This year the Ip-art festival invites you to get up close and personal with Peter Andre, celebrate the Last Night of the Proms with Katherine Jenkins, sit down for a spot of theatre on the Mansion lawn, enjoy a live broadcast into the park from the Royal Opera House, take a yoga lesson at the Indian Summer Mela, grab a Literary Lunch with Esther Freud before heading down the pub with Al Murray.
The Ip-art festival is now firmly established as the highlight of the cultural year in Ipswich. The ambitious 2011 programme features world-class artists and caters for every taste, from pop to poetry, plays to pictures, dance, documentaries, films and comedy.
The Festival opens on the 24th June at Ipswich Waterfront with a spectacular event as two giant spheres – the largest the size of a four-storey building – float across the water by Ipswich Customs House. Inside one, suspended in the centre six metres above the water, an aerial dancer will weave up and down on a silk trapeze.
Other Ip-art highlights include a Club Classics Summer Party, In Christchurch Park on Saturday 9th July, where Billy Ocean, Jocelyn Brown, Soul II Soul and the Gibson Brothers will be performing classic tracks live on stage as part of a Club Classics Summer Party. Katherine Jenkins in Christchurch Park on Saturday 2nd July. Katherine Jenkins will perform live in concert as part of Ip-art’s Last Night of the Proms. Accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Ingis, this open-air concert will undoubtedly be a night to remember this summer. Peter Andre will bring his Up Close & Personal show to Ipswich on Sunday 10th July.
Ipswich Music Day is always one of the Ip-art Festival’s favourites and this year it will be celebrating it’s 20th anniversary on Sunday 3rd July in Christchurch Park. This will be followed by the Indian Summer Mela on the following Sunday, July 10th, where you will get the opportunity to be part of a rich and colourful celebration of South Asian culture.
Open Air film Screenings in Christchurch Park are always popular, this year’s films are Toy Story on Saturday 2nd July and Dirty Dancing on Friday 8th July.
There are lots of other events planned in the town as part of this year’s Ip-art, with the festival running from the 24th June until 10th July.
• For more information about Ip-art and to book tickets visit the website at www.ip-art.com