Music, joy, laughter and... apples will reign over Bury St Edmunds as fun-filled festival fever engulfs the town this May.
This year’s festival presents a cornucopia of arts from music, film and theatre to street performance and historical tours with help from the town’s many groups, organisations and businesses.
Festival manager Nick Wells said: “The festival is only made possible with the fantastic support we get from our sponsors, supporters and partners.
“We are working closely with arts venues, business and community groups as it’s a great way to involve local people and attract visitors to the area.”
A weekend of free street performance will coincide with Bury Busk turning the town into a living theatre as weird and wonderful stunts are performed to the sound of local, musical talent.
For the first time, this riot of street entertainment will be sponsored by Our Bury St Edmunds and the arc.
Mark Cordell, CEO of Our Bury St Edmunds, said: “This array of street theatre is free of charge to enjoy. With so much on in May we are expecting a large number of visitors to the town centre through the month all enjoying what our lovely town has to offer.”
One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be Supersize Polyphony 2 which will see 60 voices combine in Bury’s beautiful cathedral. Their performance will centre around the mass Ecco St Beata Giorno by Striggo and has been described as ‘a mind-blowing experience’.
The consort are able to visit the Cathedral thanks to the sponsorship of Bury based company Music Sales.
The wealth and depth of local talent will be showcased in a 200-strong choir of adults, primary, middle and upper school students who will accompany the South African grooves of Mbawula.
The Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra will also perform alongside one of the world’s most exciting rising stars, young Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova, in what promises to be a stunning performance.
The performers coming to Bury St Edmunds will offer a diverse range of entertainment from the authentic Cuban son of Son Yambu to the New Orleans style jazz of The Dizie Strollers, ensuring there will be something for everyone.
To view the festival’s full offering, and find out who’s bringing the apples, go to www.buryfestival.co.uk or call 01284 758101.