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Looking back to when the Ipswich Arts Festival took over Cornhill

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 May 2017

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

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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?

Live music entertained the crowdsLive music entertained the crowds

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.

Crowds would line the streets in the town centre to enjoy the entertainmentCrowds would line the streets in the town centre to enjoy the entertainment

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 centreThe event attracted people to the town centre

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

Street performers were part of the funStreet performers were part of the fun

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

Different genres of music were on offer during the festivalDifferent genres of music were on offer during the festival

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

A performer interacts with the crowdA performer interacts with the crowd

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

To share your memories of the event, email our picture desk.


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