Not been before? We’ve had a quick word with the marketing team at the Festival and put together a two-day itinerary to see some great work.
Friday 20 October
Mega Bunny + Friends. Does exactly what it says on the tin! Head to Cornhill to meet artist Bruce Asbestos’ giant inflatable creations, free to visit and open til 7pm.
If you’re really throwing yourself into a Festival, you’ve got to see at least two shows in an evening, right? First up Inscribed by ‘Me’ by Alethia Antonia at the Jerwood Dancehouse – an extraordinary dance performance exploring personal and historical experiences of female blackness.
Then, a brisk walk to the SPILL Hub for a concert by legendary Ethiopian jazz pianist Hailu Mergia – on one of just three UK dates.
Saturday 21 October
Time for a leisurely breakfast. Starting at 10am, but running through til 9pm, back on Cornhill is the Monumental Construction of a giant cardboard replica of Cardinal Wolseley’s Tudor college. Get involved with the build, or watch and marvel as the building takes shape. (Side note – if you’re still in Ipswich on Sunday at 4pm, you can see the whole thing being swiftly demolished!).
At 1.30pm is a really special event, Shefarers of Ipswich, happening aboard a barge. Celebrating the women sailors, sailmakers and boat builders of Ipswich, this is the latest project by secret agency, who have previously worked in Hamburg, Lagos and Barcelona uncovering the untold stories of women in maritime history.
Pause for food in one of Ipswich’s many excellent restaurants, and then round off your day with some ambient psychedelia from The Utopia Strong at the SPILL Hub.
Travelling from further afield? Head to allaboutipswich.com to find somewhere to stay.
The Waterfront is a great spot for food and drink