UPCOMING CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS

There’s lots going on across the East in 2016. Here’s a round-up of some of the most exciting events.

SPRING

One Night Stands (January – April): A series of premieres at DanceEast, showcasing innovative and experimental new contemporary dance and inviting audience feedback over half-price drinks in the bar, including work from Liz Aggiss and Igor and Moreno. www.danceeast.co.uk

Norfolk & Norwich Festival (13-19 May): The fantastic festival takes over Norwich and wider Norfolk across May, in venues including the Adnams Spiegeltent, and the Theatre Royal. Some shows are already on sale, including National Theatre Scotland’s The James Plays and Aurélien Bory’s Sans Objet. www.nnfestival.org.uk

Pulse Festival (26 May – 4 June): Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre host 10 days of innovative performance from around the UK, including Pulse staples The Suitcase Prize and Scratch Day, with a free music event each night. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Somewhere in England, Eastern Angles (9 March – 4 June): A new play that charts a hidden wartime story amongst the thousands of US servicemen who set up home in East Anglia during the 1940s. www.easternangles.co.uk

Gainsborough’s Sudbury (March): a new visitor guide to the West Suffolk silk town is launching in March. It sees the town through the eyes of its most famous son, Thomas Gainsborough. www.gainsborough.org

SUMMER

British Art Show (24 June – 4 September): The prestigious show comes to Norwich University of the Arts and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery for its eighth edition. Expect work from the country’s brightest talent including Ryan Gander, Jesse Wine and Will Holder. www.britishartshow8.com

Aldeburgh Festival (10-26 June) highlights have just been announced, including a 20-hour-long centrepiece called Catalogue d’Oiseaux, starting at 3.30am at Snape, featuring a dusk concert on the BBC Springwatch stage at RSPB Minsmere and finishing at midnight lying in the dark. Other highlights include Illuminations, a staging for singer, orchestra and circus performers of music by Benjamin Britten and others, and an invitation to everyone across the UK who has never studied the piano to take the Grade 1 Challenge and make an Aldeburgh Festival main stage debut in June. www.aldeburgh.co.uk

Felixstowe Book Festival (24-26 June): The weekend opens on Friday 24th with an evening of Brazilian music, brought to us by FlipSide Festival.
Festival fiction highlights include appearances Rose Tremain, and Deborah Moggach. Historian Juliet Barker joins us to mark the bicentenary year of Charlotte Brontë’s birth. A feast for crime fiction lovers includes Nicci french and actor Hugh Fraser (‘Captain Hastings’ in ‘Poirot’) Our selection of events for children and teens includes 2015 Carnegie medal winner Tanya Landman, comic book master classes and a Roald Dahl celebration – lots of affordable fun for all the family! www.felixstowebooksfestival.co.uk

Latitude (14-17 July): 2015 acts included Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Portishead, Alt-J and a surprise secret performance from Ed Sheeran, but they joy of the festival is in its incredible depth and diversity, from poetry, dance and theatre to exciting bands across the musical spectrum.. The 2016 line-up will be announced in the spring. www.latitudefestival.com

FolkEast (19-21 August): Fast becoming the UK’s premier folk musical festival, FolkEast will be taking over the grounds of Glemham Hall for its fourth edition. 2016’s festival promises to be three days of low-fi folk music and fantastic local food. www.folkeast.co.uk

AUTUMN

HighTide Festival (8-18 September): In this, its 10th anniversary year eleven days of new writing and compelling theatre productions on the Suffolk coast. HighTide will return for its second year based in Aldeburgh. www.hightide.org.uk

Out There Festival (September): This much-loved festival of circus and street art runs across Great Yarmouth for a weekend in mid-September. Expect a multitude of fun, family-friendly, predominantly free event. www.seachangearts.org.uk

SPILL Festival of Performance (w/c 24 October): Returning to Ipswich, SPILL will be in venues and outdoor sites across Ipswich October half term week. The festival will present international experimental work as well as the SPILL National Platform for early makers from across the UK and Ireland. Gigs, parties and a film programme will ensure that SPILL offers a broad range of style and content. Alongside this large scale offer for visitors from across the world, SPILL is developing exciting new projects specifically aimed at serving local people, including activities for families. www.spillfestival.com