Lytham Performing Arts Festival 2022:

Music – Saturday 25th March 2023 @ AKS Independent School

Speech & Drama – Sunday 26th March 2023 @ AKS Independent School

Festival of Choirs – Saturday 25th June 2022 @ AKS Independent School

Festival of One Act Plays – Sunday 11th September 2022 @ Lowther Pavilion

Dance – 2023 to be confirmed

The excitement of performing in front of an audience and the delight of being part of a bigger creative picture are not the only positives the festival has to offer. Over the years practitioners at the top of their game have shared their knowledge and experience in a series of workshops and masterclasses during the festival.

The celebrated baritone David Kirby-Ashmore led a fun-filled singing masterclass which was enjoyed by performers, their parents and committee members alike. 

The late Brian Hindle enthralled speech and drama entrants with his imaginative workshop centred on the skills of the Commedia dell’Arte and more recently the talented Chris Marlow developed young performers techniques with his energetic and challenging drama workshop.

Recently young guitarists had the chance to improve their skills in a workshop run through the Birmingham Conservatoire and led by renowned guitarist Mark Ashford.  

We are hoping that 2022 will bring similar fantastic opportunities.     

Our festival is run by a friendly, enthusiastic and dedicated group of local volunteers. We welcome newcomers to help with our range of duties and responsibilities.

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Karen Henshaw – Festival President.

I was born in Derbyshire and moved to Blackpool with my family when I was four years old. After leaving school I joined the Land Registry in Lytham. I married Howard in 1969, and shortly afterwards Barclays Bank offered him a secondment in Ndola, Zambia. This was the start of our travels.
During the next twenty four years, we lived in Zambia (twice), Singapore (twice), Borneo, Hong Kong, Dubai, Qatar, Uganda, Tanzania and Sierra Leone. I joined Inner Wheel in 1984 which has given me a wonderful chance to see the work done by Inner Wheel and Rotary at first hand in developing countries.
When we returned to St.Annes I became a local councillor and I am still a Borough and Town Councillor at the present time. I became a Magistrate in 1999, sitting on the Adult and Youth Benches on the Fylde Coast before retiring last August after fifteen years’ service.
Music has always been my passion and I worked on a voluntary basis with many schools and church choirs overseas. I enjoy being a Governor at Mayfield Primary School where I am Chair of the Curriculum Committee. I still manage to find time to write new Carols each year for the School Choir. I have also been Chairman of Lytham St Annes Festival of Performing Arts.

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Take a look inside our festival...



Our Festival was founded 1901 and each year offers a platform for hundreds of amateur musicians, actors and dancers in and around the Lancashire area to perform in front of an audience and benefit from expert critical advice.
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The speech and drama section comprises two parts; dramatic skills and the spoken word. Most classes are divided into age categories so competitors will be performing with people of a similar age.
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Through our Dance Festival we hope to advance the education of the public in the performance, appreciation and the practice of the Art of Dance.
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