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The Worcester Competitive Arts Festival (WCAF) is the perfect opportunity to test your skills in music or drama. Thousands of budding musicians and actors have entered classes in the 70-year distinguished history of the 'Friendly Festival'. So in 2021, why not test your own nerve and performance ability in a nurturing and supportive environment, in the wonderful city of Worcester? Prizes, awards and a festival concert are all on offer to those who dare!

2020 Festival Update

We were able to hold the first Saturday of the Festival but unfortunately due to COVID 19 the second Saturday was cancelled. This was very disappointing for everyone. However, we hope that you all stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in 2021 for our 70th Festival Year

Next Year’s Festival 13th and 20th March 2021 

for more information about refunds please click here


We had a good mix of entries in the different age groups for this class which was adjudicated by Giovanni Esposito in isolation. Congratulations to John Morris, the overall winner with his poem ‘Colin, the Allergic Bee’ receiving the following adjudicator’s remarks: “I really enjoyed this! Witty, clever and a difficult form to maintain in a narrative poem! Very well done!” 

Colin, The Allergic Bee 

"The WCAF has become a very important part of Bengeworth Academy's calendar, and pupils love everything about it. The excitement is electric every year and even those who didn't manage to win a medal want to take part next year, which is what its all about, isn't it."

Debra Bertulis - Bengeworth Academy

“Thank you so much for inviting me to adjudicate at your friendly and successful festival and please pass on my gratitude to all concerned. My two desk clerks looked after me beautifully. I had a lovely day and the Festival must be proud of all its enthusiastic entrants.”


Louise Manders - Adjudicator 2019


This award will be presented in 2021 to the most outstanding instrumentalist at Grade 4 and above   - find out more



poetry, drama, choral, singing, speech, music​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



Jasmine Went was awarded the Vale Trophy for Piano Solo Open Class. This was a new trophy kindly donated by Vale Pianos for Festival 2020.

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