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Southwold Arts Festival opens on Saturday

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

The second annual Southwold Arts Festival, sponsored and supported by Adnams, opens on Saturday, 27th June. The festival was established to bring a range of art and culture to Southwold, and to make it accessible to people living in or visiting the area. Local businesses are supporting the festival in order to help bring it to life and to keep our high street sustainable and vibrant. The festival begins at midday with a wheel-themed parade and you can see and hear the Sole Bay Singers, the Wrentham Town Band and a number of excellent street entertainers free of charge. The festivities continue into the evening with a concert by The Good Lovelies, a multi-award winning folk trio from Canada. Throughout the week, the Adnams museum will be open. We’re displaying the original Chris Wormell 'Beer from the Coast' linocut prints. At Buckenham Galleries, you can see a special Reg Carter exhibition – he is best known for Southwold postcards and Beano illustrations. There are a series of lunchtime concerts at the United Reformed Church in the high street and several daytime talks during the week at St Edmunds Hall. There are very few tickets left for the George Orwell walk around Southwold – and that’s even after an extra date was added! The festival is perhaps best known for its evening events. This year, they include Clare Teal, Bob Kerr’s Whooppee Band, Roger McGough and The White Cobra Company’s Shakespeare Revue (2 for 1 ticket offer). All come highly recommended and several have already sold out. Please come and enjoy a festival event  - in the words of Emma Freud last year, you’ll find plenty of things you already know about – but try something you’ve never seen or heard before. You can see the full programme and buy tickets here.


Sarah Groves