Looking back to when the Ipswich Arts Festival took over Cornhill

Entertainment for all ages was on offer during the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983

Entertainment for all ages was on offer during the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983 - Credit: Archant

This summer is not going to be short of family friendly events happening in and around Suffolk’s county town, but do you remember when the Ipswich Arts Festival took over the Cornhill in 1983?

Entertainment for all ages was on offer during the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983

Entertainment for all ages was on offer during the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983 - Credit: Archant

Open air performances were one of the main attractions at the festival, with performers showcasing their talents outside the town hall, interacting with their audience in a way that is more limited in a theatre.

Entertainment for all ages was on offer during the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983

Entertainment for all ages was on offer during the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983 - Credit: Archant

But getting close to the action brings with it its own perils, with some viewers finding themselves spontaneously part of the act.

The event attracted people to the town centre

The event attracted people to the town centre - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people would gather in the town centre to enjoy the entertainment.

Entertainment for all ages was on offer during the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983

Entertainment for all ages was on offer during the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983 - Credit: Archant

Other features at the arts festival included live music, with musicians taking the time to perform their craft.

Entertainment for all ages was on offer during the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983

Entertainment for all ages was on offer during the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983 - Credit: Archant

A large number of market stalls also pitched up for the event.

Entertainment for all ages was on offer during the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983

Entertainment for all ages was on offer during the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983 - Credit: Archant

Did you go to or perform at the Ipswich Arts Festival in 1983?

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