Ballymena Festival of Music Speech and Dance

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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 2014 Festival

Dance: February 7, 8 & 18 - 22
Traditional Music: February 22
Instrumental Music: February 24 - March 1
Vocal Music: March 3 - March 8
Speech and Drama: February 27 - March 8
Modern Dance: March 10 - 15

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 ran week commencing 10th March 2014

For details please email

Syllabus and Entry Forms are available from the left-hand menu on this page