The popular annual Ballymena Festival will take place once again during February and March in the Braid Arts Centre.
As in the past, the 2015 will provide a wide opportunity for performers at all stages of music (instrumental, traditional and vocal), speech, drama and dance to compete. There will also be two Gala Nights: the Instrumental Festival Night on the first Saturday evening of the Music classes and the Vocal and Prizewinners Gala on the last Saturday evening.
The Festival will get underway on Friday, February 6, and runs to Friday, March 13, daily from 9am-9pm.
New awards include - Primary School Instrumentalist of the Year which features The Black Advertising Bursary of £100 for first place; a Programme Class which features the Cllr Declan O’Loan Award £250 for first place and the Unaccompanied BACH class featuring First Prize of Durston-Olphert Trophy and £50 bursary.
New classes include - Classical Harp (Class 138), Instrumental Trio, Primary Schools (Class 159 ), Girls and Boys Vocal Solo 5 years (Class 29a), Boys Vocal Solo aged 14-18 (class 34a), Communication classes in Speech and Drama Section.