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East Grinstead Music & Arts Festival

  
The East Grinstead Music & Arts Festival exists to encourage and promote Dancing, Singing and Speech & Drama in Sussex and neighbouring counties. 
 

The Festival movement was established in the 1870s at a time of major educational development and by 1904 no fewer than 60 festivals had been formed. A Federation of Festivals was established in 1920, which has since developed into the British and International Federation of Festivals with over 300 affiliations in the UK alone (see Links page).

In November 1966 it was decided in that a Competitive Music and Arts Festival should be held in East Grinstead. The inaugural Festival took place in June and July 1968 and incorporated Piano, Choral, Instrumental, Drama and Dancing. For many years different local schools around the town were used to house the festival’s various sections.

A Festival Concert was held each year, latterly at the Bush Davies School’s Adeline Genée Theatre in East Grinstead until its closure in 1989. We were thrilled when Chequer Mead was opened in 1997. This splendid venue is situated near to the town centre and comprises a delightful purpose built 320-seat theatre, an art and exhibitions gallery, meeting rooms and a restaurant/cafeteria/bar. Chequer Mead enables us to hold the entire Festival under one roof.
   
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The new EU General Data Protection Regulation requires us to have active consent to the use of personal data in planning and running the festival. Until now consent has been implicit when entrants submit our Entry Forms but for the 2019 festival these forms will include an opt-in clause which must be agreed to (signed and dated) before the entry can be accepted. 


Each of our three section secretaries - Dance; Singing; Speech & Drama - maintains their own offline list of those participating. Clearly this is necessary in order to run the festival. No personal information, however obtained, is disclosed to third parties without explicit permission from the person to whom it relates unless such disclosure is required in order for the festival to fulfil its constitutional purpose. Participants may contact us at any time to request sight of, an update to, or the complete removal of their data. EGMAF does not have a mailing list and does not send bulk emails.


   

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