The Southampton Stage Dance Festival, like the 300+ other Festivals which are affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals, is a registered charity and receives no public funding, no government grants, no lottery funding and no Arts Council grants.
The Festival derives its income wholly from entry fees and door/ticket charges. The Voluntary Organising Committee makes every effort to ensure that a split of approximately 50/50 between these two sources of income is maintained to limit competitor costs to a reasonable level. The event incurs many expenses, the major ones being the hire of the theatre and associated costs (approx 56%), adjudicator’s fees/expenses (approx 17%), and medals/certificates/awards (approx 16%).
The Festival movement is dedicated to providing the opportunity for young people to perform in public and to receive advice and encouragement from professional adjudicators. By bringing this creative art into the community, the Festival provides audiences with some excellent entertainment at a reasonable price.
It is possible that expenses could be reduced by re-locating to a less expensive venue, e.g. a school, but this type of accommodation is very difficult to find and the Committee of volunteers that runs the Festival feel that the best platform available - a professional theatre stage with proper changing rooms, tiered seating and other facilities - should be provided.
It is hoped that the above information provides a little background into the way our Festival is organised. Donations in cash and kind, and any other help are always welcome. The Festival is organised entirely by volunteer staff. Volunteers to assist with the running of the Festival, particularly during the actual week at the theatre are always needed. Please contact any of the Committee members if you wish to help in any way.