The Bury St Edmunds Festival is one of East Anglia’s premier arts events attracting thousands of people to the historic market town at the heart of Heritage Suffolk. The next festival will run from 16 to 25 May 2014.
In 2013 we had a packed programme and hope that you found much to enjoy. We were very excited about being able to take advantage of Bury’s new music venue, the apex, which is a real focus of activity throughout the festival.
This year we have all manner of events taking place in a variety of venues across Bury St Edmunds plus an exciting programme of street performances as part of The Bury Busk. Now in its 5th year, the streets will once again be oozing music as local musicians busk in several locations around the town centre, this year raising money for The Liam Fairhurst Foundation.
Now in its 7th year, the Bury Songwriters Competition brings together all styles of music from the 7 final acts competing to win the prize package on offer which includes studio time at the Shrubbery Recording Studio. Expect a very high quality of Songcraft and performance. The Headlining shows come from 2011 Winners “Frett” and 2013 Winners “The Wilsons”. You can also catch all of the 6 heats every Wednesday from April 6th at Oakes Barn Free House, St Andrews Street.
There will be drama galore too with productions such as ‘Alice’ at The Theatre Royal. Based on Lewis Carroll’s literary classic and the real life Alice who inspired it, this poignant new play is brought imaginatively to life with Metta’s trademark mix of theatre and puppetry. We are also looking forward to ‘Bitch Boxer’ by Charlotte Josephine, another excellent Theatre Royal show in which we witness 21 year old Chloe compete for her right to excel in a sport still seen as for men only.
And Bury St Edmunds itself as always provides the historic setting for local history guided walks. We will be going along on the ‘Have You Noticed’ Walk – a tour to remind, or bring to your attention, some of the less obvious, strange and downright obscure things around the town. From the weird to the wonderful, go around with your guide and be amazed at some of the bits and pieces you never knew existed. This is just one of several walks but these book VERY fast so you’ll need to be quick!
For more information visit the Bury St Edmunds Festival website