Art Eat Festival dazzles crowds on Ipswich Waterfront

The Suffolk School of Samba got the crowds dancing Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Suffolk School of Samba got the crowds dancing Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Waterfront was overrun with fantastic sights and smells as the first-ever ArtEat festival came to the town.

Tallulah Goodtimes was one of a clutch of DJs performing at the Art Eat festival this weekend Pictur

Tallulah Goodtimes was one of a clutch of DJs performing at the Art Eat festival this weekend Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The event dominated the waterfront, stretching from live music and DJs close to the DanceEast studio near Stoke Bridge, all the way to the University of Suffolk and the Cult Cafe, with food stalls dotted throughout the art installations.

Visitors fully embraced the spirit of the free festival, with people dancing along to live music and revelling in the colourful parade by the Suffolk School of Samba.

Art workshops also let people get hands-on creatively - with co-organisers Iona Hodgson and Daisy Lees hoping the event will make art more accessible to the public in Suffolk and provide a platform for local artists.

Murals along the Waterfront and nearby streets have been designed and installed by national artists working with local youth organisations to create a permanent monument to the festival, described by organisers as "a gift to the town."

Co-organiser Iona Hodgson in action on the Saturday of the festival, which took over the Ipswich Wat

Co-organiser Iona Hodgson in action on the Saturday of the festival, which took over the Ipswich Waterfront Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The next event is planned for 2021.

Amy Coulthard, Tasha Gaskin and Aimee Hayes enjoy a cocktail in the sun Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Amy Coulthard, Tasha Gaskin and Aimee Hayes enjoy a cocktail in the sun Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Robert Burr with his bubble waffle, one of dozens of treats on offer at the festival's food stalls

Robert Burr with his bubble waffle, one of dozens of treats on offer at the festival's food stalls Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Crystal, Matthew and Skylar enjoy the festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Crystal, Matthew and Skylar enjoy the festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Geoff Malvisi from Twickenham Gin Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Geoff Malvisi from Twickenham Gin Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Textile artist Clare Sams, who invited visitors to try their hand at becoming a 'human loom' Pictur

Textile artist Clare Sams, who invited visitors to try their hand at becoming a 'human loom' Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Visitors flocked to the waterfront to enjoy the Art Eat festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Visitors flocked to the waterfront to enjoy the Art Eat festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Story teller Gerry Donlon Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Story teller Gerry Donlon Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Charlotte Hammock and Harrison Dean turned out for the festival and the sunshine Picture: SARAH LUCY

Charlotte Hammock and Harrison Dean turned out for the festival and the sunshine Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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