The Syllabus for the 2020 Festival is now available – go to the 2020 Festival page

Remember the closing date for all entries is the 8th December 2019

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 The Isle of Wight Music Dance and Drama Festival is a competition held every March with professional judges in a friendly atmosphere.  We have classes for everybody for three to ninety three.  There are around 400 classes attracting around 2000 entries. Our 2020 festival will be our 90th.  

This is the only competition of its type on the Island offering everybody who wants to enter the opportunity to perform a wide range of disciplines in a suitable environment in front of a supportive audience and receive feedback on their performance from a professional, internationally recognised, adjudicator. 


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of June Cox who had been suffering from cancer.

June had been associated with the festival over many decades.  She took part as a child soon after the last war.  In the mid seventies she became a Music Committee member and in 1999 was appointed to the position of Music Co-ordinator.  In 2001 she was elected as Vice Chairperson and held both positions for some years. She finally “retired” in 2017 from being Vice Chairperson and was made a Lifetime Vice President.  She continued to take an active part in the festival by being a Music Steward and fount of all knowledge, including for this year’s festival.

In 2015 she received an overdue 40-year Long Service Award from The British and International Federation of Music Festivals.

She will be greatly missed – her calm approach, professionalism and willingness to help wherever needed will be long remembered.

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If you have any questions please use the contact form on this website or message our Facebook page.

Would you like to be involved in IWMDDF?


We have a number of wonderful Stewards without whom the Festival simply would not run, but we always need more helpers so please consider being a steward.

If you are interested please use the contact form on this website or message our FB page

The Isle of Wight Music, Dance & Drama Festival, a registered charity, aims to advance, promote and encourage and by means of the Competition Festival Movement in particular, the study and practice of the arts of Music, Dancing, Elocution, Literature and Acting. It provides a platform for amateur performance combined with an educational element from professional musicians, dancers and speakers and is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech of which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron.

We extend a cordial invitation to everyone to join us whether as a Performer, Helper or Visitor and you are assured of a very warm welcome and the opportunity to share in some really top quality performances in Music, Speech, Drama and Dance. We celebrated 88 festivals in 2018.

Please look under the Information banner to find our rules, notes on performing at the Festival, Child Protection Policy or how to become a Patron or a Sponsor or a volunteer.

The Isle of Wight Music Dance & Drama Festival Committee is elected at the AGM held in June (in 2019 at The Hare and Hounds on Monday the 1oth June). All interested parties  are invited to the AGM.

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