Ipswich: Experimental arts festival SPILL returns to town

Douze by Xnthony, part of SPILL Festival 2014. Photo: Conor Clinch

Douze by Xnthony, part of SPILL Festival 2014. Photo: Conor Clinch - Credit: Archant

The highly experimental SPILL Festival returns to Ipswich next month for five days of live performances, installations, films, discussions, feasts, symposia and parties.

Animate Objects in Sonic Action by John Bowers and Mehmet Sander, part of SPILL Festival 2014. Photo

Animate Objects in Sonic Action by John Bowers and Mehmet Sander, part of SPILL Festival 2014. Photo: Mehmet Sander - Credit: Archant

Curated and produced by arts organisation Pacitti Company, this year’s programme is based around the theme of surrender and will see events take place everywhere from an old police station and churches to galleries and a nuclear bunker.

“I’m really excited about SPILL returning to Suffolk. Across five days we are bringing you more than 100 events, taking place at a range of great sites and venues across my beloved hometown of Ipswich,” said artistic director Robert Pacitti.

“We are honoured to present a truly diverse programme which explores the theme of surrender – physical, law, sex, power, death – with an outstandingly talented group of artists from across the world that will allow us to address the way we interact with art in the present-day.

“In the programme are exciting SPILL commissions, world premieres and a large SPILL National Platform for newer makers. Artists presenting at SPILL hail from 22 countries, so we really are bringing the world to Ipswich. You’ll find it happening all over the town. If only I knew when I was a teenager what treats lay ahead 30 years later – it’s the future of art and yes it’s in Ipswich.”

Known for championing the public response and role of art in society, there will also be think tank programme alongside the performance schedule specifically devised to spark conversation and encourage active responses to the work on show.

SPILL Festival of Performance runs at various venues in Ipswich from October 29-November 2. For the full programme visit www.spillfestival.com