Community arts festival is launched

BANNERS proclaiming that Ipswich will be enjoying their inaugural community arts festival Ip-art have gone up throughout the town's shopping centre. The banners have been provided by the East Anglian Daily Times as part of the paper's role as a media partner for the festival.

BANNERS proclaiming that Ipswich will be enjoying their inaugural community arts festival Ip-art have gone up throughout the town's shopping centre.

The banners have been provided by the East Anglian Daily Times as part of the paper's role as a media partner for the festival.

News on events, including last-minute bookings, will be announced in the EADT's Freetime section every Friday as well as news coverage of events like Ipswich Music Day, festival mural painting at Ipswich town hall, Ipswich Community Carnival (July 12) and the 2003 Ipswich to Delfzijl Small Ships Race (July 5-7).

Ipswich mayor Penny Breakwell set the first banner in place in Carr Street. She said: "This is another sign, quite literally, that we are only a couple of weeks away from the newest and most exciting arts festival in Ipswich.


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"We are all looking forward to Ip-art 2003 which is a celebration of all the arts in Ipswich. There are events large and small covering things for all the family. The excitement is mounting and the best advice for those wanting to find out more is to watch this space!"

Local artists are taking part in events like the Our Town exhibition at Christchurch Mansion, young local actors were displaying their talents in The Search For Odysseus performed by Eastern Angles new youth company New Angles (June 26-July 2), and Ipswich Music Day (July 6) would be highlighting the very best in local music talent.

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There is also a strong cross-cultural element with the presence of Chinese artist How Law, performances by traditional Ghanaian ensemble Osagyefo Theatre (June 30) and music by Bhangra Beat (July 5).

Paul Clement, head of Ipswich Partnership - the main partner for Ip-Art and the organisation that represents a cross section of town centre interests added: "We hope that many people will get to hear about Ip-art and put dates in their diaries. The Ipswich Partnership is committed to making our town better and are sure that this arts festival could become an added attraction for Ipswich."

Ip-Art runs from June 28 to July 13. Colour brochures are available from tourist information centres, leisure centres and libraries as well as reception at EADT head office in Lower Brook Street, Ipswich.

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