PhotoEast Festival announces host of free family-friendly activities

Some of the artwork on display on Ipswich Waterfront at 2016's PhotoEast Festival. Picture: CONTRIBU

Some of the artwork on display on Ipswich Waterfront at 2016's PhotoEast Festival. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

PhotoEast - the region’s biennial festival of photography - has announced an exciting programme of free photography-themed family activities for its opening weekend.

Some of the artwork on display on Ipswich Waterfront at 2016's PhotoEast Festival. Picture: CONTRIBU

Some of the artwork on display on Ipswich Waterfront at 2016's PhotoEast Festival. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

The festival returns for the second time to Ipswich from May 24 to June 24 - with the family activities taking place from May 26 to May 28.

Kicking off at the Jerwood Dancehouse, the PhotoEast family trail invites youngsters aged six to 12 to discover the global family photographs posted along the Ipswich Waterfront.

They can follow the clues to enter a prize draw to win a family photography studio session at Mark palmer Photography - with additional prizes for the first 100 entries.

Entry cards will be available at DanceEast, Cult Cafe or from PhotoEast Volunteers along the Waterfront.

Some of the artwork on display on Ipswich Waterfront at 2016's PhotoEast Festival. Picture: CONTRIBU

Some of the artwork on display on Ipswich Waterfront at 2016's PhotoEast Festival. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

For older children the Photocopy Club at the Cult Cafe, on Saturday, May 26, will offer wannabe photographers the opportunity to shoot, hang and launch their very own exhibition for the day. Youngsters will have the chance to invite family and friends to their very own private viewing and their pictures displayed among work from the professionals.

Also on Saturday, photography will meet dance in a specially choreographed installation all about Ipswich at Dance East.

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The show, at the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building, will also include talks by professional photographers and industry experts.

On Sunday, May 27, photographer Julian Germain will host a talk exploring his project on supporting Ipswich Town since the glory days of the 1978 FA Cup final.

The Fire Engine Photo Booth will also make a welcomed return, giving models a choice of props and backgrounds for the perfect family portrait.

The PhotoEast festival will see more than 30 internationally renowned photographers exhibit work around the theme of Belonging.

Their work will displayed in temporary gallery spaces set up in some of the best known spots along the Waterfront, including Pauls Mill, the Winerack, Quay Place and the Old Custom House - which will all be open until the close of the festival on June 24.

For more information on the PhotoEast festival visit www.photoeast.co.uk

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