There are 3 new festivals on the scene this summer in Suffolk! Pop these dates in your diary folks.
First Light Festival
22nd – 23rd June
This brand new, free festival will last just 24 hours – but it will be packed full of multi-art events.
Taking place in Lowestoft, First Light will celebrate the first light of midsummer’s weekend. Events will begin on South Beach at noon on Sat 22nd June and run through the day and night until noon the following day.
Highlights of the festival include award-winning director, Danny Boyle, introducing the screening of his sci-fi epic, ‘Sunrise,’ as well as BBC 6 Music presenter Gilles Peterson hosting a sundown DJ set.
Radio presenter Simon Mayo will also be at the festival discussing his writing and Amber Butchart will be talking about the art of seaside fashion (which I’m really looking forward to).
There are so many events packed in to this 24 hour period, from music to children’s workshops, yoga sessions to dance, film screenings and artists taking over beach huts – there’s something for everyone to explore and enjoy.
Interested in volunteering at First Light? Meet new people, gain experience and be part of this inaugural festival. Find out more about taking part by heading to the website.
30th August – 1st September
This brand new, three-day festival will be celebrating the creative community and give prominence to the work of women.
Primadonna is the brainchild of 17 incredible women from the publishing and entertainment industries and will introduce fresh voices alongside famous names in the literary world.
For writers, bloggers and creatives across Suffolk this is a really exciting event – there will be interviews and panels, spoken-word performances and workshops, as well as live music, film screenings and tasty food.
Highlights of the festival include bestselling author Adele Parks giving a lecture on genre writing, poet and novelist Sophie Hannah holding a crime masterclass and a panel on the award-winning series Killing Eve with its author Luke Jennings.
There will also be daily writing challenges, opportunities to meet agents and editors, and question experts on how to get a manuscript ready for publication. I have to say I’m really excited for this unique festival!
Art Eat Festival
21st – 22nd September
Art Eat Festival will take place on the Ipswich Waterfront in September. The debut two-day event will be a visual art and street food festival indulging the senses. The festival will include community murals, art installations, street art workshops, exhibitions, a craft market, street food, an outdoor bar and live music.
The line up is being finalised soon, so keep checking the website for further information. And if you’d like to get involved, whether that be as a trader, artist or volunteer, you can find out more at monthly community meetings, upstairs at the Ipswich County Library.