Having celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2016, Kings Lynn Festival continues to provide high quality performances of classical music, recitals, choral and jazz plus talks, exhibitions and films year after year. The Festival features internationally renowned performers and uses beautiful historic venues around the town, including England’s largest surviving Medieval Guildhall.
2016’s festival included a number of special events to commemorate Shakespeare’s 400 birthday, plus a number of brand new classical compositions, folk music gigs and film screenings.
Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time was an exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in April 2016.
This landmark exhibition was dedicated to the work of Alberto Giacometti, one of the giants of twentieth century art, celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman. The exhibition commemorated the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death and was an exciting opportunity to examine the artist’s influence amongst his contemporaries in Paris and his impact on British art in the post-war period.
Key themes included the artist’s sources of inspiration, the Sainsburys as patrons, his approach to materials and processes, and his influence on British artists. Over 100 works were featured in the exhibition in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, works on paper, photography, film and important archival material.
The Norwich Snapdragon, known affectionately as ‘Snap’, is preserved in a remarkable collection at Norwich Castle Museum.
A long-established civic ceremonial which persisted, in a modified form, until early this century included the snapdragon as the herald of the grand annual Guild Day procession held at the inauguration of the new Mayor.
The cavorting dragon was an obvious source of amusement and entertainment for the crowds watching the procession but in earlier times it had a religious significance as part of a pageant performed by the Guild and Fraternity of St George of Norwich.
The history of the snapdragon is inextricably linked to The Guild of St George. Founded in 1385 its aims were religious, charitable and social: to honour St. George and keep his feast day, to pray for its members past and present and to offer alms to the poor and needy within the Guild.
Dragons can still be found all over Norwich, though there’s rumours of a huge gathering of them at A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons at Norwich Castle Museum.
Hunt for dragons yourself with a trip to Norwich. Visit Norwich is the perfect place to start your journey.
On 22nd April 2016, Mark Bruce Company returned to DanceEast for a new staging of one of literature’s most famous adventures, The Odyssey.
The King, Odysseus, separated from his family for ten years of brutal war, faces another ten year struggle to return home as a reckless God drags him on an epic journey across oceans to strange lands and the darkness beyond. Immortal beauties, shape shifters, monsters and sorcerers both guide and torment the king as he hurtles towards a savage and desperate reunion with his Queen.
Set to music ranging from Mozart to Mark Lanegan; Sacred Arias to The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and an originally composed score; this Odyssey is of now – contemporary horror and fantasy splintering from ancient myth; the themes universal: how we face our mortality and the driving force of the Gods inside us.
The weekend of 24-25 May will see the whole of Suffolk taken over by extraordinary photographic events, from the Ipswich Waterfront to Lowestoft (and along the East Suffolk line). From temporary exhibitions and a Moving Gallery to Gallery Buses travelling around Ipswich, there’s plenty of different ways to see world-class photography throughout the county.
These Are Our Dogs (pictured here)is an exhibition dedicated to photographs and postcards of people and their dogs, and it will be at The Cut.
Award-winning photographer, George Georgiou, who spent over a decade living and photographing in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Turkey, came to Suffolk in Spring 2016 to turn his lens on the streets of Ipswich – from the top deck of an Ipswich Bus – for the Omnibus Project.
His residency on the buses, was supported by the five area committees of Ipswich Borough Council and the bus company, Ipswich Buses, and was part of PhotoEast 2016 – Suffolk’s first photography festival – which launched 24 May – 25 June 2016 in collaboration with University Campus Suffolk.
At the beginning of April 2016, George traversed the length and breadth of Ipswich on various bus routes, capturing the unscripted and candid moments playing out on the streets below to create a unique visual record of the town. The resulting photographs came together as a large-scale exhibition on the Waterfront during the PhotoEast Festival.
For more information about the project and festival, visit PhotoEast.
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In April 2016, the Museum of East Anglian Life was host to a temporary exhibition, “Life through the Eyes of East Anglian Artists” featuring oil paintings, drawings, and watercolours by well-known 19th and 20th Century artists from the East, many of which were being shown for the first time.
Many of the artists represented would have been familiar to art enthusiasts, including brothers Thomas and Edward Robert Smythe, John Moore, and Arthur James Stark. Twentieth Century artists Anna Airy and Harry Becker were represented by drawings. All have connections with East Anglia and the works were selected to illustrate the living and working conditions of local people.
The subjects of the paintings were brought to life by objects from the Collection of the Museum of East Anglian Life, including shepherd’s clothing, farm implements and domestic necessities.
The works that featured in this Exhibition were selected from the Day Collection, first formed in the early 1960’s by Harold Day, author of many books on East Anglian Art. This exhibition represented a unique opportunity to see these beautiful pictures in the historic Abbot’s Hall at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.
In May 2016, Ipswich welcomed a brand new literary festival. BooksEast emerged from Ip-Lit, part of the annual Ip-Art Festival, and each year brings a series of celebrated authors to the town for seven days of literary events.
The festival sees a range of fiction and non-fiction-inspired events, including authors in conversation, film screenings, literary pub crawls and quiz nights. There’s also a whole strand of activity dedicated to raising literacy attainment in schools.
As part of DanceEast’s One Night Stands in April 2016, Igor and Moreno returned to the Jerwood DanceHouse with A Room For All Our Tomorrows.
There are two people in this dance performance, but it is not just about them. It is about all of us. It is about the secret lives we all possess when we are close to others. It is about those moments – between coffee and dancing – when harmony abandons us and all we have left is the desire to scream. It is a performance about place to imagine how things might be other than the way they are. It is a simple room for all our tomorrows.
The show was followed by a free Dialogue Club, which gives audiences the opportunity to discuss the show and feedback thoughts as freely as possible.
To book tickets to a world-class performance, visit DanceEast.