Ip-art success is a boost for the town

Ip-art festival was a major boost for Ipswich and business

Ip-art festival was a major boost for Ipswich and business - Credit: Archant

Town Topics with Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich is between festivals at the moment – the massive success of Ip-art just behind us, and with Maritime Ipswich on the horizon.

Around 100,000 people attended a variety of events during the festival – an audience that puts Ip-art in pole position as the biggest arts festival in the county. Such numbers also have a big impact on the local economy.

People coming into town also enjoy dining out and drinking, they park their cars, take cabs, shop … Ip-art is an important fortnight.

But all those events don’t just come together by themselves. Creating and running a major festival is a business in itself. An expensive business.

Which is why the events team at Ipswich Borough Council are grateful for the invaluable support of a number of businesses.

Some sponsor stages at Music Day, others sponsor whole productions while media organisations lend their expertise and print space / air time.

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It all adds up.

James Young, Ip-art manager, said: “Basically, the festival is an important partnership – and one that is very successful. Such a major event does offer good opportunities for local and national businesses to become involved, while we rely on the generous support this brings.

“This summer we had an incredible festival, attracting people from all over the county and beyond.”

For the record, the businesses supporting Ip-art this year were: Unilever, Archant, Heart fm, Town 102, BBC Radio Suffolk, Suffolk New College, Grapevine, Galloway, East of England Co-operative Society, Suffolk One, CSV Media, Isaacs, Smart 421, Kerseys, Whip Street, Gallagher’s and Quayside.

If you want to get involved in Ip-art 2014 then please contact James on james.young@ipswich.gov.uk

Town Hall catering

Meanwhile, Ipswich Borough Council is seeking an operator to provide catering services from the public café within the Town Hall.

A three-year lease is available and the Council is seeking rental offers via application by Sunday 11th August. Expected start: October 2013.

This opportunity would suit an individual or small business keen to develop the public café including the provision of hot and cold food and beverages.

For further information and application form email wendy.simmonds@ipswich.gov.uk

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