Arts festival underway

ARTS lovers got a taste of what is to come at the launch of Ipswich's most eagerly awaited arts festival.The great and good of the art world in Suffolk gathered at St Nicholas Centre in Cutler Street yesterday for the launch of the fourth Ip-art summer festival.

ARTS lovers got a taste of what is to come at the launch of Ipswich's most eagerly awaited arts festival.

The great and good of the art world in Suffolk gathered at St Nicholas Centre in Cutler Street yesterday for the launch of the fourth Ip-art summer festival.

The festival, from June 25 to July 9 boasts a packed programme including: Zulu dancers, jazz stars, opera in the park, native American performers, theatre, a UK ballet premiere, literature discussions, visual art, open air movies, rock concerts and classical recitals.

It was launched by deputy mayor Cllr Bill Wright who praised organisers for putting together a festival which boasted “depth, quality and diversity”.

He said: “Ip-art is a festival for the people. The Ip-art festival includes much and promises to deliver even more.”

This year's festival will bring together local talent with artists from across the region, throughout the UK and also overseas.

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It will feature the only UK performance of The Red Shoes by the State Ballet School of Berlin and a live screening in Christchurch Park of The Royal Opera House production of the Marriage of Figaro.

Events range from poetry readings, an art street fair, music recitals and an outdoor performance of Romeo and Juliet to short film presentations and Indian dance performances.

Peter Meades, public affairs manager for the festival's principal sponsor 'one', said: “It's a diverse, exciting line-up that we have this year.

“We really believe this is putting Ipswich on the map.”

For more Ip-art news and event details see page 27 Not the World Cup page and The Evening Star's Ticket section on Friday.

Weblink: www.ip-art.com

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