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Festival Entrance Fee
- This festival is for amateurs in full time education.
- The Festival is open to all-comers in the age range stated.
- The Harrow Festival council reserve the right to refuse entry without giving a reason.
- Age range dates must be followed-see syllabus
- The closing date is final and no submissions can be accepted after the closing date.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- The Harrow Festival council reserves the right to limit, cancel, split or combine any classes.
- No photography-this includes from mobile phones of any kind. See the safeguarding policy.
- All electronic equipment must be switched off in the auditoriums.
- Harrow Beijing cannot accept any responsibility for property left at the venue at any time.
- The adjudicators decision is final.
- No participant, teacher, parent or interested party may discuss any aspect of the festival with the adjudicator, except at the invitation of the adjudicator.
- Certificates will be awarded as follows:
- Participation 0-49 (A performance that is limited in it’s communication.)
- Pass 50-64 (A capable performance showing some development and technique.)
- Merit 65-79 (A convincing performance technically and artistically.)
- Distinction 80+ (An exceptional performance technically and artistically.)
- Public speaking
16. Adjudication sheets are available on the last day. Those remaining will be destroyed.
17. There will be one overall award to the best performer and the best education organisation.
18. Any entry exceeding the time limit set will either have marks deducted, be terminated, or be made invalid at the discretion of the Adjudicator.
19. Note cards / scripts are not permitted on stage
20. Public Speakers all must have a visual aid. This may not be electronic.
21. Costume and stage properties: must not be worn.
Action and Gesture in Verse Speaking
The Adjudicator’s council of the Harrow Festival has endorsed the following statement with regard to the use of action and gesture in verse speaking:
"Illustrative actions and movements rarely enhance a performance. However, gesture that adds understanding, appreciation and emotional response to the interpretation of the text is not only acceptable but welcome. It is being selective and discerning in the use of gesture that is so often the issue in enhancing the successful performance."
The Festival Performance
The festival experience differs from the examination situation in that it offers candidates the opportunity to perform in a public space in front of an audience. The adjudicator will look for a complete performance. This includes attention to dress, entrances and exits, announcing titles and authors and acknowledging applause and where appropriate the accompanist.
Set Verse and Prose
Please see the list of set or verse or prose. From the Seniors catergory own choice verse or prose may be entered.
A live musical accompanist or recorded sound / music is optional in group recitals and all own choice poetry and prose. If this a requirement, all requests must be sent to Danielle Byrne two weeks ahead of the festival and the recorded sound / music must be brought on a USB.
Visual Aids Speaking in Public
The use of a visual aid such as a presentation board or a flipchart may be used. No power points to be used. Topics of speech to be chosen from the set list.
- Competitors must be students who are aged between 13 and 20 attending whole day school / half day school or studying in full time university.
- ONE entry form can only be used for ONE entry.
- Students may enter more than one category.
- Date of birth and year of birth must be completed on the form.
- Competitors entering more than one class (Speaking in Public, Verse and Prose) must perform in English and the multiple entries may bear a risk of time clash. This may result in their own decision whether to attended the competition(s) or not.
- Competitors should enter classes according to the age, education level (Prep, Upper School or Seniors) Competitors who fail to do so will be disqualified.
- The set material must be used for competition purpose. Competitors who fail to do so will be disqualified.
- Harrow Beijing reserves the right to allocate any competitions to be held in any venue.
- In any school / education organisation where a class has only one entry, Harrow Beijing reserves the right to group them with the same class from other competing schools.
- Seniors who are entering own choice categories, must email own choice pieces for Prose and Prose and provide the title for the public speech at the time of the entry form.
- All public speeches must be the candidates own work. Marks awarded will reflect content, rhetorical question, style of speech and the presentation appropriate the age group.
- No strong language may be used.
Safeguarding and creating a safe festival for everyone:
- One or more designated Festival Safeguarding Officer appointed for each Festival Day.
- A nurse will be on site for the duration of the Festival
- All Harrow Festival Staff will wear an official Festival Identification badge. All teachers / parents/ guardians / care givers are asked to report all incidents of any nature to anyone wearing a Festival Badge. All reported incidents will be handled in accordance with the Harrow Beijing Sage Guarding Policy. In addition, we will ensure the availability of a quiet area / room where concerns can be expressed in private.
- For the duration of the Festival all participants and audience are expected to wear an official Harrow Festival lanyard.
- For the duration of the Festival all teachers / parents/ guardians / care givers are responsible for the continuous care of their own pupils / children. All groups must be represented by two members of staff.
- Participants must be aware of the identity their appointed member of staff. This includes supervision throughout the Festival venues.
- Harrow Beijing cannot take any responsibility for any property left unattended.
- No unaurthorised photography, audio or video recording of children and young people is allowed at our Festival. An official photographer from Harrow Beijing will be present. Any responsible adult who does not wish for their student to be included in the official photographs must contact Danielle Byrne ahead of the Festival to communicate this.
- Some children and vulnerable adults may have specific needs in order to take part. If this is the case we ask the responsible school / education organisation to contact Danielle Byrne prior to arrival. Harrow Beijing Festival actively seeks wherever possible to meet their needs, but must know beforehand in order to prepare support-or to advise that help cannot be provided on this occasion.
- Food allergies must be stated before the arrival of the Festival by contacting Danielle Byrne.
- By completing the entry form, consent is being given to enter the Festival. Without consent, entry to the Festival cannot be accepted.
Each category is 550 rmb per entry.
If a competitor wishes to enter more than one category-for example:
Speaking in Public and Prose, two entrance fees are required.
Fees must be paid in RMB
The entrance fee is non-refundable and must be paid to Harrow Beijing between January 21st-Febuary 21st
Entrance fee includes:
- Welcome reception and TED talk on Friday 3rd May
- A certificate for every participant
- Transport from the recommended hotel to Harrow on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May. *
*Please note, transport cannot be provided for those who choose to stay at an own choice hotel and the entrance fee does not cover the cost of accommodation.