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Ballymena Festival of Music Speech and Dance


Welcome to the Ballymena Festival

The Festival takes place during February and March in the new Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena which has modern facilities for most major performing arts. The Festival provides a wide opportunity for performers at all stages of music, speech, drama and dance. There are two Gala Nights : the Instrumental Festival Night on the first Saturday evening of the Music weeks and the Vocal and Prizewinners Gala on the last Saturday evening.

Dates for the 2015 Festival

Music - Instrumental: Monday, 23rd February 2015 to Saturday, 7th March 2015
Music - Vocal: Monday, 2nd March 2015 to Saturday, 7th March 2015
Speech and Drama: Thursday, 26th February 2015 to Saturday, 7th March 2015
Traditional Music: Saturday, 21st February 2015
Dance: Friday, 6th February 2015 to Saturday, 7th February 2015 and Monday, 16th February 2015 to Saturday, 21st February 2015
Modern Dance: Monday, 9th March 2015 to Friday, 13th March 2015

Photos at the 2014 Festival   Prize Winners


NEW and MAJOR AWARDS and CLASSES!

PRIMARY SCHOOL INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR FIRST PRIZE: The Black Advertising Bursary £100
JUNIOR INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR (post-primary, under 15, Grade 5+) PRIZES: 1st: £100 2nd £50
PROGRAMME CLASS FIRST PRIZE: The Cllr Declan O’Loan Award £200
UNACCOMPANIED BACH FIRST PRIZE: Durston-Olphert Trophy and £50 Bursary
MAJOR AWARDS IN Woodwind, Strings and Pianoforte Sections

NEW CLASSES
Classical Harp (Class 138), Instrumental Trio, Primary Schools (Class 159 ), Girls and Boys Vocal Solo, 5 years (Class 29a ), Boys Vocal Solo aged 14 -`18 (class 34a ), Communication classes in Speech and Drama Section

Our NEW MODERN DANCE SECTION was introduced last year and full details for the coming year's Modern Dance Section are included in the 2015 Syllabus