Traditionally all the Festival’s student Outreach occurred within the compact timeframe of the January – March Festival.  Our new format will mean that our impact will be spread out throughout an annual calendar. Specifically, in 2021, with the impact of Covid 19 we have had to re-think our Outreach programmes. 

The 4th Annual Onstage and Singer Songwriter competitions are our Outreach programmes most significantly impacted by the change in Festival schedule. With the Festival start in May, an Onstage competition during that timeframe would be detrimental to the students who are preparing for or taking exams.  We want you to know that the Festival is committed to fostering the next generation of performers and we are in the process of redesigning the Onstage and Singer Songwriter Competition in light of the changes in 2021. We can’t wait to share more details with you soon! 


Each year, The Bermuda Festival brings artistic inspiration to more than 1,000 students through its Outreach Programme. Through master classes, workshops and interactive performances, young people and thrive on opportunities to learn from and interact with world-class artists.

The value of the performing arts to the education and general well being of people of all ages is unquestionable. By supporting the Festival, you are helping to fuel the creative spirit of generations to come.

In addition to the master classes, workshops and interactive performances, there are two annual events that develop and showcase young local talent: the On Stage Competition and the Heather Nova Singer/Songwriter Competition.

Annual On Stage Competition

The Annual On Stage Competition features some of Bermuda’s best youth performers (ages 11-19) in a first class production showcasing professional talent. The performing arts stage brings families together to support and encourage the growth and development of our blossoming artists. On Stage is proud to nurture and celebrate their dedication and hard work.

Each year, we hold dozens of island wide auditions to select youth performers.
They will undergo professional mentorship and training with well-known local performers in preparation for the competition in front of a live audience.

The On Stage judges represent a cross-section of Bermuda’s top talent. Previous judges have included Heather Nova, Gita Blakeney-Saltus, Sheila Smith, John Woolridge and Kent Hayward.

Heather Nova Singer/Song Writer Competition

The Bermuda Festival’s annual “Heather Nova Singer/Songwriter Competition” is open to all male and female local entrants under the age of 30. The winner will be mentored by Ms. Nova and will have the opportunity to open for one of the Bermuda Festival events. In addition, the winner will receive $500 and studio time at Just Platinum with Ms. Nova in attendance to help produce their track.

Details about competition entry and performance dates will be available at a later date. Please send an email to adminoffice@bermudafestival.org to sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss an update.

We are grateful to all of our sponsors, donors and patrons who make this outreach possible. Click here to learn how to support the Bermuda Festival or email donate@bermudafestival.org to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.