Bury St Edmunds: Bury Festival takes over town

Mbawula, one of the acts who performed at this year's Bury St Edmunds Festival.

Mbawula, one of the acts who performed at this year's Bury St Edmunds Festival. - Credit: Archant

Ten days, 60 events ranging from music and theatre to film and exhibitions; the Bury St Edmunds Festival is taking over venues and even the streets.

Mbawula, one of the acts who performed at this year's Bury St Edmunds Festival.

Mbawula, one of the acts who performed at this year's Bury St Edmunds Festival. - Credit: Archant

Highlights at the apex include South African grooves from Mbawula, the UK’s own Buena Vista band Son Yambu, What The World Needs Now... The Music of Burt Bacharach, the Aurora Orchestra with a new chamber orchestra arrangement of Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1 and comedian Rainer Hersch’s show All Classical Music Explained.

Mbawula, one of the acts who performed at this year's Bury St Edmunds Festival.

Mbawula, one of the acts who performed at this year's Bury St Edmunds Festival. - Credit: Archant

The Gandini Juggling Project invite you to a tea party that you will never forget with Smashed, featuring four crockery sets, nine jugglers and 80 apples.

Comedy Club 4 Kids features some of the biggest names in comedy will be doing what they do best, only without the rude bits.

The festival also sees the arrival of some rare photographs by two of the country’s leading photographers.


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Retro Icons by Peter Akehurst and Tim Motion documents their different worlds.

The first’s work is not just a catalogue of famous people and designer clothes of the time, but a celebration of the human form. As David Bailey’s assistant at the famous John French Studio, he became a brilliant fashion photographer in his own right with a Vanity Fair commissioned centre-page spread at the age of 19.

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The latter’s exhibits concentrate on his passion for blues and jazz with his earliest photographs in this exhibition taken at the Lisbon Jazz Festival in 1971.

Motion has an incredible catalogue of film and digitally sourced portraits of music artists, saying: “Music is, of course, something that cannot be photographed, but with these images I have sought to provide a glimpse of the magic and personality that jazz is so famous for.”

Both artists will be attending the open art evening at the apex as part of the exhibition on Monday, 6.30pm–7.45pm.

For the full list of what’s on where from now until May 25, visit www.buryfestival.co.uk. All festival shows can be booked through the apex.

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