This year Ip-art sees a positively pulsating programme of local, national and international talent make up an exciting and stimulating summer of festivities for Ipswich in 2013.
The festival launches with a weekend of free events as “Celebrate Ipswich” brings fairies to the Cornhill, craft markets to St Peter’s Street and Ironmen to the Waterfront.
Christchurch Park is once again the scenic backdrop to festival favourites, including the exotic tempos and flavours of Global Rhythms and the Indian Summer Mela, as well as local talent and superstar making showcase Ipswich Music Day.
Brian Blessed hosting The Film Night Spectacular, with a firework finale,
Les Miserables on the big screen in the park,
Sherlock Holmes investigating some curious goings on at the Mansion Lawn as the Pantaloons perform the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective,
Silent cinema’s Golden Years of Comedy come to DanceEast’s Jerwood DanceHouse, with Chaplin and Keaton classics accompanied by a live pianist.
And if that’s not enough for you the spectacular Big Top arrives to entertain audiences with international burlesque, vaudevillian circus performers, fire breathers, aerial artistes and the weird and wonderful Benjamin Bloom.
James Young, Ip-art festival organiser, 2013 said: “Ip-art 2013 combines established favourites with some new ‘faces’ and is designed to appeal to everyone not only in Ipswich but in the wider region. Highlights include Music Day, a films night concert in the park with Brian Blessed, the Mela, Sherlock Holmes, a silent cinema series and a Big Top. Literature will feature in its own right as a stand-alone autumn festival. It will also feature the county’s first open-air screening of smash hit Les Miserables in Christchurch Park. Ip-art continues to attract hundreds of thousands of people and is now the biggest arts festival in East Anglia. Importantly, many events are free so while we offer a wide cultural experience we are not elitist and attract people from all walks of life.”
So get down to the festival this summer, it’s elementary my dear.
Tickets available online now at www.ip-art.com