Feb. Queens Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs
Sarah Thorne Theatre, Fordoun Road, Broadstairs CT10 2BN

Pianoforte Saturday 3rd March Canterbury Christ Church University map
Vocal & Choral Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th March St Philip's Church, Palm Bay map
Dance Saturday/Sunday 10th,11th, 17th, 18th, 24th March Birchington Village Centre map
Instrumental Saturday 17th March Salvation Army Citadel, 167 High St. Ramsgate, CT11 9TT map
Gala Concert and Prize Giving Friday 23th March, 7PM Sarah Thorne Theatre, Fordoun Road, Broadstairs CT10 2BN map

2017 programme is available as a download now...


Syllabus 2018



Entry form 2017



2017 Festival (prog.)



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