Established in 1968, the Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts is an educational charity run on a

self-funding basis by a small committee of unpaid volunteers, with the objective of providing a safe and constructive performance platform for amateur performers of all ages and levels of experience.

The 2021 dates are shown in the header, and the 2021 syllabus and entry form

can be downloaded from the buttons below. 

If you would like a paper copy of the syllabus by post please email

The online entry portal is now open - just click on the relevant button below.

Please read the syllabus before entering as there are Covid-related restrictions this year, meaning that some classes will be video entry only.










How to Produce and Submit your Festival Performances

  • Videos can be taken easily using a smartphone or video camera either by setting it up on a tripod or asking a parent, teacher, friend or carer to do it for you.

  • Please take your video in landscape format, not portrait and make sure your performance is a complete “take”, not edited together from several attempts.

  • For vocal or instrumental entries, you can use backing track or live accompaniment. Please try and use a simple piano backing track so we can hear your performance clearly. If you have difficulties, please email for help.

  • At the beginning of your performance please say your name, the class number and title of your piece.

  • Once you have completed your recording, you can use the following methods to send it to Pat Haig:

    • WeTransfer or Dropbox will take larger files - email address

      • All the above methods are free to use

    • Please use the performer’s name and class number as the subject title on any video forwarding.

    • Deadlines for sending your videos:

    • Drama entries - 6 February 2021

    • Music entries - 20 February 2021

  • Once your performance videos are received they will be put into class folders and sent via email to the relevant adjudicators, who will watch all entries. Feedback sheets and marks will be sent back and certificates, feedback sheets and any trophies or medals will be sent to you by post.

  • We have made a short explanatory video via this link which will hopefully cover all aspects of how to go about taking and sending videos to us.

  • If you have any queries or difficulties regarding the above please email


Our festival is dedicated to providing a performance opportunity for amateurs of all ages and levels of

ability and we hope you agree that this is the best way forward this year.

Registered charity number 293601

Affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Dance,

Music and Drama of which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron