Much more festival fun to come in the week ahead

ipswich: Revellers can continue to soak up the Ip-Art atmosphere with a host of events this week.

The arts festival runs until July 10, with fans of music, art, literature, dance and cinema finding something to enjoy in the action-packed schedule.

There are still tickets available for many of the events, and there is plenty to be enjoyed for free without booking in advance, so it’s not too late to join. Go to www.ip-art.com to find out more about what’s on offer.

n Today: Madam Butterfly – Opera screened live from the Royal Opera House. Christchurch Park, gates open 6.30pm for 7.30pm start (free).

n Writers’ Cafe – A chance for writers to share their poetry, short stories, dramatic monologues and life writing. Room one, Arts Building, Campus North, UCS, 7.30pm (free).


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n Tomorrow: Bible songs – Celebration of 400th anniversary of King James Bible, including readings of favourite passages and performances of bible songs. St Mary le Tower Church, 1.10pm (free with retiring collection).

n Wednesday: Beetlebuns – A dance show dedicated to the weird and wonderful Planet of the Beetlebuns, created for babies and under fives. Jerwood DanceHouse, 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm, 4.15pm, also on Thursday (prices vary, call 01473 295230 to book).

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n Canterbury Tales – Open air theatre company The Pantaloons bring Chaucer’s pilgrims to life in an adaptation with a modern twist. Christchurch Mansion (�7.50/�5.50 or family ticket �20, call 01473 433100 to book).

n Gasland – Hard-hitting documentary about the devastating effects of ‘fracking’, a controversial method of extracting natural gas. Ipswich Film Theatre, 7.30pm, also on Thursday 3pm and 7.30pm (�6.50, available on door).

n Thursday: Simon Armitage, Seeing Stars – Readings and conversation with the prolific and inventive writer and poet, with a guest appearance from Naomi Jaffa, director of The Poetry Trust. Council chamber, 7.30pm (�8/�6, call 01473 433100 to book).

n Friday: Dirty Dancing – Open air screening of classic chick flick. Christchurch Park, 7pm (�4 advance, �7.50/�5.50 on gate, visit www.bigwheeltickets.com to book).

n Big Bag of Boom – The New Art Club, a dancing duo comprising Tom Roden and Pete Shenton, bring some explosive moments from a decade of award-winning shows. Jerwood DanceHouse, 7.30pm, also on Saturday (�14, call 01473 295230 to book).

n Saturday: Club Classics Summer Party – Billy Ocean, Jocelyn Brown, Soul II Soul and the Gibson Brothers perform classic tracks live on stage. Christchurch Park, gates open 4.40pm for 6.30pm start (�30/�20 advance, �40.�20 on the night, visit www.bigwheeltickets.com to book)

n Toy Story 3 – Open air screening of popular children’s film. Christchurch Park, 10am (�3 advance or �10 family ticket, �3 all tickets on the day, call 01473 433100 to book).

n Send in the Clowns – Opera double bill comprising I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo and The Impresario by Mozart. Christchurch Mansion, 5pm (�20/�15, call 01473 433100 to book).

n How to get published, with Juliet Pickering – A guide through the minefield of publishing from manuscript to published book. Admiral’s House, seminar 10.30am, one-to-one sessions of 20 minutes each from 2pm to 5pm (�10 for seminar only, �30 for seminar and session, call 01473 253992 to book).

n Sunday: Indian Summer Mela – The Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association holds its ninth summer mela, a rich and colourful celebration of South Asian culture featuring dance, songs, music, poetry, yoga and Bollywood workshops, and an Indian food village. Christchurch Park, from noon (free)

n Peter Andre – Up Close and Personal performance. Christ-church Park, 7.30pm (�30/�20 advance, �40/�20 on the door, visit www.bigwheeltickets.com to book)

n The Magnets: Gobsmacked – Vocal group with a unique blend of glorious harmonies and jaw-dropping beatboxing. New Wolsey Theatre, 7.30pm (�15, call 01473 295900 to book)

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