IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL PARENTS AND TEACHERS
Parents should be aware that for the 2018 Festival the Executive Committee of HIMF will be implementing new rules regarding the licensing of children taking part. The National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) no longer considers festivals to be competitions. Since 2015 they have been regarded as performances. The Executive Committee must therefore comply with the regulations of the NNCEE and also the requirements of East Sussex County Council.
Where an individual entrant/child (up to and including year 11) attends a local authority school an individual license is required. The Festival will apply for the license but will forward Part ll of the forms for completion and signing by the parent. A copy of the child’s birth certificate or passport and authorisation from the Headteacher (where school absence is necessary) must also be submitted with the Part ll along with two passport size photos (photos can be scanned and saved to the Part ll application also).
Where an individual child attends an Academy, Free school or an Independent school and is missing school time, they can be covered by The Hastings Festival BOPA (Body of Persons) group licence, as long as the Headteacher has authorised the absence and we are in receipt of a copy of this. NB. Where a group is from a school (all schools) and under the supervision of teachers no license is required. The School is responsible for this as part of a school trip.
Parents should also note that there will be enhanced safeguarding evident at all competitions. Festival chaperones will be present in both halls and surrounding areas of the theatre to ensure the safety of all children. These new procedures will take some getting used to but I know that I can rely on your patience and goodwill.
Chairman’s Launch of the 2018 Festival
As we launch the new Syllabus for 2018, I hope that we can look forward to another happy and successful Festival.
Now with the Festival only five months away, it is time for you to look through the new syllabus and think about your entries!
We have booked a super line-up of professional adjudicators for 2018, some new to our Festival, and some known to us from past years.
Please read the Syllabus carefully for any changes, and please note that the Closing Date for Entries is Tuesday 21st November 2017. This is earlier than last year which will give us more opportunity to get the 2018 Programme out as early as possible.
Another important change for us comes with the new Licensing and Safeguarding Laws for young performers of 16yrs and Under. We have been working hard on all aspects, including the need for more Chaperones, and we are confident that with the help and co-operation of Parents, Teachers and our young performers we can achieve all that is required.
Lets hope for record entries for the 2018 Hastings International Musical Festival.
Help with the Festival
If you would like to help out with the Festival, please complete the Recruitment Form. You will need to provide contact details for 2 referees. Volunteers should also read the Child Protection Policy here.
If you are already registered as a helper and are available to help with the 2018 Festival, please complete and return the Helpers' Reply Form, which can be downloaded here
A Message from our President, Petula Clark CBE
Welcome to Sussex by the sea!
The wonderful Hastings International Musical Festival comes but once a year, and is quite simply unmissable!
Where else can you hear such a varied program, performed by the very best.
All of this by the glorious seaside sounds perfect to me!
Thank you for supporting this special event - just by being here.