Latest News: 10 April 2020

A letter to all those entering Dance classes

It is with great sadness that we are required to cancel the Dance section now, in addition to the earlier cancellations of the Music and Speech & Drama sections of the Croydon Performing Arts Festival. I can only offer you my personal disappointment and apologies as I had struggled very hard to get the 2020 Festival, our first back in Fairfield, to happen.


However, the wise advice regarding the safety of us all in these unusual times has to be acknowledged.


CPAF is a charity run by a small band of highly dedicated volunteers; so the practical responding to this unprecedented situation cannot be speedy — please be patient with us, especially as the number of entrants this year was considerable


We have paid the necessary cancellation fees to our adjudicators and accompanists, who, being self-employed are especially hindered in these dark economic times.


We are, of course, obliged to refund entry fees. Should you wish to donate these to support the Festival, please let us know. You are also welcome to make a donation at All donations, however small, are most appreciated. We are grateful to the generosity of those who had entered the music and speech sections, whose classes were cancelled a few weeks ago. 


To receive your refund, please email by 24 April with the details below. Please email your request once only. This having been an AED-qualifying year, we have no fewer than 225 entry forms (with more than 1350 performances). We aim to process refunds within 14 days of request. If you have not received the refund 14 days after your request, you are welcome to email then to check that we have received it. Please put “Refund request check” in the subject line of your email. We ask for your patience and understanding. We do not have resources to respond to multiple requests; doing so would delay our making the refunds to you all.


Details required:


  • Entry number(s)

  • Name of person who made the payment

  • Date of payment

  • Payment method (PayPal or bank transfer)

  • If PayPal:
    • person / account name
    • email address
  • If bank transfer:
    • the exact name on the account
    • the sort code
    • the account number


Please note that requests that do not have these full details cannot be processed easily, and so you will have to wait longer for your refund.

We are pleased to say that we do have the dates planned for both 2021 and 2022. For Dance, these will be 30 May – 6 June 2021 and 29 May – 5 June 2022.  The Music and Speech & Drama classes will take place from 30 April – 3 May 2021, and 29 April – 2 May 2022. We hope to see you then in, hopefully, happier times. Full syllabus and entry details for the 2021 Festival will be made available later this year on the CPAF website,


We are especially pleased to report that All England Dance has made the decision to defer the Regional and National Finals to 2022; so Croydon 2021 will be a qualifying festival.


Naturally, we are all disappointed that we have had to cancel this year’s Festival, as we were looking forward to seeing you perform as, in turn, you were looking forward to learning from others and from the experience, but we thank you sincerely for your continued support, patience and understanding.

With best wishes,


Yours sincerely,


Richard Deering

Chair of Trustees

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